Category Archives: Fiction – Mystery

Pines (The Wayward Pines Series, Book One)

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Obtained from:  Amazon on March 13, 2014
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Author:         Author
Genre:          Mystery - Thriller - Dystopia
Format:         Kindle
Reviewer:       Charlie Kravetz
Stars:          5/5

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Wow! A great mystery with a completely unexpected turn of events.

A Secret Service agent is supposed to check out what happened to two other agents that disappeared. He gets into a car accident that kills his partner. When he wakes up, he finds out much more about the town than he could ever guess.

So many possibilities in this story. I like the fact that the author covers almost my questions in this book. The story has enough twists and turns to keep the reader excited. Even though most questions get answered by the end of the book, there is plenty of room for the sequel.

Blake Crouch, in writing this story, gave the reader a story of a beautiful place that is not what it seems. This being book one of three, I think he did a great job of that. As beautiful as Wayward Pines appears, it has many secrets that are not given up easily.

I think readers of dystopian mysteries will greatly enjoy this book. For those who like a good mystery or thriller, they will also want to read this book. I have already started reading the next book in this series.

Internet Spy / The Internet Incident


Obtained from:  Amazon on May 13, 2014
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Author:         Ian Probert
Genre:          Mystery - YA
Format:         Kindle
Reviewer:       Charlie Kravetz
Stars:          4/5

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

A very good book for those getting started using computers.

This story is narrated by a 14-year-old. It is the story of how German hackers were able to gain access to information in United States computers. It is dated, written in 1995, when personal computers, viruses, and malware were not as established as today.

This book does an excellent job discussing the dangers of hacking computers. It also exposes the reader to the possibilities of foreign governments interested in getting information. The reader that is just getting started using computers will find this an exciting story, with good action and danger sequences.

While this is a fictional account of espionage, it does give the reader opportunity to imagine what could happen from misuse of a computer. Ian Probert does a good job examining the consequences of hacking when learning to use a computer. This book will not teach anyone how to hack, but they could learn the inherent dangers of hacking the government computers.

Young adults getting started with computers will enjoy this story. Of course, those who know computers will also have fun reading this one, as well as the readers that like a spy story. I will be reading more books by this author.