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Posted January 24, 2013
Great short story - M.J. Rose psychoanalyzes (within the story context) three of the hottest guys in modern literature - fast, easy, fun reading. Well worth your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2012
This crossover of protagonists from different authors is just pure awesomeness!
I'd have to admit that the main reason why I picked up this book was because of Barry Eisler's John Rain. I have three John Rain books and I just couldn't resist not reading this one.
Aside from John Rain, the other thing which made me pick up this book was the fact that it involved a sex therapist. Sex is an interesting yet delicate topic. Most people are still uncomfortable in discussing it openly, so I wanted to see how a sex therapist works.
I was not disappointed in picking up this book!
Dr. Morgan Snow is smart as she is perceptive. In Extenuating Circumstances, Dr. Morgan Snow shows that a sex therapy can be done even outside the four walls of her clinic. In fact, she almost seemed like a spy with what she did!
In Decision, Decisions (OMG! John Rain is here!!!), she crosses paths with John Rain, an assassin extraordinaire who can make his targets look like they died of natural causes. When Dr. Morgan Snow somehow assesses John Rain during a brief walk, she showed a totally different perspective of what his job meant to John Rain. And of course, the awesomesauce ending of John Rain being this stealthy good guy was epic. It totally rocked my socks off!
And finally, in Knowing You're Alive, this time, it isn't Dr. Morgan Snow who gives someone an epiphany. In the person of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Dr. Morgan Snow learns that needing someone doesn't necessarily mean that you're weak, and being independent doesn't necessarily translate to strength. This message was what really got to me because it's the exact same sentiment I groan when I read about the noble idiocy of so many heroes and heroines in the many novels that I've read! It's just... perfect!
Posted August 19, 2012
What is the book about? Three stories from the files of Dr. Morgan
Snow, a sex therapist at the Butterfield Institute, one of New York
City's most highly respected sex clinics. Dr. Snow respectfully meets
with Cotton Malone and helps couple who has problems communicating
intimately and in return finds herself rewarded in a unique way. The
Butterfield Institute has it's share of celebrity clients of the rich
and famous. People like Michael, who is the kind of politician who gets
votes because he of his charisma, leads Dr. Snow to meeting with a known
hitman. When Dr. Snow meets Jack Reacher, she is wedged under her own
office debris due to an explosion that was probably meant to kill her.
While waiting for help Jack tells her a very personal story to help keep
her calm. What did I think of the book? Dr. Snow is a brilliant and
kind hearted sex therapist that goes above and beyond her job
description to help her clients, and even those who come to meet her.
Exceptionally well written that had me flipping pages for more. I Just
wish there was more to read.
Posted November 22, 2011
MJ Rose really captures the characters well. I was worried this was not going to be good since she is not the orginal author of any of these characters however she really captured the characters well. It was hard to believe she was able to break through to Cotton Malone and Jack Reacher. Excellent book I would recommend to any avid reader of the Cotton Malone or Jack Reacher books!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2011
Disappointing to only receive 2 of the 3 stories...John Rain is a favorite of mine. Other stories were still interesting and entertaining. Great quick fix between novelsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2011
In Session by M.J. Rose is a short book which contains three short stories. This is a unique book because Ms. Rose uses three fictional characters of other authors who visit her creation - a sex therapist.
The book contains 3 short stories:
Extenuating Circumstances: featuring Steve Berry's Cotton Malone. A woman who wants help for her lover prompts Dr. Snow, sex therapist, to go overseas in order to meet with the man.
Decisions, Decisions: featuring Barry Eisler's John Rain. In this story Dr. Snow steps out of her comfort zone into a world of gray, where the lines between good and evil are intertwined.
Knowing You're Alive: featuring Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Dr. Snow finds an unexpected savior but doesn't miss the opportunity for some one-on-one therapy.
In Session by M.J. Rose is a likeable book and interesting as well. The book flatly falls under the category of "fan fiction" but it is written by an established and successful author.
The common denominator between all stories is Ms. Rose's creation of sex-therapist Dr. Morgan Snow who analyzes three famous fictional characters Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Steve Berry's Cotton Malone and Barry Eisler's John Rain.
When I read the synopsis for the book, the first thing that came into my mind was how will Ms. Rose come up with reasons to put Reacher, the drifter, Malone, the covert agent (or former) and Rain, an assassin, on a sex therapist's couch?
After all, many men much less formidable than those three would ever agree to such a session.
Ms. Rose actually managed to do this. She used various creative techniques and delving into the characters' psyche and giving them a new dimension.
Overall, a very interesting book, a short, quick read and well worth it especially if you are a fan of one or more of the characters.
If you decided to get the audio version it is narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. This version also features Dick Hill, Scott Brick and Barry Eisler reprising their roles of Reacher, Malone and Rain.
Proceeds from the audiobook and some from the e-book are going to David Baldacci's Wish You Well Foundation, which supports family literacy
Posted October 21, 2011
Review: In Session by M.J. Rose
What a clever book. Taking characters from different writers interacting with each other characters. On top of that the money goes to a charity Wish you well foundation of David Baldacci. It supports family literacy.
Which I think is a great idea.
Lee Child and Barry Eisler were chatting about Lee's Jack Reacher versus Barry's John Rain. Than M.J. Rose jumped in and said her Dr. Snow would like to shrink them. Later she asked Steve Berry's about his Cotton Malone character too.
Dr. Snow runs into the characters at different places and shrinks them and it all works out. She meets Cotton Malone at his book store. Dr. Snow asks to meet John Rain in the park. Dr. Snow is in her office when she meets Jack Reacher but a bomb just went off and he climbed in to help. I liked all 3 short stories and would love to read more about them. I will look out for their books in the future.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.
Posted June 3, 2012
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