Pilgrim Days: From Vietnam to the SAS – A memoir of the author who served in the special forces of several countries over his life, documenting his life from serving in the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, to the SAS, South Africa, Oman, and finally as a private security agent.
Botticelli’s Bastard – A novel taking place in Europe with a strange premise combining elements of magic, fantasy, historical fiction and art history.
Maley, Dennis W.
Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord – A historical fictional story taking place in Europe during the 1600s involving a dwarf Jew who cons European Jewry into thinking he’s the Messiah, an Italian actor and European royalty.
Wolf Hall – A historical fiction book about the life of Thomas Cromwell. The novel won the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
Cervantes Street– A historical-fiction novel about Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s journey to write Don Quixote. The book is peppered with literary references to Cervantes’ works as well as works of the time.
The Empress(translated by Simon Bruni) – A novel about the life of Empress Carlota, wife of Maximilian von Habsburg of Austria who was, for a sort time, installed by the French as Mexico’s Emperor.
The Psychology of Time Travel – A novel which imagines the world if time travel was invented in the late 1960s by four female scientist, and a murder being investigated across time.
The Jewish Brigade #1 – A graphic novel, the first of a three part series taking place in 1945. Ari and Leslie, two soldiers in the Jewish Brigade, are riding on a jeep through Italy looking for survivors and hunting Nazis, dispensing justice on the spot.
James Bond: Vargr (with Warren Ellis) – A graphic novel about the famous MI6 agent who returns to London from a vengeance mission in Helsinki and resumes the boring duties of the 00 section. Soon enough he gets a new mission, this time in Berlin to break a drug trafficking cartel.
Morgan Kane: Without Mercy– The first book in this Western series which introduces the reader to Morgan Kane, Texas Ranger, an old world cowboy with the ethics and morality of a new world superhero.
Colonel Sun – The first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming. Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis.
The Crystal Star (Star Wars Guest Review) – The events revolve around an intriguing area of space in which a white dwarf star is orbiting a black hole and slowly being drawn in by the immense spatial forces at work.
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary – A historical fiction book taking place in the early days of World War II about an American woman, a brilliant mathematician, of British origin in London working at 10 Downing Street.
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy – The second book in the author’s fictional series about Maggie Hope, this time Maggie is tasked with keeping an eye on the young Princess Elizabeth during World War II.
Darkness All Around – A mystery novel taking place in a small town, the book also captures the neurosis feel of small town politics.
Mahon, Elizabeth Kerri
Scandalous Women – A non-fictionbook dedicated to… scandalous women. Each woman is featured in a short biographical chapter.
Dreams of My Russian Summers – An award winning fictional, semi-autobiographical book exploring the narrator’s grandmother’s life as well as the narrator’s life and how her stories influenced him.
Malcolm, M. L.
Heart of Lies -A fictional tale of a family, inspired by the author’s husband, which takes place after World War I until the early days of World War II.
Heart of Deception – the fictional sequel to “Hear of Lies” picking up with the same cast of characters after World War II.
Mystery Train (Guest Review) – The essential study of the quintessential American art form. First published in 1975, Greil Marcus’ Mystery Train remains a benchmark study of rock ‘n’ roll and a classic in the field of music criticism.
Elizabeth and Hazel– A non fiction book about Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan were captured for prosperity in a photograph by Will Counts.
The Jersey Sting (with Ted Sherman)- The true story of the events leading up to the arrest of 44 people in New Jersey including corrupt local politicians, Rabbis, money launderers and, strangest of all, a black market kidney dealer.
de Marigny, Gerard
Thoughts on: The Watchman of Ephraim– A fictional book taking place a decade after 9/11 when a multi-billionaire whose wife died in the Twin Towers opens a private security firm.
1776 – A non-fiction book about this remarkable year, the book has become a must on the list of every American history buff since it came out.
John Adams – The award winning biography, and basis for the HBO series, of the US’ second president.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis
The Cats in the Doll Shop – A fictional children’s book aimed at the younger crowd. This book is a sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs.
The Grey Zone – A novel taking place in 2072 when The United States has joined the Global Federation of Nations to implement the Basic Human Standard, which improved life for much of the world. Fifteen years later, many Americans still dismiss the principles of the GFN, and fight against it and its forces.
Rhino Ranch– A fictional book set in Texas following familiar characters from previous McMurtry Books.
Books – A non-fiction memoir of the author’s time as an antiquarian book seller.
Bravo Two Zero– A bestseller describing a patrol by the English Special Air Services (SAS) in Iraq during the Gulf War.
Breath: A Ghost Story (Guest Review) — A fictional book taking place after twelve-year-old Jack’s father dies suddenly, his mother Sarah moves them to an old farmhouse in the country. It’s an isolated,crumbling old place, and it has a history. But Jack has a special gift.
Medad, Yisrael (editor)
Peace in the Making (with Harry Hurwitz)- The complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat during the historic peace making efforts.
Holy Terror – A graphic novel which has our heroes fighting Al-Qaeda. The book was written after 9/11 and it feels like it.
