Book Review: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 27, 2017

About: Hart’s War by John Katzenbach is a fictional book taking place in a prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. Mr. Katzenbach was as a criminal court reporter before turning to thrillers. 490 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Language: English ISBN-10: 034542624X My rat­ing for Hart’s War  — 4 Buy Hart’s War from Amazon.com* More Books by John Katzenbach Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: I bought Hart’s War by John Katzenbach when the book came out, and recently revisited it. I remember how much I enjoyed this combination WWII, legal thriller and thought it would be fun to read again. The cast of characters in the book is flushed out, the reader gets to know each individual of the main players in the narrative. It is amazing that the author can tell the reader much about each character in a few short sentences. Everyone in th4e book have their personality traits and faults, the Tuskegee Airman is not a cliché, the Nazis aren’t pure evil, and Hart is not a shining crusader. The book is long, sometimes a bit preachy, but that did not take away from the enjoyment of…

Fun Facts Friday: Wilhelm Grimm
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / February 24, 2017

Both Grimm brothers, together with 5 other professors, formed a group called The Göttingen Seven to protest against Ernst August, King of Hannover . The group maintained that King Ernst August violated the Constitution.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 22, 2017

About: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a fantasy novel which is the base to the successful TV show. This book is number on the series known as A song of Ice and Fire. 694 pages Publisher: Bantam Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0553103547 My rat­ing for A Game of Thrones  —4 Buy A Game of Thrones from Amazon.com* More Books by George R.R. Martin Thoughts: I am not a fan of the fantasy genre when reading. I love the movies and TV shows, but the books just don’t resonate with me. I tried to read and listen to Lord of the Rings about five times and never made it past 150 pages. When the TV show came out, my buddy Ray gave me A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin to read. Again, I couldn’t get past 150 pages and gave it back. Sadly, a short time later, Ray passed away (he was 25 or so at the time) leaving behind a young wife. The author took his time telling the story, which is why I believe I gave up on reading the books. If you don’t know anything about the characters, you only start to figure out…

Author Q&A with Kirk Kjeldsen
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / February 16, 2017

I read and enjoyed Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen very much. At first I had trepidation about reading it, but I’m very glad I read the novel. Mr. Kjeldsen was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Q. How did you prepare to tell the story of Kari, a teenage girl? A. I didn’t intend to write the novel with a teenage girl as the protagonist; I first wanted to write about the story of my great-grandfather’s brother, Anfinn Kjeldsen, who helped a downed American pilot get to Sweden during WWII. I couldn’t find enough details, though, and trying to tell what had happened with what little that I had wasn’t working for me, so I put it aside for a few years. I eventually tried it again as fiction, making the protagonist a young man about Anfinn’s age, and it started coming easier. Then I thought it might be more interesting if the main character was a teenage boy, and then a teenage girl, and the story took off. So the character sort of wrote herself, in a way, which I think all good characters do.I didn’t consciously or specifically prepare writing the story of a…

Book Review: The Lost Order by Steve Berry
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / February 8, 2017

About: The Lost Order by Steve Berry is the 12th novel featuring Cotton Malone. Mr. Berry is not only an author, but also a professor and former attorney. 12 pages Publisher: Minotaur Books Language: English ISBN-10: 125005625X My rating for The Lost Order – 4 Buy The Lost Order from Amazon.com* More Books by Steve Berry Thoughts: The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a fast read which brings back the familiar characters of Cotton Malone, Cassiopeia Vitt, Danny Daniels and others. True to the author’s style, the story weaves history, intrigue politics and fiction seamlessly. I enjoyed the way Mr. Berry incorporated the Smithsonian Institute into the story-line. I am privileged to live within a couple of hours of Washington DC and every time I feel privileged to walk into any Smithsonian museum. I loved how the author put that institution front and center as part of the fabric of America. My favorite is the National Air and Space Museum, but I did visit “The Castle” as well. The novel lets the reader know more about Cotton Malone, his ancestor and how he got his nickname. This was a fun book, fast paced and moved the characters forward. Synopsis: Cotton Malone is…

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