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Review of “Cold Vengeance” by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston

Review of “Cold Vengeance” by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston

There comes a time in the life of every detective series when the spark, the liveliness seems to fade as the years roll by and new stories hit the shelves.  The reader still eagerly awaits each new tale of their favorite character, but something is missing.  Unfortunately, I sadly must announce this fate has come […]

Review of “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean

Review of “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean

In 1918 an American doughboy wandering the desolate landscape of WWI France explored an abandoned German encampment. Amidst much carnage, the soldier found a frightened German Shepherd with a litter of puppies. The soldier, having always been closer to animals than people, rescued the dogs and eventually brought one home to America. So begins the […]

Review of Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart

Review of Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart

One evening in 2005 a man heard a rustling noise in a nearby stack of papers while watching television in his London home.  Thinking he had a mouse problem, the fellow removed some paper to find a 9 inch, multi-legged creature scuttling away.  Somehow he caught it in a bag and took it to London’s […]

Review of “The Iron House” by John Hart

Review of “The Iron House” by John Hart

Possibly my favorite book of 2011 is Iron House by John Hart. Written with the emotion we have come to expect from Hart, this novel combines a classic love story, a wonderfully designed plot, and action galore. Throw in a twist of classic mob ties and a hit man gone clean and you have a […]

A Review of The Confession by John Grisham

A Review of The Confession by John Grisham

I would hazard that few literary critics would debate that John Grisham is the king of the legal thriller. In The Confession, Grisham takes us back to his roots of the likes of The Chamber. This is a fast paced, gripping novel of suspense that simply can not be put down.

Review of “The Destiny of the Republic”

Review of “The Destiny of the Republic”

Pop Quiz:  Name the four presidents to have been assassinated in office. Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, William McKinley, and . . . James A. Garfield.  Everyone gets the first two; Lincoln’s death is one of the most important events in American history, and Kennedy was killed in public in modern times.  McKinley isn’t as […]