Monday, April 05, 2010

Mailbox Monday: I broke my book-buying ban (again)...

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page and it's one of my favorite memes. I broke my book-buying ban (BBB) and bought me some books. This whole BBB thing is very hard to do. Come take a look at my mailbox:

State of Emergency by Sam Fisher: E-FORCE: Six gifted, super-fit, highly trained individuals. MISSION: Specialist rescue in times of global emergency. The Emergency Force team - including former marine Mark Harrison, shuttle pilot Michaela Buchanan and cyber genius Tom Erickson - employs some of the most highly advanced equipment on the planet, from Mach-10 jets to incredible cybersuits that make the wearer almost super-human.

They'll need all the gadgetry they can get for their first mission - to save the life of US Senator Kyle Foreman.

As Foreman gave a speech in LA, two bombs ripped through the huge Conference Centre where he and thousands of his supporters had gathered. Many have died. Miraculously, Foreman survives - but he's trapped inside as fire rage and floors collapse.

While E-Force plan their perilous route into the building, so too does the Dragon, a psychotic assassin who will let nothing get in the way of his
deadly mission.

NOTE: I've started reading this novel and I'm enjoying it! Reviews on Amazon about this book aren't exactly glowing, but I'm still going to give it a shot.

Judgement & Wrath by Matt Hilton: 'Some may call me a vigilante. I think I've just got problems to fix.'

oe Hunter doesn't like bullies. He REALLY doesn't like men who abuse women. So protecting Bradley Jorgenson from a professional hitman is not Joe's dream job. The hired killer is Dantalion: a man with a talent for killing and a book in which he obsessively numbers each of his victims.

And the body count is about to start rising...

NOTE: I've read Matt Hilton's first novel, Dead Men's Dust, and I enjoyed it very much. I took a sneak peak into Judgement & Wrath, and the story sucked me right in. I think this is going to be a great read.

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett: His weapon is the stiletto, his codename: The Needle. He is Hitler's undercover agent - a cold and professional killer.

It's 1944, only weeks before D-Day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plan with a phoney armada of ships and planes. Their plan would be ruined if an enemy agent found out... and then The Needle does just that. Hunted by M15, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U-Boat. But he hasn't plan on encountering a remarkable young woman on a storm-battered island.

Eye of the Needle, an international bestseller, is a heart-racingly exciting tale about the fate of the war resting in the hands of a master spy, his opponent and a brave young woman.

NOTE: I'm not a fan of historical fiction but the storyline of this one is too good to be missed. I know I would be missing out a great deal if I don't read it. Plus, Publishers Weekly said it's an absolutely terrific thriller, so there you go.

Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright (Kindle Edition): A chance encounter with a stranger in an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly, Elyse is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the church. As Elyse embarks on a risky affair, her longtime friend Kelly and the other women in their book club begin to question their own decisions about love, sex, marriage, and freedom. In the end it will take an extraordinary leap of faith for Elyse to find--and follow--her own path to happiness.

NOTE: I need to read this novel. I want to read it. It's a little too close to home for me and there are a lot of stuff happening in my life right now, and when I read the reviews by my book blogger friends, I could almost hear this book calling out to me.

Finishing Well: What People Who REALLY Live Do Differently! by Bob Buford: Author Bob Buford calls them "code breakers". They are people age 40 and beyond who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to the same, starting today. Buford sought out 60 of these trailblazers--including Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard and Dallas Willard--and has recorded their lively conversations in these pages so that they can serve as "mentors in print" for all of us.

"Twenty years from now," Buford writes, "the rules for this second adulthood as a productive season of life may be better known. But for now, we're out across the frontier breaking new ground." Buford gives you a chance to sit at the feet of these pioneers and learn from them about Finishing Well so that you may shift into a far more fulfilling life now, no matter your age. A life of significance that will be a legacy for future generations too.

NOTE: One of my goals in life is to finish well and live a fulfilling life, which is why I decided to let my career take a backseat (I'm very ambitious but decided a few years ago to "tone down") and focus on other more meaningful areas of my life like my family and interests (reading, blogging, photography). I still aim to give my best in my profession but I will not give up other things in life just so I reach my corporate career goals. Well, I still have a few years to go before I hit 40 but I like to start early and be prepared to face that phase of my life with confidence (and meaning). I'm so looking forward to what all these highly successful people have to say in this book.


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