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The Sixth Idea

The Sixth Idea

Написано P. J. Tracy

Озвучено Peter Berkrot


The Sixth Idea

Написано P. J. Tracy

Озвучено Peter Berkrot

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4.5/5 (12 оценки)
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Издано:
Aug 2, 2016
ISBN:
9781480581531
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The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.

The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer's patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers-and straight to Grace MacBride's Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror-a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

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  • (3/5)
    This one was too much of a stretch for me - parts of it read like science fiction, there were too many characters all trying to kill each other, and the ending was unbelievable and melodramatic.
  • (4/5)
    Lots of twisty action in this installment in the Monkeewrench series. A small group of men worked on the development of the H-bomb in the 1950s. Now, decades later, it appears that even being a descendant of these men marks you for death. A chance meeting on a plane between two strangers who discover they have a common history soon leads to the murder of one and the attempted murder of the other. Detectives Gino and Leo seek the help of the Monkeewrench gang when normal channels keep turning up unusual connections between more murder victims. Fast-paced and exciting, much of the enjoyment of this series comes from the interaction of the main characters. Though part of a series, this thriller can certainly be read as a stand-alone.
  • (4/5)
    I've been waiting a long time to get a new book in the Monkeewrench series by mother/daughter writing duo P. J. Tracy. The Monkeewrench team is an eccentric group of computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the Minneapolis police solve crimes. Their are two main detectives in this series, Leo Magozzi and Leo Rolseth. The Sixth Idea revolves primarily around their efforts to find out why a group of elderly men, seemingly unrelated, have been killed. The reader already assumes it has something to do with events in the prologue, where a group of men are working on a top-secret science project in 1957.One of the best things about a Monkeewrench mystery is the interaction between the four members. In The Sixth Idea, two of the members are missing and only peripherally appear, more of an afterthought. I love the humorous banter between Leo and Gino and there's plenty of it here. The Minneapolis weather is always a character itself. While not my favorite book in the series, I thought it was an intriguing story line and an interesting glimpse into a little known piece of U.S. history. It combines well developed characters with a plot filled with action. I hope it's not four years until we get another book in this great series.
  • (5/5)
    This one is not too be missed. The plot is entirely plausible. A band of computer geeks are enlisted to assist the cops with a multiple murder case. Those that are being murdered formed collection of doomsday scientists that have a secret method to end the world that has been dormant for decades. Welcome to the 20th century leftovers. It would be a great foundation for a visual treatment. Attention Hollywood! My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy.
  • (4/5)
    Monkeewrench #7Two strangers meet on a plane and discover an extremely unusual connection between their pasts. One becomes the victim of a suspicious death that leads Leo and Gino to an investigation that will need the specific abilities of Grace, Harley, and the rest of the Monkeewrench crew. Fast-paced investigation; humorous camaraderie, a plot involving the development of technology that would have been slightly useful when it was developed in the 1950s but could have catastrophic effects today. This series always involves an interesting plot and fun conversations between the characters.
  • (3/5)
    I didn't realize that this book was part of a series and I haven't read any of the previous books. However, this book works fine as a standalone. It begins with the prologue in which we learn that a group of scientists working on the hydrogen bomb during WWII were also working on the development of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could be used as a weapon. The daughter of one of the scientists was given a book by her father and told to memorize a passage dealing with a generator. Her father was then killed in a plane crash which was caused by a mysterious panel of five men in a mansion in upstate New York.Skipping ahead more than 60 years, people start getting killed or kidnapped in Minneapolis. Two detectives Gino and Leo are assigned to investigate the cases which appear to be linked. They are assisted by a collective of computer geniuses called Monkeewrench.My biggest problem with the book was that there was absolutely no compelling motive for all of this mayhem. The bad guys would've been much better off if they had just left these people alone. The bottom line is that if you are up to no good you should just do your evil deed without leading people to you with a trail of breadcrumbs. I hate it when supposedly intelligent people suddenly become stupid as a plot device for a book.This was a fast-paced and easy read and was a pretty good thriller, but it was spoiled by some coincidences (for example, there was no logical reason at all why all of the victims wound up in Minneapolis), plot weaknesses and a too-easy resolution of the problem. The ending actually took my rating down one star.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
  • (4/5)
    Computers. You can't live without them? What if they were all carrying a sleeping chip set to destroy?With the recent wave of hackers compromising sensitive data, the premise for this story doesn't seem that far-fetched. It is a quick read with lots of twists. Just glad there are some computer geeks/geniuses who are the good guys. We need more of them in the real world (the good guys.)
  • (4/5)
    My faith in the series is redeemed. Last book was a disappointment but this was a great read.
  • (4/5)
    The Sixth Idea is a Monkeewrench Novel by P. J. Tracy. I have not (yet) read any others and found this to be a gripping standalone novel.I am unsure what I found most compelling, the characterizations or the story itself. In this case it is a wonderful thing to be unsure because both were exceptional. The story was suspenseful and moved along at a brisk pace. I found myself thinking about what might happen next (or what might have happened in the past to lead us here) and often a compelling story is sufficient regardless of how well the characters are developed. Yet I found the characters to be well-rounded and realistic. I quickly became invested in both the story and the characters.I would recommend this to any reader of suspense or thriller novels as well as mysteries. If you aren't familiar with the series, this is the seventh volume, you may well want to start at the beginning but it isn't necessary since this works well as a standalone. I do plan to go back and read the previous volumes.Reviewed from a copy made available through Penguin's First to Read program.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 The Monkeywrench crew, Grace, Harley, Roadrunner and Annie, interesting characters all, with back stories to match. Computer security experts, programmers and hackers, always available to work with two Minneapolis policemen, Leo Magozi and Gino Rolseth. When two men are found murders with connections to each other and in the same night, the detectives are assigned the case. Since security tapes have been erased and one of the murdered men's website has been made to disappear they turn to Monkeywrench.This is another series that I have read from the beginning. Just love these characters with all their flaws and human frailties. This case goes back to a bunch of men who worked on the bomb during the war and has extended to their extended families. But which government is doing the killing and which the protecting? Good solid story, some scary scenarios with some surprising results.ARC from Netgalley and G. P Putnam publishers.
  • (5/5)
    This was the first book I have read by this author but it won't be the last. I loved this book in this series and even though it was the first one I read I was able to figure out most of the main characters fairly quickly. I loved this story. There were a lot of twists and turns and some secrets from the past. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I received a copy of the ebook from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion.
  • (4/5)
    Magozzi and Gino pull a murder case at the Chatham Hotel, the victim Charles Spencer, is found dead behind the hotel with a bullet in his head. He had called 911 just before he died saying someone was trying to kill him. As they begin the investigation, they learn Charles Spencer had just lost a friend in a gas explosion in south Minneapolis earlier that evening, an explosion that was rigged and Wally Luntz had actually died of a bullet to the head the same as Spencer. The next day Magozzi and Gino meet Lydia Ascher who gives him a potential connection.A photograph of eight men standing next to a prop plane with President Eisenhower, the eight men were the scientists who developed the hydrogen bomb, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz were children of two of these men, Lydia’s grandfather was also in the photo. Why are these descendant’s dead? Magozzi takes the info for Monkeewrench to mine by “tne Beast”, as other deaths are pinpointed Lydia calls telling Magozzi there are two dead men in her basement.A thriller, a Monkeewrench mystery. Follow with Magozzi as they try to put the pieces together to understand these murders. I particularly enjoyed the ending.
  • (5/5)
    Strangers meet on a plane and discover a very unusual connection. Lydia Ascher and Chuck Spencer discover that they are connected via a World War II science project around the invention of the hydrogen bomb. Chuck is in town to meet another man who has the same connection to that science project but Wally is killed and his house destroyed by fire before they can meet. Chuck is murdered outside his hotel in what looks at first like a simple mugging. Magozzi and Gino are pulled away from their winter vacation to investigate both crimes. They also find themselves investigating the kidnapping of a man is the end stages of ALS who is kidnapped from his home. As they investigate they learn that the man with ALS was also part of that long-ago science project. Someone clearly wants to kill anyone with even the faintest connection to the project and Magozzi, Gino, and the Monkeewrench gang have to find out why.When Lydia returns home to find two dead bodies in her house, Magozzi and Gino are sure that she is also connected. And she is. She has inherited a pulp paperback from her mother which was given to her by her father just before he died in a plane crash some sixty years ago. While all the other victims have had all their papers and computer stolen, Lydia's book escapes the sweep. Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench gang which consists of Grace and Harley this time since Annie and Roadrunner are out east conducting a series of sales calls to get new contracts for the business, are trying to gather information and restore a deleted website created by Chuck so that they can figure out what is going on. This was another fast-paced twisty episode in the long-running and engaging Monkeewrench series. I couldn't put it down.
  • (4/5)
    The Monkeewrench Crew - 3.5 stars...

