Seventh Sacrament - David Hewson - Archeology
professor gone bad. Mithrasism, caves under Rome, Italy. Lots of blood
- John Calderazzo - Story of authors travels to volcanoes
the world trying to understand them. He is a professor at
State University Fort Collins.
Universes - Fred Alan Wolf - Discussion of parallel
universes and their implications.
- John Boslough - Problems with big bang theory and why and how we are
further from a theory of everything today then we were in the
|5. The God
- Dean Hamer - Story of the search for a genetic cause of
spiritualism. This book was very good, interesting and well
written. Author's research found a link between spiritualism and a
set of genes that control brain chemistry.
- Michio Kaku - Explanation of current thoughts on parallel worlds,
string theory, black holes, multiverse. Very well written with
good explanations of most concepts.
- Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper - Sci Fi story about humans
leaving Earth for the first time and getting detoured because
malfunction. They go about building a small moon into a
living location while they build factories to produce anti
-matter for leaving the moon and heading to their original
location. The story is all about humans called Moon Born that
born on the moon and their struggles with the Council and
Earth Born for equality. Good story.
Varieties of Scientific Experience, "A personnal view of the search for
- Carl Sagan - A book of lectures that Carl Sagan did that
about the relationship between science and religion. He made
good points about what "GOD" might be and the possibility of
contacting an alien civilization. Lots of the topics he
in these talks later made it into his novel Contact. Not a bad
read but there are a lot of words and no so much content.
|9. The Gods
- Isaac Asimov 1972 - Sci Fi book about people on earth finding a
energy source that is provided by beings in another universe.
beings exchange Tungsten 186 with Plutonium 186 allowing the
production of energy on both sides. Earth now has unlimited
free energy as do the aliens. The trouble is that the strong
nuclear force is being exchanged as well so the Earth's Sun is
heating up and the aliens Sun is cooling down causing big problems
for both. This book was recommended by Michio Kaku in his sci
book Parallel Worlds as based on science fact. It is a good
that explains the story from both sides. A quick read but worth it.
|10. Agents of
- Stephen L. Harris - A book about earthquakes, volcanoes and other
disasters. This book is the first time I heard the theory that
comet or meteorites might be the cause of both the Hawaiian
Yellowstone hot spots. According to the theory presented in
this book. The earth was damaged by large impacts from space
the point that the earth bleed large amounts of lava to repair
damage. The damage went all of the way to the mantle and so
the hot spots. Interesting theory providing an explanation of why these
hot spots exists.
- Mourice Krafft - A little book filled with historical pictures of
volcanoes and their
impacts on old societies. An amazing collections of art works having to
do with volcanoes. Mourice Krafft and his wife were killed
watching a Japanese volcano erupt.
Universe, the Eleventh Dimension, and Everything, What We Know and How
We Know It.
- Richard Morris - Another book about physics. The author trys
explain things we know that probably won't change vs. all of
other physics theories that are way out there and will possibly
never be experimentally verified. He talked a lot of Albert
Einstein and how he was sure his theories special and general
relativity were correct because their elegance demanded it. He also
talks about Stephen Hawkings theory of imaginary time which
author doesn't think is valid and will probably never be able
be experimentally verified. The author insists that
current theories in physics are so far ahead of experiments
getting further ahead all of the time. He says in the past
theories were based on things that could be measured and observed but
are no longer. Not a bad book but not great either.
- David Baldacci - Story of two ex fed private detectives that are
called in to a scientific enclave to investigate a murder. Story gets
real involved as this enclave is right next to the CIA's farm. Numerous
people get murdered before the detectives figure out that a
CIA agent is smuggling drugs into the country via the farm. The drugs
were bought from Afghan farmers to keep them off of the market
were meant to be destroyed but we instead being sold on the
coast. Part of the story has to do with a treasure that was
at the farm long ago. Codes had to be deciphered in order to find the
treasure. The author used the Beale cipher as background info.
This cipher also was used to encode documents that describe
a real treasure is hidden. The cipher consists of three
pages where page 2 has been deciphered using the Declaration
Independence as the key. The other two pages have not yet be
deciphered. This was a pretty good suspense book.
Second - David Baldacci - A mystery about murders of two
political candidates that happened
8 years apart but are really connected. Sean and Michelle are the
main characters and were both responsible for the
that got killed. Disgraced, they had to leave their jobs in
Secret Service and attempt to solve these murders themselves. The plot
is a bit convoluted and there are many characters to keep
but all in all it was a good book. You don't find out who the
guys are until the last 20 pages of the book. Sean
solve the crime and start their own private investigation firm. They
are together again in the book above.
- Mark Watson - Programming book having to do with various
AI technologies including: expert systems, genetic
neural nets, etc. The author gives Java classes and example
applications for each. I copied the code from the books CD to
miscjava directory as I might want to use it sometime.
