The Polish Officer

This is a work of historical fiction – a spy tale set in various locales during the start of WWII. Furst’s attention to detail and research is admirable. However, I felt this read more like a TV series – episodic, with none of the episodes building on the other, except, perhaps, in the incrementally positive…

The Boxer Rebellion – Diana Preston

After reading Diana Preston’s “The Boxer Rebellion,” I’ve learned something about my taste in history books. Full-length books on relatively brief historical events tend to be filled with anecdotes. I do not enjoy reading a book full of anecdotes. A encyclopedia entry will suffice. This is a book admittedly telling only the Western side of…

Consent to Kill

After the upheaval that is moving your stuff from one structure to another, I desperately need to get back in a routine of writing. Without further ado, I’ll discuss my encounter with “Consent to Kill,” a spy thriller written by Vince Flynn. This novel had a Tom Clancy, “best seller” air to it, and I…

12 Books to Read During 2011

I’m going to participate in Roof Beam Reader’s 2011 TBR Pile Challenge. Here are my 12 books from my tbr (to be read) pile: The Darkness That Comes Before – R. Scott Bakker*Let the Right One In – John Ajvide LindqvistConsent to Kill – Vince FlynnThe Boxer Rebellion – Diana PrestonA History of Western Philosophy…