    The Sixth Idea is the seventh book in the Monkeewrench series. It features a group of eccentric computer hackers who use their skills and resources to help the police catch criminals.

    What originally endeared me to this mother-daughter author duo and the Monkeewrench series were the quirky cast of characters and their penchant for computers. They are so genuine and likeable that you can't help but fall for them and as a fellow tech enthusiast I really love how the investigations focus primarily on the technical side of things.

    In this story though I felt like the characters lost some of their magic. We didn't get to see much of the colorful personalities that the crew are known for and I think that's a crucial part of this series. 

    Also, I don't think the mystery was executed as well as it could have been. I enjoy trying to guess the clues and where they're leading but I don't expect to actually figure it all out. Well in this investigation I was one step ahead the entire time. What's the fun in that? I prefer a little more challenge and complexity in the mystery and a lot more twists then what this plot presented.

    I have a soft spot though for this rag-tag crew so I know I'll keep an eye out for their next job but I hope the authors return to their excellent style of writing and characterization that we saw in the first couple of books.

    *I received this ARC from the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!  

  • (4/5)
    Book DescriptionThe Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller. The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges. This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.My ReviewThis is the 7th book in the Monkeewrench series. It's a good idea to start at the beginning of the series as the best thing about these books is the interaction between the characters and you actually can watch their friendships grow. I found the plot which centered around the hydrogen bomb and EMP (electromagnetic pulse) an interesting but frightening subject. The book is suspenseful and kept the pages turning until the end. A surprise ending leaves one hoping for the next book to be published soon. I hope the P.J. Tracy mother/daughter team can pick up the pace of their writing. It was too long between this book and the last. I highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers.
  • (3/5)
    The Sixth Idea is the latest in the Monkeewrench series. Two online friends, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart. And north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher finds two dead men in her basement. Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are assigned to both cases and finds a surprising connection between the cases. When an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home and an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, a link emerges. Leo and Gino team up with Monkeewrench to solve a mystery sixty years in the making and moments away from disaster. I found the concept of this book interesting (secret government plans and shadow governments)—but just like the last book there was just not enough of the Monkeewrench crew which is what I liked most about this series—I feel that now this series is really a Magozzi and Rolseth series. Not sure I feel the pull of this series any longer. 3 out of 5 stars.