- David Baldacci - A spy like thriller that pitted the director of the
CIA against the FBI. The CIA director is a very bad man who is
able to use CIA resources for his own motives; which includes
killing a lot of people and FBI agents. The story is about
Danny Buchanan a lobbyist who changes from a money hungry to
working for the poor across the world. He lobbies/bribes
to support his cause of world hunger with the promise of a
good deal when they leave office. When Thornhill (the CIA
director) gets wind of this he tries to blackmail/use Danny
Buchanan for his own purposes all of which are illegal. The
stories main characters are Faith Lockhart, the lobbyist assistant and
Lee Adam a private eye hired by Buchanan to keep Faith safe. A
somewhat twisted story but a good read.
- The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine - Stephen Braun - The
title just about says it all. This book's purpose is to expose
some of the untruths surrounding these substances. It also
out that how alcohol and caffeine work in the body is still largely
unknown but that people are studying it more all of the time.
idea that alcohol kills brain cells, for example, is untrue.
talks about how alcohol and caffeine are absorbed by the body, what
causes hangovers, about caffeine withdrawals and such. It was
interesting to read this book.
- David Baldacci - Two stories intertwined. In one, a gang of con
artists rip off a wealthy but extremely dangerous casino owner
$40 million. The owner attempts to find the gang who ripped
off by hurting as many people as necessary to track them down. By the
time the book ends he has only found one of the con artist but
closing in on the woman leader of the gang, Annabelle Conroy.
the other story a librarian at the Library of Congress is killed for an
unknown reason what turns out to involve spys selling American
secrets to the highest bidders. The link between the two
is Annabelle who happens to be the x-wife of the Library of Congress
librarian. Not my favorite David Baldacci book but not a bad
|19. Hour Game
- David Baldacci - This book continues with the characters from Split
Second, Sean and Michelle. This time their firm is hired to
handy man from bogus burglary charges and they find themselves
deputized in order to find a serial killer. Again this book has way too
many characters most of which get them self killed before the
is over. Lots of action as is usual for this author. Sean and
Michelle solve the case and bring the serial killer to justice.
- David Baldacci - This book is about a train ride from the east
coast through Colorado to LA. It is a story of a bunch of
strangers who ride the train for companionship over the
holiday. A famous film director name Max stages the whole trip
(except for an avalanche in Colorado) to try and get to estranged
lovers Ellie and Tom back together. It works.
- Steve Berry - Plot centered around the legend of
great. Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt are the main characters but
the Danish Henrik Thorvaldsen is involved as well.
has consolidated the former Russian eastern states into a
Federation. She plan on using germ warfare to conquer
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan and expand her empire. Zovastina
searches for clues as to the final resting place of Alexander
Great as she is planning her war. She fancies herself as his
and one who will go down in history. Typical Steve Berry book
that is hard to put down once you get into the story.
- Daniel Quinn - New book detailing why civilization as we know
it cannot last in its present form. He proposes that our
hierarchical approach which rewards few on the backs of many
cannot continue. He says a society organized tribally is the
way to move forward. Where everyone has a job and everyone
is equally rewarded for the work they do. This book was not as
amazing as the Story of B but made me think none the less.
Druid of Shannara - Tanequil - Terry Brooks - This is book
two in a trilogy. It is a story
of a middle earth like land called the Four Lands with druids, elves,
gnomes characters. It is a good story that moves right along
nice imagery. Since I didn't read the first book of the
Jarka Ruus I missed some of the history leading up to this story.
The next book is Straken which I will definitely read.
the story is of the Ohmsford family and the struggle to free
Grianne Ohmsford (Ard Rhys) from her incarceration in
the Forbidding. The young son Penderrin (Pen) and his band of
freeborn are tasked with this. This is a very political place
many of the characters scheming behind each other's backs.
There are wars and epic journeys taking place in this many
Druid of Shannara - Straken
- Terry Brooks - The final book in this trilogy. As good
previous one. Of course the good guys win out. Definitely worth the
- Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston - A story of genetic engineering
gone bad. George Galen is a brilliant scientist who goes a bit
crazy and fancies himself a living prophet. On the surface he
his followers called Healers appear to be helping people with
hopeless genetic diseases to be cured. What he is really doing
attempting to clone himself so that he can create healer
in all of the worlds major citys which all answer to him.
The stories hero is Frank Hartman who is a virologist working
the governments top secret bio hazard agency called the BHA.
George Galen has himself killed and his internal organs
transplanted into other host bodies (including Franks) and at
same time implants an electronic device that contains all of
memories and knowledge. When the electronics are triggered the host
take on George's personality and persona. The story is a
little far fetched but was fun to read.
- Orson Scott Card - A story of a revolution that takes place in the
USA in modern times. The American Empire has grown too fast,
the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking
war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war,
though most people just want to be left alone. The battle
between the high-technology weapons on one side and militia
soldiers on the other, devastating the cities and overrunning the
countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing
stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have
technology, weapons, and strategic geniuses of their own. It is a story
of what happens when the American dream shatters into
Who can hold the people and the government together? And which
side will you be on? Probably the most frightening thing about this
book is the note at the end by the author that says this is
going to happen for real the only question is when?
