• By Tom Wells
  • Posted Thursday, December 10, 2015

Books We Like

This will be my last “Books We Like” column, since my plans are to retire after 30 years with Forsyth County in April 2016.

My library career started on the Bookmobile in 1989. I worked there until the Bookmobile was closed in 1991. Since then I have worked at the Central Library in various capacities as a Library Assistant and (after getting my Masters Degree at UNCG) as a Librarian in the Humanities Department, then a brief stint as Adult Services Librarian at the Clemmons Branch Library (where I started the Mystery Book Club). I then moved back to Central Library and the Periodicals Department and eventually to the Popular Library Department (where Mike Ackerman and I started the Books For Dudes Book Club almost 5 years ago). While Central Library is being renovated I have been working at the Kernersville Library. In January, 2015 I started the Kernersville Books For Dudes book club. After several ladies asked about it, I also collaborated with another of our Kernersville librarians to start the ladies version of Books For Dudes Books For Belles.

All this to say, I love to talk about books. It’s always been my favorite part of Library work. Those of you who have attended book clubs with me have all contributed to make my library career very enjoyable.

This time I’d like to share a couple of books that I’ve enjoyed since my last column. The first one is The Martian by Andy Weir. This book is not new (2011) but it is newly popular. It was recommended to me at Books For Dudes, and is probably the best book I’ve read in the last couple of years.

Many of you may have seen the movie recently starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, the astronaut hero of the book. The book is set in the near future and features the story of a manned mission to Mars. After a freak accident finds him wounded and left for dead, stranded without hope of rescue for almost four years, this rude, sometimes crude and socially unacceptable, sometimes geeky but always funny ”dude” manages to overcome one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another, with an amazing tenacity and unflappable sense of humor and creativity, and survives! You’ve got to read this book to believe it.

The next book I’d like to recommend is The Survivor by Kyle Mills, this book is actually the 14th book in the Mitch Rapp series started by Vince Flynn. I have previously recommended books from this series to you and will continue to do so. Some are better than others but the entire series is amazing and consistently enjoyable.

When Vince Flynn died several years ago, he had already started this book, but most of his fans had given up hope that the series would be finished. Recently however, Vince’s family wisely chose Kyle Mills to continue the Mitch Rapp books. Mr Mills is already a very popular author of many riveting action thrillers, and with this book he has proven his continued skill and versatility as an author. I think Mr. Mills has very faithfully and consistently reproduced the characters, content, and overall feeling of the Mitch Rapp series, and easily managed to keep me enthralled and eagerly turning pages until the satisfying conclusion.

In this story a very highly placed traitor in the CIA has managed to betray and collaborate with America’s enemies and threatens to systematically expose and destroy much of the CIA’s intelligence network and informants around the world. He has put safeguards in place that will keep the relentlessly explosive revelations coming even after his own demise. It is up to Mitch Rapp, Steve Nash, Stan Hurley and Irene Kennedy to figure things out and stop the damage before America’s entire intelligence network is toppled and permanently crippled.

I highly recommend this story and any future stories planned in the series. Faithful fans, rest assured this series has been placed in very capable hands.

That’s all I have for you this month. it’s been a pleasure sharing with you all through the years.

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