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Tower of Babel
Tower of Babel
by Bodie Hodge
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed, March 1, 2014
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The research is very well done, relying for the most part on Scripture (as it should). However, it is quite laborious to follow and one may find his/her interest and attention span waning. In the final analysis, one can only marvel at the care Moses took under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to record the generations of individuals and peoples that comprise the Word of God. For those anticipating doing research on the topics surrounding this infamous structure, they would be well advised to begin here. You've done yourself proud by undertaking such an ambitious project.,Mr. Hodge.


Taco Bell Thick'n Chunky Mild Salsa, 16 oz Jar (Pack of 4)
Taco Bell Thick'n Chunky Mild Salsa, 16 oz Jar (Pack of 4)
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Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, March 1, 2014
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As far as my taste is concerned, there is none better. Unfortunately, many stores do not carry it, hence my reliance on ordering it via Amazon.


red line Men's RL-50042-BB-05-RDS "Stealth" Chronograph Red Textured Sport Watch
red line Men's RL-50042-BB-05-RDS "Stealth" Chronograph Red Textured Sport Watch

3.0 out of 5 stars Be Forewarned, March 1, 2014
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One should remove this watch when doing work that involves quick movements or rapid arm motions. The watch will stop and have to be reset. It has only happened once thus far, but I envision it happening again should I not take the aforementioned precaution. Also, the dates are rather small and have to be reset for months that are not 31days in length. Aside from these negatives, I like the styling and, of course, the redness. It is a real conversation piece.


The Salinger Contract: A Novel
The Salinger Contract: A Novel
by Adam Langer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.41
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tis a Puzzlement, March 1, 2014
A book within a book, facts within fiction, real writers or not, these are the riddles that the reader has confronting him/her when dealing with this intriguing novel. There's twists and turns aplenty in this convoluted work by Adam Langer. The characters are few, but their motives and actions are difficult to really decipher when involved in a rather suspenseful plot. One should suspend any feelings of plausibility when navigating through the pages of this thriller. but after saying that, one will be most satisfied with the end result. Mr. Langer has a real talent for keeping the reader engrossed from beginning to end.


George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
by Don Yaeger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.98
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not That Interesting, February 4, 2014
After having read through about 50 pages, I began skipping around and focused on the section about Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. I've tried to analyze why I found this book so bland and tedious, and I came to the conclusion that it was in fact bland and tedious. The story lacked drama and excitement. One would think that the lives of six revolutionary patriots involved in spying would capture and keep the interest of the reader but such was not the case in this instance. At no time did I get the impression that the lives of Washington's six were in real jeopardy. Perhaps, I like other readers may have become too accustomed to the perils faced by WWII agents and beyond. Other than Nathan Hale and Major Andres, recounted in the book, it seemed that most captured spies were used more for prisoner exchanges than were actually hanged. Also, as other reviewers have cited, the writing was rather elemental. I'm not sure what compulsion drove Brian Kilmeade to research and relate the stories of the six who played minor roles in the American Revolution. I would never have subtitled this work the Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution. History has shown there are far too many other factors and individuals that deserve that accolade.


Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Ala Notable Books for Adults)
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Ala Notable Books for Adults)
by Scott Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not All about Lawrence, January 29, 2014
What is so fascinating about this book is that it is not all about T. E. Lawrence. The author weaves the lives of three other influential personalities into the narrative about the events in the Middle East during and after World War I. How each leveraged their roles to their own advantage and in turn the European interests in the eventual boundary settlements of this region is most revelatory.

Much has been written about Lawrence ,but Anderson spends a good deal of time questioning the verity of Lawrence's actions as proclaimed in his own written accounts of military encounters as leader of the Arab revolt against the Turks. Anderson gives plausible explanations for Lawrence's embellishment of the torture experienced by him at the hands of the Turks.

Aside from this, one can only admire the tenacity and fortitude of Lawrence as he tread his way through the labyrinth of intrigue that he faced while balancing the objectives of Arab leaders and the interests of his own country. He was as unique and mysterious as any man who ever lived during his own and any other generation in the annuals of world history.


The Light in the Ruins
The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Italian Perplexity, October 9, 2013
This review is from: The Light in the Ruins (Hardcover)
Aside from being a somewhat engrossing mystery thriller, I was enlightened to the conundrum that was confronted by Italian families during the latter years of World War II. Italy joined forces with Germany to form the Axis in the early years of the conflict; however, with the Allied invasion, the Mussolini government was deposed and Fascist leaning, German sympathizers were thrown into a quandary as to where to realign their allegiance. Should they throw in with the Allies, remain on the German side even though the battle seemed lost, or wait for the Partisans to decide for them? Families were often placed between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

This was the dilemma faced by the central family in Bohjalian's fictional work. It is a critical premise upon which the story is based. This historical reminder is helpful to the reader in understanding the motivations of both the killer and the other characters that comprise this interesting and informative narrative. It has stimulated my attention to other writings by this author.


W is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
W is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
by Sue Grafton
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best, But Close to It, September 27, 2013
Like most reviews, I've read all of Grafton's alphabet series. I'm not sure it took 484 pages to tell her story, but it held my interest for the most part. Grafton goes a little overboard on descriptive passages, but her dialogue is crisp and, on the whole, necessarily informative. She, as others before her, employs flashbacks and interruptive narration. I don't find this technique bothersome; however, it is becoming overused by writers.

I found the doctor in this story unbelievable. For the amount of money that was involved in the climactic moment of the story, I could not reconcile his jeopardizing his career for the amount in question. Otherwise, most of the characters were well-drawn and convincing. Kinsey, you find in this yarn, makes some uncommonly bad mistakes. For being such a savvy PI, she really comes up with some boneheaded miscalculations.

All in all, this is Grafton at her near-best. I'm anxiously waiting for "X". I only hope that Kinsey by the end of the series gets her love life straightened out and exhibits some better smarts.


Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Mystery)
Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper Mystery)
by Earlene Fowler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Off to a Good Start, June 10, 2013
An interesting start to a new series. The dialogue is crisp and biting, with plenty of insults and tongue-in-cheek remarks by all the main characters, Particularly between Benni and Gabe, the police chief. The book did lack a certain element of suspense,since the murders happened, as it were, off stage and the threat to the main character was rather benign. I do found it rather curious that things seem to go on routinely at the museum in light of the mayhem that occurred there. One would think that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of certain individuals on the premises would have put the kibosh on any future public openings and exhibits for some time; however, things proceeded normally with little mind to events pertaining to the victims. Oh well, suspension of disbelief, I guess, flavors all genre, including crime novels. In spite of these drawbacks, Ms. Fowler is off to a good beginning. One hopes that forthcoming ( I know the series has continued ) writings will have tighter and more suspenseful plots.


Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs)
Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs)
by Jacqueline Winspear
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, As Always!, April 9, 2013
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This is by far the best in the Maisie Dobbs series. The cast of characters were interesting, the plot was intriguing, and the suspense builds to a satisfying conclusion. We look forward to Maisie's continuing adventures both home and abroad. My only criticism would be that enough already with this will I marry or will I not marry James Compton. Her romantic indecision is wearing thin and is unbecoming of a woman of Maisie's intellect. How about it Ms. Windspear, Yea or nay? Give your readers a resolution.


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