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Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

There is something about the Romanov’s which has always been lighting up people’s imaginations, whether it’s the rumors about their death (helped immensely by misinformation from the Russian government), or the enormous wealth symbolized by the fabulous Faberge eggs or the legends of the survival of Princess Anastasia.
In “Eye of the Red Tsar”, a fictional tale with historical accuracy, author Sam Eastland introduced his audience to the Tsar’s personal detective Inspector Pekkala. We first meet Pekkala in exile at the harsh forests of Sebria, where he works in the gulag as a tree marker.  Pekkala has survied this punishing task for almost a decade, shattering the record for a job that most people last in a few months before dying.

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The book touches on many themes, such as the role Jewish writers and artists played in American pop culture (like it or not comics are American mythology). However, escapism is probably the most important theme, whether it is from Nazi occupied Europe or from one of the characters sexual identity or physical weakness.

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

The story is told through the eyes of an invisible observer, a fly on the wall. We, the readers, do not hear what any of the characters think but we observe them from a close distance.The storytelling is riveting and exciting; the characters are interesting, engaging and dimensional. I don’t know if Mr. Atkins meant to make George Kelly a likable figure, but to me he was the most likeable person in this unique cast of characters.

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

 From what I understand, author Jane Singer used Asia Booth’s diary as her basis for this book which makes her take on the events following the assassination of President Lincoln unique.

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The story is well written and interesting; this is a good book and deserves praise.

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. 184 pages Publisher: Times Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0805069054 My rat­ing for James Madison — 3 Buy James Madison from Amazon.com* More Books by […]

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

An elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Devils in Exile is a rough, fast, flashy, tough and smart action thriller.  There are twists I saw, but – best of all – the main twists I did not see.  Chuck Hogan stays away from the troubled hero clichés and the characters in this book are created very well.

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

John Adams, an interesting figure, was a person with a high standard of integrity, a standard which drove him all his life.  The president’s relations with his contemporaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and especially Thomas Jefferson were intriguing and fascinating.

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

The stories are very interesting, Mr. Katz has picked a handful of people he considered Jewish heroes (at least one is not Jewish though) and gives us some short details about their lives, what made them heroes and drawing a line between them and the biblical Jewish heroes as well as their spirit.

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