January 2017 - Book of Bogan

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston is an author more well-known for his works of fiction, and so I will admit I wasn’t quite sure how to take this book when I first started reading it. If you’ve read your average archeological thriller, the promise of a danger-filled adventure through the South American jungle is par for the course. I... Read More »

House of Spies by Peter Matthews

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good spy story, and true spy stories can be even more interesting than the odd James Bond page-turner, if they are done right. I say ‘can’ because it also requires a bit of self-awareness of the books which exist in the same space as the one you are... Read More »

The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

I will begin this review by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, and I accept that some of my criticism may result from my ignorance of that book, however I think the fundamental issues I have with this book go deeper than my lack of having read the first... Read More »

True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney

True Faith and Allegiance is the latest book in the continuation of the Jack Ryan universe – originally started by Tom Clancy, and continued after his death by others, including the Mark Greaney. Over time the series has evolved from focusing on Jack Ryan, to the activities of his son, Jack Ryan Jr who now... Read More »

Rough Trade by Steve Jackson

Rough Trade is a harrowing and deeply disturbing look at the life of a woman who went from being a police officer, her downfall through drugs and corruption, and into a life of prostitution. It is also a look at the murder of a number of prostitutes by a serial killer. What the author does... Read More »

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Hans Christian Andersen meets the denizens of Swamp People in this dark, and disturbing pseudo-fairy tale set in the Louisiana bayou. Deadlight Jack brings together a cast of interesting characters, drawn into a world beyond the one we ordinary folk see around us. The two main roguish protagonists access abilities, and insight which some might see... Read More »