It's been a while since I have posted a blog entry, and it may be a while until the next one as Thanksgiving is coming up. In the time since my last book review, I have finished three books.

The Hit by David Baldacci

The second book in the Will Robie series. This one picked up where the last one left off and had Will going after a rogue agent (or was she?) from his organization. Will was tasked with finding Jessica Reel, a rogue agent who killed her handler, and the head of the CIA. But things were not what they appeared, and Reel was attempting to stop a collection of assassinations of foreign leaders based on an apocalyptic white paper written by a low-level CIA analyst. The story goes through how Reel & Robie help each other until the final conclusion that sets up what I will assume be the future of the series, Robie and Reel taking on cases together.

Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

The latest book in the Harry Bosch universe. I have to call it a Harry Bosch universe as it is extremely rare now in a Bosch book to have Mickey Haller not involved in some manner, and the same can be said for a Haller book with Bosch. There are two running plot lines in this story, the murder of a father & son pharmacist in cold blood and a death row appeal in which the DA believes Harry planted evidence decades ago. The pharmacists murder has Bosch going undercover as an opiod addict with the help of the DEA, and a welcome back for Bosch's old partner Jerry Edgar. In the death row appeal, Bosch knows he didn't plant the evidence, but the question he has is how did it get done and can he solve it in time? This is where Haller is involved quite heavily.

All in all, this was a very good book and one I enjoyed reading. It felt like Connelly was giving Bosch a send off with this story. Brought back some old characters (Edgar) and showed that even as a youthful detective Harry wouldn't have planted evidence. I don't know if this was Bosch's sendoff, but if it is, it worked.

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Dorito Effect

Normally I try to stay away from books and people that I think might end up preaching to me about food and what to eat. The thing is, I know exactly what I should be eating. I know I have shitty habits with food and love some things I shouldn't (potato chips, diet pop, and candy are probably the biggest offenders), but I also know what I should be doing. The Dorito Effect stayed away from being preachy. It ended up highlighting why and how artificial (and natural) flavors are created, but didn't harp that they were evil. It took a different approach, that in the process of feeding many different people there were some unintended side effects, namely obesity. The cause of which the author postulates is that the food we eat doesn't taste like it used to, and that is due to changes in how food is grown / bred. But he doesn't claim this is a bad thing. Just that it's a thing.

From there, he goes on to describe what creates flavor be it in a bird, a fruit, or a leaf. All of the "plant secondary compounds" (fair warning, this term will be overused) that drive flavor also end up driving nutrition and end up satiating hunger. The author then goes on to highlight that we can solve the lack of flavor issue if it is something consumers will pay for and allow companies to profit from. We have already seen that this can happen and there are many food researchers across the country looking into what can be done in this regard.

It's rare that a book makes me re-think something, and this book didn't as coming in I agreed with many of the author's conclusions. But what it has done is gotten me to think more and more about what I shouldn't be putting in my body and what it's impacts are.

I am going to try here to remove diet pop from my diet immediately after my Thanksgiving holiday. I am going to try to remove candy and chips, too. All of these things are things that I don't want Jack to get in the habit of eating & drinking, so that is on me as I know he gets his habits from his parents. We are very good, but I can always be better.

Star Rating: 5 out of 5