The first book in a long series, but the origin stories are always the best. And it takes place in Chicago! What's not to love?
A startling look at how the political machine runs and how easily it can be abused. And it's not limited to Illinois. This could happen anywhere.
Considering current events in Europe, this is a timely read -- if you can handle lengthy Tom Clancy plotting...
The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, is a true story. The locations are real, the timeline is real, the treasures are real. The curse could be interpreted as real, depending on your point of view.
When I saw "Fury from the Tomb," by S.A. Sidor, at the bookstore, I knew it was a match made in camp heaven. Look at that cover art. Or this quote from main character Romulus Hardy: “Egypt is how I got to Mexico.” What the heck could that even mean? I had to know. Fun... Continue Reading →
The fascinating thing about history is how we absorb it, how the same event can have far different effects on each individual. When it comes to reading about history, our enjoyment of a particular subject is often contingent on our overall experience with it. Usually, something has led us to that moment where we pick... Continue Reading →
I’ve read a couple of novels by Mark Greaney under the Tom Clancy line (co-authored I suppose). They were decent, but they suffered from the usual Clancy tropes of over-explanation, scenes that could have been cut because they didn’t add to the story, etc. So I didn’t much wonder how Mr. Greaney would do solo.... Continue Reading →
With the proliferation of vampire/werewolf/whatever novels over the past decade-plus, you need some serious confidence to throw your hat in that ring. A writer needs to differentiate themselves from everything else out there, whether through world-building or a clever hook, and they need to do it without looking like they’re trying too hard. In A Tracker’s... Continue Reading →
After a brief hiatus for real life, let’s get back to business with some other real life: non-fiction! Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick, is, as you may have guessed, an account of the settlers who crossed the Atlantic on a ship called the Mayflower. Often referred to as Pilgrims, these immigrants were not the first to... Continue Reading →