Superman: Year One (illustrated by John Romita Jr.) – A graphic novel retelling / re-imaging of Superman’s origin story. From the collapse of Krypton, to the Kent farm in Kansas, from the military, to the depths of the ocean, and becoming a superhero in Metropolis
Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy (illustrated Miguel Sepúlveda) – A graphic which continues the story of the brutal civil war the Red Lanterns fighting, and follows three arcs: an origin story of Atrocitus, Rankorr coming to terms with losing his humanity in favor of being a Red Lantern (Bleez acting as his conscious), and the rest of the Red Lanterns looking after the battery.
Four Soldiers (translated by Sam Taylor) – A short novel taking about members of the Russian Army fighting the Russian Civil War in 1919.
The Enlightened Heart (Guest Review) – Selections from: the Upanishads, the Book of Psalms, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, the Odes of Solomon, Chinese nature poets, early Christian theologians, Japanese haiku practitioners, Sufi poet Rumi, Dante, Kabir, Shakespeare, and more.
Samurai Castles (photography by David Green) – A non0fiction book featuring these fantastic Japanese castles.
One Night in Winter – A a gripping, intelligent novel about a bunch of upper class kids in Stalin’s Russia after World War II who were arrested for treason.
Sashenka by Simon Sebag Montefiore – A novel taking place in Russia before and after the Communist revolution where sixteen year old Sashenka Zeitlin feels that she is making history. Daughter of a rich, Jewish merchant, beautiful and stubborn Sashenka plays a dangerous game with the Tsar’s secret police in 1916
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 – A graphic novel which puts together a bunch of famous fictional characters, written by different authors, to a steampunk adventure which spans literature and imagination.
The Killing Joke– A graphic novel telling the origins of The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis. This graphic novel is considered a “must read” for fans of the genre and the DC Universe.
The Returned – The novel asks several very interesting questions: what would you do if loved ones came back from the dead? Are they your loved ones or are they “copies”? How would the world react? What would the world do with all the over population?
Batman: White Knight – A graphic novel which follows Jack Napier, The Joker, as he rebrand himself as the White Knight of Gotham, the man who will shine a light on all the corruption which is dragging down the city to benefit the few.
The Witch Doctor’s Wife – A novel about Amanda Brown, a young missionary from South Carolina, travels to the Belgian Congo in 1958 in order to oversee a missionary guest house in the town of Belle Vue. Belle Vue is a diamond mining town in which the race by the Belgian occupiers to get as many riches as they can before the forces of independence takes over is a major concern..
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The Sea Beach Line – A novel about Izzy Edel who gets kicked out of college for selling drugs, while at home with his mother in New Mexico he receives word that his father died mysteriously in New York City. Izzy goes to NYC not believing that his father is dead.
Nagel, Paul C.
John Quincy Adams– A wonderful character study / biography of the misunderstood sixth president of the US.
The Nazi Hunters– a non-fiction book which tells of the people who took it upon themselves to bring former to Nazis to justice.
Radio Shangri-La – A memoir starting in 2007. The author volunteered to go to Bhutan and help launch their first radio station.
Naslund, Sena Jeter
Adam & Eve – A fictional book which tries to tackle the evolution / creationism debate through its characters and via the storyline.
The Coppolas: A Movie Dynasty – An insightful book in understanding the contribution of the family to the movie business, the way the studio system works, financing, & the meaning of success.
Natt och Dag, Niklas
The Wolf and the Watchman – An award winning historical-fiction book taking place in Stockholm, Sweden during the 18th Century involving a mystery of a body with no arms, legs, eyes, tongue, and teeth and an dark/noir story.
The Bat– The first in the Harry Hole series. Oslo Crime Squad Inspector Harry Hole is sent to Sydney, Australia to represent Norway in an investigation of a Norwegian national’s murder. Harry makes friends with the local police officers and leaves his official role as an observer on the sidelines to take a more active role on the case.
Nemesis– Inspector Harry Hole wakes up from a drunken stupor after visiting an old flame with a huge memory gap. Harry comes to find out that his girlfriend is dead, but he is busy investigating a violent bank robbery which turned into a homicide.
The Devil’s Star – The third in the Harry Hole series. The book deals with a Norwegian serial killer and incorporates a sophisticated plot where all the pieces fit together at the end.
Macbeth – A retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy, set in a small European town as a police drama.
The Last Sword Maker – A science-fiction book, the first in The Course of Empire series which takes place in the near future, following graduate student Eric Hill trying to solve the complex issue of gene self-replication, Hill and his friends soon become involved in events beyond their control being forced to help the enemy.
Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account – Memoir and cautionary tale of a Jewish doctor who became Mengele’s personal research pathologist. Non fiction and not for the faint or heart, but an excellent book.
An Orchestra of Minorities – A fictional book following a Nigerian poultry farmer who is trying to better himself so he could marry a woman he loves.He sells his farm, flies to Turkey to go to school… and finds out he was scammed. Then things start going downhill.
The Wounded Giant – A non-fiction eBook in which the author lays out his ideas for military budget cuts.
Purge – Wonderful historical fiction about two women and they horrifying events in their lives which take Estonia, in general, and their rural village specifically through WWII, soviet rule and independence.
Göring’s Gamble – A historical fiction novel taking place in 1940 Hitler got himself an atomic bomb, however it cannot be delivered by air. Hermann Göring is tasked with delivering the bomb to London, risking his career and the war on its success.
