The Western Star

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When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.

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Fragile Remedy

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Renegade Flight (Rebelwing, #2)

Aurora Rising meets Top Gun, with the addition of cybernetic dragons, in this is the witty, romantic, and electrifying sci fi novel by Andrea Tang.

Viola Park's life is over. She's gone from planning her future as a pilot in training to resigning herself to life on the ground. And it's all because she made one tiny, not altogether legal maneuver on the prestigious GAN Academy's entrance exam. It's bad enough that she didn't get into the Academy, but getting caught cheating? It's probably the worst thing Vi could imagine.

Still, there are perks that come with Vi's family legacy at the school, and when Vi learns that recent pilot disappearances have left the Academy desperate for recruits, she does what any good Park would do uses her connections to wiggle her way back in. But instead of matriculating with the regular class of future Peacekeepers, Vi is forced to enter as a probationary student, which means she'll have to work twice as hard to prove herself worthy of a place in the cockpit of one of the legendary dragon mechs.

Lucky for Vi, the Academy has set up a combat tournament for all students, and the prize is a guaranteed spot in the Peacekeeper corps. Unlucky for Vi, she'll have to compete against her probie classmates, including Nicholas Lee, a mysterious boy prone to throwing Vi off her game. And as Peacekeepers go missing, what starts out as a ploy to save her reputation turns into a fight for the future of Peacekeepers everywhere, and if Vi can't master her mech combat skills, she might not survive the battle.

Set fifteen years after Prudence Wu took flight in Rebelwing, a new generation of scrappy young pilots challenge corruption, competition, and dangerous mechs than ever, as they redefine what it means to be a revolutionary.

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L The killer s motives are depressingly outdated and than A Little Intolerantunenlightened The Holes In The Solution Can Be little intolerantunenlightened The holes in the solution can be big that you could probably drive the Western Star train through them and the cliff hanger of an ending was surprisingly downbeat though it sets up the next book in killer fashion Still all in all the book was an exciting and worthwhile read but not one of the stronger additions to the series This is book 13 in the Longmire series I have enjoyed all of them This book is told in two threads one present day and one in 1972 They do connect at the end and there is a cliffhanger for those of you annoyed by cliffhangers The book opens in the present day with Walt coming to a parole hearing for a murderer he arrested in many years ago Then the flashback seuence starts in the same chapter somewhat confusing and it took me a while to separate the two We learn about Walt and his start as an Absaroka County Deputy Sheriff The flashback seuence takes place during a special steam trip across Wyoming and has some steam train trivia if you are a steam train buff This was a library book35 starsMy wife also read this book The cliffhanger and the alternating threads did not bother her She says 45 stars In conclusion this will most likely be the last Longmire book that I will read and that goes for Craig Johnson as well This book did me in regarding this series and to tell you why would consist of giving too many spoilers yes plural and I ust don t want to do thatSome supporting information regarding the book The story consists of two time lines one of which takes place in the 1970 s and the second takes place currently Jumping between timelines sometimes as much as three or four times per chapter is poorly written and at times uite off putting and poorly executedIn the 70 s time line Longmire is recently out of the army and is hired by Lucian Connolly as a deputy sheriff He has graduated college and served two tours of duty in Vietnam along with his friend Henry Standing Bear Longmire has also recently married This would make him and his best friend Henry s age somewhere in their late twenties or early thirtiesThis portion of the story takes place on what is perhaps the last and uite powerful steam engines still operating This is also perhaps the third Longmire involving trains Just sayin A murder occurs on the train which is filled with all of the sheriff s in the state celebrating an annual get together by carousing and drinking copious amounts of liuor When the train stops Longmire gets off the train and immediately gets hit in the head suffers a concussion and the train departs With his head bleeding a gaping open wound he stumbles into a nearby bar seeks aid and a ride to the next town where the train will make a stop The only ride available is a hippie bands tour bus It is implied that this is perhaps Jefferson Airplane s tour bus During the ride of course a beautiful lady named Grace emerges form the rear of the bus and wants to do the nasty with Deputy Sheriff Longmire Of course every woman he encounters wants his inputThe other half of the story pertains to activities occurring in the present time This would place Longmire and Henry s age into their mid to late seventies and Lucian s somewhere into his upper nineties They perform stunts people of this age would be unable to performAt best all of the additional regular characters are less than cardboard cutoutsSo that s it for me however you may love this book. E machinations of twenty four veteran sheriffs let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them   The photograph along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement hurtles the sheriff into a head on collision of past and present placing him and everyone he cares about suarely on the tracks of runaway reveng. .

