Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wednesday is Library Day- Dangerous Days & Black Hills

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
From the cover: he was born with great power and a deadly secret. The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells- the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power.
Daniel's secret abilities - like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his midn or to re-create himself in any shape he chooses - have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of Earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone's imagining.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.
Now, on his own, he vows to carry out his father's mission - and to take vengeance in the process.

I admit it. This book was disappointing. I wasn't expecting it to be fantastic, but I was hoping for a comic book/cartoon sort of experience... And it just didn't fulfill my hopes.
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
From the cover: Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents' South Dakota ranch, sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbor girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills.
Coop has left his fast-paced life as an investigator in New York to take care of his aging gradparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge. But something... or someone... has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.
Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts has singled them out as prey.

Another winner from an excellent author. I love how Roberts creates characters I care about, puts them through horrible situations and pulls of an exciting conclusion. I particularly enjoyed the wildlife refuge part of this story, and the glimpses of all the big cats- lions, tigers, cougars, panthers, etc.

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