Outlaw Platoon (with John Bruning) – A non-fiction book about Mr. Parnell’s experience as a platoon leader (nicknamed Outlaw Platoon) for the U.S. Army Airborne Ranger in Afghanistan.
State of Wonder – A fictional fictional book taking place, mostly, in Brazil’s Amazon region, Brazil when a pharmaceutical researcher from Minnesota goes looking for a missing colleague and her mentor.
Sundays at Tiffany’s (with Gabrielle Charbonnet) – A romance about a poor little rich girl has an imaginary friend as a young girl and later gets reunited with him.
Baking Cakes in Kigali – A fictional story is about a woman named Angel Tungaraza, who herself is Tanzanian but is living in an International apartment complex in Rwanda and bakes cakes for a living.
The Ruins of Us – A fictional book set in Saudi Arabia, a character study of marriage in the midst of a culture clash.
The Technologists – A fictional book about the early days of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the years after the American Civil War during a very fragile time in our history.
The Christmas Cookie Club – A short fictional novel which takes place on one December evening. The event is the annual Christmas Cookie party where twelve women exchange cookies and donate some for charity.
The Risk Agent – a fictional mystery/thriller taking place in China. The book is the first of a new series.
Lionheart – a historical fiction book about Richard I and the Third crusade. This is a well researched book which is fascinating and exciting.
The Lost Apothecary – A novel which follows three women, centuries apart, who are joined by history and mystery
James Bond: Black Box (art by Rapha Lobosco) – The third story arc from Dynamite Entertainment featuring Secret Agent 007, who travels to Tokyo to follow the only lead MI6 has before the incriminating information could get out.
The Comet Cycle Series
The Ninth Metal – A Science-fiction novel which talks about a small Minnesota town where a meteor shower brought new wealth, powers and all that comes with it.
The Unfamiliar Garden – The second book in The Comet Cycle series, taking place on Earth after a comet fell and changed nature itself
A New Genesis by Shimon Peres – A 2008 book by the Israeli diplomat. Mr. Peres has a long history of writing and dealing with a futuristic vision for the world at large, and specifically Israel and its surrounding vision.
Wench – A fictional story which takes place examines the relationship between white masters and their concubines slaves. The story mostly takes place in the early 1850s at an Ohio vacation resort called Tawawa House
Maggie’s Wars – A novel about Maggie Hogan is a strong woman, an ace report who just wants to be treated fairly. She fights, and sleeps, her way through the battlefields, the Nuremburg trials and the aftermath of the World War II, including the cold war.
Platt, Michael Donald
Rocamora – A historical fiction book taking place in 17th Century Spain based on the life of Vicente de Rocamora a poet, fighter and Dominican priest who was thrust into the scheming court of King Philip IV. This book was the 2012 finalist in the International Book Awards for Historical Fiction.
House of Rocamora – A historical fiction book taking place in Amsterdam. This is a sequel to the well received Rocamaora: Man of Masks.
The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint – When Eldon Quint is mistaken for his outlaw tween brother, his son gets killed in the crossfire. Grief stricken Eldon goes on a journey to bury his son next to his wife, hundreds of miles away, and avenge his death.
The Memory of Things – A fictional book about two teenagers and their experience on September 11, 2001 and days afterwards.
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopyla – The Persian army, two million men strong, is marching onto Greece. The Greeks have deployed a small army, 4,000 — 7,000 men against the Persians and chose to make their stand at the geographically advantageous Thermopylae. Leading the Greeks are 300 Spartans who hope to delay the army enough for Greece to get together a defense plan.
Killing Rommel – A historical fiction novel which takes place in the early 1940’s when the Dessert Fox’s troops were intent on capturing the Mid East oil fields in order to support Germany’s war machine in its attempt of world conquest.
The Profession – A fictional book about the project future of America seeing through the eyes of a mercenary soldier.
Shadow on the Mountain – A well researched, historical fiction YA novel taking place in Norway during World War II.
Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them– A non-fiction book which tries to analyze what makes a ladies’ man. The book makes an interesting read and I only wish I would have read it when I was single and still looking for a mate for life.
Water Memory – A thriller following Aubrey Sentro, a black ops specialist, with brain damage, trying to survive a pirate attack on a ship, while contemplating her life, motherhood, and career.
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The Good Luck of Right Now– . The premise of the novel is that a mentally handicapped man finds a letter his departed mom kept from Richard Gere, the famous actor and activist, and decides to spill his heart out in letters to the celebrity.
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Among the Living– A fictional book about a Holocaust survivor who moves to Georgia, in the US.
The Confirmation – A fictional story set in the late 70’s in rural Mississippi. Many profound themes of friendship, bonding, racism, cruelty and community shunning are at the forefront of this well written novel.
The Lavender Garden– A young French aristocrat inherits her childhood château as well as debts. An art dealer finds himself with Emilie helping her sell some of the treasures she inherited and the two fall in love. During their time, they discover that the home has its secrets, including a connection to the French underground during World War IIs and an English undercover agent.
