Book Spotlight: How Fires End by Marco Rafalà

A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian. Amid […]

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Fun Facts Friday: Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist (18, October 1777 – 21, November 1811) was a poet, novelist, writer and journalist from Germany.

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Book Review: The First Stone by Carsten Jensen

A platoon of Danish soldiers, part of NATO forces, are hampered down in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. Third platoon has a charismatic and brave leader, Schrøder, who answers to Colonel Steffensen. The two man are polar opposites.

The soldiers embark on a revenge mission, without realizing they are being set up by a traitor from within. Third platoon realizes that in war you have to make inconvenient allies, and embrace strange bedfellows just to survive the day.
If you’re lucky.

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Book Review: The Second World War Illustrated by Jack Holroyd

The book is full of pictures, many of which I have never seen, each one with an engrossing caption.

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

I was looking forward to reading more about the “binding”, how it worked, affected people and what is Emmett’s role in the whole magical realm the author created.

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Fun Facts Friday: Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (11 October, 1925 – 20 August, 2013) was an American writer and screenwriter who specialized in thrillers and crime fiction.

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Book Review: The Names Heard Long Ago by Jonathan Wilson

The Names Heard Long Ago: How the Golden Age of Hungarian Soccer Shaped the Modern Game by Jonathan Wilson recounts how the Hungary’s changed soccer and became a powerhouse exporting players and coaches to the world.

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Book Review: The First Wave by Alex Kershaw

I enjoyed this book very much, it is very easy to read and Mr. Kershaw, as usual, goes out of his way to tell big stories in an intimate way. Even though I read numerous books bout D-Day, the individual accounts in this book were refreshing and help me get a better understanding of the success of these groups.

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Fun Facts Friday: David Hume

Fun Facts Friday: David Hume

David Hume  (26 April, 1711 – 25 August, 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, known for A Treatise on Human Nature (1739-40), Essays Moral and Political (1741-42), Political Discourses (1752), and an exhaustive History of England (1754-62), as well as many others. Works by David Hume* Born as David Home in Edinburgh. His father […]

Book Review: The True Story of the Great Escape by Jonathan F. Vance

Book Review: The True Story of the Great Escape by Jonathan F. Vance

About: The True Story of the Great Escape: Stalag Luft III, March 1944 by Jonathan F. Vance is the historical account of the largest prison break during World War II. Mr. Vance is a Canadian author and educator. 392 pages Publisher: Greenhill Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1784384380 My rating for The True Story of the Great Escape – 4 […]

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson

Graphic Novel Review: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson

About: The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice by Joshua Williamson (illustrated by Carmine Di GIandomenico) is a graphic novel starting a new story line for the scarlet speedster. This graphic novel collects The Flash: Rebirth #1, and The Flash #1-8.  216 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 140126784X My rating for The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightning […]

Fun Facts Friday: Anatole France

Fun Facts Friday: Anatole France

Anatole France (16 April, 1844 – 12 October, 1924) was a poet, journalist and a Nobel Prize winning novelist from France. Books by Anatole France* Mr. France, a bibliophile, was the son of a bookseller, owner of the bookstore Librairie France. Librairie France was known for books on the French Revolution and was visited by […]

Book Review: Gray Day by Eric O’Neill

Book Review: Gray Day by Eric O’Neill

About: Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy by Eric O’Neill is a non-fiction book following the author’s investigation into the FBI’s most damaging spy. Mr. O’Neill is a cybersecurity expert and a former FBI agent. 304 pages Publisher: Crown Language: English ISBN-10: 0525573526 My rating for Gray Day – 5 […]

Book Review: The Agitator by Peter Duffy

Book Review: The Agitator by Peter Duffy

About: The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising against Nazism by Peter Duffy is a short biography of William Bailey, an American who stood his ground against Hitler’s Germany at a time when the US was solidly neutral. Mr. Duffy is a historian and journalist. 288 pages Publisher: PublicAffairs (March 19, 2019) Language: […]

Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy

Fun Facts Friday: Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy (12 April, 1947 – 1 October, 2013) was a prolific bestselling American author known for his espionage books and military-science novels. Books by Tom Clancy* The author was born as Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore, MD, where he grew up. Mr. Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was sold to […]

Book Review: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall

Book Review: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall

About: The Ethereal Squadron by Shami Stovall is a fantasy novel which reimagines World War I involving sorcerers soldiers. Ms. Stovall is an author and history professor from California. 325 pages Publisher: TCK Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 1631610678 My rating for The Ethereal Squadron – 5 Buy The Ethereal Squadron from Amazon.com* More books by Shami Stovall* Thoughts: My interest […]

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King

Graphic Novel Review: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King

About: Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding by Tom King (illustrated by Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin) is a graphic novel which culminates the story-line where Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle) are set to get married. This graphic novel collects Batman #45 – 50. 176 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401283381 […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

Fun Facts Friday: John Burroughs

John Burroughs (3 April, 1837 – 29 March, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist. Born on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, Mr. Burroughs was the seventh of ten children. To go to college, Mr. Burroughs worked as a teacher alternating studying and teaching. The Atlantic Monthly published his first essay in 1860. Mr. […]

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