book reviews

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #1 Alex Berenson

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #1 Alex Berenson

We’ve been counting down the best action and thriller authors. This list was prompted by the all too soon passing of Vince Flynn earlier this year. Regretfully, since I began this series of articles another icon of the genre, Tom Clancy, passed at the age of 66. The finale of this series is in honor […]

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

2013 Best in Fall History: #6 Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

Fall is a favorite season for many reasons: the football, beautiful scenery as the leaves change, and of course high profile book releases just in time for Christmas shopping. Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a good one for history lovers. We’ve picked our 2013 Best in Fall History beginning last week with #7 […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #2 Ben Coes

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #2 Ben Coes

Gone are the days of the traditional espionage spy thrillers made famous by John Le Carre or even the sleek charms of Ian Fleming’s {James Bond. Today’s spy novels are action packed thrillers full of highly skilled anti-terrorist operatives such as Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp or Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan/John Clark. Tragically the literary world […]

September 22, 2013 Book of the Week: The Quest by Nelson DeMille

September 22, 2013 Book of the Week: The Quest by Nelson DeMille

Everyone else has a book club so why shouldn’t Code 451. Beginning this morning we will have a Code 451 Book of the Week Club featuring our favorite recently released books. It may come from any genre in a given week. Kicking things off with our first ever Code 451 Book of the Week is: […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #4 Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #4 Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Fall 2013 has emerged as being quite rich in biographies, we’ve collected our top 6 picks, so far we’ve named: #6 Wilson #5 Jim Henson: The Biography #4 Salinger by David Shields Every year a deceased author goes under the biographer’s spotlight. In 2011 it was Charles Dickens, and for 2013 it appears to be […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: Jim Henson: The Biography

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: Jim Henson: The Biography

2013 is shaping up to be a tremendous year for readers with long awaited novels Inferno from Dan Brown as well as And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. For those of you who prefer non-fiction, we began looking at Fall 2013 Biographies recently beginning with our #6 Pick, Wilson by A. Scott Berg. We […]

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #6 Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Top Fall 2013 Biographies: #6 Wilson by A. Scott Berg

After a hiatus of more than a decade, A. Scott Berg returns with a full scale biography of Woodrow Wilson. Simply titled Wilson, Berg attempts to explain the vast abilities and contradictions of our 28th President. Beginning with his childhood before the American Civil War, Berg follows the young Wilson, the progeny of a long […]

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #4 Nelson Demille

Top Action and Thriller Authors: #4 Nelson Demille

A recent trend in books is the movement from traditional espionage novels, such as John le Carre’s famous The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to a more contemporary anti-terrorism novel. This was first made popular by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character in such classics as Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears, and […]

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The more things change the more they stay the same. It has now been 10 years since Dan Brown burst onto the scene with The Da Vinci Code, perhaps the biggest fiction hit of the first decade of the 21st Century. Now Brown is set to release another mega-seller with a further Robert Langdon adventure […]

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

The Poisoners Handbook by Deborah Blum

In the second decade of the 20th Century, a male nurse strolled into a New York City police station with something to say. Surrendering to police, the man confessed to murdering 8 nursing home patients with chloroform. It was plainly obvious he was guilty, but proving it turned out to be fiendishly difficult. Distressingly, the […]