Book Review – North And South by John Jakes: Two Families, One Fate

If you’ve only seen the mini-series by the same name, you’re missing out on quite a lot. There is more of everything in John Jakes’ novel North And South: more characters, more intrigue, more story, more history. In studying American History in school, and the Civil War in particular, we are often given clinical reasonsContinue reading “Book Review – North And South by John Jakes: Two Families, One Fate”

Book Review – The Great War: American Front by Harry Turtledove

This novel is the sequel to How Few Remain. In these novels, Turtledove supposes that the Confederacy won the Civil War and follows the course of history in a North American continent that is now divided into three separate countries. World War I is beginning in this novel. Led by President Woodrow Wilson, the ConfederateContinue reading “Book Review – The Great War: American Front by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review: 108 Stitches by Ron Darling

No baseball so far this season thanks to the Corona Virus, so I’m trying to catch up on my baseball reading. One of the books I had on my list was 108 Stitches by Ron Darling. For those of you who don’t know, Darling was a starting pitcher with the New York Mets from 1983-1991Continue reading “Book Review: 108 Stitches by Ron Darling”

Book Review – One Door Away from Heaven By Dean Koontz

Lately when I read a new Dean Koontz novel, I have one of two reactions: either I feel like throwing the book against the wall, or I want to abandon it halfway through. His novels never used to do that to me. I could hardly wait for the next one to come out. The lastContinue reading “Book Review – One Door Away from Heaven By Dean Koontz”

Book Review: The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron

I’ve always enjoyed books and movies that take me to familiar places. That was easy when I lived in New York. Not so easy anymore, until some of my geocaching friends introduced me to author Paul Doiron’s books. This is his first in the series about Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. Mike is a goodContinue reading “Book Review: The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron”

Book Review – Worldwar: Striking the Balance by Harry Turtledove

Worldwar: Striking the Balance is the conclusion of a 4-part series by Harry Turtledove. The genre here is known as Alternate History which means the author takes a historical event – or series of historical events – and says “what if this happened instead?” In this case, Turtledove poses the question “What if at theContinue reading “Book Review – Worldwar: Striking the Balance by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review – Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance by Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove is an author known for his specialization in Alternate History. He asks the question what if something different had happened at some point in recorded history? In the Worldwar series of novels, Turtledove asks what would have happened if an alien race decided to invade right as World War II was going intoContinue reading “Book Review – Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review: How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove: Special Order 191

Do you know what Special Order 191 was? It’s one of those pesky little details we weren’t taught about that in history class; details that, if something had just gone a little differently, history would have been changed. This is what begins the Harry Turtledove novel How Few Remain. Special Order 191 was Confederate GeneralContinue reading “Book Review: How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove: Special Order 191”

Book Review – Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove

Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove is the second of four novels in this series. Turtledove writes in a genre called Alternate History – what would happen if a different event in history had occurred? With this type of novel, the setting is usually a familiar one historically, with a twist. In this case,Continue reading “Book Review – Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review: The Cathedral by Nelson DeMille

I confess to an affinity for Nelson DeMille developed once he commented in a Facebook group I’m in and I discovered he was from my hometown and attended the same high school I did, albeit he graduated the year I was born. I started reading his books and discovered I liked them quite a bit.Continue reading “Book Review: The Cathedral by Nelson DeMille”