4.5 Stars

Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kluger

Apollo 8 is the story of one of the early manned space missions, the first which broke the bonds of Earth and took the first trip around the moon ever undertaken by a human being. But it is so much more than that – following the lives of the men and their families throughout the... Read More »

Battle of Arnhem: Snapshots of War by Victor Gregg (with Rick Stroud)

Battle of Arnhem is a Kindle Single that examines one marine rifleman’s experiences through the Battle of Arnhem, including his subsequent capture. It is written in a gritty, realistic and engaging style that brings a very personal eye to war that is so often examined from a sort of God’s Eye perspective. I understand that Victor... Read More »

True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney

True Faith and Allegiance is the latest book in the continuation of the Jack Ryan universe – originally started by Tom Clancy, and continued after his death by others, including the Mark Greaney. Over time the series has evolved from focusing on Jack Ryan, to the activities of his son, Jack Ryan Jr who now... Read More »

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Goldenhand is the 5th book in the Old Kingdom series by Australian author Garth Nix. I will confess that the original trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time, and I have been eager to read every addition to the series. The series is set in a land which is divided between a... Read More »

The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda Antonsson

The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda AntonssonThe World of Ice and Fire is a sort of encyclopedia for George R R Martin’s world which he has built for his book series. However, rather than a descriptive book written from outside that universe, it is written from the point of view of a Maester of the Citadel, purporting to write a history of... Read More »

Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Little America by Rajiv ChandrasekaranLittle America is the story of America’s failure to learn the lessons of the past, in digging itself into an unwinnable war – economically or militarily – in Afghanistan. The eponymous ‘little America’ began as a project in the 1960s as an attempt to modernise, or industrialise the country, which was an economic shambles, which... Read More »

Titanborn by Rhett C Bruno

Titanborn by Rhett C BrunoTitanborn is a sci fi novel in the vein of Phillip K Dick’s work, with gritty action scenes, and delicious moral quandaries. The main character is a collector – a fixer of sorts – who is paired up with a more straight-laced, logic driven partner to find the truth behind a group of extremists on... Read More »

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterCountdown to Zero Day is the story of what is touted as the world’s first cyber weapon – a targeted computer attack against the nuclear program in Iran which was launched by operatives of the US government. As someone with an interest in computers and internet security matters in general, this was right up my... Read More »

Grey Ronin by Matthew S Cox

Grey Ronin by Matthew S CoxWhen I received this book, I was not aware that it was the third book in a trilogy, and have not read the others in the series. With that said, I don’t think that they were required reading to be able to appreciate, and understand Grey Ronin. Grey Ronin presents an interesting world, where the... Read More »

Carnifex by Matthew J Hellscream

Carnifex by Matthew J HellscreamDisclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Carnifex is the story of a group of friends who are sucked into a nightmarish world – AKA a small (fictional) country town in Queensland. Okay, there’s a little more to it than that – there are really... Read More »