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Vegas Moon by John Locke – A Book Review

I purchased the Kindle edition of John Locke’s Donovan Creed novel, Vegas Moon for $0.99, motivated mostly by the price and the author’s tagline of “Every 7 seconds, 24 hours a day, a John Locke novel is downloaded somewhere in the world.” I simply couldn’t resist.

The novel begins with sleazy Las Vegas high roller Lucky Peters undergoing an anesthetic-free colonoscopy by a Jamaican proctologist.

Um, yeah.

After the procedure, Lucky retrieves disturbing cell phone messages from his mistress regarding hit man Connor Payne. Mr. Payne is paying her a visit and she is terrified. You see, she has in her possession a device that can activate a chip implanted in Payne’s brain. When activated, this chip will turn his brain into mush.

Again, um, yeah.

After the mistress meets her end at the hands of Payne (the code she types to activate the chip backfires), Lucky enlists the help of another hit man, G-Man Donavan Creed, to protect his wife. There were several brain-mushing devices made and Lucky’s wife has one of them. There is one problem – Connor Payne and Donovan Creed are the same person. Of course, Lucky doesn’t know this, much to Creed’s advantage as he is in search of the remaining devices. While in bodyguard mode, Creed is introduced to a dizzying array of characters: Lucky’s sexy young trophy wife, Gwen, her pet rooster, and Lucky’s depraved Vegas associates.

Oh, and Creed, in the midst of his bodyguard duties, also takes the time to assassinate a terrorist in a busy airport.

Sigh.

OK, the good. This is an easy, breezy (about 186 pages in the paperback edition) read that is good for a few laughs. There are some solid one-liners and it is a perfect time-waster. Now, the bad. The plot is so improbable and over-the-top that it should be categorized as a fantasy along the lines of the popular vampire and werewolf tomes currently saturating the market.

Reviewing this book leaves me perplexed. The story is trashy and unrealistic, but it does grab you. The characters are miscreants, the protagonist is a complex anti-hero, but boy are they funny! The truth is, I liked this novel. Mr. Locke is a good writer, but this plot is groan-worthy. I recommend Vegas Moon only to those who truly enjoy this type of “literature”. Two out of five stars.

Love the Latest Generation Kindle

OK, I broke down, yet again, and bought the latest generation Kindle even though I already had the second generation and felt so-so about it. Read: eReaders Are Great But…

So, why the quick about face? Chalk it up to me being sort of a techno-geek. A techno-geek without a lot of resources, i.e. money. But I felt like splurging a bit and let me tell you, I am not disappointed.

First, the e-Ink resolution on the latest generation Kindle is much better than its predecessor’s. It is darker, smoother and closer to matching the ink found in traditional books. Second, the device is smaller which increases its portability, a major plus for me. I just didn’t feel comfortable taking the second generation Kindle on the road. Seems like it drew too much (unwanted) attention. I coupled my purchase with the Kindle Lighted Leather Cover giving it the appearance of a day planner and the feel of a traditional book. That sealed the deal for me. I truly feel as if I am reading a novel and not peering into an electronic device.

Since it is an electronic device, I should note the navigation is more intuitive. Page turning is faster and the keyboard and navigational buttons are smaller giving the device a less “busy” look. There is the Wi-Fi version – the one I chose – or WiFi + FREE 3G if you are serious reader and want the ability to download whenever and wherever you are.

I highly recommend the latest generation Kindle to all book lovers. And, yes, I will still buy traditional books every now and then for old time’s sake but I plan to download more titles as well. If you’re on the fence about purchasing it for yourself or as a gift, quit straddling. If you’re looking for an eReader, that is a device to read and download book titles, then the latest generation Kindle is money well spent.

eReaders Are Great But…

I finally broke down and bought a wireless reading device. I won’t divulge the brand to keep this article from turning into a review or advertisement. I’ll just say it is one the most popular eReaders on the market. Okay, I bought a Kindle.

I was enticed by the convenience of not having to drive to my local bookstore to buy new releases. Now, all I have to do is point and click and within thirty seconds a bestseller is downloaded to my eReader. If I’m feeling too lazy to turn on my computer, I can download titles directly from the eReader as it has an Internet connection. Again, just a scroll and click then poof – the title is downloaded and listed on my Home page. I love the ability to purchase books, magazines and newspapers anytime I want. I love having my library in one place and not having to choose which book to take with me to read on lunch breaks and extended trips. The technological advantages alone make the somewhat steep price of the eReader well worth the money, especially if one averages around a book a week like I do. As much as I like the eReader, I do have one problem. I miss the traditional reading experience.

The eReader has a no-glare screen that mimics a book page but, to me, it is not the same. I miss holding a hardcover in my hands and the sound of the pages turning. I miss reading jacket blurbs and seeing the author’s picture. I even miss the smell from the pages of a recently purchased book. While I don’t regret buying my eReader, I can’t help but to hope that the device’s rise in popularity doesn’t render traditional books obsolete. For my part, I still plan to buy a hardcover every now and then just for nostalgic reasons. Perhaps I’m being too sentimental?