Here are my February 2007 picks for Book of the Month. Go ahead and sit down with these great reading selections. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If you disagree with my selections or want to add your comments, feel free to use the form provided at the bottom of this page. I will personally review your comments and include them on this page for others to see.
My pick for February 2007 is The Altman Code, the fourth novel in the Covert-One series originally created by Robert Ludlum. This book was written by Gayle Lynds.
The main character, Jon Smith, is a scientist working as a medical doctor in the U.S. Military and part-time Covert-One operative. During one of his business trips to Taiwan, he learns that an Iraq-bound ship from Shanghai may be carrying chemical weapon materials. He travels between Taiwan, Hong Kong and China to obtain a secret manifest that needs to be obtained to prevent an international incident between China and America. If the document is not obtained, the future of the Human Rights agreement that is about to be signed by China would be endangered to say the least.
Jon Smith meets other agents from different agencies throughout his various missions and all characters are strong and believable. Add to the mix the possibility that President Castilla's biological father may still be alive and be kept prisoner by the Chinese, and you get a great thriller.
The plot twists may be slightly predictable at times and descriptions a little too frequent and overly long, but the book is action-packed and will definitely take your mind off work or whatever else is stressing you out.... Unless you are a secret agent.
My non-fiction pick for February 2007 is Home Health Spa, weekend plans to detox, relax & energize by Anna Selby.
Whether you want to enjoy a detoxing, relaxing or energizing weekend, this book contains everything you need to get started. It includes recipes for meals and juices, home spa treatment instructions and visualization and meditation exercises. It also includes basic information on yoga, acupressure, chi kung, ayurveda, reflexology, massage and autogenic training.
The book is divided into three major sections (detox, relax and energize) and includes a suggested schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each day contains activities related to the overall theme of the weekend and each activity is further explained through many useful pictures and detailed instructions.
I recommend it for people who are contemplating taking time away from all the hustle and bustle of their daily life but don't know where to start. The planning is taking care of with this book, all you need to do is find a babysitter for the kids and pick up a few things from the store. Overall, this is a short book that is very detailed yet easy to read and understand.
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