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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.

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

The one aspect of this biography which made an impression on me is the author’s ability to connect the dots when considering why Washington, as he got older, acted in a certain way or made a certain decision.  Mr. Ellis traces event back in Washington’s earlier life which explain, or try at least, his course of action.

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The book simply didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t feel sorry for the author, maybe because the story of her divorce isn’t complete and the missing pieces seem essential to understanding the tragedy (not to mention all the guilt she felt without really explaining why).

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

“Purge” is a wonderful book; I highly recommend it to both men and women of all nations. I certainly hope more people will read this wonderful novel which, as we all know, don’t come around as often as we would like them to..

Handmade Disney Autograph Books

I made them autograph books made of wood and it occurred to me that many bibliophiles might appreciate it.

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, of the Valley of Sorek and one heck of a nag), so a lot is left to the imagination.

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Mr. Gul is certainly an expert on the subject and breezes through acronyms, even though to his credit he explains who they are / were several times in the narrative – for those who need more information there is a comprehensive synopsis of militants and organizations in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

This is a charming book; a quick read with likable characters even thought the plot is quite predictable and somewhat unbelievable.

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