literary reviews

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 […]

Tried & True, Repackaged For You!

Tried & True, Repackaged For You!

As the seasons come and go, the great reads remain solid as granite in the memory of man. Unfortunately for publishers, as the seasons change so do the tastes of the reading public. Yesterday’s bestseller is simply today’s drab book. While it is said that one should never judge a book by its cover, the […]

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #3 Lee Child

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #3 Lee Child

I read many genres from sports biographies, business and finance, thrillers, action and spy, and even the occasional science fiction novel, but my first love was detective and mystery novels. I’ve read every Sherlock Holmes novel from Arthur Conan Doyle and many, including the best detective novel in history (one man’s opinion) The Maltese Falcon, […]

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #4 Jeffery Deaver

Modern Detective and Mystery Authors: #4 Jeffery Deaver

If you’re anything like me, you have a deep love for classic mystery and detective fiction. From the Dashiell Hammett novel, turn cinema classic The Maltese Falcon to Arthur Conan Doyle’s master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, bibliophiles have long sense held a love of great detectives. Perhaps one day, the authors on our list of Modern […]

Most Underrated Authors: #3 John Hart

Most Underrated Authors: #3 John Hart

As a reader, I spend quite a bit of time perusing book stores looking for new authors. Over the years I’ve stumbled upon quite a few authors that I had never before encountered. Often I discover a wonderful new author and I just know they are destined for fame; sometimes it comes and other times […]