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From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker, others.

From a Certain Point of View markets itself as Star Wars fanfiction, and I suppose in a way it is. This is fanfiction written by some of the biggest names in science fiction, and consists of short stories written to sit alongside the events of Episode IV. There are stories told from the points of... Read More »

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

This is a detective novel about a female police detective who is consigned to working the late shift after being betrayed by her former partner and supervisor. She is tasked with investigating some fairly mundane crimes, while taking a professional interest in some more interesting crimes which are occurring on her old turf. Michael Connelly... Read More »

The Rise of Big Data Policing by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Big data has become an integral part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. With its use in a range of industries, including public safety, as a society we would do well to keep ourselves informed at what we are doing, and allowing to be done in the name of security... Read More »

Scramble by Norman Gelb

The Battle of Britain is probably one of the most well-known periods in history, filled with heroic deeds, and inspiring speeches. One nation stood alone against the might of the seemingly all-conquering Nazis. What then might another book bring to this narrative, that has not been told before? Scramble is the story of the Battle... Read More »

Confidential Source Ninety-Six by Roman Caribe, Rob Cea

Confidential Source Ninety-Six is the tale of Roman Caribe – a former drug dealer who – after being arrested with a truckload of drugs decided to turn into a confidential informant, and would go on to work as an undercover agent taking down other drug operations. It provides an insight into the operations of both... Read More »

Bounty Hunter 4/3 by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin

Bounty Hunter 4/3 is the latest in a string of personal accounts written by special forces soldiers, and other military personnel recounting their experiences in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the tale of Jason Delgado, a Marine sniper who was involved in the thick of some of the deadly warfare which... Read More »

The Desert Air War by Richard Townshend Bickers

The Desert Air War is the story of the fighting men who took part in the North Africa, and to a lesser extent the Mediterranean and Italian campaigns during the Second World War. Some time ago I read another of Bickers’ books, which covered the First World War, and I was very impressed with how... Read More »

Hunted by Philip McCutchan

Hunted is a fictional story set in World War 2, pitting the hero of the story and his tiny destroyer against the might of the German navy in the form of its brand new battleship which is threatening to disrupt the convoys that form the lifeline of the allied powers. I came across this book... Read More »

Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith

In the realm of detective novels, there are hard-bitten, heavy-drinking, trenchcoat-wearing characters… and then there is Arkady Renko, the star of novels by Martin Cruz Smith, and a staple of the genre for the last 30+ years. In Smith’s latest offering, our erstwhile detective must face down the ghosts of the past – both his... 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 »

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