Napoleon: A Life– An interesting and thought provoking biography of this unique man. Mr. Roberts has gotten a hold of more than 33,000 private letters which were recently released and, as any fresh material does, caused historians to analyze and reflect upon the subject.
The Invisible Woman – A historical fiction story following Virginal Hall making her way through occupied France.
Don Quixote for a New Millennium – The the old story of Don Quixote with a new translation which tries to capture the spirit of the book including sections of the history, linguistics and the philosophy of Don Quixote.
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – An an award winning science-fiction book taking place in the near future where a virus is wiping out pregnant women. An idealistic 16 year old girl wants to volunteer to have a baby.
The Tenth Witness – A fictional book in which Engineer Henri Poincaré works hard to try and bring up the a sunk frigate with millions worth of gold in its belly. Henri gets to know Liesel Kraus who is a director at Kraus Steel and is still haunted by a violent Nazi history and corrupting wealth.
Three Seconds (with Borge Hellström) – Winner of the prestigious Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year in 2009. This crime fiction novel focuses on the prison drug trade, Swedish prisons and justice system.
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Sarah’s Key – The novel revolves around the French roundup of Jews during WWII. A little girl, named Sarah, which escaped death and the search for her little brother whom she locked in a cupboard before the French police took their family away.
The Plot Against America – An alternative history novel which asks an question: what if America had elected a fascist government before World War II?
Sadness is a White Bird – A novel examining the Israeli-Palestinian issue from both sides. Jonathan is an American Jew who decided to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, only to find himself in jail. Jonathan is friends with two Palestinians
Ross, Alex (with Mark Waid)
Kingdom Come – Collection of the a four issue comic book mini-series published in 1996. The absolute edition comes with quality printing, hardcover, slipcase and additional material.
Arale (illustrated by Denis Rodier) – A graphic novel taking place in 1934, Russia has been fighting a perpetual war which demands the lives of its young, and treasure galore. The Russian Czar has been mortally wounded in an ambush, and Rasputin turns to his Council of Dark Mages and Baba Yaga, his former mentor, to find the Czar’s lost heir for a mind transfer.
The Death Instinct – A fictional thriller set in the 1920’s centering around the historical Wall St. bombing of 1916.
Stalina – A fictional story of a Russian immigrant to the United States.
Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies (art by Liam Sharp, lettered by Jodi Wynne, penciled by Matthew Clark, inked by Sean Parsons, colored by Laura Martin & Jeremy Colwell) – A graphic novel which attempts to reintroduced Wonder Woman who has lost her memory and is trying to find out who she really is by going back to her home, only that the place no longer exist.
Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (illustrated by Nicola Scott) – A graphic novel which retells the origins of Wonder Woman, and her first year as a protector.
Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth (illustrated by Liam Sharp) – A graphic novel which continues the story of Diana of Themyscira search for the truth about herself
Wonder Woman, Volume 4: Godwatch (illustrated by Bilquis Evely, Mirka Andolfo, Nicola Scott, Scott Hanna, Mark Morales, Andrew Hennessy, Raúl Fernandez) continues the story-line which bridges the Year One narrative to current date.
No hesitation – The third book in a series featuring FBI agent, and wounded sapper, Paul Grale who is investigating the disappearance of two computer programmers responsible for a breakthrough in artificial intelligence.
The Tower of Fools (translated by David French) – A historical fantasy story taking place in the early 1500s, Poland. This novel is the first one in the Hussite Trilogy, and the first one translated to English, 20 years after initial publication.
League of Sombodies – Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky wants to raise the world’s first legitimate superhero – the candidate: his son Lenard. However, before becoming a hero Lenard must pass several tests from an ancient book which teaches men how to be men. In the process Lenard falls in love with the mentally unstable Laura Moskowitz.
The Arab of the Future – The first part in a graphical biography of the author told from the perspective of a sensitive European boy, being torn from his comfortable home to live in a backward dictatorship in the hot dessert.
The Volunteer – A generational saga, spanning about 100 years in which the effects of the Vietnam War are felt.
The Kept– A novel set in rural America during in the late 1800s. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns to her home to a bloodbath. Her husband and children are murdered and one son, 12 year old Caleb, is missing.
Scott, Sir Walter
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – A fictional adventure story about a knight who came back from the crusades to an England struggling with modernization and a new king.
Black Fridays – The novel follows Jason Stafford who has spent the past two years in jail after being caught running a Wall Street scam. Now the unemployable trader is trying to put his life back together and get his Autistic son back.
Batman: Preludes to the Wedding – A graphic novel which collects stories where side characters in the Batman universe react to his upcoming wedding to Catwoman.
Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman (Rebirth) (illustrated by Javier Fernandez, colored by Chris Sotomayor) – A graphic novel featuring the grown up Dick Greyson / Robin who has resurfaced after finishing his assignment as a super-spy and steps back into his role as Nightwing, protector of the city of Blüdhaven. Batman, the former boss, insists on Nightwing working solo, not as part of the new Batman team.
