Hue 1968 (a book review)

With Hue 1968, author Mark Bowden crafts a monumental novel about one of the seminal events in the Vietnam War. It is in turns a raw and violent account of the people on the ground, and a look at how American politics and policies in the region helped fuel such a devastating disaster as the Vietnam War ultimately became.

Unbreakable (a book review)

Sometimes you get lucky. I had seen this book before at the bookstore, but I passed it up. Lately, though, I’ve been bingeing on Black Ops 3 on the old Xbox Uno, and I thought the future warfare offered up by Unbreakable might dove-tail with that game. In some ways, it does. But here’s why... Continue Reading →

13 Hours (a book review)

“There was no stand down order!” I’ve seen that a lot regarding both the book and the subsequent movie. You know, because everyone was there. But we’ll get to that later. It’s a super-fun topic. First: the book! I’m reviewing this now because certain elections are in the rear-view mirror. The book is clearly meant... Continue Reading →

Hero of the Empire (a book review)

Winston Churchill, a name synonymous with World War II, cigars, and the occasional Doctor Who episode. I realized when I picked up this book that I didn't know much else about him. I've visited Westminster Abbey and seen the memorial stone (he’s buried elsewhere) and I've seen the statue in Parliament Square. But these sights... Continue Reading →

Ruin (a book review)

I hadn't planned on reviewing this novel, as I already reviewed the first two in this series quite favorably. But the final installment dropped in December and I thought I would check in to see if it's worth going through three long books to get to that big finale. TL;DR – Of course it is!... Continue Reading →

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