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reviewed HAT DANCE. October 28, 2013
It's always a treat to come upon a new writer in the detective field, one who introduces a main character who is quite different from the usual type we read about. This new detective is the only female …
reviewed Shanghai 1937. September 24, 2013
There have more than likely been several thousand books written about World War II, both the European front and the Pacific part. It seems that the subject of the fight between Japan and China might be …
reviewed Murder in Vatican City. September 24, 2013
Gabriel Allon, Israeli intelligence agent and expert art restorer, keeps trying to retire from his espionage past. To this end he is, once again, in Vatican City restoring an old painting. Unfortunately, …
reviewed The Fifth Assassin. September 24, 2013
This book is the sequel to the author's "The Inner Circle", and retains most of the characters from that book. Once again our hero, Beecher White, an archivist at the National Archives in …
reviewed Killing Jesus. September 24, 2013
This is a very difficult book to review, as you can imagine whenever you read and try to write a review concerning a book about a religious figure. I know that the authors say that this is not a religious …
reviewed Murder in Sarajevo. September 06, 2013
The "murder" in the title is not the one most people associate with Sarajevo, that of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, which led to the beginning of World War I. This murder takes place …
As the author of this well written book states, most studies of World War I concentrate almost solely on the trench warfare in France and Belgium, and to some degree on the battles in the East between …
This is another excellent addition to the series concerning Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy and art restorer. He keeps trying to retire to his small cottage in Cornwall, but world events conspire to get him …
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
I happened on this book purely by accident. It is the first Gabriel Allon novel I've had, but after reading it I know that it will not be the last. The plot is quite interesting, and the action moves …
reviewed Revolutionary Summer. August 19, 2013
Revolutionary Summer
This book is the perfect companion to "Revolutionary Summer", which I reviewed a few days ago. In this book we see the beginning of the struggle for American independence as it evolved in Massachusetts, …
reviewed Uptown. August 12, 2013
Uptown
The plot of this book barrels along so quickly that the reader just wants to keep turning the pages to find out what's going to happen next. There are, in the beginning, three plot lines which eventually …
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
Not many folks today (aside from historians or history buffs) realize that the Revolutionary War might have been strangled in its infancy in the summer and early fall of 1776. The author has a well written …
reviewed Mystery Girl: A Novel. August 08, 2013
Mystery Girl: A Novel
It's rather difficult to catagorize this book. At times it's a murder mystery, at times it's a comedy, at times it's a tragedy, and at times it's a series of almost unending paragraphs …
reviewed Nano Surveillance. July 30, 2013
Nano Surveillance
There's really no middle ground with this book; conservatives will embrace it and liberals will despise it. Although I recognized that from the beginning, I have tried to review this book as a book, …
One Summer: America, 1927
American History constantly surprises when I read about it. In school, we only went over the large and important actions and people, and that's why many folks find it boring. I have discovered, through …
reviewed Night Film: A Novel. July 22, 2013
Night Film: A Novel
This is a very strange, and creepy, book. It begins when the body of Ashley Cordova, daughter of a famous (or infamous) director is found at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The death is considered to …
Year Zero: A History of 1945
Most of us think that V-E day and V-J day were the end of the Second World War, and that is true as far as it goes. In this thoughtful, well-written book, the author takes us through the many events which …
The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original)
This is the first Harry Hole (pronounced "Hoo-leh" in the book) in the series, a series I, and many members of my family, have enjoyed very much. It was quite interesting to go back to the start …
Michelin MN-4357B Programmable Gauge
This tire gauge came at exactly the right time, for I was just about to embark on a vacation road trip, and always before starting would check (among other things) the air in my tires. When I received …
Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
I've been a fan of Stephen King from the time both "Carrie" and Salem's Lot" were published, and read faithfully all of his books, until they began to take on such heft that I was …
reviewed The Forgotten. July 08, 2013