Nightwing Vol. 3: Nightwing Must Die by Tim Seeley (illustrated by Christian Duce, Minkyu Jung, & Javier Fernandez) – A graphic novel which finds the original Robin with a new set of challenges including ex-villain girlfriend (who is pregnant), a low paying job, a child on the way, and the new Robin coming to visit for his own selfish reasons
Tobacco Wars – A fictional book which traverses two dimensions. One dimension is the faux history of Pocahontas in relation to the famous crop, the second dimension is told through Indian fairytales.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Part folk tale, part fantasy, part history book with magnificent drawings and photographs of old films this book defies categorization. Add a boy, a girl, automaton, toys, a key, clocks, train station and a one eyed man and what you get is a fantastic fable which is simple yet complex and somewhat bizarre.
The Marvels– A fictional book in the same style as his previous books, merging pictures and words to complement one another and tell a complete story of the lone survivor of a ship wreck in 1776, Billy Marvel, finds himself working in a London theater and is the patriarch of a long line of distinguished actors.
Wonderstruck – an award winning fictional book which merges words and pictures to build a coherent, simple story.
The Emperor of Lies – an award winning historical fiction book about life in the Jewish ghetto at Łódź, Poland during the Nazi occupation.
The Steel Wave: A Novel of World War II -The book starts off where its predecessor left off January 1944, five months before D-Day, the story progresses through the invasion ending in October 1944.
No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II -The third book in the trilogy. The book begins after the Normandy invasion. The allied generals are confident that the war will be over in a few weeks, but Hitler is not so sure.
Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War – The first novel in a trilogy, focuses on important officers from both armies, General Robert E. Lee, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. The author starts with events leading up to the American Civil War and The Battle of First Bull Run, Williamsburg, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.
The Killer Angels – A Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction masterpiece taking place over three days during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Returning – A novel in which a former Jewish Sonderkommando (a person who worked in the gas chambers and crematoriums) in Auschwitz tells about his experiences to a rabbi, asking if he could be forgiven.
Shaines, Robert A.
Command Influence -A first hand account of the trial of Lt. George C. Schreiber by his military defense attorney, who is the author.
Shankman, Helen Maryles
The Color of Light -A novel which explores art, the Holocaust, humanity and, of course, vampires. The vampire in the story runs an art school and is constantly in conflict with his past life as well as the acts he is forced, by his nature, to do while trying to hold on to his humanity.
What Really Matters – This non-fiction book which asks many philosophical questions and sometimes even answers them.
Devotion -A memoir about the authors mid-life crisis and search for spirituality. The book provided a fascinating read into the mind of a woman that, it seemed to me, couldn’t find inner calm if it slapped her in the face.
The Lawyer’s Lawyer– Jack Tobin, one of the best lawyers in the United States, takes it upon himself to represent a serial killer that he believes to be innocent.
The Alligator Man by James Sheehan – The novel follows Kevin, a lawyer who is trying to reconnect 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.
The Jersey Sting (with Josh Margolin) – The true story of the events leading up to the arrest of 44 people in New Jersey including corrupt local politicians, Rabbis, money launderers and, strangest of all, a black market kidney dealer.
Daughters of Iraq – the fictional story of three women. Two sisters who immigrated from Iraq to Israel and a daughter who is first generation Israeli.
Lineup – 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.
Asylum City – The novel’s protagonist, police inspector Anat Nachmias, is a formidable character. Even though she’s small in stature and rank, Anat is smart, capable and able to navigate to ultra-macho culture of Israeli police.
Forgiving Maximo Rothman– A fascinating and entertaining read which mixes World War II Jewish refugees in the Dominican Republic.
Forgiving Mariela Camacho by A.J. Sidransky – The second novel in the “Forgiving” series taking place in New York City following a Jewish cop of Russian origins and his involvement with the Jewish Dominican community.
The Unlikely Spy – A fictional fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII.
Gabriel Allon series
The Kill Artist– The first book in the series about Israeli reluctant secret agent Gabriel Allon. A supermodel spy and a tortured hero – who can ask for anything more?
The English Assassin – Taking on the Swiss banking cartel and their involvement with the Nazis. The second installment of the series about the reluctant Israeli agent Gabriel Allon.
The Confessor– the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agent Gabriel Allon.
A Death in Vienna – Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to investigate a murder but discovers a personal connection to the story.
Prince of Fire -The fifth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Unlike the previous books, this one takes place mostly in Israel as oppose to Europe.
The Messenger -The Sixth book in the Gabriel Allon series which takes our hero across the globe foiling al Qaeda plans to destroy the Vatican.
The Secret Servant -The seventh book in the Gabriel Allon series. The Israeli spy is on his way to Amsterdam to look through the archives of an Israeli asset that has been murdered. A routine assignment perhaps, but Allon soon discovers that the Islamic underground plots to commits acts of terror in England.
Moscow Rules -The eighth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon and his new wife, Chiara, are on their honeymoon in Umbria, Italy. But Gabriel never stops working and is restoring a painting for the Vatican. A Russian newspaper reporter contacts the Israeli embassy in Rome requesting a meeting with Allon who reluctantly agrees.
The Defector– the 9th novel following Israeli agent/art restorer Gabriel Allon and his team finds them fighting powerful Russian Oligarchs
Michael Osborne series
The Mark of the Assassin – A fast paced fictional mystery about CIA agent Michael Osbourne. The story takes place mainly in the United States & England and involves several contemporary themes.
