Turn Right at Machu Picchu – A nonfiction travelogue/history/investigate report in which the author follows the footsteps of Hiram Bingham III.
Pearl in the Sand– Biblical fiction story of Rahab, one of the most famous and controversial figures in the Jewish bible
The Passion According to Carmela (translated by Carolina De Robertis) – A novel which takes place during the Cuban Revolution and follows an an idealistic divorcee who gets caught up in the excitement of the Cuban Revolution, and run away from her wealthy parents to join Fidel Castro and his rebels.
In the Midst of Winter – A novel about three people who need each other’s help during a snowstorm in New York City.
Maya’s Notebook– A fictional novel and a coming of age story, told in the form of a journal by a young woman sent to an island off the coast of Chile to hid from the FBI, Interpol, Las Vegas PD and gangsters.
Zorro– A novel which retells the story of the legendary hero.
Gracianna – In the early 1940s, Gracianna Lasaga, a young girl from the mountains, sets her sights on reaching America. However, soon Gracianna is entangled in world War II and Nazi occupied Paris. A fictional biography of the author’s great-grandmother.
Citizen Soldiers – A non-fiction account of the US Army’s drive from Normandy to Germany June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945. Mr. Ambrose tells history from mud level using quotes and interviews from the men and women int he field.
Colonel Sun by Robert Markham – The first novel featuring secret agent James Bond, 007, not written by Ian Fleming. Robert Markham is actually the pseudonym of Kingsley Amis.
Equal of the Sun – A fictional book taking place in 16th Century Iran. The story blends a mix of historical and fictional characters to create an intriguing novel about the life of Iranian princess Pari Khan Khanoom .
Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs (illustrated by Jeremy Haun and Trevor McCarthy) – A continuation of the story of Kate Kane, the new Batwoman who is not so much part of the Bat family.
Batwoman Vol: The Unknowns (Illustrated by Jeremy Haun) is the conclusion to the New 52 run of the Batwoman story. The Unknowns have a challenge in front of them, the evil witch Morgan Le Fay, destroyer of Camelot now hell bent on destroying Gotham
Anderson, Jodi Lynn
May Bird and the Ever After– A young adult (YA) novel about a lonely teen named May Bird who falls into the lake and finds herself in the after world with ghouls, ghosts and monsters.
The Losing Role -A well researched historical fiction book which follows a failed German actor who is drafted to infiltrate American lines posing as an American officer to create havoc.
Youth (Guest Review)– A science fiction story about two young boys on a farm who find and capture strange animals.
War’s Edge: No Heroes – A science-fiction / military fiction novel about a future Marine recruits being sent to far off lands, and realizing the true cost of war, as well as the ugly truths behind them.
Devil’s Garden– Historical fiction novel about the Fatty Arbuckle case from the 1920’s.
Infamous – Just how did George Kelly became “Machine Gun” and his role in a high profile kidnapping.
The Ranger Series:
The Ranger – The first book in a new series introducing Army Range Quinn Colson coming home to investigate the murder of his uncle, the sheriff.
The Lost Ones – A novel taking place in the fictional Tibbehah County, Mississippi, the second book in “The Ranger” series.
The Broken Places – The third book in The Ranger series. Two convicts escape and enter Tibbehah County looking for Jamey Dixon, a former mate who knows where lots of money is hidden. Dixon though, has used the money to buy a pardon and start a new life working as a minister.
The Forsaken – The 4th book in The Ranger series, when white teenager is raped and killed in Tibbehah County, MI while her girlfriend manages to escape after being raped. A black man who wonders into town is blamed for the crime and lynched.
The Redeemers – The fifth book in The Ranger series, when Quinn Colson has lost the re-election for Sheriff to Rusty Wise, a local insurance salesman. At the time, a local businessman’s home has been robbed and the safe where he supposedly keeps a lot of cash in has been literally ripped out and stolen.
The Innocents – The sixth installment in The Ranger series. The series follows Quinn Colson, an Army Ranger who came back to his home in Mississippi and becomes the Sheriff. This story starts with Milly Jones who was found walking down the highway in Tebbehah County engulfed in flames and becomes a national story.
The Fallen – The seventh book in The Ranger series featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson, this time with a new love and a gang of vets bank robbers.
The Shamless– A novel in featuring Sheriff Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger who has came back home to Tibbehah County, Mississippi and is now opening a 20 year old murder case.
Revelators – The tenth crime novel in The Ranger series, featuring ex-Army Ranger Queen Colson who was shot up and left for dead, but he’s not that easy to kill. Together with his wife, Maggie, and a stubborn personality Queen makes a slow, painful recovery and sets out to find who tried to kill him.
The Mossad: Great Operations (with Nissim Mishal)-A non-fiction book by Israeli journalists recounting some of the great successes and failures of the secret Israeli agency.
Good People – A fictional novel about taking place in Germany and Russia during World War II. Thomas Heiselberg is a market researcher working in Berlin, 1938 helping build “models” of the conquered areas to help with displacement. Sasha Weissberg, a Communist Jew in Leningrad, decides that the best chance she has to save her parents and find her brothers is to work with the secret police, committing atrocities and helping write confessions.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog — A fictional story set in Paris, France. The book discusses philosophy, culture, the class system and more.
Mexico: Stories – A collection of fictional short stories, all taking place in Mexico. The collection was awarded runner up for the Juniper Prize for Fiction, 2014, and runner up for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, 2014.
The First Wave – second book in the fictional Billy Boyle series set WWII era. This time the former Boston cop discovers a drug smuggling ring involving many high ranking Vichy officials.
