Summer reading

The latest books I have read or am in the process of reading this summer (loose definition since I know technically today the 21st is first day of summer) have been Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis  and the book Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth, which just came out this last May.

While Moneyball has been out since 2002, I just got around to reading it and I am glad I did.  If you are unfamiliar with the book Moneyball, the basic premise to me is how Oakland Athletics under general manager Billy Bean came to have a low budget winning teams while putting a much greater reliance on numbers and statistics when evaluating players instead of decades old traditional ways of doing it. Besides the statistical part and sections on scouting etc, there are some good sections that just describe some of the players from the A’s organization.  Lewis gives you a real picture of baseball and what it is really like, from how the baseball draft was run to the art of making deals at the trading deadline and many things in between.  So if you enjoy baseball and have not read this book I would say certainly pick it up.

What I am currently reading is Blood Oath, and what the book is about I will leave to the description I got from the book-

The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President’s vampire.

Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he’s partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the president. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, Cade has spent more than 140 years in service to the president, battling nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream.

Via: Blood Oath

While I have not finished Blood Oath yet, I am just a few chapters into it, but so far the book is quite enjoyable.  So far it is a good page turned and more a fluffy action type of a book that still has a good story or at least enough of a story to keep you interested.  This type of book with a mix of action, and a bit of science fiction or fantasy is a good match for me and one of the genre’s of books that I do enjoy.  Wile it has a promising start will just have to read the rest of the book to see how good the book is overall. I will try to post again on what I thought of the overall book once I finish reading it.

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