May 2017 - Book of Bogan

Trojan by Alan McDermott

Trojan is a well-crafted thriller which has the underpinnings of reality, as the plotline feels like things we often hear about in the news. British intelligence is charged with tracking down a terrorist group who have used a rather ingenious method to smuggle a dangerous biological weapon into the UK. I’ll be honest, I didn’t... Read More »

The Conquering Tide by Ian W Toll

Subtitled War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944, The Conquering Tide is a tour de force of American triumphalism covering the first three years of its involvement in the Second World War. If you didn’t pick up that vibe from the front cover, it becomes immediately apparent that this is a fairly one-eyed look at some choice... Read More »

Star Wars: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

I’m not going to lie, this book left me wanting more. And not always in a good way either. Empire’s End is the third book in a sort of literary game of join the dots by Chuck Wendig which seeks to explain some of the events which took place between the end of Return of the... Read More »

The Fallen Gatekeepers by C R Fladmark

The Fallen Gatekeepers seems like a relatively standard portal fantasy, with people from Earth with special powers being able to travel between worlds as and when it’s convenient for them, and people from a very tightly controlled society in an alternate dimension which sounds suspiciously like Japan who travel to our dimension. It has magic, lizard... Read More »

Linebacker by Karl Eshmann

The Vietnam War – for me at least – is one of the least understood wars in modern history, and consequently I am always interested in reading books which look at some of the micro aspects of the world which dominated the lives of so many people in the 60s and 70s. The Operations Linebacker... Read More »

Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars)

I have mixed feelings about this book – it is a more realistic look at the aftermath of the death of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi, and it has some personal moments of action and adventure. On the other hand, so much of the novel is bound up in talking about political issues,... Read More »

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

I was not familiar with the television show The Librarians before reading this book, although I don’t think it left me at a disadvantage, because I pretty quickly bought into the idea behind the series, as it reminded me of another television series I very much enjoyed called Warehouse 13, which was in a similar vein.... Read More »

Buller’s Dreadnought by Richard Hough

Buller’s Dreadnought is a tale of romance, romance, politics, romance and the dawn of the age of dreadnoughts at the start of the 20th Century, and the race to develop the biggest baddest fighting ships… but mostly about dreadnoughts. The main character is a wandering genius in grand tradition of non-specific heroes in historical novels,... Read More »