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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Book Review: Five Presidents by Clint Hill & Lisa McCubbin

Book Review: Five Presidents by Clint Hill & Lisa McCubbin

I loved reading about these great man, who were after all just humans as we all are. Eisenhower’s legendary passion for golf, Johnson’s humane side and the pride of his roots,

Graphic Novel Review: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition

Graphic Novel Review: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition

About: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition is an anthology of Superman, the world’s greatest hero by various authors and artists.  This is more of a celebration of the character than a cohesive story. 384 pages Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition Language: English ISBN-10: 9781401278878 My rat­ing for Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition  — 4 Buy Action Comics […]

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Morton

Fun Facts Friday: Frederic Morton

Frederic Morton (5 October, 1924 – 20 April, 2015) was an award winning American writer who was born in Austria. Books by Frederic Morton* The writer was born as Fritz Mandelbaum in Vienna, Austria. His father was a blacksmith whose specialty was making imperial medals and belt buckles for the Austrian Army. In 1938 Nazi […]

Book Review: Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall

Book Review: Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War by Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall

I love a good spy novel, a great one is even better, and a great non-fiction book which reads like a great spy novel is the best.

Book Review: Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple by Stuart Smith

Book Review: Otto Skorzeny: The Devil’s Disciple by Stuart Smith

It’s surprising that I’ve never heard of this man, a legend then, and it appears now as well since much of the Special Forces methodology today is based on his methods.

Fun Facts Friday: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Fun Facts Friday: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Kate Douglas Wiggin (28 September, 1856 – 24 August, 1923) was an American author and educator, mostly known for her classic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Books by Kate Douglas Wiggin* 1.       Ms. Wiggin was born in Philadelphia, PA and experienced a happy childhood despite the American Civil War. 2.       After her father died, young Kate and […]

Book Review: Returning by Yael Shahar

Book Review: Returning by Yael Shahar

This is not an easy book to read, but it’s not meant to be and is not afraid to ask difficult questions – some of which have no answers

Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine Vol. 2: Killable by Paul Cornell

Graphic Novel Review: Wolverine Vol. 2: Killable by Paul Cornell

While I always enjoy the Wolverine graphic novels, I do find them absurd when there is a ninja hiding behind every corner (don’t you hate that?). This

Book Review: Breach by W.L. Goodwater

Book Review: Breach by W.L. Goodwater

About:Breach by W.L. Goodwater is a novel taking place in the aftermath of World War II, where the remaining powers fight with magic as well as conventional means. This book is apparently the first in a series. 368 pages Publisher: Ace Language: English ISBN-10: 0451491033 My rating for Breach – 4Buy Breach from Amazon.com*More Books by W.L. Goodwater […]

Graphic Novel Review: Nightwing Vol. 2: Back to Blüdhaven by Tim Seeley

Graphic Novel Review: Nightwing Vol. 2: Back to Blüdhaven by Tim Seeley

The story is your standard super-stranger is a new town. Helping a bunch of misfits, a bad-tempered cigar chomping cop, and of course a love interest.

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