The Forgotten
John Puller, son of a three star general and brother of a man imprisoned for treason, has returned from a harrowing time in a small West Virginia town, when he is summoned to his father's room in …
Buried Secrets (Nick Heller Novels)
This is the second book in a series featuring Nick Heller, and it more than lives up to the excitement of the first. In this book, the daughter of a friend of Heller's is kidnapped, and he is asked …
Gettysburg: The Graphic History of America's Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of The Civil War (Zenith Graphic Histories)
The 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg will be coming up shortly, and for those interested in it but unwilling to plow through tedious history books, this graphic presentation of the battle …
The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale
This is the fourth book in the "Hangman's Daughter" series, and it lives up to the quality of its predecessors. In this one, there is a pilgrimage to a monastery for the Feast of the Three …
This latest offering in the Bess Crawford series is, as usual, a thrilling mystery that involves Bess, a nursing sister on the Western Front in 1918. Actually, though, the plot begins in 1908 on the Northwest …
This is a very well-written book that is geared for the average historical book reader. It tells the tale of the Borgia family, from its first pope, through the death of the last famous (or infamous) …
reviewed Dark Secrets. May 28, 2013
Dark Secrets
This extremely well-written book is the first, I understand, in a series which is going to feature a gentleman named Sebastian Bergman, who at one time was a top police psychologist and college lecturer, …
reviewed Patriots of Treason. May 21, 2013
Patriots of Treason
This is a "love it or hate it" book; there's no middle ground. Having read it I can see that those of the liberal persuasion will detest the book, while those of a more conservative inclination …
The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944
Most comprehensive books about World War II discuss the liberation of Paris, but not in depth since these books must run the gamut of the war from beginning to end. This book studies the days leading …
reviewed The Inner Circle. May 13, 2013
I don't read other reviews of a book that I'm going to review, because I don't want to be influenced, however coincidentally, by them. I did notice, however, that there is a wide variety of …
reviewed Bad Monkey. May 10, 2013
Bad Monkey
I always enjoy reading a Carl Hiaasen book because I know that it's going to be extremely amusing, with a lot of odd characters doing unusual and strange things. This new book did not disappoint me.   …
The King's Deception: A Novel (Cotton Malone)
I really enjoy the Cotton Malone books, and was disappointed that the last Steve Berry book did not have him in it, but that lack has been more than made up by this exciting, interesting and entertaining …
The Last Outlaws: The Lives and Legends of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
This is a lively book that moves along quickly concerning the lives (and deaths?) of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They were members of the infamous Hole in the Wall gang, and some of the last of …
reviewed The Last Man: A Novel. April 26, 2013
I really enjoy the Mitch Rapp series of books. They are entertaining and keep the reader going to find out what is going to happen . Of course, it's a given that Rapp will survive all of the actions …
The Geneva Decision: Pia Sabel #1 (Pia Sabel Thrillers) (Volume 1)
I get the distinct impression that this well written book is the beginning of a series, and I am quite pleased to know that fact. It particularly impresses me when a new author releases a book that I …
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Books about World War II interest me very much, not only from the position of a History major enjoying reading about something from the past, but also because both my father and father-in-law fought (and …
reviewed Cover of Snow: A Novel. April 18, 2013
Cover of Snow: A Novel
I like to read books by first time authors, since I might find one I really enjoy and then I can look forward to subsequent books. That was the attitude with which I approached this book, but unfortunately …
reviewed Dust Angel. April 11, 2013
I have greatly enjoyed this author's three previous books in the Morgue Drawer series, so I looked forward to another interesting and amusing tale. This book, however, while being easy to read and …
In my humble opinion, the three volumes of the Liberation Trilogy are the best source for the average reader to learn all about the American involvement in the European heater of World War II. I read …
In this latest Bernie Gunther book, our hero is employed by a German committee investigating war crimes, and in this capacity he is sent to Smolensk in the German-occupied Russian territory to look into …
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