Yes, I will read the next in the series, "Alison" when it comes out later this year. Well done, Steve Gannon, you managed to emotionally flog me! Feb 19, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: A gem of a story! There is so much to this. The characters come to life. Kane Dan - big, mean-tempered, militant, Irish cop who can treat his family the same way as those he arrests. There's no soft side to him though he does have favorites among his four children and makes no secret about it.
He expects much from his sport scholarship, college-bound son Tommy while never failing to berate his year old son Travis. His only daughter, year old Allison Ali? Ya, he let's her get away with h A gem of a story! Ya, he let's her get away with her wayward tongue. Nate, at nine, Kane's still trying to make into a man. Catheryn, Kane's wife - she's no pushover. As an accomplished cellist, she's put up with Kane's fun-poking for her love of music. She loves her children fiercely and will stand against Kane to protect them. Tommy, a high school senior made it into college on a sport scholarship.
He and Travis like to rock-climb. Tommy sticks up for Travis when the going gets tough for him. Tommy is probably his father's favorite. Travis, much to his father's chagrin, loves playing the piano and excels at it. Travis bears the brunt of Kane's anger, getting his spirit crushed. Allison is more sensitive than you would think. Though quick with nasty comments towards her siblings, she also feels lacking in her father's eyes. She is a writer and good at it. She's the first to speak her mind to her father and tells it like it is.
Nate, the youngest is sensitive and desperately wants to please Kane. He helps out trying to gain something from him. If you're part of Kane's world, don't cross him. Though most of "A Song for the Asking" is about Kane's family, much has to do with his career on the job as a detective along with his partner Arnie. There is murder and music. Kidnapping and rock climbing.
There is much to move you through the pages. Nov 17, Mark rated it it was amazing. I was looking for entertainment; nothing "worthy", mind-expanding or life-enhancing. So abandoning my current reading list, I looked at the Amazon Kindle freebies on offer that day. After all, they don't cost anything; if I don't like it I can stop after a couple of chapters with no great loss. This book had an average of more than 4 out of 5 in its reviews, and from a reasonable number of people, more than if I remember rightly. These two facts were the most influential in my choice.
Amazon c I was looking for entertainment; nothing "worthy", mind-expanding or life-enhancing. Amazon clearly have a policy of offering freebies that will encourage you to buy other books if you like it - perhaps one of a series, or of a prolific author. This one is number 2 in a series oabout Kane, a cop. I very much enjoyed this book. I might criticise it for going into excessive detail on certain aspects, like the author is bragging about how much research he has done but on the other hand, these details make the environment in which the story unfolds.
Different from your standard cops and robbers or detective story, it paints the life of Kane and his entourage. Those cunning people at Kindle marketing have won a victory. I will have to try other books in this series, which is of course, their intent in giving me this one. On the other hand, I'm sure they won't disappoint.
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Nov 13, Tanya Stewart rated it it was amazing. This is an exciting, complex and emotional introduction to Daniel Kane, LA Homicide Detective, and his dysfunctional, artistic and loving family. The family saga is the best part of this novel! Allowing an unapologetic and realistic glimpse into this family's complex, heartwarming and sometimes emotionally barren relationships pulls you into this story and moves you into hoping for healing, reconciliation and an acknowledgment of the love and tragedy that binds them together even more Fabulous!!!
Allowing an unapologetic and realistic glimpse into this family's complex, heartwarming and sometimes emotionally barren relationships pulls you into this story and moves you into hoping for healing, reconciliation and an acknowledgment of the love and tragedy that binds them together even more strongly than just "being a Kane.
They are amazing and the difficulty in creating such fleshed out, fully created characters, especially in this quantity in one novel, is a feat that shouldn't be overlooked any more than the stirring, exciting roller coaster ride of the plot line. It's an excellent story and leaves you eager to continue the series and spend more time within the lives of these characters and their problematic, often humorous and always emotional lives! Nov 14, Patricia Ibarra rated it it was amazing.
This books tells the story of the Kane Family: David, a homicide detective, tyrannical, whose opinion is the only one that counts, he knows best, and despicable when he is drunk; his wife is a concert cellist who tries to keep the family together and further her career, with the obvious objection of David; Tommy, the eldest son is his favorite and he feels very proud of him for winning a college football scholarship; Travis is a gifted pianist, very close to his mother, but a disappointment for This books tells the story of the Kane Family: David, a homicide detective, tyrannical, whose opinion is the only one that counts, he knows best, and despicable when he is drunk; his wife is a concert cellist who tries to keep the family together and further her career, with the obvious objection of David; Tommy, the eldest son is his favorite and he feels very proud of him for winning a college football scholarship; Travis is a gifted pianist, very close to his mother, but a disappointment for David who cannot imagine that he will waste his life as a musician; Allison is a 15 year-old girl who likes to write and who always has a say is really funny; and Travis, the youngest, I am certain he will be as affected as his sibling when he grows up.
The bet part of the author's writing is the wonderful way he created each of the characters, each one so different and believable. A difficult situation with tyrannical parents because they only generate fear and distance in their children. On the other hand, down deep the only thing that saves them is that many of them are truly convinced they are doing the best for their children, making them tough so that they are better prepared to deal with the harsh situation life has to offer.
