Thursday, August 06, 2020

Book review: The Nearest Exit (Milo Weaver #2)

The Nearest Exit just wasn't my cup of tea. Some books in this genre follow government agents who are highly skilled and working to do their government's bidding for the greater good. Others revolve around such agents who are looking to right wrongs they did in the name of their governments, or who are on the run from their agencies who have now turned on them, while still others are about former agents who now follow their own moral code, defending the defenseless and saving those in need.

The Nearest Exit really is none of those. Milo Weaver is damaged goods. He gets caught up in terrible things, from child kidnapping and worse, to thefts to fund operations. It's quite possible this novel is closer to reality than many others, but it's neither a non-fiction work nor a historical novel. It's meant to be entertainment. For me, at least, it really wasn't. Milo is very hard to relate to or feel for. It was a hard book to finish.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Book Review: Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, PhD

Too Much and Never Enough doesn't really surprise so much as fill in some of the family history that explains how Donald Trump is so selfish and free of empathy. His father, Fred Trump, was a cold, divisive father, and a selfish, money-obsessed slumlord. Mary Trump recounts a story of Fred Trump personally visiting a tenant who complained of his apartment being cold. Fred, who ordinarily never took off his suit coat, made a point of taking off his coat and rolling up his sleeves, so he could tell the man it was hot in the undeniably cold apartment. Anything to bully, cheat and win. This "self-made man" took big government development handouts, but the truth wasn't an impediment to his and his son Donald's claims. Through the years, he taught Donald to cheat and bully, and he succeeded in making Donald what he wanted.

There's really nothing much here that surprises, particularly if you've watched Donald Trump over his many years of spoiled trust fund baby behavior in New York and since then in Washington DC. This book is informative and well written, but again, not really surprising.