The Forgotten Room – by Lincoln Child (2015)

The Forgotten Room

This book reads like a cross between a novel by Michael Crichton and the tv series “X-Files”. It mixes together unexplained phenomena and traditional science. Enigmologist Jeremy Logan is called out to a scientific research facility (Lux) which is located in a century-old mansion. One of the senior scientists has just committed suicide in a particularly gruesome manner. It was an act quite contrary to his nature. Jeremy is tasked with investigating the suicide as well as the strange behavior by some of the other scientists there.

As Jeremy examines the area of the building where the suicide occurred, he discovers a hidden room. He becomes obsessed with the mysterious room and its connection to the case. The book was part mystery, part creepiness, part history, part suspense. But in the end all the questions are answered, and even a person not terribly knowledgable about science can understand what happened.

Initially I did not realize that “The Forgotten Room” was book four in a series. But I read it anyway, and didn’t have any trouble understanding the plot. It can be read as a stand-alone novel. This is another good read by Lincoln Child.

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The President Is Missing – by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (2018)

The President Is Missing

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be the president of the United States during a crisis, this is your book. It really does not matter what your political preference is – Democrat, Libertarian, Republican, Socialist, or any other party. In fact, the book never mentions what party President Jonathan Duncan is affiliated with. It simply isn’t important to the plot.

The story is told from the point of view of the president.  As the story opens, he is having some health issues, but he has to put them on the back burner to take care of the terrible disaster about to fall on the country. Keeping it a secret from the media, Congress, and even most of his staff, President Duncan and a few others go into seclusion to try to find a solution. They are so secretive that even the vice-president does not know where the president is.

I loved the twists and turns of the plot, and the way characters both good and bad could turn out to be totally opposite of first impressions. I also liked the minute-by-minute feel of the story, and all the conversations as they worked through the problem. And I loved the way differences between countries disappeared when they all were fighting a common enemy. This book is a top-notch thriller that will have you glued to all 513 pages.

 

 

Found – by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2008)

Found

From time to time, I take a departure from my regular adult-level books, and read a book that is supposed to be for teens or even kids. What I often find is a great story, one I wish had been there when I was in middle or high school. Such is “Found”, the first book in author Haddix’s “The Missing” series.

The novels opens with two 13-year-old friends, Jonah and Chip, getting identical letters in the mail that just say: “You are one of the missing.” They think it’s just some kind of joke – until they both get another letter than says: “Beware – they’re coming back to get you.” The friends try investigating on their own, and discover that they don’t know everything about their early life. They – along with 34 more people – have actually been stolen from other times and places. Someone is trying to locate and return them to their correct place in history.

I loved the conversations and the disagreements between Chip, Jonah, and Katherine (Jonah’s sister). They did indeed sound just the way siblings and close friends would react in this situation. Katherine isn’t quite one of the “missing”, but she tags along, and adds a interesting character to the mix. Jonah’s parents were very believable as well. This book is a great suspense/science fiction read that can enjoyed by just about anyone.