3.5 Stars

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 »

Cold War Games by Harry Blutstein

The 1956 olympic games were something of a high point in Australia’s sporting history, and looking at it through the rosy lens of history and nostalgia it is easy to ignore the political, and diplomatic environment which the games took place in. As a student in history, I find it fascinating that there was all... Read More »

Black Phoenix by George Bernau

Black Phoenix is an alternate history novel, set during the closing stages of the second world war. It follows a couple of operatives who must track down the secrets of a mysterious program named Phoenix, which seeks to carry on the Third Reich through deception. Although this book is primarily told from the point of... Read More »

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I had, and still have, very mixed feelings about New York 2140. I suspected going in that I would not be dealing with a traditional narrative, and I was not disappointed from that point of view. This is the story of a group of individuals who are living in New York in the eponymous year,... 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 »

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

Zodiac is the story of one man’s search to identify the infamous Zodiac killer who haunted the lives of the people of San Francisco and Northern California starting in the 1960s. The author was an editorial cartoonist, who worked alongside, and apart from the police officers who were investigating the horrific murders and assault, ever... Read More »

Archmage by R A Salvatore

Drizzt Do’urden is one of the most iconic characters in the Forgotten Realms universe, and it was with some regret that I realised I had missed several previous trilogies written by R A Salvatore. It did not take long for me to catch up with where the world was at, as the author does a... Read More »

Blue on Blue by Charles Campisi

Blue on Blue is a historical memoir written by a police officer who was the long-time head of the New York Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, and provides an insight into the daily lives of a regular NYPD officer in the 70s and 80s, before focusing on the investigations of corrupt and criminal police. 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 Sea Raiders by E. Keble Chatterton

The Sea Raiders by E. Keble ChattertonTitle: The Sea Raiders by E. Keble Chatterton Publisher: Endeavour Press Available: Now I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Naval warfare in the two World Wars is often told in the history of the ‘big’ ships, epics like the Battle of Jutland, the Battle of... Read More »

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