A Blind Goddess by James R. Benn – Ex-Boston cop, now an World War II Army officer Billy Boyle finds himself answering a personal request from his old friend Sergeant Eugene “Tree” Jackson who is now part of the all-African American 617th Tank Destroyers. Tree’s gunner, ”Angry Smith” has been arrested for murder and is headed for the gallows.
Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted (illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage, Ming Doyle, Laura Braga, Maria Laura Sanapo, Marc Deering, Stephen Mooney, Ted Naifeh, Garry Brown, Mirka Andolfo, Bilquis Evely, and Sandy Jarrell) – A graphic novel from DC Comics imagining the DC Super heroines as World War II era champions.
Bombshells, Vol. 2: Allies (illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage, Laura Braga, Mirka Andolfo, Sandy Jarrell, and Maria Laura Sanapo) – The second, and last volume of this story which finds the DC Comics heroines fighting across the globe, while protecting the home front
Bennett, Robert Jackson
Foundryside (Founders #1) – A fantasy novel taking place in Tevanne is a city that runs on industrialized magic, a system to spells that can overwrite reality. Sancia is the only human, as far as she knows, that can hear these magical objects.
Shorefall (Founders #2) – The second book in the Founders fantasy series following Sancia, an ex –slave and thief, who can “talk” to scrived objects as an experimental scrived human. Orso, an genius scriver who worked for a big merchant house, and Gregor, a soldier who is about to learn his destiny
In the Shadows of Men– A novella taking place in a west Texas motel that is being renovated by two brothers, when strange things start to happen.
City of Thieves – A wonderful book, containing engaging characters, great story peppered with dark humor all across the pages. The blend of fact and fiction in this survival story lends itself to a mix of seriousness and hilarity which the author does a great job putting together.
Jacob T. Marley – A fictional book which follows the life and after-life of its title character, Scrooge’s boss from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
The Faithful Spy– A novel following John Wells, a CIA asset in al Qaeda who became a Muslim during his service and is now trying to stop the next terrorist bombing while dealing with mistrust, spies and a changing world.
Lost in Kandahar– A short book about the time the author spent with US troops in Afghanistan. Published as a Kindle Single.
The Night Ranger– The seventh book in the fictional series satrring John Welles. This time Welles travels to East Africa, as a personal favor, to track four kidnaped Americans.
The Trick – A novel, originally published in German, which brings together a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish kid.
The Devil’s Gold – A short fictional eBook original which follows one of the characters in Mr. Berry’s books on a short adventure.
The Jefferson Key – the seventh book in the fictional series featuring Cotton Malone, the story takes place in the United States involving modern day pirates.
The Lost Order – The 12th novel featuring Cotton Malone who is asked by the Justice Department to investigate the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history
The Purples – A (mostly) fictional story told through the eyes of real life Jewish mobster Joe Bernstein. Joe is the head of the “Purple Gang” who ran booze across the Detroit River from Canada during the Prohibition era.
The Hunt for Hitler’s Warship– A non-fiction book about the attempts of the allies to sink the German battleship Tirpitz during World War II.
Call Me Princess – A crime fiction book taking place in Denmark. This is the first book translated by this successful and popular Scandinavian author.
Farewell to Freedom – A fictional book in a series featuring Copenhagen detective Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a reporter. This is the third novel translated to English written by the best selling Danish author.
Only One Life – An intelligent mystery set in Denmark which brings up questions, such as honor killing, using murder as a device. This is the second book translated into English in the series featuring Detective Louise Rick.
Melachim Gimmel (Kings III) – A biblical fiction book which, presumptuously enough, is a continuation of the biblical books of Kings I and Kings I.
The Honored Dead– A nonfiction book about the author’s experience being embedded with a Moroccan security squad
The Greatest Generation – A non-fiction book which the author collects stories from individual Americans of the World War II generation.
Jane Eyre – The classic 1847 novel published as “Jane Eyre. An Autobiography” under the nom de plume of “Currer Bell”. The novel is told in first person narrative and goes through five distinct stages in Jane’s life.
Broughton, Philip Delves
The Art of the Sale – non-fiction book in which the author shares stories and theories about what makes a salesperson.
Captain America: Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection (illustrated by Steve Epting, Mike Perkins and Michael Lark) – A graphic novel which tells of a super-powered undercover assassin known as The Winter Soldier, employed by the Soviets. The main job of The Winter Soldier is to assassinated western political figures
Outlaw Platoon (with Sean Parnell) – 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.
The Mother Tongue – A non-fiction book for any person who ever had to learn to idiosyncrasies of the language, this book will provide a fascinating overview of the strange rules and nuances of English.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 – A graphic novel which brings the familiar DC Comics superheroes against the Greek gods who have decided that Superman is not worth to rule Earth, and are making a bid for our planet. Zeus brings the Amazonian Army trapping Wonder Woman in the middle of this mass.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 2 by Brian Buccellato – A graphic novel which ends the story-line Superman has been ruling humanity for four years now, with an iron fist. The gods of Olympus have been trying to overthrow Superman, and even though they ended his tyrannical rule, their regime is not any better.
A Princess of Mars – An imaginative scene-ficiton talepublished in 1912. This is Burroughs first published book and stars John Carter.
Tarzan of the Apes – The classic story which began it all, a stranded boy of an English lord in Africa is raised by mighty apes.
