June 2017 - Book of Bogan

Whispers Across the Atlantick by David Smith

Whispers Across the Atlantick is the story of the American Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of the British commander Lord Howe. It interweaves the story of the military campaign against Howe having to explain himself before parliament after the fact. While the author does a steady job of tracking the various players on both... Read More »

The Forever Spy by Jeffrey Layton

This book had me unequal parts interested and confused throughout, and while I like a good spy thriller, I like it to at least make sense in the end. The Forever Spy reminded me of one of those Celtic knots where the patterns go around and around and interweave with each other, and you’re never... Read More »

Australia’s Most Murderous Prison by James Phelps

Few of us have a particularly good idea about what goes on behind the walls of the average prison – and most of us would like to keep it that way. In Australia’s Most Murderous Prison, James Phelps takes the reader behind the walls of Goulburn Jail, through the eyes of the officers who stand... Read More »

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite fiction authors of all time, with a solid track record of amazing and engaging novels. When I saw that he had written a book about Norse mythology, I really should not have been as skeptical as I was, but that skepticism kept me from reading this book for... Read More »

Deep Undercover by Jack Barsky

I love a good spy story, particularly the true ones. And the memoir of a KGB spy who lived in America for years without being discovered sounded like a fascinating tale, especially since I love the show The Americans. Deep Undercover is the story of the many lives of Albrecht Dittrich, better known as Jack... Read More »

Traitor’s Gait by Geoffrey Osbourne

It is worth bearing in mind that this book was published in 1969, and so some of the things that would probably be unforgivable in a modern spy thriller must be tolerated. Traitor’s Gait is the story of a small team of agents who must infiltrate a Russian space facility to steal the plans to... Read More »