My second Elizabeth Speller (the first being her non-fiction Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire), The First of July is a novel about four young men and how their stories converge around the Battle of the Somme,… Continue Reading →
Looking through the shelves for something entertaining to read following my last biographical endeavor, I noticed a dusty, old edition of Jack London’s, The Assassination Bureau, LTD. I had never heard of it before, but being an avid fan of London’s, I picked it out.
A man inherits his estranged grandfather’s estate in Spain. Expecting to encounter the works of the deceased painter in the studio, the man becomes drawn into a conundrum which, in turn, guides him through his own growth as an artist.
I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.
Having recently read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, this story is oddly similar in that it portrays social injustice in the deep south. The difference being that this story takes place over a half a century later in modern society.
My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.
One year after my first Michener novel, Recessional, I experienced my second. James Michener is the master of the historical novel and Poland one of his finest at the time of it’s publication.
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