Book Review: The Undercover Nazi Hunter by Wolfe Frank

About: The Undercover Nazi Hunter: Exposing Subterfuge and Unmasking Evil in Post-War Germany by Wolfe Frank (edited by Paul Hooley) is a non-fiction book composed of articles the author wrote while he researched post-war Germany’s attitude through street level  investigations. Mr. Frank, a German born British citizen, was the Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. 288 pages Publisher: Frontline Books Language: English ISBN-10: 1526738732 My rating for The Undercover Nazi Hunter – 5 Buy The Undercover Nazi Hunter from Amazon.com* More Books by Wolfe Frank* Thoughts: This is a fascinating book, and even though the majority of it was already published in the New York Herald Tribune during the later 1940s-early 1950s. Wolfe Frank managed to escape Germany before being put in a concentration camp as an “enemy of the state”, being half-Jewish didn’t help either. The author managed to get to England and become a citizen. The author was jailed in England for a few months to make sure he’s not a spy (I would imagine) but then joined the British Army as an interpreter, rising to the level of Captain and Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials delivering the death sentences to top ranked Nazis, earning him the nickname “The Voice of Doom”. After…

Guest Post: What if fictional cars were redesigned by car brands?
Latest Posts / June 11, 2019

Fiction lets us imagine alternative realities and fantasy worlds, and it’s not just the characters and places that are fictional, the cars are too! We’ve taken the most iconic fictional cars and imagined what they would look like if they were redesigned by popular car brands. A mishmash of worlds combined to create some truly original vehicles. The Batmobeemer Hailed as one of the world’s best-selling luxury car brands, a BMW would be a strong contender for any Dark Knight. With performance at the forefront of the Batmobeemer, it could outpace anyone in the streets of Gotham. Yaba Dabba Jeep The Flintstones would need an upgrade from their prehistoric foot-mobile to navigate around our modern world. Introducing the Yaba Dabba Jeep, offering off-road capability with zero doors, perfect for any family. Mini Koopa Troopa The Mini Koopa Troopa modified for the racing track. Customised by Mario himself. This kart won’t need any mushrooms for a boost as it is designed to keep up the speed and dodge any obstacles. Rolly Rolly Royce Royce Rolls Royce is one of the most prestigious car brands and this one has been customised to the max. Although there might not be a champagne chest…

Fun Facts Friday: Amelia Edwards
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 7, 2019

Amelia Edwards (7 June, 1831 – 15 April, 1892) a novelist, journalist and Egyptologist from England. She was well known for her ghost story The Phantom Coach and A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, a travelogue. Books by Amelia Edwards* The author was born in London, England as Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. Her father was an officer in the British army, and then a banker. As a youth, Ms. Edwards already showed a promising writing career and would publish her first poem at age seven, and at age 12 she published her firs story. The young Ms. Edwards also showed great talent as an artist, she would illustrate her writings, though not all, and paint scenes from books she read. Not to be outdone, Ms. Edwards also composed and performed music, but a bout of Typhus made it difficult for her to sing and she lost interest. Ms. Edwards was very active of the suffrage movement and even served as the Vice-President of the Society for Promoting Women’s Suffrage. On average it took Ms. Edwards two years to write a book, which included meticulous research. In A Thousand Miles Up the Nile (1877), Ms. Edwards writes about her travels to Egypt,…

Book Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 5, 2019

About: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik is a novel taking place in the jungles of Bolivia, where an American woman finds herself with her Bolivian husband who went back to his village. Ms. Ferencik is a best selling author. 336 pages Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press Language: English ISBN-10: 1501168924 My rating for Into the Jungle – 3 Buy Into the Jungle from Amazon.com* More Books by Erica Ferencik* Thoughts: I have been to Bolivia and to the Amazonian jungle so naturally I was curious about this book. Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik is an action driven book, but the author takes the time to describe Bolivia (especially Cochabamba) and the jungle. The jungle is a living, breathing, ecosystem with a huge amount of animals, from big predators to annoying bugs, many of them can kill you. Living in the jungle is no easy task, actually it’s often brutal, and the author captured that very well. Lily, the protagonist, has a difficult time adjusting, especially being a vegetarian (which I thought was hilarious). The story itself isn’t very realistic, the ending even less so, but it’s a fun ride nonetheless. The narrative is action driven, where something is always happening, but the characters still come…

Book Review: Jet by Russell Blake
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 4, 2019

About: Jet by Russell Blake is the first book in  a series about a former Israeli Mossad assassin. Mr. Blake is an international best selling author of action/adventure novels. 292 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Language: English ISBN-10: 1500176109 My rating for Jet – 4 Buy Jet from Amazon.com* More Books by Russell Blake* Thoughts: I enjoyed reading Jet by Russell Blake, a fast and violent book with a female protagonist. Even though it is exciting, the plot felt formulaic with no big surprises. I thought the author used the same shtick as many other authors to humanize a female protagonist in many other books. The protagonist is has an abusive past, but someone is still tagged as “assassin material”. I haven’t met many assassins or spies during my life, but people who become work in that field don’t usually come from that kind of past – the best spies don’t look like models, but those that can melt in the background and disappear. They’re also not full with rage, or they’ll last one assignment, at the most. I really liked the idea of the novel though, a tough lady, retired from intelligence apparatus by faking her death, than being sucked back in. strangely, for a foreigner…

Book Review: Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / June 3, 2019

About: Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David talks about the history of man getting to the moon and suggests a path forward to the satellite which we, for all intents and purposes, abandoned. Mr. David is a space & science journalist with a long and distinguished career behind him and the 2010 winner of the prestigious National Space Club Press Award.  224 pages Publisher: National Geographic Language: English ISBN-10: 1426220057 My rating for Moon Rush: The New Space Race – 5 Buy Moon Rush: The New Space Race from Amazon.com* More Books by Leonard David* Thoughts: I’ve read several books about the race to the moon and the moon landing, the subject fascinates me and I still get excited watch the 1969 video of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing the Eagle. While I’m not as knowledgeable as many other enthusiasts, I certainly do enjoy the subject and a big supporter of the space program in general. Moon Rush: The New Space Race by Leonard David is a bit different than other books about the space program which I read (First Man and Magnificent Desolation among them, the latter signed by the man himself), as it makes a case to for the…

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