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reviewed The Cabinet of Curiosities. December 06, 2014
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" is an exceptional read and an intelligent literary accomplishment.      In New York, a tunnel at a construction site leads to a storage area …
reviewed Worthy Brown's daughter. December 06, 2014
Worthy Brown's daughter
Phillip Margolin is one of those special authors who, when a reader picks up their book, they know they are in for an entertaining experience.      I was sent this book from Amazon …
reviewed Tragic Ground. November 09, 2014
Tragic Ground
"Tragic Ground" was written in 1944, WWII is over and many manufacturing plants that made war goods, close. Spence Douthit moved to this Southern community to work in the manufacturing …
I shall be near to you: A Novel
In Flat Creek, New York, feelings of patriotism filled the land in 1862.      Young Rosetta Edwards falls in love with Jeremy Wakefield. They discuss his enlisting in the army as a …
reviewed An officer and a spy. October 02, 2014
An officer and a spy
This is an excellent retelling of the Alfred Dreyfus affair that was the subject on most Frenchman's minds in the mid 1890s.      As tensions worsen between France and Germany, …
reviewed Texasville. September 01, 2014
Texasville
Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" and the book the author wrote after "Lonesome Dove."      The story picks up 30 years after the events …
reviewed Midnight in Europe. August 09, 2014
Midnight in Europe
The reader witnesses pre war II and the Spanish Civil War.  Set in 1938, the reader learns about the fascists of National Spain fighting against the Spanish Republic.      Christian …
The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel
Cotton Malone wants to learn more about how his father died. He knows that his father was the captain of an experimental sub that went down in Antarctica with all aboard.      …
reviewed The Rule of Four. November 17, 2012
The Rule of Four
Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He has an obsession inherited from his father, about the book, "Hyperotomachie Polyphile" which was published in 1499. Tom's father's …
reviewed The Hot Country. October 02, 2012
The Hot Country
In 1914 newspaper war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Cobb "Kit" goes to Mexico to report on that country's civil war.      President Huerta took over the presidency …
reviewed Edge of Dark Water. September 30, 2012
Edge of Dark Water
May Lynn was an attractive sixteen-year-old with dreams of going to Hollywood.      One day a few of her friends are fishing and pull her body from their nets in the Sabine River in …
reviewed Texasville. September 18, 2012
Texasville
"Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show."  Many years have gone by and the young characters from "The Last Picture Show," are now middle aged. The town …
reviewed Tragic Ground. September 04, 2012
Tragic Ground
Dusting off the top of  "Tragic Ground" I found a novel that was interesting to re-read.      "Tragic Ground" is an example of the naturalistic style of American …
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
In 1866, there are a number of sightings of an unexplained object in the ocean. Some of these sightings are far apart from one another. When no other explanation is given, some think that this …
reviewed Empire of the Sun. August 24, 2012
Empire of the Sun
"Empire of the Sun," is a semi-autobiographical novel of when J. G. Ballard was at the Lunghua Interment Camp, as a boy, during WWII.      The story opens when the protagonist, …
reviewed Early Autumn. August 23, 2012
Early Autumn
Life for society women in the 1920s had its own constraints, the image of "family" was stronger than "self" as was the idea of a woman's freedom.      In "Early …
reviewed White Heat. July 13, 2012
White Heat
P.I. Duke Rogers gets the address for what he's been told is a missing classmate. He gives the address to a new client and the next day learns that the missing classmate was a TV actress and the client, …
reviewed The Technologists. November 23, 2011
The Technologists
In April 1868, a number of ships in Boston Harbor have their instruments fail simultaneously, ships crash together, creating panic and great damage. Officials want to turn the investigation to the Harbor …
reviewed Pompeii: A Novel. November 20, 2011
Pompeii: A Novel
In 79 AD a new Aquarius is appointed, Marcus Attilius Primus, after the last Aquarius disappeared.      Unexplained water loss occurs int he cities near Pompeii and the Aquarius is …
reviewed The Alienist. October 30, 2011
The Alienist
In 1896, "New York Times" crime reporter, John Schuyler Moore, is urgently beckoned to the scene of a murder in the lower east side of New York. His friend Dr. Laslo Kreizler a psychologist …
reviewed The Lost Angel. October 25, 2011
The Lost Angel
Undercover American climatologist Martin Faber is kidnapped by a group calling itself Forces of Popular Defense. The price of his release is the immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces from within 150 …
reviewed So Big. August 02, 2011
So Big
"So Big" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924 and is considered by many to be Edna Ferber's best novel.      The story follows Selina Peake DeJong whose father was a gambler …
Manassas (The Civil War Battle Series, Book 1)
People are mostly content with their lives in Culpepper, Virginia in January 1861. However, Lincoln has been elected and the inhabitants feel that once he is inaugurated, their lives will change. They …
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery
As we follow the adventures of Bess Crawford, on active duty in WWI, we can see her caring and curiosity and a feeling of duty to the dead.     As the story begins, Bess is helping to …
A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine
This is a novel that captured my interest and entertained me with the history of London in 1719. The setting was so well described that I felt I could see the ravages of disease in the prisoners at Newgate …
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