All of you Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher fans are in for a treat! Gregg Hurwitz has written (3 books and a novella so far) a wonderfully exciting and action packed series. Publishers Weekly gave Orphan X, the series opener, a starred review: “Bestseller Hurwitz melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan Smoak, who was trained to be an assassin under the government’s secret Orphan Program, is now a rogue operator known as the Nowhere Man with a mission to help those in need. As payment, each of his clients refers him to another innocent person in trouble. But Evan becomes the hunted when he tries to help Katrin White, whose father will be killed unless she pays gambling debts.” Robert Crais, (author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels – one of my all time favorite series) wrote : “This isn’t simply Hurwitz’s ‘best thriller yet’ or ‘a terrific new thriller’- Orphan X is an order-of-magnitude leap into stardom. It’s the most exciting thriller I’ve read since The Bourne Identity. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne will LOVE Evan Smoak, and the deadly, secret world of the Orphan Program. A new thriller superstar is born!” Couldn’t have said it better myself!
(and unlike last Saturday, there’s not going to be a blizzard!)
Please come and join us at 10AM this Saturday, April 21, to hear author Philip Donlay speak. It will be a double treat, because not only has Mr. Donlay written a fabulous series of action/adventure novels (Donovan Nash – 8 books strong and ALL of them have a Goodreads rating over 4!) but he has led an amazing life himself. At the age of seventeen, he earned his pilot’s license, and at eighteen was published in a national aviation magazine. He’s been a flight instructor, flown a private jet for a Saudi prince, and for twenty-eight years flew a corporate jet for a Fortune 500 company. Licensed to fly six different jets and having logged nearly 14,000 hours, his travels have taken him to over forty countries on five continents. He currently splits his time between Minneapolis and the San Juan Islands. We are very fortunate that he agreed to come speak at our library – hope to see you there!
Due to our weekend blizzard, author Mary Sharratt was unable to present her program. Unfortunately, she has no other open dates before she has to head back to her home in Europe. Thus the program is canceled and will not be re-scheduled (but maybe we’ll get her when she writes her next book!)
Please come and join us at 10AM this Saturday, April 10, to hear author Mary Sharratt speak. A native Minnesotan, she now lives in Lancashire, England. She is an award winning author (winner of the 2013 Nautilus Gold Award, the 2005 WILLA Literary Award, and a Minnesota Book Award Finalist) whose latest novel, Ecstasy, set in turn of the twentieth century Vienna, tells the story of the remarkable Alma Schindler. Sharratt often writes about historical women limited by by societal strictures and underappreciated by history. Alma Schindler was an intelligent, strong and talented woman who has been viewed by many simply through the lens of the beauty and charm that enabled her to marry some of the most talented men of her era: Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel. Sharratt does a wonderful job telling her story rather than theirs. All fans of history and romance should come – hope to see you there!
(And for those who would like a satirical take on the life of Alma Schindler, take a few minutes and listen to the fabulous Tom Lehrer’s ballad from 1965, shortly after Alma’s death.)