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The Faithful Spy (John Wells, No. 1)
The Faithful Spy (John Wells, No. 1)
by Alex Berenson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars, July 29, 2015
This story of war and hate, topics as ugly as the worst such examples in mankind's history, is wrought with a human interest that captures the reader's heart. John Wells, the Spy who couldn't come in, makes us care intensely for him. Alex Berenson's first novel is a genius work because he understands the need of readers to be immersed in a tale. This secret, this caring for the protagonist or protagonists, seems to have been forgotten by many famous writers. These people, blinded by early successes, have taken to delivering the mechanics of a plot without the heart.


Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger)
Sniper's Honor (Bob Lee Swagger)
by Stephen Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blinding, thick, bog, July 21, 2015
I am disappointed in this book, which was work to read until Lludmilla the sniper finally comes to life in the latter pages. There is no doubt the author is accomplished and does his research thoroughly but he has forgotten the reader's interest in recreational reading. The dense writing from the viewpoint of the Israeli agent Gershon in Tel Aviv was paralyzing. Hunter, do not forget your readers!


A Town Like Alice (Vintage International)
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International)
by Nevil Shute
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars A read for all time, July 3, 2015
I remember seeing a TV series of this story many years ago and now I have read the book.

Nevil Shute tells the story in his own, inimitable style, low key, even toned when describing horrific events, and all of it is engaging. He gives us 1950's images of a land still developing, the hardest area being Queensland to live in. Too much rain (or "wet" as the locals put it) and then none at all along with searing heat. Not for sissies. Joe Harman, eminently suited for his work as stock rider manager, and Jean Paget from England, are wonderfully brought to life by the author. He is hardy and personable, and Jean has inner strengths that come to the fore when she is faced with the challenges of making a life there. The town of Willston is anything but appealing, yet, loving Joe, she will make do -- and more -- with what she is given.

The first part of Jean's story as told to her solicitor Noel Strachan in London, of her barefoot marches with other Englishwomen and children in Japanese-occupied Malaya, is engrossing and informs us of how it was there with the Malays and Japanese. The author is thorough in his descriptions of land and lives. I look forward to other books by Nevil Shute.


The One-Day Weekend: College Football Goes Professional
The One-Day Weekend: College Football Goes Professional
by Gilbert C. Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A read for all times, July 1, 2015
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I remember seeing a TV series of this story many years ago and now I have read the book.

Nevil Shute tells the story in his own, inimitable style, low key, even toned when describing horrific events, and all of it is engaging. He gives us 1950's images of a land still developing, the hardest area being Queensland to live in. Too much rain (or "wet" as the locals put it) and then none at all along with searing heat. Not for sissies. Joe Harman, eminently suited for his work as stock rider manager, and Jean Paget from England, are wonderfully brought to life by the author. He is hardy and personable, and Jean has inner strengths that come to the fore when she is faced with the challenges of making a life there. The town of Willston is anything but appealing, yet, loving Joe, she will make do -- and more -- with what she is given.

The first part of Jean's story as told to her solicitor Noel Strachan in London, of her barefoot marches with other Englishwomen and children in Japanese-occupied Malaya, is engrossing and informs us of how it was there with the Malays and Japanese. The author is thorough in his descriptions of land and lives. I look forward to other books by Nevil Shute.


American Sniper
American Sniper
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5.0 out of 5 stars And it has to continue, June 15, 2015
Chris Kyle's account of his four deployments in Iraq, mostly as sniper, comes across of a man hugely enjoying his job. He says so himself, and in so doing presents the point of view of the fighter on the front contemptuous of the command above. Some of them, not all. In his opinion, too many battles were lost because of overcautiousness, while he would have pitched into them without qualms.

Kyle's marriage to Taya is always being put on the back burner, through one child, then another, while he is away on the front. She is understandably resentful of his absences, more so that he enjoys his deployments so much. His closeness to his buddies is what makes them a good fighting unit, but with that comes terrible grief at the deaths of some.

He mentions more acronyms than I can maneuver around, but one, the Polish GROM, earned high praise. The marines, too, come through for him. One point he makes applies even today, that the soldiers of Iraq feel loyalty only to their own tribes, not the country of Iraq, and their performance in battle all too often reflects this, shall we say, lack of commitment.

Taya makes her own entries in the book, and they are what every abandoned wife would say and feel. Resentment as he takes off each time and deathly fear of losing him. And each time he returns Kyle finds himself the outsider.

Kyle helped found FITCO, an organization providing at-home fitness equipment for emotionally and physically wounded vets. His murder at the age of 39 by another vet presents a terrible consequence of war.

The last, poignant pages written by Taya belong indelibly with Chris Kyle's story.


The Twisted Root: A William Monk Novel
The Twisted Root: A William Monk Novel
Offered by Random House LLC
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is a slooow read and one begins to notice ..., May 30, 2015
It is a slooow read and one begins to notice the frequency of how sore and hot and burning Monk's and Hester's feet are. Also, when Monk ruminated over the mystery surrounding Miriam Gardiner's fleeing from the croquet game and her fiancé he did so too often. I calculated that perhaps 50 pages were added to the book by these entries. The surprise ending almost did not compensate for the preceding read.


The Killing Ground
The Killing Ground
by Jack Higgins
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment, May 24, 2015
This review is from: The Killing Ground (Paperback)
Jack Higgins has forgotten the writer's first commandment of creating a connection between the protagonists and the reader. Instead, he has submerged the main characters of Ferguson and Dillon in a cast of thousands. These were the two heroes of Thunder Point that had us reaching for another Higgins book. I am afraid The Killing Ground is nothing more than an exposition of Jack Higgins' complacence with his popularity.


Thunder Point (Sean Dillon Book 2)
Thunder Point (Sean Dillon Book 2)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wished I was there, May 18, 2015
Reading this one was intense fun because Higgins knowingly melded adventure with satisfying human nature. Sean Dillon is a killer? Well, he is still very likable because he kills the bad guys for us. We gloss over his killing of innocents in his other operations -- as an IRA crusader (a word frankly biased) he was, after all, fighting for the liberation of Ireland. Brigadier General Ferguson is a sly character whom that sly actor Alec Guinness could very well have played. The villains are all there, clearly depicted. What's not to enjoy?


THE DECEIVER
THE DECEIVER
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forsyth is masterful, May 6, 2015
This review is from: THE DECEIVER (Paperback)
This man, this writer, Frederick Forsyth absolutely blows me away with his sly, droll, understated British writing. We are quite willing to go along with his unassuming hero Sam McCready, whom the second-in-command toady Timothy Edwards of the Secret Intelligence Service is diligently trying to retire. But Sam's fan and understudy Denis Gaunt comes to his support and lays out his triumphs, one after another, from his operations in East Germany to managing a defector from Russia to foiling a Libyan plot to ship arms to the IRA to the last, and my very favorite for the author's most amusing depiction, of his dealings with some major infiltrators of a Caribbean island named Barclay.

I cannot wait to read Forsyth's other books.


The Protest
The Protest
by Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The unspeakable power of the religious, March 21, 2015
This review is from: The Protest (Hardcover)
I read "The Protest" when it first came out and remember my outrage at the machinations of a supposed man of God in twisting Janey's life and family. Bunnell's writing is eloquent and the tragedy of losing her daughters remains with me to this day, because it was real in this memoir presented as fiction. Don't we all wish we had the power and insight lacking at the time of crisis? I remember wanting to geld The Reverend Churlick! But Janey/Bunnell comes through and she will be much, much stronger.


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