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Dunmore’s New World by James Corbett David

Dunmore's New World
The Earl of Dunmore, aka John Murray doesn't often get a fair hearing when reading histories of the American Revolution. Author James Corbett David does much to rectify that. Read the review »

May 18, 2015   2 Comments

The Great Divide The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined A Nation By Thomas Fleming

This is an absorbing book that will enlighten many and shock some. Much has been written about Thomas Jefferson’s clash with Alexander Hamilton, but the differences between George Washington and Jefferson have received little attention. The Great Divide rectifies that neglect and more.Read the review »

May 16, 2015   2 Comments

The Naval Side of British History by Geoffrey Callendar

Naval Side of British History
This book was written in 1924 by a British author named Geoffrey Callendar. It was especially interesting, coming on the heels of several other books read by this reviewer, such as To Rule The Waves, and Cochran, The Real Master and Commander.Read the review »

May 5, 2015   No Comments

The Battle of Hubbardton by Bruce M. Venter

The Battle of Hubbardton
When Burgoyne sent his ambitious subordinate, Brigadier General Simon Fraser after the fleeing American Army. American Major General Arthur St. Clair assigned Seth Warner to guard his retreat, and follow within a day or so behind the main force. This book traces the ebbs and flows in the Battle of Hubbardton and looks critically at previous scholarship of the battle.Read the review »

May 3, 2015   No Comments

Jenny’s Revenge by James Best

Best's latest Dancy adventure starts off at a measured pace with Dancy roped into helping out his friend, the dour-faced Joseph Mcallen with one last job.Read the review »

April 25, 2015   No Comments

Our Lost Constitution by Senator Mike Lee

Honest and straightforward, this book is not about the glorification of Senator Mike Lee. In fact, the author scarcely mentions himself! Instead, Our Lost Constitution is filled with history - both of the sources and inspiration behind our Founding Document - and where and how we have let its principles lapse.Read the review »

April 20, 2015   2 Comments

Mr Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat

Mr Midshipman Easy
If you are a Patrick O'Brian or C.S. Forrester fan, read this book. Even if you're not, read this book. Mr Midshipman Easy was published in 1836, but the writing does not feel old and dated - merely a bit more sophisticated. It is the story of a member of the privileged class in Great Britain who joins the Royal Navy as a midshipman on H.M.S. Harpy. But this book is whole lot more than a mere naval adventure - in fact, that's almost secondary. Mr. Easy is rescued from a doting mother and a foolish father by a family friend, Dr. Middleton. This reader was hooked almost from the first page. Maryat's observations about men and women may not be politically correct, but they are sure to entertain.Read the review »

April 19, 2015   1 Comment

Book Review: Terminal Freeze

In Terminal Freeze, some scientists stationed at a remote outpost in Alaska, a mothballed military facility manned by handful of soldiers, make a discovery in an ice cave uncovered by a melting glacier. It's a huge frozen creature. Read the review »

April 18, 2015   No Comments

Band of Giants by Jack Kelly

Band of Giants
Band of Giants is a book about great characters who overcame, what seems in retrospect, nearly insurmountable odds to beat the world's foremost military and naval power. In the space of a short few hundred pages author Jack Kelly takes the reader through the War of Independence from start to finish, lingering here and there to illuminate some of the fantastic characters who achieved the seemingly impossible. Kelly points out that men like Hamilton, Lafayette, Henry Knox, Anthony Wayne, and Nathaniel Greene, to name a few, "... had fought with the intensity of youth. They had taken the risks that come easily to the young, had seen with the clarity of youth, had dreamed the dreams of youth. They beheld the phantasmagoria of possibilities that is visible only to the young. They had persevered, they had won. They were, as Lafayette had long ago marveled, "a band of giants.""Read the review »

April 13, 2015   No Comments

Book Review: Retro

This story revolves around 2 murders and takes the reader back in time 50 years, to when racial tensions were high, and the fight game wasn't as sophisticated as it was later to become. A black fighter is murdered, and nearly 50 years later his illegitimate son is killed with the same gun. The descriptions of the times are vivid and interesting.Read the review »

April 11, 2015   No Comments