The Return of Tarzan – The ape man is recovering from his sacrifice at marriage to Jane Porter and goes to visit Paul d’Arnot in France. On the ship Tarzan becomes involved in the affairs of Countess Olga de Coude and her husband, Count Raoul de Coude while two people try to prey on them.
Jungle Tales of Tarzan – A collection of 12 short stories which tell of the adventures of Tarzan before he met any white people.
The Son of Tarzan – Even though Nikolas Rokoff, Tarzan’s enemy from previous books, died, his henchman Alexis Paulvitch is very much alive and wants to even the score. Rokoff lures the son of Tarzan & Jane, Jack, away from London but the resourceful young man escapes with the help of Akut the ape./h4>
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar – Tarzan returns to Opar to enrich himself from their stockpiles. But Tarzan isn’t the only greedy human in the jungle, Albert Werper, a Belgian army officer is also there, secretly following Tarzan./h4>
Tarzan the Untamed – The seventh novel in the series, this one takes place during World War I, while Tarzan is away from his plantation it is destroyed by invading German troops. When he returns to the plantation (in British East Africa), Tarzan discovers many bodies one of whom belongs to his wife.
Fire Monks – The non-fiction account of the 2008 California fire which almost destroyed the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
A Hard Act to Follow – A memoir by Johnny Carson’s friend, longtime money-manager about their relationship. This is a very personal book told in a very personal way and sheds some light, for outsiders like me, on the whole entertainment industry.
Pont Neuf – A historical fiction story following two female reports during World War II. Annie March arrives in France, 1944 after D-Day, her mentor is Martha Gellhorn, an ace reporter, editor, who is in a troubled marriage to writer Ernest Hemingway. Annie gets to know several soldiers and takes on photography to tell her story.
Wolf Hunt – A historical fiction mystery taking place during the Napoleonic wars while the Austrians and the French battle over some small villages by the Danube. The mystery takes second place to the author’s impressive research of the time, whether it would be battlefield tactics or a Viennese ball.
Memory of Flames – The novel centers on Margont being a double agent sent by Joseph to infiltrate a group trying to restore the monarchy to France. The double agent scenario allows the author to show more of the disarray which Paris is in following its occupation and allows the author to travel around the town at night, helping the conspiracy story-line.
Callif, Lisa A. and Donaldson, Michael C
Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking – A guide to help an individual sift through the mountains of legal forms in order to produce an independent film. The book includes a CD-ROM with the forms in MS-Word format.
O Pioneers! – Written in 1913 and is considered the first novel of the Great Plains trilogy. Following the Bergsons who immigrated from Switzerland to Hanover, Nebraska at the turn of the 20th Century.
My Ántonia – A 1918 novel which is considered the last in the “Prairie Trilogy” following O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. This book is considered one of the greatest novels written by an American.
A Land More Kind than Home – A novel about a small town. One day Christopher, also known as Stump, sees something he’s not supposed to and the consequences are enormous. Jess, Adelaide Lyle, the town’s midwife, and Clem Barefield, the sheriff, all narrate the story with their own unique perspective and painful history.
The Last Ballad – A novel taking place in 1929 North Carolina, during a strike at a textile mill. The novel was named Best Book of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library.
Cervantes, Miguel (Edith Grossman – Translator)
Don Quixote– The timeless classic told through engrossing translation. Funny and poignant.
Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure – A story of adventures which takes an odd pair of men taking place sometime in the 10th Century when the two partners are collecting the money from a con they just pulled (a fake fight between the meek Frank with his needle and the huge ax wielding ex-solider) when they encounter a young man who claims to be the heir to the throne of the Jewish kingdom of Khazria, usurped by his brutal uncle.
Telegraph Avenue – This literary fiction book about a record store in Oakland is filled with pop-culture references, blackspoltation and kung fu.
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – An award winning fictional alternate history book. Israel lost the 1948 war, the Jews were driven into the sea and Roosevelt’s proposal of establishing a Jewish state in Alaska passed.
Three Souls – A novel taking place inn China, 1935, Leiyin watches her own funeral and wanders why she has not been permitted to the afterlife, soon she discovers that she is not alone; three souls are there to guide her along the way until she make amends. But first she has to find out what she has to make amends for.
Sundays at Tiffany’s (with James Patterson)- A romance about a poor little rich girl has an imaginary friend as a young girl and later gets reunited with him.
Girl with a Pearl Earring – A young woman named Griet arrives at Vermeer’s house, in 17th Century Holland, to be a new servant. She had some tragedy in her family and so ended up a maid. As she gets to be part of the family, Vermeer allows her to help him, due to her artistic eye.
Little Bee – When a Nigerian teenager finds hereself as an illegal alien in England, she goes to seek out the only people she knows.
Professor at Large: The Cornell Years – A non-fiction book consisting of seven parts, from lectures, to conversations, to transcripts of seminars. Each one intellectually stimulating, intelligent, and thoughtful.
The Thief of Auschwitz – A fictional book telling of a family’s struggle to survive during World War II in the infamous concentration camp.
The Binding – A novel taking place sometime in the past, where people can bind their memories in a book, freeing them of remembering.
The Hunger Games– A dystopian novel written for young adults (YA) that has struck chords with parents as well and has been a best seller since it came out.
Catching Fire – The second novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy. The story continues with the events of the first novel, following Katniss Everdeen’s overly exciting life.
The Woman in White – Published as a newspaper serial in 1859. In 1860 a collected edition of the chapters was published in book form. Even though this is a Victorian novel, it is still gripping, engaging and a page turner
Conan Doyle, Arthur
A Study in Scarlet – The first novel featuring English detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson, written in 1886 and published in 1887 and marks the first appearance of the famous sleuth.
