Author Q&A with Joseph Braude
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / June 7, 2011

Joseph Braude (web­site | Twit­ter | Face­book) has a new book called“The Hon­ored Dead: A Story of Friend­ship, Mur­der, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World” (book review). It is a smart, nonfiction book written in lyri­cal prose and engag­ing story. Mr. Braude was kind enough to answer a few questions about “The Honored Dead”, publicity and Middle East culture. Q. How did you come up with the idea for this book? A. It started in my head, evolved in my gut, and finally came full circle. I embedded with the Casablanca police for a street-level view of the tension between an Arab security service and the society it controls (or tries to). You can see the tension I mean on TV every night, with cops and demonstrators clashing in nearly every Arab capital. But I stumbled on one particular homicide that I couldn’t stop thinking about: there were Muslims and Jews involved, rich people and poor people, and a murder victim who was an enigma to everyone who knew him. The victim’s best friend couldn’t sleep until he learned the secret behind the crime, and his suffering moved me. So I became as much a private investigator…

Book Review Blog Carnival

The Picket Line reviews Among the Dead Cities by A.C. Grayling “Grayling meticulously describes how the policy of destroying cities developed and what goals it was meant to serve” Man of la Book reviews Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose “a fas­ci­nat­ing book about the Euro­pean the­ater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines” Life As I Know It pontificates about re-reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King “Because each book was better than the last” Man of la Book reviews A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva “The plot is full of twists and turns, a won­der­ful cast of char­ac­ters ” Wifely Steps reviews The Dolce Vita Diaries by Cathy Rogers, Jason Gibb “I think we’ve all had that desire to just jump out of our day jobs and pursue a passion, an interest, a wish we know would just make our lives more exciting and meaningful if it came into fruition.” Addicted to Media reviews The Dragon Book, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois “This is a magical collection of stories and one that I am glad to have on my bookshelf.” Frontier Psychiatrist reviews Eaarth; Making A Life on a…

Fun Facts Friday: Gone with the Wind
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 3, 2011

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Margret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Here are some fun facts about the novel. First edition cover Picture from bookpoi.com 1) Even though Margaret Mitchell is considered one of the most successful novelists of the 20th Century, she only published one book. 2) Because of Mitchell’s social connections the book was widely discussed in Atlanta before publication. 3) During one draft of the book, the heroine is called Pansy O’Hara. 4) Harold Latham of the Macmillan Company wanted to publish the novel based on a part of the book Mitchell allowed him to read. 5) By the time “Gone with the Wind” was actually published, it was the most talked about book in America. 6) The novel, released in July 1936, has sold one million copies by December of that year. 7) As of this blog post, “Gone with the Wind” has sold more than 30 million copies. 8 ) The rights for the movie were sold to David O. Selznick for $50,000 a month after publication. 9) Any references to the Klu Klux clan were taken out of the movie. 10) The last line of the book is “My dear, I don’t…

Book Review: A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 1, 2011

About: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva (website) is the fourth book in the fictional Gabriel Allon series. The book touches on revenge and justice themes. 416 pages Publisher: Putnam Adult ISBN: 9780399151439 My rating for A Death in Vienna – 5 Buy & Save on “A Death in Vienna” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: “A Death in Vienna” by Daniel Silva is a well written book with a complex plot. The trail of clues which intermingle with historical events and touches complex and sensitive political maze, is a pleasure to read. Daniel Silva is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors; his books are not only intelligent and sophisticated, but also credible. Mr. Silva is one of those authors that takes his historical research seriously and it shows. Which leaves me with a serious problem. No matter how hard I try to put my thoughts down on one of Mr. Silva’s book, I always end up sounding like a blurb on the dust jacket. The plot is full of twists and turns, a wonderful cast of characters (which might be difficult to keep track of if you haven’t read…

Book Review: The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 29, 2011

About: “The Jefferson Key” by Steve Berry (website) is the seventh book in the fictional series featuring Cotton Malone. The story takes place in the United States, which I understand is a departure from previous books in the series. 480 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ISBN: 0345505514 My rating for The Jefferson Key – 4 Buy & Save on “The Jefferson Key” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: Even though this is the seventh in the series, “The Jefferson Key” by Steve Berry was my first introduction to Cotton Malone, howeverI have heard of the character. I’m sure I would have enjoyed the book more if I would have read the first six, however this is a good book as a standalone as well. The plot moves in a very fast pace without any wasted words, the locations are in the United States (which I understand is a departure for the series) and the story is clever and full of action. The plot is multi-facet involving several security agencies and interplay between several strong characters. Even though this is a fictional book, there are many fascinating tidbits of information mixed in the fictional…

Original eBook: The Balkan Escape by Steve Berry
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 28, 2011

About: “The Balkan Escape: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure” by Steve Berry (website) is an eBook original novel by this prolific writer. Mr. Berry is best known for the Cotton Malone book series. 31 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books ASIN: B003MQMZ2K My rating for The Balkan Escape – 4 Buy “The Balkan Escape” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon Thoughts: “The Balkan Escape: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure” by Steve Berry is a short (very short) original eBook sold for $0.99. If you are a fan of Mr. Berry you’d enjoy this short story – it is intense, well written, a fast read and precursor to the book “The Emperor’s Tomb”. The story serves as an introduction to the character of Cassiopeia Vitt, a fascinating character if you haven’t read any of the previous books in the Cotton Malone adventure series. As mentioned before, this story is short, but it does have a point and some fascinating history to boot. One of the things I like about Mr. Berry’s books is, while fiction, I always learn something new about world history, culture or usually both. If you are not a fan of Mr. Berry or have no intention to read “The Emperor’s…

Fun Facts Friday: Dashiell Hammett
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 27, 2011

Today we mark the birthday of Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961), born Samuel Dashiell Hammett. A prolific writer who popularized the hardboiled detective fiction, Mr. Hammett wrote such classics as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”.

Guest Post & Giveaway: It’s the Summer of Gomez!
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / May 26, 2011

It’s the Summer of Gomez! Get free books and win a Kindle or iPod.   As reviewers have been calling “No Hope for Gomez!” the perfect summer read – light, fast, fun – I decided to give this summer’s Gomez readers some exclusive content and the chance to win prizes.   About No Hope for Gomez! It’s the age-old tale: –   Boy meets girl. –   Boy stalks girl. –   Girl already has a stalker. –   Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.  We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, the phone-sex salesman who hounds him day and night, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science. But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he…

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