Indianapolis (a book review)

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 →

The Gray Man (a book review)

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 →

A Tracker’s Tale (a book review)

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 →

Mayflower (a book review)

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 →

Act of War (a book review)

When we last left our titular hero, Scot Harvath, he was doing super-awesome bad-guy killing for America! Now, he’s ready for covert action, called upon to engage in unsanctioned international kidnapping and torture (for America!) so that he can help stop the next great war. In Act of War, the intelligence community is convinced that... Continue Reading →

The Eye of Heaven (a book review)

I’ve had an unlucky streak of reading several “meh” books lately. I don’t review books I didn’t like, but a couple of these weren’t bad. So, here’s the best of the “I liked it, but…” books. Just remember, it’s subjective. My like may be your love. I haven’t read Clive Cussler for years, and for... Continue Reading →

The Black Country (a book review)

At this point, author Alex Grecian has several more "Scotland Yard's Murder Squad" novels out and about. The Black Country is the second one in the series and also the second one I have read after the outstanding The Yard (read the review here). The Black Country differs quite a bit from the first novel. The locale is... Continue Reading →

The Gods of Guilt (a book review)

It’s no secret that I think Michael Connelly is a top mystery writer. I read a short interview awhile back (can’t remember when, sorry) where he stated that he mostly makes it up as he goes along. I’m sure he already has an endgame, but it sounds like he’s willing to let the characters lead... Continue Reading →

The Templars (a book review)

  Ah, the Templars. So much mystery, so much legend, so many trashy adventure novels written about them. And I mean trashy in a good way, because I bought those adventure novels. God help me, I bought them. But who were the Templars really? There are actually a lot books written about them, so which... Continue Reading →

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