The Gates: A Novel – A hilarious story about a small kid and his dog saving the world from hell’s minions.
Rally ‘Round the Corpse – A mystery novel about a murder/mystery game which Soon after it begun, the eccentric creator mysteriously dies. The game becomes real when one of the guests die and the tour guide realizes that the mystery is actually based on a real-life unsolved crime.
Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa – Tomomi “Butterfly” Ishikawa committed suicide but left her best friend, Benjamin Constable, a trail of clues which lead him from Paris to New York and back – the cities she called “home”.
Wolverine Vol. 2: Killable (illustrated by Alan Davis and Mirco Pierfederici) – A graphic novel which finds our anti-hero powerless.
Death of Kings – It’s 899 and Alfred the Great is dying, he summons Uhtred of Bebbanburg, his best warrior who is under constant death threats and financial difficulties. Uhtred does not disappoint the king and swears allegiance to his son Edward so he could help him defend the kingdom from the Danes, in return of a rich estate.
Correa, Armando Lucas
The German Girl – A novel taking place during World War II and around 2011.
Early Decision – A fictional book about the pressures on the children of the elites to enter the collage of their, or their parents, choice. Ms. Crawford was an “independent college admissions counselor” to the upper class and this book is based on her experiences.
Craughwell, Thomas J.
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée – A non-fiction book which covers the time Jefferson spent as an ambassador in Europe from a culinary point of view. .
The Millionaire Next Door (with Thomas J. Stanley) – 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.
James Bond: Hammerhead with Luca Casalanguida (Artist) – a graphic novel compiling the six issues in the storyline
James Bond: Kill Chain (art by Luca Casalanguida) – A graphic novel featuring James Bond who is trying to find out who is assassinating allied agents, and James Bond is next on their list. The old alliances are collapsing which pits MI6 against the CIA.
The Leonardo Gulag – A novel which tells of a young Russian artist, who has been arrested by the Stalin regime and put in a gulag, forced to create art forgeries.
Donaldson, Michael C and Callif, Lisa A.
Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking – A guide to help an individual sift through the mountains of legal forms in order to produce an independent film. The book includes a CD-ROM with the forms in MS-Word format.
Room– A fictional award winning book with a disturbing premise. The book tells of Ma, who has been kidnapped and locked in a room for seven years by “Old Nick”. Ma and Old Nick have a son, Jack who is also lives in the room without being able to leave.
Centuries of June– A fictional story about a man who meets his scorned wives/lovers from past lives, all of whom were unlucky in life and they blame him
Masaryk Station– John Russell is an American journalist/spy living in Berlin after World War II, is planning one final job which will cement the financial security and well being of his family before he retires.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds – A sequel to Carl Sagan’s classic, and a companion book to the celebrated television series, consisting of 13 chapters, all are separated subjects and need not to be read in order.
The Last Werewolf(Guest Review)– A work of paranormal fiction which asks: If one embraces the bestial part of one’s nature, does human morality cease to be relevant?
The d’Artagnan Romance
The Three Musketeers– France, 1625 – a young poor nobleman named d’Artagnan leaves his Gascony home to the bright lights of Paris with intentions of becoming Musketeer of the Guard.
The Count of Monte Cristo– One of the most popular novels of this prolific author. Young Edmond Dante, a sailor, has almost been named captain of a ship and is in preparations of marrying his sweetheart. But Dante becomes the victim of a sinister plot which leads to false imprisonment in an island fortress. After several years, and with the help of a friend, Dante manages to escape the prison and plots his revenge.
Twenty Years After– The son of “Milady”, the two-faced Mazarin smuggle the young king and his mother from Paris which is becoming hostile to the crown.
The Time in Between– A novel following the life of a Spanish woman’s journey from her humble beginnings as a poor seamstress, to an English spy during World War II.
The Vineyard – A fictional book set in the mid 18th Century in Mexico, Cuba, and Spain about a man who lost everything and has one last shot at getting his fortune back.
James Bond: Vargr by (with Jason Masters) – 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.
Michael Douglas – One of the few second-generation kids to grow up and become a movie star, Michael Douglas has managed to emerge from the long shadow of his father. The struggle to become his own man in an unforgiving environment is only a part of this biography.
Wildflowers of Terezin – A historical fiction book taking place in Denmark during World War II. The book is well researched and an enthralling read.
Cathedral of the Sea – A fictional book taking place in 1300s Spain, the novel follows Arnau Estanyol, the son of a fugitive serf who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status in medieval Barcelona..
Alone in Berlin – A fictional 1947 book describing the life in Germany under the Third Reich. The book’s title in the US is Every Man Dies Alone.
How to Lose a War at Sea – A fascinating collection of more than 30 short essays about naval warfare and oceanic disasters. The book spans decades, there are essays ranging from the days of the Spanish armada to naval blunders from the 1960s.
Feist, John W.
Night Rain, Tokyo – An international thriller taking place in the United States and Japan. Brad Oaks, an executive of Elgar Steel and close family friend of the Elgar family has managed to come up with a way to get the company and bureaucrats on board for the Wishbone Pipeline, a project which will save the company.
Daughter of the Reich– A novel about the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer who falls in love with a Jewish boy.
Into the Jungle – 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.
The Arms Maker of Berlin– A novel taking place in present time, as well as in Nazi Germany’s Berlin. The books mixes espionage and suspense while telling parallel stories.
