This one is the 6th or 7th of the author’s series of submarine-warfare-focused novels that revolve around ultra-skilled and heroic US Navy officer Jerry Mitchell. This one is set in the very near-future (2021) and, like many military thrillers, imagines a future ‘improvement’ on existing technology to create a more dangerous weapon that Mitchell and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Arctic Gambit"
FICTION PUBLICATIONS: I had 3 new stories published in 2019: “The Wounded Nark” (SF Story) published in the US-based print/electronic magazine OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND. “Sarcophagus Birthdays” (SF Story) also in OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND. “Alien Mating Habits: A Brief Overview” (Satirical SF Story) in the European-based online magazine SCI PHI JOURNAL. I also had one previously […]Read more "2019: Recap of My Year of Modest Publishing Successes"
This biography of the man who took a mediocre comic book company, previously known as Timely, and transformed it into the multi-media empire that is Marvel is a fun, bouncy and entertaining, yet honest portrait of one of recent pop cultural history’s most fascinating, sometimes contradictory, occasionally controversial and always surprising figures. Rather than the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee"
This book is a magnificent, honest and heartfelt triumph. Kershaw, a best-selling history writer, presents the stories of an array of common soldiers and their field officers whose individual courage, smarts and determination enabled the vast invasion of Nazi-dominated Europe to secure the footholds allowing the rest of the Allied armies to flood into northern […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The First Wave"
Almost 40 years after Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith returns with the 9th novel about stalwart Russian detective Arkady Renko. Somehow, Renko is still surviving as an honest, resourceful and determined cop in the corruption-plagued land of Vladimir Putin. Is the man supernaturally vigorous? The question deserves thought, considering that here, again, he is subjected […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Siberian Dilemma"
Much-honored mystery writer Simon Brett returns yet again to the somewhat funky English coastal town of Fethering for his latest tale of cozy murder and wry wit. As usual, the local police are mostly faceless and ineffective. So when Leonard Mallett takes a fatal tumble down the stairs at his house, they’re inclined to write […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Killer in the Choir"
Considering the dozens of books Christine Feehan has published, her status as a repeatedly Best Selling author and the fact that several critics have dubbed her the “queen of paranormal romance,” I found this volume somewhat disappointing. This is the third novel in her Shadow Riders series and that may be part of the problem–coming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Keeper"
Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien (Historical Biography, 2018) This excellently researched and beautifully written book was a hardcover Bestseller last year and is now available in all the usual formats. It’s the riveting yet thoughtful account of a mostly forgotten period in early aviation history and of the struggles, triumphs and tragedies of the comparatively […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Fly Girls"
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (SF Novella, 2019). This splendid novella brings together the special talents of the award-winning Amal El-Mohtar and Hugo-nominated Max Goldstone. Two factions, one high tech-centered and the other nature-based, wage a sprawling war for dominance through time itself. Despite their differing word-views, […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW:This Is How You Lose the Time War"
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (SF Novel, 2019). Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the misogynistic nightmare Republic of Gilead is still in power. But that power may be slipping. At the least, resistance persists, both inside and outside its borders. An endless war grinds on against California, protests mount in other neighboring countries […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments"