Back of Beyond

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Cody Hoyt is a chain smoking, alcoholic police office who is trying to hold the fragments of his life together.  When his AA friend is found as a victim in a hose fire, his life falls apart and Cody is suspended from the police force.  As 3 other seemingly unrelated house fire related deaths emerge, what looks like an accident soon becomes a murder investigation with ties to a horseback excursion in Yellowstone National Park.  Only problem, Cody’s estranged son is on this trip.  Like the previous book, this is a captivating mystery/thriller from C J Box.

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Badlands

81mbiftbkblBook #21: Badlands, C J Box

Oil production changed Grimstad, ND from a small town to a thriving oil town.  And as workers swelled the population and money began to flow through Grimstad, drugs and crime followed not far behind.  In this story, newly hired detective Cassie Dewell was brought into the Grimstad Sheriff’s department to investigate a supposed connection between recent crime and her fellow deputies.  In her search, she discovers a young boy and a mysterious package that proves to be the key to unlocking the mystery.  In this western, law-enforcement, mystery/thriller, C J Box weaves multiple captivating storylines in a vividly described setting that puts the reader in the middle of the action.

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The Forever War

41zlujxgfxlBook #20: The Forever War, Dexter Filkins

The last decade and a half has seen perpetual conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In fact today’s kids younger than 15 know nothing other than America at war.  Yet, unlike other wars, the average American knows so little about what is going on thousands of miles away.  In fact, ask yourself, how did we get into each conflict?  What were the issues that drew us there?  Who are the major players and who are we fighting?  What are the major objectives?  In this book, Dexter Filkins writes about his experience as a reported imbedded with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He provide a unique portrait of 2 countries torn by war and divided by religious and political sects as well as a poignant memoir of the young Americans who served in these conflicts.

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Chase Away Cancer: A Powerful True Story of Finding Light in a Dark Diagnosis

51p-nw22bojlBook #19: Chase Away Cancer: A Powerful True Story of Finding Light in a Dark Diagnosis, Ellie Ewoldt

In the stillness of a quiet February night, Ellie and Bob’s lives are dramatically changed by the terrifying sights and sounds of their 2 year old having seizure.  And because of this event, they came face to face with the reality that their son Chase had a very large, rare, and aggressive brain tumor.  In the subsequent year and a half, the relative tranquility (whatever that is in a family with 3 boys and 1 girl) was upended by the trials, anxieties, triumphs and heartbreaks of cancer as they struggle through a disease that would tear them apart and knit them together as a family.  In this experience, they learn what it really means to place their trust in the Lord and to walk by faith day by day surrendering themselves to God’s plan.]

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