Next to Love – A fictional book which follows three childhood friends before, during and after World War II.
Live and Let Die – The second novel featuring Secret Service agent James Bond 007. Gold coins are appearing in America; the government thinks Soviet agents are using them to further their nefarious cause helped by Mr. Big, a notorious crime lord, uses voodoo as part of an elaborate plan to control his crime cartel.
Diamonds are Forever – The fourth novel in the series in which James Bond is assigned an undercover investigation of a diamond smuggling operation from Sierra Leone to the United States.
From Russia With Love – The fifth novel in the series telling of how the Soviet counterintelligence agency, SMERSH, plans to target James Bond for assassination (due to his role taking down Le Chiffre, Mr. Big and Hugo Drax). Just killing Bond is not enough, SMERSH plans a major sex scandal as well to sully the reputation of the agent and the agency.
Dr. No – The sixth novel in a series featuring James Bond, 007. Commander John Strangways, head of MI6 in Kingston, Jamaica has mysteriously disappeared and M sends James Bond to investigate. Bond knows that Strangways has been investigating a Chinese-German living on Crab Key island named Dr. Julius No.
Goldfinger – The seventh novel featuring James Bond, 007, agent of MI6, the British Secret Service. Bond discovers Goldfinger’s dealings with smuggled gold and, of course, other misdeeds. He meets Oddjob, a henchman for Goldfinger, and manages to entrench himself in Goldfinger’s get rich quick scheme.
For Your Eyes Only – The eight book in a series featuring British secret agent James Bond, 007 is a collection of short stories, ranging from “Excellent” to “just OK”.
Thunderball – the ninth James Bond novel, is the first of the “Blofeld Trilogy” follows the secret agent to a health clinic due to poor health where he discovers a sinister plot to hijack two nuclear bombs.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – A top notch James Bond thriller is the second of what has become the “Blofeld Trilogy”, preceded by Thunderball and concluded with You Only Live Twice (The Spy Who Loved Me was written in between but is not included in the trilogy).
The Spy Who Loved Me – The tenth novel featuring English spy James Bond, 007. The book was released in 1962 even though it was written earlier and is told from the point of view of Vivienne Michel, a French-Canadian woman who comes back home after five years in London and has a dangerous encounter with mobsters in a lone motel.
You Only Live Twice – The 11th novel featuring the famous British agent James Bond, 007 as a broken man, let his life and work slide but gets a last-chance to redeem his downward spiraling career by being assigned a diplomatic task.
The Man with the Golden Gun – This is a mildly entertaining novel, an escape to the Bond universe if you desire, or for the completists who want to read them all.
John the Pupil – a fictional travelogue set in the middle ages which is both funny and clever. Right from the first pages, the author mocks the entire book by stating that “all historical novels are failures”, that takes guts.
The Pillars of the Earth – A novel set in Kingsbridge, England and mainly tells about the building of the cathedral in town. The novel was published in 1989 to excellent reviews and has become widely read despite its length, listed on the BBC’s Big Read (#33) and selected for the Oprah Book Club.
Bursts of Fire – A fantasy novel following the Falkyn sisters who find themselves out of their castle when their kingdom has been invaded. The princesses are heirs to the imperial magiel of the Kingdom of Orumon, or as they know her – Mom.
Hawkeye, Vol 3: L.A. Woman (illustrated by Javier Pulido, Annie Wu & David Aja, lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles, and colored by Matt Hollingsworth) – A graphic novel which follows Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s girlfriend who is the new Hawkeye, needs to get away from Clint Barton and New York, so she head to Los Angeles – with the dog.
On the Sickle’s Edge – a novel following generations of Russian Jews and their struggle with their religion, society and economic system
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter – A fictional story set in the late 70’s in rural Mississippi. This atmospheric book and deals with the harsh punishment society deals to those they deem guilty (without proof) as well as racial elements.
America for Beginners – A novel following the journey of Mrs. Sengupta along with Satya is Mrs. Sengupta’s “tour guide”, only that he has been in the country about a year and Rebecca, an out of work actress, joining them for modesty purposes.
The World of the End – Ben Mendelssohn wants to be reunited with his belated wife, he will do anything to be with her again and on his birthday he puts a bullet in his head to accomplish the task. When Ben enters the Other World he discovers that finding a person among the millions who occupy the realm is not an easy task.
American Gods – A fictional book which blends fantasy, Americana and mythology to create a unique story from the brilliant mind of one of today’s top writers.
Anansi Boys – Fat Charlie returns to the United States to take care of his father’s estate only to find out that he has a twin he totally forgot about, and that his father was a minor African god (although a powerful one).
The Graveyard Book – Winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal award. This is a fictional book which takes place in a graveyard. Mostly.
Norse Mythology – A retelling of the stories which captivated many over centuries.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – A man returns to his childhood home in Sussex, England. The man finds himself in a farm which is down the road from where he lived. As the man sits by the pond, he starts remembering events of bygone years, a suicide, a stolen car and darkness unleashed.
The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes – A graphic novel which encompasses the collected issues of Sandman #1-8. This is the story of Morpheus, an eternal being responsible for sleep and rules over The Dreaming – the place where humans go when they are in an unconscious state.
The Cellist of Sarajevo – During the siege of Sarajevo a musician sees 22 of his friends and neighbors getting killed while waiting in a bread line. The man decided to play his cello on the site for 22 days and the reader follows four people throughout those days.
The General’s Cook – A historical fiction book taking place in 1793, following Herucles, a slave as well as President George Washington’s chef.
