War Cry by Wilbur Smith and David Churchill (Historical Novel, 2017). I found this sprawling historical novel readable, yet somewhat disappointing. Smith is a very experienced and respected historical novelist (take note of Stephen King’s front cover proclamation as to his abilities). He’s published several highly successful series, including the Courtney Family books, of which this […]Read more "REVIEWED: War Cry"
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars Novel, 2017). This entry in Del Rey Books’ series of tie-in books concludes a trilogy of original novels by Wendig. They follow The Return of the Jedi but come well before The Force Awakens in the chronology of the ever-growing franchise canon. It shows the final (suitably violent) collapse […]Read more "REVIEWED: Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End"
A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly (Supernatural Thriller, 2017). This novel, the latest in along line of books centered around a private detective named Charlie Parker, expertly blends multiple genres to very pleasing effect. Parker sees ghosts (including that of his first daughter) and regularly has to deal with other supernatural threats. Meanwhile, he’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: A Game of Ghosts"
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn. (Contemporary Novel, 2017). A strong and hauntingly memorable novel about a driven, wounded soul who finds the one companion she can believe in (and relate too) in a previously abused dog. And oh, yes–it’s not sentimental, or anything close to it! LeAnn Hogan went to Afghanistan whole and determined to […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Right Side"
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (Romantic Suspense Novel, 2017) One of the best-selling and most prolific authors around, Nora Roberts often puts out books with multiple genre appeal. In this case, you have a novel to appeal to fans of romance, suspense and crime (if not exactly mystery) fiction. Plus it’s set in the Big Sky […]Read more "REVIEWED: Come Sundown"
The Dark Light-Years by Brian Aldiss (Science Fiction Novel, 1964). Aldiss, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction’s New Wave, recently died. This inspired me to dig out my somewhat ancient paperback copy of this novel to reread (after multiple decades). It’s very brief as novels go today (128 pages in my Signet paperback edition) […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Dark Light Years"
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. (Romantic Novel, 2016). I’m a big fan of McCall Smith’s charming No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, set in the small African nation of Botswana. This unrelated work, a one-shot published in the UK in 2016 and now available in the US, is almost as endearing–with enjoyable characters and […]Read more "REVIEWED: My Italian Bulldozer"