The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden (Historical Fiction Novel, 2019). Conn Iggulden, one of the more popular historical novelists working today, based this novel on the memoir by the warrior Xenophon, published in English translation as The Persian Expedition. This ancient literary classic details his experiences from 401 B.C., also known as the March of the Ten-Thousand. […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Falcon of Sparta"
Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin (History/Biography, February 2019). Tom Clavin, a best-selling and multiple award-winning historical writer, ably follows up his history of one of the Wildest of the Wild West’s cow-towns (Dodge City) with this carefully researched and entertainingly written account of James Butler (“Wild Bill”) […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Wild Bill"
War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Novel, 2018). By my count this is the eleventh novel in Cornwell’s sprawling Saxon Tales series. As usual, the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, narrates the book with a keen eye and ever-growing self-awareness. And yet, as ever, he remains dedicated to the cultural imperative central to his […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: War of the Wolf"
The Taster by V.S. Alexander (Historical/War Novel, February 2018). In early 1943, World War Two is raging and Berlin is beginning to feel the full wrath of Allied air power. Till now, the German capital city has largely been spared direct attack and Magda, a mostly aimless young woman still living with her parents, is blissfully […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Taster"
This installment of the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse featured mostly familiar faces, plus one actual newcomer, a couple quirky films on DVDs (both comedies, though otherwise quite unlike one another), one regular’s persistent smartphone frustrations, another visit by two psychic researchers, and yours truly conveying good writing news (polite way of saying bragging) even […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 12, 2018"
Agent in Place by Mark Greaney (Spy/Suspense Novel, February 2018). Court Gentry is a modern-day secret agent/assassin, often working for the CIA but sometimes (as in this case) more-or-less freelancing his services for a cause/mission he believes in. He’s known as the Gray Man for his shadowy and mysterious nature, and Greaney has been writing about […]Read more "REVIEWED: Agent in Place"
The Shattered Lens by Jonathan Alpeyrie and Stash Luczkin (Memoir, October 2017). While still a somewhat young man, Alpeyrie was already an experienced photographer specializing in documenting various wars around the world when, in 2013 he was kidnapped by a rebel faction in Syria. In fact it was his third trip inside that world-torn country when […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Shattered Lens"