November 2017 - Book of Bogan

Breaking Van Gogh by James Grundvig

Everyone loves a good scandal, especially when it comes from the rather pretentious world of high, and expensive art. Breaking Van Gogh seeks to uncover one of the examples of a scandal in plain sight, which is a fake Van Gogh which may or may not be hanging in a prestigious museum. I must confess... Read More »

Violated by Carolyn Arnold

Violated purports itself to be a police procedural/thriller novel, but quite frankly is a weird love triangle dressed in sheep’s clothing. There are so many things wrong with this book that destroys any credibility that it might hope to achieve. Paige is an FBI agent who is arrested in the process of casually breaking an... Read More »

Hellraisers by Axl Rosenberg, Chris Kovatin

The Heavy Metal genre of music is quite a broad church, and trying to capture even the current state of the industry, let alone the origins of it is an ambitious task the authors have set themselves. You may well argue that they have taken some missteps along the way, and not everyone is going... Read More »

Abduction by Alan Baxter

Where do I begin with the Alex Caine series? Abduction is the third in the series, and I highly recommend following this story from the beginning, as Alan Baxter has crafted an excellent, modern urban fantasy that is laced with a fantastically dark sense of humour. I am reminded of an old website called They... Read More »

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor is one of my favourite nonfiction authors, and Stalingrad is typical of his impeccably researched, well-spun tales that takes the reader behind the scenes of the battle for Stalingrad, which was one of the great turning points of the Second World War. It is difficult to sum up the excellence of this book.... Read More »

Assassin’s Code by Ward Larsen

I had never read a David Slaton book before, but I was interested in getting on board with a new thriller writer. The main character is a former Mossad assassin who gets hooked back into a life of mystery and intrigue in a fairly standard plot device for such this kind of book. It was... Read More »

The China Sea by Richard Herman

I’ve hesitated about writing a review of this book, so I could see whether it had a lasting memory on me. I read so many thriller novels, and there needs to be something different about a novel to really rise above the pack. I find the political dynamics in the South China Sea to be... Read More »

7/7 and 21/7 – Delving into Room 101 by Cliff Todd

When I heard that this very brief book was a memoir by one of the forensic investigators into the bombings in London, I thought that it might be an interesting read. While there have been libraries written about the September 11 attacks, the London terror attacks seem to have gone unexamined. The problem with this... Read More »