Heart of Junk – A novel about a group of antique dealers in Wichita, Kansas excited about a famous antiques television show filming an episode in their mall, but have to get around the bad press of a kidnapped child
Nitt Witt Hill– A political satire which brings forward the absurdities of today’s politics.
Who Was Bruce Lee? – The book tells about Lee’s influence in martial arts and pop culture, as well as touch on how Lee introduce Chinese culture to mainstream American and his influence in that arena.
Germania– A murder-mystery taking place during the last weeks of World War II, following a Jewish investigator reactivated by the Gestapo. This book won the Glauser Prize for the best German crime novel.
Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons (with Peter J. Tomasi, 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 Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood – A non-fiction book for the information age, talking about how people send information (and misinformation) from tum-tums in Africa, to Ada Lovelace, Alan turning and every “expert” on Twitter and Facebook.
The Bookie’s Son– A coming of age novel about the son of a collector agent to a Jewish crime lord, gambler and, of course, a bookie. Growing up to a poor family in the Bronx during the 1960s .
Breach – A novel taking place in the aftermath of World War II, where the remaining powers fight with magic as well as conventional means.
A Reliable Wife– A fictional story about a 58 year old widower and his mail order bride. The story takes place in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, as well as in the heated, burning desire of the characters’ hearts.
Mystery Girl – A men’s novel full of self doubt, awkwardness, porn, manly movie talk and Jackie Chan. Sam Kornberg lives in L.A., his marriage is falling apart and it looks like he’ll never be the novelist he dreamed of being. Looking for any job he might be qualify for , Sam gets a job as an assistant (he specializes in being an “assistant”) detective to Solar Lonsky.
Galerie – A novel about a woman looking for her roots and a family secret from World War II.
Little Princes – A memoir of the author’s time as a volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal. Not only did Mr. Grennan volunteer, but he also went above and beyond to find the long lost families of these children who were never orphaned but used and manipulated by war profiteers.
Griffin, Scott Tracy
Tarzan The Centennial Celebration – A lavish coffee table book celebrating 100 years of the famous lord of the jungle in books, TV, movies, comics and more. Mr. Griffin is the leading authority on Edgar Rice Burroughs and on his 1912 creation of which this book is about.
Playing For Pizza– A fictional book mostly set in Italy. This fish-out-of-water story is perfect for the reader/sport lover and could be read in one sitting.
The Books of Rachel – A saga traversing centuries, following the Cuheno / Ha-Cohen / Cohen / Cohn family of diamond dealers, who pass a diamond to daughters all named Rachel
Grubman, William Ian
The Storm over Paris– A historical fiction novel taking place in Paris, 1942, and follows an art dealer trying to save art from the hands of the Nazis.
Water for Elephants– A fictional boy-meets-girl story/boy-and-his-elephant set against turn of the century circus scene.
A Survival Guide for Life – A series of short narratives (75 in all), many telling anecdotes from the life of the authors tailored and/or manipulated to accommodate the bullet point the narrative tries to make.
House of Earth – A recently published novel, written in 1947, much like the singer’s lyrics, full of criticism and powerful imagery of the American farmers who suffered mightily during the dust bowl.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – An unidentified protagonist works towards his dream of becoming filthy rich. His journey from a poor boy to a corporate leader is chronicled in this book shaped as a business self-help book.
Malinalli of the Fifth Sun – A historical fiction novel taking place in South America during Hernán Cortés’ time focusing on native woman Malinalli who was an important person in Cortés’ entourage who have been vilified throughout the ages.
Heimbuch, Craig J.
And Now We Shall Do Manly Things – A non-fiction book about the author’s adventures learning to hunt while chronicling his personal journey and learning about the hunting culture in America.
Hellström, Borge (with Andres Roslund)
Three Seconds – 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.
Wine to Water – A non-fiction memoir of the author starting the Wine to Water non-profit. The charity brings clean water to many parts of the world.
The Girl in the Blue Coat – A young adult award winning novel, a national bestseller, which takes place in Holland during World War II.
Carrying Albert Home – The story of Mr. Hickam’s parents as a young couple in the 1930s, traveling from Florida to West Virginia with a pet alligator so she’ll have a bit of Florida in West Virginia. When the alligator grew, the couple took a trip to bring the alligator, named Albert, back to Florida.
The Eagle Has Landed – A novel detailing the efforts of a German crack commando team to invade England and kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II.
Solo– A fast, exciting read which is a lot of fun, lots of action and an interesting simple plot.
The Devotion of Suspect X – A charming novel focuses on the mind games played between the suspect and a police consultant – both brilliant mathematicians.
Deeper than the Dead – A fictional thriller set in 1985, before computers, forensics and a cell phone was as big as a brick (and weighed just as much). The book follows an FBI agent who is following a killer in a small town in California.
Secrets to the Grave – A fictional mystery featuring the recurring characters we met in “Deeper than the Dead”. The novel takes place in the same town of Oak Knoll, CA and is set in the mid 1980’s.
Hard Dog to Kill – A novel about two American mercenaries in the African Congo. Mr. Holt writes books, screenplays and short stories, Hard Dog to Kill was a finalist in both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Competition, and the Colorado Gold Writing Contest.
Beyond Vom Kriege: The Character and Conduct of Modern War – A non-fiction consisting of essays about the theory of war, expertly researched and professionally written, from a perspective of a solider, statesman, and intellectual who stays true to the facts and dispels myths which inevitably come when the military becomes politicized.
