Thursday, May 27, 2010

Divine Justice

Divine Justice
Written by: David Baldacci
Mass Market Paperback: 523
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Fiction/General

Publisher's Description: Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced.
But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Yet behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone else, wants John Carr dead. With their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club risk everything to save him. Now as the hunters close in, Stone's flight from the demons of his past will take him from the power corridors of Washington, D.C. to the coal-mining town of Divine, Virginia - and into a world every bit as bloody and lethal as the one he left behind.

I love Oliver Stone. Not the director, of course, but the 60-something year-old former Triple 6 member and leader of the Camel Club. I love the characters that David Baldacci has created in this series, the backgrounds and the humor and humanity each possess. I was devastated when Milton was murdered in Stone Cold and delighted when Annabelle joined the Club.

Baldacci has slowly been building up to Divine Justice. Each book is amazing on its own, but when you reach the end of Divine Justice you'll realize that every book before this one was just setting the stage for the events in Divine Justice.

The book takes place immediately after the murders of Gray and Simpson. Oliver goes back on the run, but his plans are railroaded ironically on a train. He finds himself in the tiny town of Divine, Virgina where everything is anything but Divine. Meanwhile, Annabelle, Russell & Caleb concoct a plan to find Oliver before super CIA hunter Joe Knox catches up with him first. The book is a non stop action adventure for sure and NEVER once did I think it was unrealistic that a 60 year old man could do the things Stone does. I'm sold on Oliver.

I regret that this could be the last Camel Club story. I hope for a happy ending for Oliver and Company, but who knows?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Emma!

Today my baby girl turned 4 years-old. So hard to believe that much time has gone by & she's not such a baby anymore!

Last night Ray and I were talking about the day she was born. Call me a bad parent, but I don't remember what day of the week it was, I don't remember the exact time and I barely remember the first time I saw her! So sad! We had been in the hospital for close to a week. She did NOT want to come out. Since she wasn't in any distress they figured she'd just come out when she was ready, but even with pitocin she STILL wasn't making her way out. I was pretty miserable, had an infection and was pretty blurry for most of the week....or so it seemed. By the time they realized she was stuck and not coming out I was so ready to go!

I remember that the woman who had a c-section before me named her daughter Emma and the doctor who delivered Emma had a daughter named Emma. I remember she was teeny tiny and no one told me there would be all kinds of gunk on her eye lids, but after that, since it seemed my anesthesia was wearing off and I could feel everything going on, the anesthesiologist (my favorite person in that room after Ray and Emma left) just decided to knock me out.

I remember how beautiful she was when I really got to get a good look at her. How she was so long she barely fit in the hospital bassinette. How I couldn't wait to take her home and start our lives as a family. How scared I was to take her home!

I couldn't be more proud and lucky to have her in my life. She makes me laugh everyday, even if it is the same knock knock joke told over and over again.

Happy Birthday my little sweet pea! I love you more than I could ever say!

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