October 2015 - Book of Bogan

Review – A Nation in Conflict: Canada and the Two World Wars by Andrew Iarocci and Jeffrey Keshen

This is a book which is really only secondarily about war. Rather, it is predominantly focused on the social and cultural effects, and attitudes which rippled through the Canadian population throughout the course of the First and Second World Wars. There have been many books written about the conduct of the wars, and this was... Read More »

Review – Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen

History is a funny thing – the more you know, the more you realise that you don’t know. Prior to reading this book, I considered that I was a reasonably well-read person on the ins and outs of World War 2, and I was aware on some level of the Operation Paperclip (originally named Operation... Read More »

Review – The Last Warrior by Andrew Krepinevich

This is a very weighty tome, and definitely not for the faint of heart. I was interested in this book, as it tracks many of the developments in the military-industrial complex, and think-tanks which carried America through the Cold War and into modernity. I will admit having never heard of Andrew Marshall before – and... Read More »

Review – A Land Divided by K M Ashman

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review. A Land Divided is a historical novel set in 11th century England, Ireland and Wales. Although it is based on real events, the author has taken certain liberties, largely for the sake of plot convenience. It tells the story of a family,... Read More »

Review – The Angel by Mark Dawson

The Angel is a very modern thriller, dealing with many of the big issues facing the intelligence community, as well as the community as a whole. There is a multi-faceted terrorist attack in London, told mostly from the perspective of the young (and not so young) terrorists as they carry out the attack. I haven’t... Read More »

Review – The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

I will admit to being an enormous Jim Butcher fan, and so when I found out that there was a new book out, I was immensely excited. Needless to say I was not disappointed with this book. The Aeronaut’s Windlass is Butcher’s take on Steampunk, with his own twist. There are airships galore, and battles... Read More »

Review – Fate of the Union by Max Allan Collins

This novel is your standard “former national hero secret service agent who took a bullet for the president-of-the-future receives a phone call from his friend who needs to talk, but before they can talk his friend dies in mysterious circumstances leading said agent to uncover a possible serial killer who turns out to be part... Read More »

Review – Warmth by Sam Wolfson

Do you enjoy reading books with “gripping” dialogue where almost every sentence ends in an exclamation mark for dramatic tension!!?!!?!!! This is definitely the book for you. Do you enjoy reading books where there are endless passages of info-dumpy dialogue with brief passages of confusing action? This is definitely the book for you. Do you... Read More »

Review – The First Great Air War by Richard Townshend Bickers

The First World War has been sliced and diced just about as many ways as it can be, and in some ways I feel like authors need to find a ‘new’ angle to catch my interest. I realise this was published some time ago, but received a copy for review through Netgalley from the publisher.... Read More »