#BookReview ‘Nippon Connection’ by Michael Crichton Originat title ‘Rising Sun’ #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing ‘Nippon Connection’ by Michael Crichton. Original title ‘Rising Sun’ translated into German by Michaela Grabinger

Nippon Connection M.Crichton

Blurb (from Amazon) :

On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L. A. a grand opening celebration is in full swing at the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate. On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the dead body of a beautiful woman is discovered. The investigation immediately becomes a thrilling chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize – and the Japanese saying ‘business is war’ takes on a terrifying reality. Rising Sun is a powerful, compulsive thriller from a master of the genre.

Did I like it?

Sure. I’m kind of a fan of the books of the late Michael Crichton. Several books were made into films or TV series (Jurassic Park, ER, Westworld, etc.).  Or better the books were the basic ideas for the films. There are a lot of changes in the films. In general unnecessary changes and the books are a lot better than the films. 3 of the differences between this book and the adaptation. Another killer. No relation between Connor and the student who helps with the video in the book. Eddie Sakamura survives in the book but killed in the film. None of these changes are necessary. But Crichton worked on the script for the film too. So, I guess if he was OK with the changes. Who am I to complain.

What I didn’t like

Nothing, it is certainly not high literature. I don’t think it was meant to be.

Would I recommend it?

Kind of a beach read. 16 out of 20 points. If you like the films made after the books of Crichton. Read the books they are (even) better than the films

Ausone’s notebook 86.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, humans. Monday morning and the annoying cat is back. Did you miss me?
Let’s start with something positive. The weather will be fine the whole week. And I haven’t spend a single night on the outside last week. That’s positive for my favourite human. According to a conversation I heard he’s sleeping not good when I’m not at home. Do I care? It’s complicated. First I love being outside then I love having the possibility of constant shelter. If I’m still ‘en vadrouille’ later than 10:00pm. I do have the problem that the door is closed and I can’t go in anymore. There would be a solution. But this solution has two major problems. Each of them makes this solution impossible. First the house is a rented one. Installing a cat entrance is therefore quite impossible. Second it would have to be an entrance which could only be used by me and crappy pure bred aka Rashid. The solution would be a flap that will only open if it’s Rashid or me approaching. There is something on the market. BUT… we (Rashid and me) would have to wear a chip. The standard solution would be a collier with a chip. Rashid does wear a collier from time to time. Me? Never. A flap without this restricted entrance? Impossible there are too many cats who may visit the house. The bully, for example. Or even ‘chausettes’.
There is only one other solution. Me being on time. It’s hard sometimes. In general, I’m on time. But only in general. I guess I have to live with it. Sometimes spending a night under the stars. It’s nearly summer there are worse things in life.

At the moment I can spend my afternoons watching my favourite human working on his impossible endeavour. Trying to transform the courtyard into something that looks like a Zen garden. I sincerely hope he knows that it is impossible but exactly this might be what he’s looking for. As I won’t suffer I don’t care.

A bit about the actualities. The guy who’s occupying the office of POTUS is on his first official voyage at the moment. They call it the holy trip. He’s visiting Saudi-Arabia, Israel, Rome and not to forget the holiest of them all Bruxelles. As his predecessor went with his wife to Saudi-Arabia. This guy was complaining that Michelle Obama wasn’t wearing a headscarf. Guess if Trump’s wife was wearing a headscarf? Exactly, she wasn’t. This guy is just a joke. Unfortunately a joke with access to nuclear codes. Last week there was something about the guys working for Trump. They have to use his name as often as possible in the reports they are preparing for him. If they don’t use his name in the reports he won’t read the reports. I’m not sure if the Americans already realize what they have elected as commander in chief. One could only hope that they won’t do THIS again. But then, they did it with GW Bush.

Enough of this, it’s much too nice on the outside.

Milady took some photos of Rashid, me and most important of chausettes. The choice is therefore not a simple one. But I’ve chosen the one of me and Rashid. Enjoy.See you next week

Les gros terrasse


Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62

Sometimes you’ll have to get out of your ‘comfort zone’ and try something different

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Today’s team review is from Olga, she blogs here http://www.authortranslatorolga.com

#RBRT Review Team

Olga has been reading A Shiny Coin For Carol Prentice by Mark Barry


My review:

I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and I was provided with an ARC copy of the novel I freely chose to review.

Although I had heard about the author and read quite a few reviews of his previous books, this is the first of his novels I have read so I can’t compare it to his previous work. I know from his comments in the book that it links to another one of his novels, Carla (I won’t mention how, first, because I haven’t read the other novel, so I can’t comment on how well or badly that works, and second, because I’m going to try very hard not to reveal any spoilers) but I can put…

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The Last Meridian by Joe Hefferon #Hardboiled #Noir reviewed for #RBRT



  • Author: Joe Hefferon
  • Released: 20th May 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC
  • Category: Hardboiled, Noir, Crime, Mystery, Book Review

A telegram sets off a chain of events that destroys five lives, throwing Hollywood insider Nina Ferrer’s life into turmoil. The infant boy she gave up for adoption in Chicago sixteen years earlier has been arrested for murder. A plea from the boy’s adoptive mother pushes her to act, but Nina has a big problem—she never told her husband about the boy.

Lynn Killian left Chicago in 1948. She wanted a new life in a new place with a new name. With no particular plan in mind she headed west. Who she left behind would never really leave her. She would always wonder.

Fast forward sixteen years and Jimmy Filkins, a reporter captivated and preoccupied by the thought of his ongoing project. A story he desperately wants to write based on his…

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Murder At The Mystery Bay Hotel by Marcia Spillers @mysterywriter2 @BrookCottageBks

Rosie Amber

33952647My Review.

Murder At The Mystery Bay Hotel is a light hearted, fast paced, amateur sleuth story and Book One in the Mystery Bay series. Set on a small Florida island, Delphie Beauchamp has been asked to help Mystery Bay police chief Em Lander solve a double murder.

Delphie and her red Dachshund, Huckleberry, return to the bay from their home in Texas. Em reveals that she has recently been named as the murderer by an anonymous caller; unfortunately, her alibi is weak, especially when the murder weapon shows up with Em’s fingerprints all over it.

There is damage to several graves in the local cemetery and Delphie’s skills in historical research are called to solve the case. But she’s made to feel unwelcome by several long standing locals, and is attacked whilst out on a late night walk. Salvage diver Josh Porter comes to her rescue, and ends up…

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Spotlight on Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery, #paranormal #cozymystery from Vicki Vass #giveaway @dollycas

Cats? I’m in..

D.E. Haggerty

Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery by Vicki Vass

If you are looking for a highly entertaining and enjoyable book, you need look no further.~Back Porchervations

Well-developed characters, two interesting mysteries and a solid pace kept me turning the pages from start to finish. If you’re looking for something different in the mystery field, this book might just be what you’re looking for.~Queen of All She Reads

coverParanormal Cozy Mystery

Bloodline: A Witch Cat MysteryNew Series

Date of Release – May 1

Number of Pages: 326


Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.

Grab a copy!


About The Author


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