REVIEWED: The Last Templar

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. (Novel, 2005). This 526-page adventure epic followed close on the heels of The Da Vinci Code and proved a bestseller in its own right. I wouldn’t quite call it a rip-off of Brown’s work, but there are conspicuous similarities: a seemingly mismatched pair of modern-day adventurers seek the truth behind a […]

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REVIEWED: Ruler of the Night

Ruler of the Night by David Morrell (Historical Mystery Novel, 2016). Not long ago, I reviewed a Christmas-themed book from a few years ago by Morrell. Now I’m back with one from only months ago. Ruler of the Night is the third in a trilogy of exciting mystery novels set in Victorian England (1855, to be exact) […]

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REVIEWED: The Girl From Venice

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith. (Historical Novel, 2016) This one–the latest from another of my favorite authors–is set in northern Italy in 1945, where the last remnants of Mussolini’s Fascist regime and their equally doomed Nazi overlords are preparing for a suicidal last stand (or maybe a desperate escape). Cenzo Vianello is a […]

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Reviewed: VALIANT AMBITION

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick. (History/Nonfiction, 2016) Veteran historian Philbrick’s latest is an often fascinating and always well-researched examination of the American Revolution, centered on the diverging destinies of two key military figures–George Washington and Benedict Arnold. He provides ample detail and good insights into both men’s personalities and how their essential characters led each to […]

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Reviewed: DECLARE

Declare by Tim Powers (Supernatural/Spy novel, 2001). This one is among the oddest and most unexpected examples of blending genres that I’ve ever come across. Declare effectively ties often unsparingly brutal espionage fiction (during World War II and the Cold War era that followed) together with supernatural horror (specifically an especially dark variation on Middle Eastern Djinn mythology). And […]

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