The Marching Season– The fictional sequel to “The Mark of the Assassin”. The phrase “Marching Season” comes from the parades held in Northern Ireland every year.
Silver, Elizabeth, L.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton – A novel about our capital punishment system taking place mostly in Philadelphia. This is Ms. Silver’s, a lawyer who worked on death penalty cases, debut novel.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – The HeLa cells have been used by scientists for decades to benefit mankind, however the family got no monetary compensation. The cells themselves have been taken from Henrietta Lacks without permission or consent, as was the norm.
Skopp, Douglas R.
Shadows Walking -A historical fiction novel following a Nazi doctor from WWI to after WWII. A tough to read novel, but well researched and hard to put down.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn– Historical fiction classic published in 1943 describing life life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn
Smith, Dwayne Alexander
Forty Acres– A fictional book which is thought provoking with an interesting premise. A African-American man discovers that his new friends are part of a community which enslaves white people, descendents of slave owners, who are being punished for the sins of their ancestors.
X-wing: Rogue Squadron (Star Wars Guest Review) -First book in the X-wing series. Rebel hero Wedge Antilles has been given the task of rebuilding the legendary Rogue Squadron — a team of pilots charged with using their X-wings in the most difficult assignments that the Rebel Alliance has to face.
The Millionaire Next Door (with William D. Danko) – A non-fiction book in which the authors debunk the idea of what an “American Millionaire” is. The authors did studies for corporations about targeting millionaires and they came up with some fascinating finds.
We Germans– A novella which follows a long letter a German grandfather written his grandson about his thoughts on fighting on the wrong side of the war in World War II against the Russians.
All the Old Knives – An espionage novel attempting to trace a hostage situation gone wrong.
The Middleman – A novel set in 2017 when four hundred people simply disappeared leaving behind their old lives and technology, they simply disappear. FBI Special Agent Rachel Proulx is in charge of finding what’s going on.
The Tourist – An espionage novel set in the early 2000s, involving the fictional “tourism” department of the CIA and it is the first book in the Milo Weaver series.
The Nearest Exit – The second book featuring ex-CIA assassin/family man Milo Weaver, with an unbelievable plot involving the CIA, Germany’s secret service as well as a guest appearances by the Ukrainians and Chinese.
An American Spy – The third installment featuring ex-CIA agent / assassin Milo Weaver back home after linking the Chinese government to the destruction of CIA’s Tourism Department.
The Last Tourist – The fourth novel following ex-CIA assassin Milo Weaver, this time had of clandestine UN group charged with collecting intelligence.
Wolf (with Alan A. Winter) – A historical fiction book about a fictional man who, during World War 1 befriended Adolf Hitler and ties his fortunes with him.
The Death and Life of Superman – A novel which takes the saga of “The Death of Superman”, “Funeral for a Friend”, “Reign of the Supermen”, and “The Return of Superman”, which appeared in comic book form in the mid 80’s, and turns it to light reading.
The Frozen Rabbi – a fictional book about an 18th Century rabbi brought back to life in the 20th Century. The book serves as a wonderful commentary on today’s society.
Treasure Island – The 1883 fictional adventurous and classic pirate story. I read it once as a naïve child, this time as a naïve adult.
A Castle in Romagna (translated by Russell Scott Valentino & Tomislav Kuzmanovic) – A novel which alternates between Renaissance Italy and Tito’s Yugoslavia. A young Bosnian and his friends are touring an Italian castle which once held poet Enzo Strecci captive. A friar who live at the castle starts talking with the young man offering his own story of escaping from a hostile environment, politically charged.
The Help – Stories of black domestic servants working in white households of Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.
Catch the Gold Ring (Guest Review) – A novel which tells the story of a former French Resistance fighter named Henri and his search for his brother’s betrayer seven years after the liberation of Paris.
The Jew Store – A quick, enjoyable memoir about her family’s adventure in Concordia, TN close to the Nashville area. Ms. Suberman’s father, Aaron Bronson, a born salesman, immigrated from Russian to America, married a nice New York Jewish girl and went south to open his own store.
Uncle Misha’s Partisans – A fictional book following the adventures of a Ukrainian boy during World War II The boy’s family was murdered and he joined a group of partisans.
The Art of War -Then ancient Chinese military treatise, a classic within the science of military studies is only attributed to the high ranking general and was believed to have been complies during the last spring and autumn of the Warring States period(either 476 BC or 453 BC).
The Man Who Lived Twice – A historical fiction novel about a British Colonel fighting for the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Colonel George St. Leger Grenfell Grenfell meets extraordinary people, and lives long enough to see himself become the villain.
The Hurlyburly’s Husband– A historical fiction book about the Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athénaïs who becomes the preferred mistress of King Louis XIV. The novel was spent many weeks topping the French charts and was translated by Alison Anderson.
Anna Karenina – The classic novel about unhappy families with a tragic end and many political points and a scathing criticism of Russian upper class society and aristocracy.
The Krautzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy – A novella written in 1889. Pozdnyshev overhears a conversation on a train about love and marriage when he is reminded of his past misdeeds.
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Taking place during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the owrk revolves around three families. The work is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature .
