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 rest of this entry »
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.
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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 rest of this entry »
A few years ago, my wife and I went to Santa Fe and had the opportunity to see the miraculous staircase in the Loretto Chapel. This is definitely an incredible thing.
This chapel served as a convent and when completed …Read the rest of this entry »
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 rest of this entry »
Wheelan has written a powerful and absorbing account of the final days of the Civil War. He includes Lincoln’s assassination, the manhunt that followed and the failure of Reconstruction, as well as the post war lives of key military and civilian figures. Even readers steeped in Civil War history will find it worth their time and attention. Read the rest of this entry »
Do I own my person? Do I get to choose for whom I wish to work? Looking at the kerfuffle in Indiana a different way might shed light on the real issues.Read the rest of this entry »
In which Curtice envisions a hypothetical conversation about a hypothetical pizza.Read the rest of this entry »
Klavan's latest novel is both entertaining and thought provoking. It's the story Zach Adams, dubbed "The Supercop" by the press, after saving a child from a ruthless psychopath. But this cop, is no ordinary superhero - he's a werewolf!Read the rest of this entry »
The title of this book seems to indicate that during the years between George Washington's voluntary relinquishing of his command at Annapolis and his assumption of the presidency, he was truly retired from public service. In reality The Return of George Washington is perhaps a bit of a misnomer, once the facts are known.Read the rest of this entry »