A Miner's Epic
- Stepthen M. Voynick - A story of mining in the Leadville, Colorado
area told from the miner's perspective. Voynick is a columnist for Rock
and Gem Magazine who I read every month. He has an interesting
perspective as he was once a hard rock miner himself. The book
the geology of the "highest valley of the Arkansas" and how the
minerals came to be there. It then goes on to talk about how gold and
then silver were found and how the town of Leadville grew from a bunch
of shacks to the town it is today. He talks a lot about the Climax mine
and molybdenum that is found at the top of Fremont Pass between Copper
Mountain and Leadville. He describes the ups and downs Leadville has
gone through as a result of fluctuating market prices for the metals
mined there. The book was published in 1984 so it doesn't have any of
the recent Leadville history in it. In particular he talked about the
cleanup effort that was just getting underway as Leadville tries to
clean up its environment and transition from a mining only town to a
tourist destination. Leadville has made great strides in the cleanup
effort. All of the piles of slag that used to be in town have been
removed, the Arkansas River headwaters have been cleaned up and many of
the buildings and houses in Leadville have been renovated. An
interesting book for me as Heather and I like visiting Leadville a lot.
|28. Weaver -
Time Tapestry: 4
- Stephen Baxter. Other books in this series include Emperor,
Conqueror and Navigator. This book is about an alternative
of World War II in which the Germans succeeded in their plans
invade Great Britain. They take over the south eastern region of GB and
for about five years this portion of GB is occupied. The
strength starts to wane so they investigate techniques for
information back to the past that may alter their present. Trying first
to change the history of GB so that the Aryans are in command
later in a desperate effort they try to alter Columbus's
from going west to east so that the US never happens as the
Americans are the ones that are causing Germany's war plans to
fail. This book is based in fact as Hitler did have a plan for invasion
of GB. Good character development in this book but the story
wasn't that compelling. Don't know if I will read his other books.
|29. Stone Cold
- David Baldacci - Another book dealing with corrupt leaders at the top
of the CIA. Oliver Stone (John Carr) is an X government assassin who
faked his own death and was living as a caretaker in a cemetery. When
Annabelle (see the Collectors) was trying to escape from Jerry Bagger
whom see conned out of 40 million dollars she became friends with Stone
and his group of misfits. It turns out Stone's past is catching up with
him while he is trying to help Annabelle. Stone finds out he killed a
man by order of his superiors who was innocent. The man turns out to be
a US agent who was sent to kill Andropov and Konstatin Chernenko so
that the Soviet Union would elect Gorbachev to power who was much more
moderate and pro-west. Turns out the leaders at the CIA came up with
this on their own without government approval or knowledge. The CIA
leaders then conspire to kill Stone and his cohorts to finally put the
truth behind them. Stone put an end to their plans and their lives.
|30. Map of
- James Rollins - Another fictional thriller having to do with the
Vatican, secret societies, ancient technology and treasure. This is an
entertaining , fast paced story that was an OK read. It is very Dan
Brownish but not quite as good. The story talks about M-State gold
which appears to be a real thing that was rediscovered only recently.
It is a state of gold that exists both as an inert powder (undetectable
by modern analysis methods) and as a gold colored glass. The author
gives M-State gold a bunch of special attributes but I have yet to
investigate the truth of this myself. The story is about theft of
Catholic relics (bones) that turn out to have been man made in
antiquity with M-State gold. The church employs some rather illegal
methods to try and get the relics back. The story starts in Rome and
travels to Austria, Switerland and Germany and ends up in France. The
protagenist is Grayson Pierce who works for a covert arm of the US
defence department called Sigma. Him, Rachel, Vigor, Kat and Monk try
to put a stop to the murder and mayham created by the Dragon Court
society in their pursuit of the power of the M-State gold. James
Rollins also wrote Subterranean which I enjoyed many years ago.
Secrets of the Sacred Ark - Laurence Gardner - This was an
interesting book in some respects. I
read it to find out more about M-State gold that was used as a plot
device in Map of Bones. The author goes into great detail in biblical
arcarna to track the history of the Arc of the Covenant, how it
got its power and its travels throughout recorded history. He
postilates that the distructive power of the Arc was derived from
M-State gold and he attempts to back up his claim using his
interpretations of the Bible and other historical references. The
author is well read to be sure but I don't know if I buy many of his
assertions. He has written other books dealing with esoteric topics
including Blood Lines of the Holy Grail that supposedly tracks the
children of Jesus and Mary Magdelene from the holy land through France
|32. Fuse of Armageddon
Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanrgraaff - A novel about a group of Christan
extremest who try to incite a holy war between Muslims and the west.
This was an interesting plot which points out the fact that America is
always supporting Israel and allowing the Palestinian situation to
fester. A group of people high up in the Mossaud and IDF plot to get a
red cow on the temple mount in order to cleanse it so the Isrealese can
gain control of the Dome of the Rock from the Muslims and build the
third temple to hassen the return of Christ and the end of days. There
are many different sub stories going on and one does not know who the
bad guys are until the very end of the book. This was a well written
story so I will probably pick up some of the other books by these