Aug 05, Kira rated it it was ok Shelves: The Kane family is about to endure the most horrible summer of their existence.
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Their family ties are going to be stretched to the limit. Dan Kane is a cop and runs his household like a military unit. His wife is a talented musician, his eldest son Tommy a star football player, his second son Travis a musical prodigy like his mother, his daughter Allison a talented writer and his youngest son tries hard for his approval.
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But he fails to see the forest for the trees and continually hurts all of t The Kane family is about to endure the most horrible summer of their existence. But he fails to see the forest for the trees and continually hurts all of them. But over the course of the summer will he see his family for the people they truly are?
I am a bit confused by this book. I'm not even sure what genre this fits in other than fiction. I really didn't like the character of Dan and was hoping his redemption at the end would actually be worth reading for but I don't feel that it was. I found the characters in this book very interesting, but Kane was so overbearing that I had a hard time actually relating to any of them.
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My own experiences are so far removed from the trials and drama of this novel. I found the combination of events that occur in a very short time span to be unbelievable. Will I read this again? Would I read something else by this author or in this series? Maybe -- though I would not purchase the book or ebook. Nov 10, Edward rated it it was ok. Read LA Sniper first, which turned into a great commute read. Decided to read the whole series. The character Kane was mostly unlikeable in this book, pretty one-dimensional.
Not sure if that's due to this being the first book or if intended to show maturation over the series.
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Second book seems better so far. A good book about the highs and lows of a family in one summer that changed their life. A book about a cop and his family in L. A living on the beach, when tragedy strikes and shows that the family is stronger than anything. Oct 01, Frances Yohannan added it. A waste of time The character of Dan Kane is ignorant and abusive. His wife Cathryn is embarrassingly passive.
I could only get through pages before I had to quit.
I'm just glad I didn't pay for this book. May 13, Mary rated it really liked it.
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Entertaining Story Fine character development. Could not stop until I finished.
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Love the descriptions of his pleasure bringing friends and family to table. Apr 14, Judy Sainsbury rated it really liked it. This is the second time I've read it Characters well drawn, story well plotted, a good read from a good writer. A family plays out it's emotional and character complexities against a police procedural background. An okay book with suspense, murder, and romance. A great police officer--rules his family almost like the military but needs to be able to interact with his family with more caring and understanding.
Family struggles, detective mystery, twists and turns. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Well done, Steve Gannon. You are an outstanding author who can outshine many of the most popular bestselling authors of the genre. Mike Callahan is thirty-three years old, divorced, and a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. What do a Las Vegas insomniac, an inventor whose tinkering triggers a war, a boy with a strange and terrible gift, a doctor who discovers the secret of eternal life, a beautiful woman in a coma, and a homicidal rock climber all have in common?
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Building to an electrifying climax, L. Sniper tells a story of heartbreak and loss, of love and redemption, and surprisingly, of hope. While Percy cavorted with Greek gods and half-gods, brother and sister Carter and Sadie come face to face with ancient Egyptian gods, magicians, and god-monsters. There are plenty of battle scenes against gods and monsters that feel very much like fantasy, with a bit of bloodshed, and some scenes in a bleak afterlife. At the beginning of the book Carter and Sadie, who lost their mother a few years before, deal with the disappearance of their father, whom they fear will never return.
Carter and Sadie, despite their differences raised different places, and Carter looks more like his black father while Sadie looks like their white mother , are constantly looking out for each other as they deal with some harsh realities about Egyptian history and their place in it. The audiobook version is read by Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren.
Add your rating See all 19 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 78 kid reviews. Everything goes wrong when year-old Carter, his Egyptologist father, and year-old sister Sadie go to the British Museum for a private viewing of the Rosetta Stone. Carter and Sadie watch as their dad mysteriously blows the stone apart and gets trapped in a sarcophogus that disappears into the floor.
That's when long-lost Uncle Amos helps them escape on a magic boat that whisks them to a Brooklyn mansion in seconds. And that's just the start of magical occurrences that involve ancient Egyptian gods unleashed, magicians from the House of Life who are trying to keep them in check, and Carter and Sadie caught in the middle, desperately trying to channel powers they never knew they had.
They have only a few days to figure it all out before the god Set builds a gigantic pyramid in Phoenix and tries to destroy the whole of North America. Percy Jackson fans will probably be satisfied, but they have to like ancient history as much if not more than they like god-on-monster action. There are so many gods and their backstories to keep track of, but then that's the history of ancient Egypt: Now that kids know what a ba is and how to pull things out of the Duat and restore Ma'at , etc. History lessons aside, this is a fun ride and mostly because Carter and Sadie are such great characters.
They also have that signature sardonic wit that Percy was known for. Great one-liners come out of nowhere to lighten the mood when facing all manner of horrible creatures and almost certain death. When they are faced with a scary demon in the underworld it comes out that he's not only Lord of Blood and Wine, but also Lord of Perfume. Sadie asks politely if her brother can have a sample before they sail on.
Families can talk about Carter and Sadie's relationship. Why did Carter envy Sadie's life with their grandparents? Why did Sadie admire Carter's with their father? How did they come to understand each other in the end? How did they complement each other? Families can also talk about ancient Egypt and everything they learned from the book.
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