Super Sons Vol. 2: Planet of the Capes (Rebirth) (illustrated by Jorge Jimenez, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Jose Luis) – Continues the story when a training mission for Damian Wayne (Robin) and Jon Kent (Superboy), turns out to be an adventure in another dimension. This time the two team up with the Teen Titans.
Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons (with Patrick Gleason, illustrated by Patrick Gleason,Doug Mahnke & Jorge Jimenez, inked by Jaime Mendoza, Trevor Scott, Mick Gray, Christian Alamy & Mark Morales, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, Wil Quintana, & John Kalisz, lettered by Rob Leigh) – A graphic novel telling of Jon Kent, Superman and Lois’s son, who is becoming more powerful and gets on the radar screen of his father’s powerful foes.
The Sweetest Fruits – The imagined story of three women who were all attached to Greek-Irish writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn.
Better by Mistake – a non-fiction book which tries to explain how dealing with mistakes can benefit you and your work.
Dirty Little Angels – A short novel taking place in New Orleans through the eyes of a poor teenage girl.
Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1 – Mark Twain insisted that his autobiography would be released 100 years after his death as not to embarrass / insult any living person and/or their children. True to his word, Mr. Twain manages to insult a few people.
Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen (illustrated by Eddy Barrows) – A graphic novel telling of a fighting force which has modeled themselves after The Dark Knight has invaded Gotham City, going after Gotham’s vigilantes. The group’s weapons, equipment, and tactics seem to be based on Batman’s own equipment, but no one knows who they are.
The Mastermind – A novel about corruption and its toll on Guatemala. Mr. Unger, Guatemalan, writes in English but was still awarded Guatemala’s Miguel Ángel Asturias National Prize in Literature for lifetime achievement in 2014.
Fear in the Sunlight – A mystery novel taking place in 1936, part of a series starring real-life author Josephine Tey, this one involving Alfred Hitchcock.
Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day– The graphic novel connects to the reader more than a mere history book. The excellent art draws attention to historical details in vivid details and colors.
Broken Angel– A fictional book taking about a brother trying to “buy back” his sister by making money in NYC’s underground street fighting scenes. This is the first book in a the House Phoenix series but can be read as a standalone.
Cutting for Stone – A fictional story of two identical twin doctors born in Ethiopia.
Look Who’s Back -Adolf Hitler wakes up, in uniform, in the middle of Berlin – the year is 2011. Failing to find his bunker, or get proper respect from strangely dressed “Hitler Youth” members, Hitler shacks up with in a newspaper kiosk. Hitler discovers a weak society, one full of “Turks”, disrespectful youths, and … led by a woman.
20,000 Under the Sea – The classic science fiction story follows the adventures of Professor Aronnax on Captain Nemo’s Nautilus.
The Free – The three protagonists represent in the novel are what most people in America go through today. Freedom no longer means freedom from tyrannical governments, but freedom from debt and everyday struggles against American oligarchs whether they are banks or insurance companies.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain – Chih, a cleric, and her companions who are captured by hungry tigers. Chih weaves an intricate tale to pass time until morning, when the company can be rescued.
Solovyov and Larionov (translated by Lisa C. Hayden) – A novel, translated from Russian, which is part military history, part academic satire.
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The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry – Describes itself as historical fantasy taking place in the fictional city of Leiscourt, following a poor fire-witch/con artist hired to protect a noblewoman.
Kingdom Come (with Alex Ross) – Collection of the a four issue comic book mini-series published in 1996. The absolute edition comes with quality printing, hardcover, slipcase and additional material.
Lucifer Vol. 1: The Infernal Comedy (the Sandman Universe) (illustrated by Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara) is a graphic novel which expands on the expensive universe created by Neil Gaiman, telling of Lucifer who finds himself as an old, blind man, living in a small house, in a small town where nothing happens and no one can leave. He realizes that he is actually trapped in a prison, but with memory of how he got there, or even why.
Born Fighting (Guest Review) – A look at this culture from the days of the Roman emperor Hadrian when they were Celts in Scotland, through Ulster and all the way across the Atlantic into rural America.
The Golem and the Jinni – A novel taking place in New York, 1899 weaving two mythical creature from two different cultures to create a different kind of story altogether.
Enemies: A History of the FBI – A non-fiction about tells of the 100 year history of the famous organization. Mr. Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a former New York Times reporter who wrote largely about American security.
Artemis – A science fiction book taking place in a tourist colony on the moon, following a young girl trying to pull off a heist.
The Martian– A science fiction novel taking place mostly on Mars and concentrates on trying to save a stranded astronaut.
Project Hail Mary – A science-fiction story and scientific mystery following Dr. Ryland Grace woke up on a space-ship with generally no idea why he’s there, his crew-mates are dead and the spaceship is millions of miles from home.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII – A non-fiction book which tries to navigate through the maze which is known as the “Tudor History“. Ms. Weir tells the collective story of the six wives of Henry VIII – and no, he didn’t had them all executed.
Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) – A science ficiton story whick follows the progression of a cyborg security unit that has become self-aware and is trying to navigate the complexities of humans, which often borders on stupidity
Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries #3) -A science-fiction book following an sarcastic self-aware cyborg that goes off the a deserted terraforming facility called Milu to investigate GrayCris, which is illegally collecting valuable remnants of alien civilizations
Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells – Tells of humanization of Murderbot, a weaponized cyborg that became self-aware, one stop forward by making him… care. This time Murderbot needs to find Dr. Mensah who is in grave danger. But is Dr. Mensah his owner or friend?
