Archive for the ‘4 Stars’ Category

Book Review: The Confirmation by Ralph Reed

I got this book for free. “The Confirmation” by Ralph Reed is a fictional political thriller set in the near future. The book starts with the election of Bob Long for the presidency. President Long is the first independent president and, even though he doesn’t know it, is in for rollercoaster ride. Early in Long’s […]

Book Review: Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn

I got this eBook for free. Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for books about WWII and espionage novels. Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery by James R. Benn is a historical fiction story about an enlisted Boston policeman in England during WWII.  Billy Boyle, a young American solider, a policeman in a family of policeman […]

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free. Giveaway: Author Chris Tusa has kindly made free eBooks available to five(5) lucky winners who will be randomly chosen on Saturday, September 3, 2010.  Entry form below. “Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa is a short novel, or a long short story depending on how you look at […]

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I bought this eBook as “The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection” Coinciding with the movie’s 71st anniversary. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is the first of 15 books in the fictional Oz series and tells the story of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who was swooped with her dog Toto by a […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The third book of the series if finely crafted much like the first.  Larsson does a skillful job at interlacing between the good and the bad, the intelligence agencies, the police and the media.  While the first book was about corporate takedowns, the second about the sex traffickers this one is more of a courtroom drama.  .There are still many elements which the first two books incorporate: Salander and Blomkovist punish their enemies, strong female characters, relaxed attitude toward sex and, as mentioned, strong opinions about government, corporations and sleazeballs in general..

Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is an epic which is meant to be read slowly and deliberately, the tale is smart and the story is fun.  Even though the book incorporates shoguns and samurais, most of the account is carried by clerks and translators.  The epic rescue attempt in a sanctuary surrounded by snow capped mountains is no less exciting than the description of diplomatic rituals and the “arse-licking pilgrimage” one must make before meeting the shogun.

Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

The Kill Artist   is a well written spy novel, filled with details in all the right places as well as several characters from Silva’s previous novels and wonderful political popcorn for those of us that care. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Book Review: The Gates: A Novel by John Connolly

I borrowed this book from the local library.     “The Gates” is a fictional story by Irish author John Connolly, which introduces us to Samuel Johnson and his beloved dachshund Boswell. Samuel is a strange boy who likes to confuse his teachers and dreams of getting his soon-to-be-divorced parents back together. In order to […]

Book Review: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson

What gives this book its unique voice is that the memoir is told through the eyes of Mr. Bryson as if he went back in time to his childhood in Des Moines, IA but retained his talent for writing and life experience – yet writing from the perspective of a child with a wink and a nod towards the appreciative audience

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I liked Little Bee and the ending caught me a bit by surprise and I liked the distinct voices author Chris Cleave tries to use – it made the story more interesting and gave us a bit of background about Little Bee without having to resort to flashbacks.

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