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2 Star Reviews

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 »

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 »

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 »

China Strike by Matt Rees

Thank god for the synopsis provided by the publisher, because I really had no idea what was going on in this book from beginning to end. China Strike is a pseudo-techno military detective thriller sort of thing, involving international conspiracies, computer hacking, and some ICE agents who don’t really seem to know their actual job description.... Read More »

The Erudition of Sherlock Holmes by Giles Chanot

The Erudition of Sherlock Holmes is a new novella set in the late 19th Century, and is some sort of mystery detective thing involving a lot of Holmes’ mystical handwaving and mansplanations of things. There are a few subplots, mostly involved around some sort of running gag about whiskey, which I won’t spoil, didn’t seem... Read More »

Star Wars: Catalyst (a Rogue One novel) by James Luceno

Star Wars: Catalyst (a Rogue One novel) by James LucenoWith the upcoming release of the Rogue One movie, I was quite excited to see the release of this prequel book intended to set up the events of that movie, which itself is a prequel to Episode IV. This takes places in George Lucas’s retconned universe where much of what we used to know about... Read More »

Executive Action by Jac Simensen

Executive Action by Jac SimensenTitle: Executive Action Author: Jac Simensen Publisher: John Hunt Publishing Ltd Pages: 224 This is the story of a psychotic billionaire who decides to launch a suicide attack against the Muslims for reasons that are never clearly explained. (Turnabout’s fair play I guess?) With that moderately interesting notion in mind, you have to set yourself in for a... Read More »

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff WheelerThe Queen’s Poisoner is the story of a young boy who is taken away from his family to serve as a hostage in the capital city, after his brother, the former hostage, was killed by the king in retaliation for his father’s treachery on the battlefield. In the capital he is taken under the wing... Read More »

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