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2017-08-24

By the Book at the Bandera Library

Book Reviews by Michael Garr,

Book Reviews by Michael Garr,
Bandera Library Director

Even as we wither under the heat of this late summer season, in the publishing world they are getting ready for the fall release of new books. In this review, I will be highlighting familiar authors featuring their latest books. As these books have not yet been released, I can only provide a brief synopsis of the book. Let’s do this by month.
September Releases
Craig Johnson’s 14th book featuring Wyoming Sheriff, Walt Longmire, is titled “Western Star." The A & E and Netflix TV series featured Walt and his adventures. Author Vince Flynn passed away in 2013 after a long battle with prostate cancer. His Mitch Rapp spy series was continued by Kyle Mills with the latest called “Enemy of the State.” The Mitch Rapp character will be seen in a new movie based on Flynn’s first book, “American Assassin.” The movie of the same name is coming to your local theater Friday, Sept. 15. Always popular, Nelson DeMille releases his latest, called “Cuban Affair,” as a standalone novel set in the Florida Keys, Miami and Cuba. Other books this month include J.A. Jance, “Proof of Life” (#23 J.P. Beaumont series), Danielle Steel’s “Right Time,” Harlan Coben’s “Don’t Let Go” and a long-awaited sequel to the Pillars of the Earth series by Ken Follett, “Column of Fire.”
October Releases
Readers will be kept busy with favorite authors like John Sandford with his 10th Virgil Flowers book called “Deep Freeze” and Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch, “Two Kinds of Truth,” 23rd in the series. It is also a great Amazon original TV series now filming its’ fourth season, featuring the always embattled detective. Quoting the character, “Everyone counts or no one counts.” John Grisham will have a book called, “Rooster Bar,” on bookshelves and in the Library on October 24. Stuart Woods does his quarterly release of the 43rd in the Stone Barrington series called “Quick and Dirty.” Finally, Dan Brown will produce his fifth in the Robert Langdon series made famous in part by the three Ron Howard directed films starring Tom Hanks as the title character. This latest highly anticipated book is titled “Origin” and will likely end up #1 on all Bestseller lists. A future film, who knows?
November Releases
Fans of the Clive Cussler series, Oregon Files, will see the 12th book called “Typhoon Fury.” Janet Evanovich will continue her Stephanie Plum series with “Hardcore Twenty-Four.” Can you guess that it is the 24th in the series? Always popular and current NY Times Bestselling author, David Baldacci, releases the 5th in the Will Robie series, “End Game.”
One author missing from my listing is James Patterson. As many of you know, Mr. Patterson creates an outline that a co-author writes and then they both share the credits. Because he produces on average six books a month, we could quickly become the James Patterson library. His titles are only ordered as book adoptions occur.
So how can you get on the wait-list for these upcoming bestsellers? Patrons of the Bandera Public Library need only stop in and allow staff to help them select their favorite authors so these books and any future books by the selected author(s) are reserved for them automatically. High tech patrons know that this reservation process can be done online through our catalog. The computer will randomly create a waitlist for each title. You could be first or fourteenth.
The best way to always guarantee that you will be first on the list is to adopt the book. The library will collect the money from the patron at a serious discount off retail pricing, usually $14-$16, and then the adoptee is the first patron to read the book. It isn’t cheating and that purchase helps defray the library’s operating expenses. See you soon at the Library. Read Well!