January 2016 - Book of Bogan

Review – The Manhattan Project by Al Cimino

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. I have mixed feelings about this book – it is a generally well-written primer on the topic of the Manhattan Project, which was the scientific effort during the second world war to research, and build the atomic bomb which... Read More »

Review – Agent ZigZag by Ben Macintyre

Agent Zigzag is the true story of a British double agent during the second world war, who was more rogue than hero. Eddie Chapman started out his life as a small time criminal and con man, but found a way out of that life when the second world war broke out, and he saw an... Read More »

Review – Deer Season by Aaron Stander

I picked this novel up, not realising that it was the third in a series. I did not feel as though I was missing out on anything by not having read the previous novels, which also starred the character Ray Elkins. Deer Season is a small town mystery, in a place were there seems to... Read More »

Review – Star Wars on Trial: The Force Awakens edition by BenBella Books

Disclaimer: I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Star Wars on Trial is part courtroom drama, part goodnatured philosophical discussion, and occasional open warfare between several contradictory sides, in a debate about the value and values of the Star Wars movie and cultural franchise. Let me get this out there... Read More »

Review – Rivers of Gold by Adam Dunn

Disclaimer: I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rivers of Gold is a near-future novel, which does a good job of portraying some of the dystopian elements which exist in our current society, but appear to go unnoticed by most regular people. Oh sure, I don’t think there are sexy... Read More »

Review – Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Mortality is the first in a trilogy of books by Kellie Sheridan, called The Hitchhiker Strain. I confess that I have never heard of Kellie Sheridan before, but assume that she has been lost somewhere in the plethora... Read More »

Review – No Free Man by Graham Potts

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I felt this novel consisted of a bunch of plot ideas which were thrown into a melting pot, all of which occasionally bubbled to the surface for inspection. I’m afraid to say that while there were some interesting ideas... Read More »

Review – Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw

Avenue of Spies is the intriguing story of a family of Americans who lived in Paris almost literally under the noses of the Nazis during the occupation in World War 2. The eponymous avenue is Avenue Foch, which before the war was home to many wealthy residents, whose houses were taken over by the Nazis.... Read More »

Review – Objective Troy by Scott Shane

Objective Troy is the story of the making of a terrorist, and the making of a president, and how the two stories are entwined with each other. Shane takes a somewhat critical look at the use of drones by president Obama, and specifically in their use in the killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric... Read More »