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reviewed Captives. October 19, 2012
Part of a trilogy, this historical fantasy is about two druids who must escape slavery, and protect their ancient magic from one who would really abuse it.      As the spiritual representative …
reviewed The Grene Berets. October 09, 2012
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The Grene Berets
  "The Green Berets" is a 1968 film based on the book of the same title, written by Robin Moore.      Moore trained with the Green Berets prior to writing his novel …
reviewed A Bitter Truth. August 18, 2011
a bitter truth
"A Bitter Truth" is an engrossing depiction of the life of a battlefield nurse in WWI and an upper class family  in rural England. We observe the interactions of this family as they attempt …
reviewed The Jefferson Key: A Novel (Cotton Ma.... July 22, 2011
The Jefferson Key: A Novel (Cotton Malone)
Steve Berry's novel, "The Jefferson Key,' mixes history with fiction to produce a story that is both interesting and intriguing.      Cotton Malone, a former Justice Dept. …
The Jefferson Key: A Novel (Cotton Malone)
Readers of Steve Berry's books always expect that Cotton Malone will be traipsing around the world to spots both popular and obscure in his quest to solve the latest mystery. It's a shock, then, …
reviewed The Ghost Road (William Abrahams). January 01, 2011
The Ghost Road (William Abrahams)
In August, 1918, Lt. Billy Prior is returning to the front after a period of recuperation for "shell shock" and asthma. Even though he's still having asthma attacks, he feels that it's …
reviewed The Things They Carried. September 25, 2010
The Things They Carried
This story brought to mind Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood," due to the mixture of fiction and realism.      "The Things They Carried," tells …
posted a Quick Tip about A Mercy. June 25, 2010
A Mercy
Quick and easy read.
reviewed A Mercy. June 25, 2010
A Mercy
Toni Morrison’s latest publication, A Mercy, is her 9th novel.  Set in 1680s New England, the story follows five inhabitants of a New York farm.  The primary story tells of a young …
posted a Quick Tip about The Constant Princess. June 16, 2010
The Constant Princess
I have enjoyed Philipa Gregory but this book was not memorable, more fiction than fact.
reviewed Under Man's Spell. April 08, 2010
Under Man's Spell
Initially, I was very excited to have won Under Man's Spell as my first Goodreads Giveaway novel because it closely described the types of literature I read and study at college. I'm fascinated …
reviewed The Constant Princess. February 04, 2010
The Constant Princess
I have read and heard many positive critiques about Philippa Gregory, so I was really excited to finally read one of her books. Unfortunately, the hype did not live up to my expectations.    …
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl. September 02, 2009
The Other Boleyn Girl
   I have not read the book by this same title. Nor have I watched any of the popular Tudor's series of late.      I don't know what's worse...watching a film that is beautiful …
reviewed The Searchers by Alan LeMay. May 06, 2009
LeMay's Searchers
A good story which lags a bit in the middle, unfortunately, this book captures the struggle of two men who barely get along, a hard bitten man of middle age and his young foster nephew, to recover the …
reviewed The Constant Princess. March 30, 2009
The Constant Princess
(4.5 rating) It is 1491 and Catalina is Infanta of Spain and Princess of Wales, her parents Ferdinand and Isabella. In the Spanish court, religion reigns alongside the regents, Christianity engaged in …
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl. March 13, 2009
The Other Boleyn Girl
Much has been written about this turbulent time in English history, the reign of Henry VIII, when the English Court changed course, breaking from the Roman Church in order to dissolve Henry's marriage …
reviewed A Mercy. February 10, 2009
A Mercy
Toni Morrison is an acclaimed author and pastoral voice whose writing is beautifully conveyed. In her new book "A Mercy" We are introduced to a 17th century farmer and rumrunner who is in the process …
reviewed Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery. February 09, 2009
Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery, CJ Sansom
Matthew Shardlake is a solicitor in 1544 London who has deliberately chosen to avoid politics, dedicating himself to the betterment of the poor who fill the streets of London. Acting on behalf of those …
reviewed Evensong (novel). December 10, 2008
Evensong (novel)
This is a gripping historical drama set during WWII, which starts at the leisurely pace of a winged invertebrate trapped in amber, and then gathers momentum rapidly as it pulls the reader along towards …
reviewed Child 44. October 26, 2008
Child 44
    Set in Stalin's Soviet Union circa 1953, Child 44 is a dramatic, troubling tale of life under a repressive system that controls its citizens by regimentation and fear. Although the novel …
reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl. September 05, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl
Seeing that this movie is from a novel based on historical events, the general gist of the story may not be unfamiliar to most, although the accuracy of some of the content may be debatable.       …
reviewed The Constant Princess. January 16, 2006
The Constant Princess
I usually enjoy Gregory's writing but with this book and her last, The Virgin's Lover, I am beginning to wonder if her need to churn something out is overcoming her research. Gregory takes the truly interesting …
reviewed The Constant Princess. December 03, 2005
The Constant Princess
It is 1491 and Catalina is Infanta of Spain and Princess of Wales, her parents Ferdinand and Isabella. In the Spanish court, religion reigns alongside the regents, Christianity engaged in a centuries-long …
reviewed The Things They Carried. October 10, 2004
The Things They Carried
Read this one years ago and reread it again recently. Very good story telling here. This is a collection of stories, probably more about human emotions, than about war, although there is plenty of that …
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