Book Review: No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

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. Despite the advice of his generals, Hitler launches a desperate counteroffensive in the Ardennes Forest surprising the Americans.

The story is told through the eyes of Eisenhower, Patton, private Eddie Benson as well as Germans Gerd von Rundstedt and Albert Speer.

Book Review: The Steel Wave-A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

The topic for this book is the events leading up and after D-Day (January through September 1944) seeing through the eyes of the aggressor (Eisenhower), the defender (Rommel), the generals (Bradley, Patton, von Rundstedt) and best of all, the ordinary soldiers (Sergeant Jesse Adams, a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne and Jack Logan, a tank gunner with the First Armored Division).

Book Review: The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara

The day to day lives of the fighting men in the unforgiving Libyan dessert were tough. Not only fighting heat and exhaustion, but the British Army Dessert Rats, the Australians and New Zealanders were battling the Dessert Fox (Rommel). Rommel used what he knew about other generals to his advantage and the results were German victories.

The story moves on to 1943 where the Allies believe that Italy will be a piece of cake and they could move on the Germany. Italy did surrender but the Nazis kept on fighting. The book ends after the battles in Naples and Salerno where the Allies paid a high price for the victory and the beginning of the plan to attack the French coast.

Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins
5 Stars , Historical Fiction / September 20, 2010

In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco. On that fateful day beloved comic and silent movie star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle held a weekend of drunkenness orgy (regardless of the prohibition laws) and debauchery with several friends, sans his wife of course

Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
4 Stars , Non-Fiction / August 9, 2010

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is an epic which is meant to be read slowly and deliberately, the tale is smart and the story is fun.  Even though the book incorporates shoguns and samurais, most of the account is carried by clerks and translators.  The epic rescue attempt in a sanctuary surrounded by snow capped mountains is no less exciting than the description of diplomatic rituals and the “arse-licking pilgrimage” one must make before meeting the shogun.

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