Man At a Machine – An autobiography of the Israeli industrialist and statesman.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – The classic book in which Dorian Gray is a young man who is handsome and innocent. When an artist paints a portrait of Gray, Dorian makes a wish to always look like the portrait.
American Spy – A novel taking place in the last half of the 20th Century, following an African-American FBI officer, recruited by the CIA to undermine an African leader.
The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness (with the creative team of Felipe Watanabe, Oclair Albert, Chris Sotomayor, Steve Wands, , Jorge Corona, and Ivan Plascencia) is a graphic novel – A graphic novel in which Barry Allen, The Flash, has found out that Wally West has been fighting crime without his supervision. Wally has a lot to learn and Barry decides he can no longer be Kid Flash until his training is done.
The Flash, Vol. 4: Running Scared (illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Pop Mhan) – Finds Barry Allen, the title hero, at a breaking point where he is about to lose everything and everyone close to him.
Pox — An American History – A non-fiction book which traces how the smallpox vaccine was distributed during major outbreaks. Some of the vaccines were forced onto people which caused an outrage and the question made it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Devil in False Colors – a novel about current events where FBI agent Lara Edmond and Mossad agent Uri Levin investigate Muslim clerics in Los Angeles.
Winter, Alan A.
Wolf (with Herbert J. Stern) – A historical fiction book about a fictional man who, during World War 1 befriended Adolf Hitler and ties his fortunes with him.
Winters, Ben H.
The Last Policeman – Hank Palace just made detective, he does not let his new job go to his head, the police force is missing many people since it was announced that asteroid 2011GV1 is hurling through space about to destroy life on earth.
Countdown City– The second novel in a trilogy finding the world 77 days before a huge meteor will hit and will end life as we know it, while ex-cop Hank Palace looking for a missing person.
World of Trouble – Detective Hank Palace leaves the comfortable nest he shared with his friends in New England, waiting for an asteroid to hit Earth, to find his sister Nico. Nico has joined a group of revolutionaries who intend on freeing scientists out of jail so they can save the world.
Zuleikha (translated by Lisa Hayden) – A novel about a Tartar widow who has been exiled to Siberia in the 1930s. This book was the winner of the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award and the Russia Big Book literary prize, as well as being short listed for the Russian Booker Prize.
Skeleton Women – A novel about Camilla is an orphan girl in Shanghai who is plucked out of the orphanage by a Chinese criminal gang and gets trained in the arts of seduction and assassination. Camilla is then planted as a spy in the midst of a rival gang and uses her cunning and skill to become the mistress of the elderly leader, Mast Lung.
The Last Train to Paris – Rose Manon is an American journalist, born in Nevada, living in New York trying hard to deal with the attitudes of the 1930s. Rose has been posted to Paris with a looming global war on everyone’s radar.
The Thrawn Trilogy
Heir to the Empire (Star Wars Guest Review) – A Star Wars book. Five years after Return of the Jedi, and Leia have twins on the way. Luke is trying to establish a direction for the Jedi movement. But Grand Admiral Thrawn is trying to do what the Emperor failed to do – destroy the Republic.
Dark Force Rising (Star Wars Guest Review)– Continuation of the incredible story of the New Republic’s efforts to repel the attacks of the formidable Grand Admiral Thrawn in Dark Force Rising, the second volume of a trilogy
The Last Command (Star Wars Guest Review)– The climactic novel in Timothy Zahn’s superb Thrawn Trilogy which is brought to conclusion in a highly rewarding tale, intertwining the militaristic and precise storyline of Grand Admiral’s Thrawn’s campaign against the New Republic with the more metaphysical struggles of Luke Skywalker and insane Jedi clone Joruus C’baoth.
A Single Swallow (translated by Shelly Bryant) – An award-winning Chinese novel taking place during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II.
Zafón, Carlos Ruiz
Forgotten Books series
The Shadow of the Wind– A worldwide best seller. The book follows a young boy named Daniel and has possibly one of the best literary inventions of the decade the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”.
The Angel’s Game – a prequel to Zafón’s previous novel Shadow of the Wind, also taking place in Barcelona involving a writer who finally got his big break… but did he?
The Prisoner of Heaven – The third book in the Forgotten Books series. The first two books, The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game have been international best sellers.
The Swimmer– Even though this novel is a fast read, it requires some attention from the reader. Mr. Zander casts many stones at the political establishments of the US, Sweden and other European countries..
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau – A very imaginative and well written book, weaving stories within stories within stories about a woman who wrote a succesful science-fictino novel that influence generations of her family and others.
My Brother Job – An Israeli novel following Job as an eight year old boy and a thief. He doesn’t know why he steals, but he does. One day he steals the belongings of important ministers in the Israeli government who come to visit his school, and sets the country on fire.
Ashes to Water– A fictional mystery which takes place in pre-Disney Florida. This is a very atmospheric novel involving a small town murder and a resolute woman intending on cracking the mystery.