Book Review: The Last Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

Milo Weaver, the reluctant spy, finds himself facing a CIA analyst about 10 years after the Department of Tourism, CIA’s silent assassins, was disbanded. The two find themselves on the run when a new breed of Tourists tries to kill them both.

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Fun Facts Friday: Howard Lindsay

Lindsay and Crouse won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play State of the Union (1946).

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Book Review: Captain Nemo by Kevin J. Anderson

This was a really enjoyable story, the narrative reads like a biography and not a fictional tale,

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Guest Post: 4 Books That Will Change Your Life

Words can be powerful. Most readers will know from experience that certain books and their ideas and philosophies have the ability to affect how you see the world. We have collected a handful of books that, regardless of time, age or setting, have a message that will impact your life for the better.

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Book Review: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

As a fan of the author, I had high hopes for this book. His talent of for extracting relevant, accurate, entertaining and informative information from the annals of history is something which I envy.

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Fun Facts Friday: Ovid

Ovid went to leave at the edge of the Roman Empire, by the Black Sea in Tomis (now Constanţa, Romania). As inventive as ever he learned the Getic language and wrote a poem to prize Augustus in that language.
That poem has not survived time, it probably would have been the only record of the Getic language.

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Book Review: Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

This novel was an easy read, and well researched. Much of the book isn’t historical per-say, which is why I don’t know if I’d categorize it as historical-fiction, but rather as a novel which takes place in the past.

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Book Review: The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata

The author builds the story in multiple layers, orphans, diaspora, multiple Earths, and more importantly the way past generations influence future ones in ways which they never imagined.

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

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

I borrowed this book from my sister. “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” is a wonderful and witty memoir of Bill Bryson‘s childhood journey through the 1950’s. Mr. Bryson goes back to the absurdity of the golden age of no seatbelts, no airbags, helmets, and bottled water or knee pads. An age where […]

Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

I bought this eBook. “The Ice Princess” is an intriguing crime fiction novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg.  The novel tells about writer Erica Falck who comes back to her hometown, a small fishing village, only to find her childhood girlfriend, Alex, dead.  At first it seems that Alex has committed suicide, but then the […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. Let me start by saying that I’m glad that the good folks in the Larssonverse have laid off the coffee a bit. It can be dangerous for your health to drink so much coffee. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” is the second book in a fictional trilogy […]

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. James Monroe is a short biography written by Gary Hart (US Senator, D – CO) about the fifth president of the United States.  James […]

Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon

Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free. “Beirut 39” is a collection of stories and poems, edited by Samuel Shimon.  The collection is the product of a literary competition in the Arab world, young authors and poets, all under 40 years of age, competed in a contest sponsored by, […]

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I bought this book. “Little Bee” is the fictional story of a Nigerian teenager named aptly named Little Bee whose family had the misfortune of living in a small village on a valuable Nigerian oil deposits. Little Bee meets British magazine editor Sarah O’Rourke on a beach in Nigeria and their lives are changed and […]

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

I borrowed this book from the local library. There is something about the Romanov’s which has always been lighting up people’s imaginations, whether it’s the rumors about their death (helped immensely by misinformation from the Russian government), or the enormous wealth symbolized by the fabulous Faberge eggs or the legends of the survival of Princess […]

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

I bought this book. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” is one of the most remarkable works of fiction I have ever read. Even though this story is about the comic book world, there are very few comic / pop references, and none which are required to enjoy the book. This is a big […]

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

I borrowed this book form the local library. “Infamous” is the first novel I read by author Ace Atkins and after this I intend to read more. The subject of this historical fiction book is the kidnapping of oil magnate Charles Urschel by George “Machine Gun” Kelly and his wife Kathryn. The year is 1933, […]

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

Disclaimer: I got this e-book for free in exchange for a review.     “Booth’s Sister” is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Asia Booth Clarke who is placed under house arrest the night her brother shot President Lincoln. The book is divided into two parts, part one is when Asia reflects on […]

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