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by Bill - 2008-04-10 - in culture / writing / books

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Last Train Out, eBook (iBooks, Nook) and paperback

Clay and his fiercely independent, adopted teenage daughter Jenna look forward to their upcoming "homeland tour" to Russia, though Jenna's motives are beyond what Clay ever could have imagined. When she goes missing in Russia, his worst fears come true. And that's when he learns she is not the little girl he thought she was. Their only hope now is to catch the Last Train Out.

Lottery President

Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this.

Operation Detour

Temporary Insanity

Scared to Life ... (my cousin Kenny's book about surviving prostate cancer)

Bill's helf: read

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever 1-3 Lord Foul's Bane Stranger in a Strange Land The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Brave New World

Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva. I'm told this is an excellent book.

Once it comes down in price, I might buy it.

Operation Detour by Bill Holmes.

Dark comedy/adventure. Riva, a beautiful young "black ops" agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own "asset" just to prove she can. When he loses his job and girlfriend, she thinks he's putty in her hands. But when he tries to go out with a bang, she's afraid she's overplayed her hand. Will either one of them survive?

Lottery President by Bill Holmes For most people, winning over $300 million in the lottery would be enough. They'd buy a big house, travel the world, and retire. Not Benny. He decided to take the money and run ... for President. The house he had in mind was the White House. He didn't want to travel the world so much as save it ... from politicians. Retire? "I'll retire when I'm dead!" he would say, unaware so many people had that exact retirement plan in mind for him. Welcome to the world of politics, Benny.

Here's one of my brothers reading my book, Lottery President. He seems to be enjoying it. I swear I didn't pay him to do this.

Temporary Insanity Before ever winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. making a living as a temp word processor. For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn't anticipate Venelia and the Dynamos. What the hell's a Dynamo? Click here for preview.

Russian Adoption The complete blog of the Russian adoption experience of Bill and Tara Holmes. Click here for preview.

Thoughts on writing

Louis L'Amour once said he could write while sitting in the middle of the freeway. That didn't impress me at the time, but now it does.

Old reviews

Tell No One

by Harlan Coben

This one was pretty good. Once I got used to the narrative switching back and forth, by chapter, from first-person to third-person, I couldn't put it down. Really good plot. Here's a hyperlink to his web site:

Killing Time

by Caleb Carr

This one stank. I'd read The Alienist by the same author several years ago, so I gave this one a chance. Bad choice. I don't know how many times I threw it down in disgust. I get that way when a book doesn't keep my interest. Anyway, click on the following hyperlink for a copy of its back cover on Amazon's web site. Something, probably its juvenile quality, tells me he wrote this as a teenager, dragged it out of the closet, and submitted it to his publisher merely for the sake of having something to publish. Its locale and discussions of terrorism are eerily prescient in light of September 11, but that's pretty much all it has going for it.

Big Trouble

by Dave Barry

Yes, that Dave Barry. It was actually a good, funny, light-hearted action adventure novel. Maybe you've seen the movie they made out of it? Anyway, I'm always surprised when a novel can keep me interested and turning its pages, which this one definitely did.

[from 1993]

The Player

by Michael Tolkin

It's been made into a movie. Maybe you've seen it? Anyway, the book is very well-written, and we don't say that often. It's about a Hollywood movie studio mogul and what happens to him after a disgruntled writer threatens to kill him. We can't really tell you any more without giving it away. All we can say is that, sadly, it doesn't end the way we would have liked. But it's still good.

The Firm

by John Grisham

I had heard it was good. But it's not, particularly. In fact, I'm pretty amazed it became a bestseller. It must be people's apparent fascination with lawyers that makes it so appealing. It sure isn't the writing. I'm a pretty tough critic, but I figure a bestseller should be well written. Call me crazy. The book starts off well, but by the end the whole thing gets pretty "hackneyed," as they say. Oops, after saying this, I just remembered that it didn't start off well. It was at least page 100 before anything interesting happened! The only reason I kept reading beyond that was because I had heard it was good! Oh well, the middle 100 pages are okay, I guess. Maybe the movie will be better.

[It was.]

Focault's Pendulum

by Umberto Eco

Virtually unreadable, though every once in a while I pick it up again and make another stab at it. If I ever finish it, I'll let you know.

The Edge

by Dick Francis

See "Focault's Pendulum" review.

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