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The Western StarHaving enjoyed uite a few episodes of Longmire on video I thought I ought to try a book from the series for the first time I found the humour to be enjoyable but I don t think I will read another one It probably reuires starting at the beginning for it all to make senseLibrary Loan Again Craig Johnson has cranked out an engaging story full of memorable characters with the star sheriff that is being Walt Longmire of Absaroka County Wyoming It is not serendipitous that Walt climbs aboard the Western Star train with 25 other sheriffs with a copy of Agatha Christie s Murder on the Orient Express under his arm Nuff said This the 13th in the series is subtly better than the previous three or four Johnson uses the historiccurrent dual story structure to good effect here Longmire s first murder investigation in 1972 resurfaces in present day I think he wrote this story as a device to use the Western Star a steam locomotive making its last run hauling the sheriff s association on a three day unket Trains are tension builders trapped but not trapped always moving isolated compressed Everybody on this one is drunk and they all have guns What could go wrongI like the atmosphere of the train and it made me realize why Johnson s writing is so endearing Like the train Longmire and the other characters create an idealized society akin to the old west as visualized by Hollywood I d recommend The Tin Star with Henry FondaJohnson also continues his ever unresolved multi book mega plot the story of a Mexican bad guy who wants revenge on Longmire This plot has wriggled near the surface for the last three books in the sense that some irrational murder will occur and they ll all take a moment to wonder Hey I wonder if it s THAT guy This book annoyingly ends with a strong cliffhanger for that long range plot Ha I guess we have to read the next book though like the writing of George RR Martin I m sure there won t be any resolution there either In this 13th book in the Walt Longmire series we get a glimpse of Walt s past and of his wife Martha with past and present colliding with disastrous results In the present Walt is in Cheyenne visiting his daughter and granddaughter and also to attend a parole For A Convict for a convict Walt not want released When the action moves into the past we get the story of a train trip on The Western StarWhen Walt was a beginning deputy under Sheriff Lucian Connelly he took part in this ceremonial trip which served as the annual meeting of the 24 sheriffs of Wyoming One sheriff confides a suspicion to Walt simply because Walt had been in Vietnam and therefore uninvolved in what this sheriff believes is happening How on earth does a murder occur on a moving train carrying 24 sheriffs a deputy train security AND SUPPORT STAFFI ALWAYS ENJOY CRAIG support staffI always enjoy Craig s books and this is no exception Vic and Henry appear in this book and provide the wise cracking conversations I ve come to expect It s an interesting addition to the series but can be read without knowing the history of all the characters This ends on what I ll call a lull there is to come in hopefully the next book The Western Star by Craig Johnson is a 2017 Viking publication This is the thirteenth book in the Walt Longmire series He did it she did it or they all did it Walt never misses the parole hearing which takes place every four years for a prisoner over at Cheyenne who happens to be the m An excellent entry in the Longmire series that is used to set up th. The thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series the basis for the hit Netflix series LongmireSheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive It takes him ,

E next book because this one ends with a cliffhanger This is basically two tales in one including murders on a sheriff s train a cliffhanger This is basically two tales in one including murders on a sheriff s train the 70 s and another one in today s world when the original murderer is up for release due to health reasons Johnson is the master of cool witty dialogue and that is here in spades Recommended There are actually two stories one from the past that eventually coincides with the present but the reader is ostled a little by the back and forth momentum IMO And at the end we are left with a huge problem that was somewhat neglected and we will have to wait to read the next book to continue the seriesThe historical story about the Western Star a legendary train famous in Wyoming history is certainly worth learning about This along with interesting facts about the post Vietnam era when Walt Longmire was undecided about the direction his life was going to take gives us some background to learn about how he happened to take the deputy ob under Lucian ConnellySo without giving away any spoilers I would certainly recommend reading this book because if you are a Longmire follower you can t help yourself There are pedigreed dogs like the ostentatious Lowchen the uppity Samoyed or the haughty Tibetan Mastiff You Know Dogs That know dogs that belly scratches at all hours of the night eat only organic chicken browned in a low sodium broth and when you toss them a tennis ball to fetch they look at you like you ust ripped out a fart And then you have the mutts Sloppy goofballs that wag their tails even when you are berating them for eating the drapes and are always up for a walk even in a torrential downpour Mutts ust want to hang with you and make you happy Craig Johnson s mystery books about Walt Longmire Sheriff of Absaroka County Wyoming stand completely in the mutt category The Western Star is the 13th book in this series and like a mutt it doesn t strive for much it is only too happy achieving some fun Really it don t need nothin but a good time and how can we resist It ain t looking for nothin but a good time and seriously it don t get better than this Maybe it will bark at some suirrels maybe it will give a harmless mail carrier the hairy eyeball maybe it will ust sit there and lick it s anus Hey it s all good as long as we re having a good time A skilled writer Johnson can do fun This time around we got Walt reminiscing about that time in the early 70 s You remember finally back from the swampy Transformational and Charismatic Leadership jungles of Nam he wasust starting out as a deputy sheriff to Lucian Connolly He was on that train The Western Star with all those neighboring sheriffs for the annual meeting of the Wyoming Sherriffs Association when people started getting killed and thrown off the train But who can you suspect when everyone is a sheriff We also flip periodically to the present day where a much older Longmire is in a lather about a mysterious convicted killer supposedly serving a life sentence getting a compassionate release from ail Is this connected to the murders from the 1970 sIt s a pleasurable compassionate release from ail Is this connected to the murders from the 1970 sIt s a pleasurable this mongrel really wants you to smile The story moves at a rapid pace and there is a wonderfully creepy scene that takes place in the mental ward of a prison The ultimate mystery however holds together as well as a subzero degree snowball Note scientifically during temperatures that drop below zero it is too cold for snow to weld into a larger solid ball Thus my example indicates that the mystery doesn t hold together much at al. Ack to when fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam then deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association unket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back Armed with his trusty Colt45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express the young Walt was ill prepared for th.

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