A wild ride, "Beat the Reaper" is the story of a mob hitman who, while in hiding in the witness protection program, goes to medical school. While doing his internship the doctor visits a patient (also a mobster) who threatens a hit should he not survive his surgery. Original, funny, and gruesomely detailed at times, book is an excellent read.
Further weekend reading included "Captivity, Surviving 1967
Days in the Jungle" by American workers captured by the FARC in Columbia. Parts of this book were riveting, parts uplifting and inspirational, parts were tedious. Good reading for anyone who is stuck in a situation and needs to draw strength from the lessons of others who made it through a living hell.
Also read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" a one-trick pony which takes the classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and changes the character to be a zombie-hunter. There was some charm but when a book which has supposedly been through an editing and proofing process makes mistakes that only the truly stupid or uneducated could make, the Topiary reader bails.
What is this mistake, the reader asks? A mistake so horrendous, of such all-encompassing magnitude that the reader put down the book in disgust?
Yes, dear reader, the book refers to a "coy pond." This is so far outside the pale, one can only attribute either the author being asleep at the wheel, the editor being maliciously negligent, or on spell-check being so pervasive it autocorrected Koi to coy. In which case, let Microsoft buy the book.