David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell, November 2013

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I've read all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and this one doesn't disappoint.  He has a great talent for explaining very difficult subjects through story and example and then putting it in context for the reader to gain insight and understanding.  Here, the subject is the upside down "U" curve and it implications for various real-world subjects.  If you are a parent, I suggest you read this book.  It will help you in thinking about education and what's best for your child,.

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy; January 2013

Currently reading Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy and loving it. Clancy continues to take us into the life of Jack Ryan, now President of the United States, along with his son Jack Jr.

Jack Jr. continues to work for The Campus, the ultra secret spy organization that is off the books and looks like an investment group to everyone.  The Campus operatives are finding themselves out-smarted at every turn and unsure what is happening.  To make matters worse, Jack Jr. believes that his current love is a spy and is playing him.

Meanwhile, the Chinese are claiming the South China Sea and are threatening war.  American lives are being lost and our nations intelligent resources are compromised.

If this is all bad enough, someone has computer hacked every important computer system worldwide.  No information is safe and no one can figure out how far the infiltration goes.

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Daemon, aniel Suarez; May 2013

his is a wonderful and highly creative book that speaks to us about the future we are building.  With so much of our lives existing in the computerized world we now live in, one great mind can change everything.  The premise is certainly very intriguing and the book exploits it.

My only issue with this book is the ending.  I hate a book that was written with a sequel in mind.  I need closure on one chapter before moving to another and this book only leaves you hanging.  Nothing is resolved.  Having said that, I would recommend this book and sincerely hope Mr. Suarez releases the sequel very soon.

Rating: **** (4 stars)