31 Bond Street – A historical fiction novel taking place in 1857 New York City. The book follows the notorious trial of Emma Cunningham for the murder of her landlord Dr. Harvey Burdell, a famous dentist.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky – A fictionalized account of the relationship of famed author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.
And the Mountains Echoed -A poor Afghan laborer hands over his precious 3-year-old daughter to a wealthy couple living in Kabul. The consequences of the siblings’ separation are told through a series of overlapping stories from different perspective which span a lifetime.
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Another impressive book about life in Afghanistan but this time about the plight of women under the rule of the Taliban.
Bunnicula (Guest Review) – A children’s book – Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit. But instead of the typical vampiric tendencies, Bunnicula sucks the juice out of vegetables
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A desperate and quite depressing novel filled with the loneliness of 15th Century Paris. The novel became a classic and the Hunchback became a tragic hero as well as a cultural icon.
Peace in the Making edited (with Yisrael Medad) – The complete correspondence between the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat during the historic peace making efforts.
The Falcon of Sparta – A fictionalized account of the book The Persian Expedition by Xenophon who led the Greek mercenaries, known as the Ten Thousand, who are stuck deep in hostile territory, must fight the Persian Empire to get home after the Battle of Cunaxa.
The Angles of Zin – A novel taking place mostly in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in which Paul Bach, Chief Homicide Inspector and a veteran from the Russian front is investigating murders of Nazi guards.
Benjamin Franklin– The amazing life of one of America’s Founding Fathers and well known scientists.
Einstein: His Life and Universe — A biography of the famed scientist. Einstein lived a tremendous life full of science, math, politics, religion and love; I admire Mr. Isaacson’s courage in tackling such a project.
Leonardo da Vinci – More than a painter, engineer or weapon smith, in this biography Walter Isaacson tries to figure out this complex genius.
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Loki’s Daughters (Guest Review)– a historical romance taking place in Ireland in a Celtic village where every man of fighting age is dead. A young woman, who is also trying to care for her sister with failing eyesight and her young nephew had to deal with a Viking invasion.
We, The Drowned – A spellbinding, award winning (Danske Banks Litteraturpris) fictional book which spans 100 years in the lives of the inhabitants of the small Danish coastal town Marstal. Jensen’s debut novel is hailed as an instant classic and rightfully so.
The First Stone (translated by Mark Mussari) – A novel which follows a Danish platoon fighting in Afghanistan, who find themselves as not only hunters, but as prey as well.
News of the World – A novel taking place in Texas around 1870. This book is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award in Fiction.
The Last Pilot – A historical fiction book taking place during the height of the space race.
DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns (illustrated by Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, and Ethan Van Sciver) – A graphic novel which follows Wally West (Kid Flash) is lost in time and dimensions thanks to the Flashpoint caused by Barry Allen (The Flash). Wally is drifting into nothingness, but can see the mysteries of the universe.
Johnson, Lisa S.
108 Rock Star Guitars – A book featuring photographs of guitars (and guitars only) of famous guitarists. The book took 17 years for Ms. Johnson to compile and photograph.
This Book Is Overdue – A non-fiction account of the author’s research and pontifications of how librarians will guide our culture into technological literacy.
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man (translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles) – The second novel featuring Allan Karlsson, a reluctant anti-hero going through life, involving himself and influencing world matters. This is a follow up to Mr. Jonasson’s best seller The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All – A fictional comedy about Per Persson, a hotel receptionist and grandson to a multi-millionaire who lost all his money, meets an atheist female pries who was cast out of her congregation.
Jones, Chris Morgan
The Silent Oligarch – A fictional book about those in the shadows which hold the strings of power.
Dubliners – A collection of short stories published in 1914. The stories are loosely tied together and are considered a classic collection in world literature.
The Metamorphosis – This is the story of Gregor Samsa who wakes up one morning and discovered he has turned into a giant bug. A short, classic story but deep with many themes condescend in a short space and between the lines.
Sikander – A fictional book which chronicles the life of a Pakistani man and how it changed after 9/11.
Russian Winter – A fictional book which follows the complex life of a Russian prima ballerina who defected to the US.
The Secret History of Star Wars – A non-fiction book chronicling the creative process behind the six Star Wars movies. A well researched, well written and interesting book not only for the Star Wars fans, but anyone who is interested in the creative process.
Hart’s War – a courtroom drama taking place in a prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II
Berlin 1961– A a non-fiction book which follows the political turmoil in 1961, a defining year in US-Soviet relationship.
Temptation – A fictional book which takes the reader on a ride from the height of success to the lows in life. What happens when a gilded door opens to a man who suddenly has ample opportunities and Hollywood clout?.
March Violets – The first in a series of noir novels about Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who turned private investigator. March violets refers to Germans who went along with the Nazi violence mindlessly.
Field Gray – A fictional novel taking place alternatively between the 1931 and mid 1954, mostly in Berlin. The book is 7th novel starring Bernie Gunther.
Prague Fatale – A fictional novel mostly set in Prague where Berlin detective Gunther is asked to solve a locked-room murder in a castle full of Nazis. The book is 8th novel starring Bernie Gunther.
Metropolis – A novel following The Weimar Republic is dying and young detective, Bernie Gunther, is investigating the murder of four prostitutes that have been scalped, a low profile case until the daughter of Berlin’s primary criminal is also murdered.
The Attack – A fictional book set in Israel and the West Bank which follows an Arab doctor working in an Israeli hospital whose life turned upside down when his wife became a suicide bomber.
