Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I really enjoyed The Hunger Games when I first read it, while it’s not my usually genre my wife read it and thought I would enjoy it as well. Much like the first novel, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is also a fast read and introduces new characters as well.

Book Review: The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

Lawyer Kevin Wylie works for a shady boss who knowingly protects criminals under the thinly veiled disguise of being their lawyer. When he finds out that his estranged father is dying, Kevin decides to try and renew his relationship and leaves.

During his visit Kevin reconnects with his past and helps a family friend, Billy, who is charged with murder of a corporate tycoon who destroyed the lives of thousands of people (think Enron).

Book Review: Gracianna by Trini Amador

In the early 1940s, Gracianna Lasaga, a young girl from the mountains, sets her sights on reaching America. However, soon Gracianna is entangled in world War II and Nazi occupied Paris. Soon Gracianna finds a way to fight against the occupiers while also trying to achieve her dream and help her sister.

Book Review: House of Earth by Woody Guthrie

House of Earth by Woody Guthrie is a recently published novel by the famed folk singer. The novel was finished in 1947 and is the only fully realized novel of the author.

Book Review: The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman is a novel taking place in present time, as well as in Nazi Germany’s Berlin. The book mixes espionage and suspense while telling parallel stories.

Book Review: Day of Reckoning by Stephen England

Even though this novel is the second in the series, it is a standalone story which one could enjoy. The returning characters are re-introduced and the synopsis of the first book is rehashed throughout. The story is told horizontally, meaning that the various storylines are happening at the same time but at a different location. The author did a great job setting up the pages so the breaks are easy to follow and understand.

Book Review: A Journal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe

A Journal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe is a fictional book about the Great Plague of London in 1665. The book was published in 1722 (57 years after the event) and was meant as a warning because they thought that plague in Marseilles would cross the channel into England

Book Review: Clisson and Eugénie by Napoleon Bonaparte

Even though the novel is almost 300 years old (at the time of this post), it is still relevant and exciting. While the language does reflect the prejudices of the 18th Century, it is still a product of its time and well worth reading.

Book Review: Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming is the second novel featuring Secret Service agent James Bond 007. The book was first published in 1954 and takes place during the cold war.

Book Review: Lineup by Liad Shoham

Lineup by Liad Shoham is the American debut of the Israeli author. A quiet Tel-Aviv street is rocked by a brutal rape which leaves the police baffled since no eyewitnesses, clues or suspects exist. The victim’s father refuses to admit defeat and starts his own investigation when he notices a man acting strangely in the vicinity of his daughter’s apartment.