What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?
What age would you like to live to?
I would like to life to be 120-years-old. By that time, cars will fly, drinking water will be free again, all phones will be visual phones, and there will be 80 states in the United States of America. Just so you know… Here are the new ones
San Francisco to Los Angeles- remained California: The northern and southern lands seceded from the original state.
The Virgin Islands
The Cayman Islands
Mexico- divided into three states
Canada- each province a state: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan
Northern Mariana Islands
Australia- divided into four states
Two MOON states
One oceanic state
One state on a yet undiscovered planetary body.
What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?
Are The Loch Ness and Bigfoot real … ?
Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
Of course. Why do you think people say that if it isn’t true!
What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?
Lillian and Madison (girls from the opposite sides of the streets) become unlikely roommates in an isolated upper-class prep-school. Lillian is coerced by Madison’s father to ‘befriend’ her roommate and ‘take a fall’ so that a boarding school scandal can be resolved. Their codependent friendship continues through letters.
Several years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison seeking assistance once again “from the only person I can truly trust”. Lillian is hired to babysitter Madison’s stepchildren. The stepchildren happen to have an unusual gift- they spontaneously combust.
A touching story, yet hilariously funny!
Once you start the book, you won’t want to put it down!
From the Top Ten, I was guilty of FOUR! (FYI: I have been doing those four my entire life- NOT ‘old people things’!
Leave a voicemail– NOPE! If you don’t answer, then you’re busy. So am I.
Eat dinner at 5:00 pm- ALWAYS. Then there is time for another meal around 9:00 pm.
Wear a jacket even if it’s not cold. – NOPE! What’s a jacket?
Take pictures of people and things besides themselves. – Yes! Of, Course. What kind of conceited snob fills their blogs up with selfies? (Pretend I’m not talking about you?)
Obsess about the weather– Yes. I don’t drive in the snow. Snow is for play time!
Go on a cruise– NOPE! Can’t swim… Don’t want to.
Drink tea– Who in their right mind would have tea over other, far more palpable, drinks!
Use Facebook– NOPE.
Ignore the GPS– I already know where I’m going and how to get there. It’s just two lanes down from the big red barn. Turn left, and in fourteen mailboxes, you are there. Easy… Peasy.
Play BINGO. NO. Noo. Nooo! Maybe Monopoly, or RISK, or PHASE ONE. Maybe even put a puzzle together. People cheat at BINGO!
When was the coldest you’ve ever been? The warmest?
I have no idea what the extremes in temperature fluctuations I have had to endure in my young life. As a youth, it was a game. The ‘loser” went inside first. I don’t know what the winning ‘degree variants’ happened to me. (FYI: On one camping trip, the temperatures dropped going to the site. We decided it would be fun to see ‘who was the man’. We took off our shirts and cut the air conditioner on high. We had to stop to de-ice the windshield on the inside twice. I won! There was no prize except for the satisfaction of personal power. Of course, maybe that was really a dream and I am not that shallow?)
Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?
No…Noo…Nooo…Noooo! I have to rely on the knowledge of others for ALL food stuffs. While in college, I had the privilege of breaking my nose twice. Then during my first two years teaching, I broke it three more times. (Two times within the same month!)
I can’t smell. (Well, not actually true. I can smell pleasant and yuck. But once I have the initial odor, I have no idea what the smell is I have noticed… Is it a good smell? Is in nasty? I am not one to be trusted with identifying the odor!!)
It’s his daughter’s birthday, and Amos Decker is back in Burlington, Ohio, at the cemetery visiting his wife and daughter’s graves.
While there, Decker is accosted by Meryl Hawkins, his first homicide arrest as a rookie detective. Meryl Hawkins, a convicted murderer, was given an early release because he was dying of cancer. Meryl has come back to Burlington to seek to clear his name. He now claims he was innocent of the murders of four people: two businessmen, a drug-dealing young man, and a young girl.
As Decker begins to investigate the possibility of Hawkins’s innocence, Hawkins is murdered.
Soon, the small town of Burlington, Ohio, has a morgue piled full of dead bodies- murders on top of murders- all seemingly connected to the trial and conviction of Meryl Hawkins.
Could Amos Decker have sent an innocent man to prison? The more the murders pile up… the more likely that seems.
Amos Decker is a witness to an execution/ assassination of a woman, and then the suicide of her executioner. The deaths happen right in front of the FBI Building.
Decker must form a working relationship with the Defense Intelligence Agency to prevent a catastrophic world-changing event. Needless to say, the DIA want s to hold all its information very close-to-the-chest. But somehow Decker keeps discovering more investigative details to the murder/suicide than the DIA. The DIA finally agree to a loose working relationship.
Nothing is ever as it seems to be, when Decker starts is investigations into the lives of the two people that died right before his eyes.
Facts are definitely facts, but the facts don’t add up to any truth.
Amos Decker is on a new murder investigation. Decker is now working with the Special Forces Unit of the FBI.
A convicted killer, Melvin Mars, once arrested and soon to be executed, is saved from Death Row because of the confession of another inmate.
Melvin Mars was once a professional football prospect. Amos Decker remembers playing against Mars in college football. Melvin Mars’ family was brutally murdered just before Mars was likely to receive the Heisman Trophy and millions of dollars from his football contract and endorsements.
FBI Special Agent Decker wants to find out the truth about Melvin Mars’ family’s tragedy.
Baldacci has a book-full-of plot twists and misfires!