The Templar Salvation – This the long awaited fictional sequel to “The Last Templar” follows the adventures of Archeologist Tess Chaykin & FBI agent Sean Reilly as they are being forced on a quest for a Templar treasure.
Kiernan, Stephen P.
The Curiosity – On an Arctic expedition, Dr. Kate Philo discovers the body of a man who was flash frozen deep in ice. In what could only be considered exceptional science with a bit of luck, the man, Judge Jeremiah Rice was brought back to life after being dead for more than a century.
The Chef’s Secret – A historical fiction novel taking place in Italy around the middle 1500s when Master chef Bartolomeo Scappi died and leaves his wealth, knowledge and even name to Giovanni, his long time apprentice.
Batman, Vol 2: I Am Suicide (illustrated by Mikel Janín and Mitch Gerads, colored by June Chung, and lettered by Clayton Cowles) – A graphic novel where Batman puts together his own Suicide Squad and leaves Gotham to retrieve a villain who is threatening Gotham City from Bain’s kingdom.
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) (illustrated by David Finch) – In his quest to get Psycho Pirate, who can address the pain his venom causing him, Bane destroys Batman’s allies and foes until his final match with Bruce Wayne
Batman, Vol 5: Rules of Engagement (illustrated by Joëlle Jones) – When Selina Kyle (Catwoman) acceted the marriage proposal from Bruce Wayne (Batman) she realized she would have to deal with his ex – Talia al Ghul in order to be happy.
Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar (illustrated by Mikel Janin, Joëlle Jones, and Travis Moore) – A graphic novel which follows the complex path that Batman and Catwoman lead to their wedding.
Batman, Vol. 7: The Wedding (illustrated by Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin) – A graphic novel which culminates the story-line where Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle) are set to get married.
Good Morning, Mr. Mandela– A memoir of Mr. Mandela’s private secretary. This is Ms. la Grange’s first book, which I understand caused some controversy as it is the first such memoir to come out after Mr. Mandela’s death.
Ultimate Conditioning for Martial Arts – A guide for professional and amateur martial artists covering many subjects from power to speed to agility and even nutrition. There are many exercises and diagrams for the reader to follow.
Human Error – This Israeli novel tackles issues from the point of view of a female Mossad agent who is not a femme fatal, but a professional agent, a thinking woman trying to investigate the murder of an ex-colleague.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – The first book of the Millenium Trilogy. The girl that hates men who hate women joins up with a crack journalist to take down financial titans and find a missing person.
Inside Apple– A non-fiction book which brings the reader into the behind the scenes world at Apple.
Criminal Enterprise – A fictional crime book which asks what happens when ordinary people take a shortcut to making money because they perceive it as their only option.
Road to Reckoning– At age 12 Thomas Walker to go out west and sell Samuel Colt’s revolutionary “Improved Revolving Gun”. Not long after their travels start, Thomas’ father is killed by robbers, and the young orphan tries to make it back home with his few possessions, including a wooden model of the gun, and no money, relying on the kindness of strangers.
Munich: The Man Who Said No! – A historical fiction story which tells two connected stories, that of a man in Europe during World War II, and that of his granddaughter, a historian in 2015.
False Friends – An Al-Qaeda cell in England realizes that there is a traitor in their mist and, while trying to plan a massive terror plot in the UK the organization involves the informants. Detective Dan Shepherd is the handler of Malik and Chaundhry, he must help them keep their cool until the plot is foiled.
The Geneva Option – A novel which introduces the reader to Yael Azoulay, a high-level UN staffer.
Luck and Circumstance – a memoir of the author’s fascinating life in the entertainment industry as well as searching for an answer to who is his biological father is.
Comrade Koba by Robert Littell – A novel in which a child, hiding in Communist Russia from the NKVD, meets an old man who is a high ranking government official, and the two strike a strange friendship.
Broken Angels – A novel taking place in the Lodz ghetto during World War II through the eyes of three people, Elsi, a Jewish teenager whose mother is forced to be a prostitute for the Nazis, Matilda, a Romanian girl who happens to look Aryan is taken from her family and brought to Germany so she can be molded as an Aryan child, and Willem is a Nazi docotr, officer and son of an important general.
Liu, Marjorie M.
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening (Sana Takeda Illustrator) – A graphic novel of an original fantasy epic. Maika Halfwolf, an Arcanic, is the survivor of a violent war between humans and Arcanics. Maika seeks out to find more about her mother, but as her power grows she feels that she is being destroyed from the inside.
Ahab’s Return: or, The Last Voyage – A novel, imagining the famous Captain Ahab returning to Nantucket, only to discover that he is believed to be dead. Searching for his wife and son, the captain reaches New York City where he meets a tabloid reporter George Harrow. Harrow makes a deal with the captain to help him search, but write about it in The Gorgon’s Mirror.
Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves – A delightful summer read, quick, funny and easy to ingest. The storytelling and dialog are sharp and funny, and the characters are engaging.
Number the Stars – An award-winning historical fiction book taking place in Denmark during World War II. Throughout the book, the kids watch how Danish resistance managed to rescue over 99% of Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis
The Scarlatti Inheritance – Ludlum’s first book about a rich boy who is about to bankrupt his family and help Hitler’s Third Reich.
The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum – The host of an investigative news show, John Tanner, is told by an agent of the CIA and his friends who are invited to a weekend in the country are plotting a conspiracy to threaten national security. The plan is called Omega.
Lukas, Michael David
The Oracle of Stamboul– A fictional book which follows the early years of a child who is thought to be the fulfillment of a prophecy.