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Book Review: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel (Star Wars)Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was kid. I read most of the Extended Universe books, and have been eyeing the new materials suspiciously.

Having seen Rogue One, I was fascinated about reading Catalyst, and wanted to discover how Galen Erso ended up creating the most destructive weapon of the Empire while building into it a flaw that could be exploited.

The story takes place with Jyn’s birth, during the Clone Wars. Watching how everything quickly changed from the Republic to the Empire, and all the elements around it, was an interesting insight into society as a whole. Weaving all this in through the Erso’s own stories, showcased how much someone can be blinded by what’s around them as long as they themselves were okay.

Galen Erso is neither a hero, nor a villain. He’s a scientist who forgets the world around him. He doesn’t see the implications in what he’s doing, or the consequences of it until it hits him in the face. He is the epitome of ‘seeing if I can do it, never asking if I should do it’. There are even moments where Lyra, as his wife, is the voice of his conscience, but she too is naive to things around her, until she’s confronted head on with what the Empire is truly doing and what they want from her husband.

Krennic’s manipulation through the story is well crafted, and despite the reader knowing he’s the ‘bad guy’ you can’t help but feel he’s the only one who is actually honest about what he is doing.

If you enjoyed Rogue One the movie, you will enjoy this story as it brings past history and depth to characters that the film missed. So when you rewatch Rogue One, the opening takes on a whole new meaning, and that is exactly how movies and books in a Universe should work.

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was not a book I’d normally be drawn to, but I found the title alone intriguing.

And what a fascinating tale!

Written with remarkable charm and flair in a tone that sounds so very British, it carries great authenticity on every page.

Well researched, and nicely crafted from nothing but correspondence, I highly recommend this book.

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Book Review: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageEndurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Considered to be the definitive account of Shackleton’s incredible expedition to the Antarctic in the famous ship Endurance, this book reads a lot like a thrilling novel of desperate heroism.

That it’s all real, and not fiction, makes it a breathless journey on which the reader travels with the men who endured so much, and achieved such feats as deserve to be endlessly admired.

I have read widely on this topic, and found Lansing’s book to be sufficient as actually adding new elements to my knowledge. For that, I am grateful though I had to wait 9 months in line at the library for a copy.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a better understanding of what Shackleton’s expedition achieved, and would suggest that this form the basis of one’s comprehension.

Excellent work.

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Bookreview: The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper ManThe Whisper Man by Alex North
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having literally stumbled over this at the library, I was instantly taken by the blurb and started reading, only to realize that I could in no way put this book down.

Been a while since I found a book that good! Seriously.

Intriguing. Dark. Multiple PoVs. Brilliantly written. And certainly not something I could fathom out within the first 25% of the story – which is what usually happens when I read tales of this kind.

Psychologically twisted, and highly creative, this tale is just enough to hook you in and keep you turning the pages. I like that very much.

The ending was just a little bit overcooked for my taste, but certainly not as distracting as it could’ve been.

Excellent stuff for a random find on library day!

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Book Review: The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell

The Fifth GospelThe Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Intrigued by the premise of this book, I came at it with an open mind and wasn’t disappointed.

I starts at a dramatic and unrelenting pace and pauses just long enough for some eloquently lyrical moments of reflection into the human condition, from the loss of parents, the relationship between siblings, failed marriage, longing, reconciliation, and finally the recognition that God is at work in all of it.

Very well done, with just one or two moments required for that ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ that all good drama needs.

Actually, I would’ve mistaken this for Dan Brown with it’s twist on science and faith, and especially from the pace at which I had to keep turning the pages.

Superb stuff.

Highly recommended as a challenging and rollicking read.

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Book Review: Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh ShermanFierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been fascinated with Grant & Sherman for most of my adult life.

The friendship that won the Civil War.

This book was an interesting insight into William Tecumseh Sherman, detailing all aspects of who he was: West Pointer, banker, husband, Uncle Billy, and General Sherman. It showed so much of his strategic thinking, in and out of the military, and how is life led him to the March through Georgia.

Sherman is either loved or vilified, there really is no in between. He also didn’t care. He did what had to be done.

Reading this will tell you more about the man, how he became the legend, and how he made sure the myth would live on.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking into studying Sherman, to learn more about his career, the war, and his life long battle with Catholicism.

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Book Review: Claude Monet by Nina Kalitina

Claude MonetClaude Monet by Nina Kalitina
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forever and always my favorite painter.

I adore Impressionism.

And this book is a good look into Monet’s life, inspirations and ambitions.

Ahhh… to paint like that!

Highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in but as yet knows little or nothing about Monet.

Nicely written, easy style.

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Book Review: Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1) by Donna Leon

Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Found this on Kindle Unlimited, and having just finished one book about characters in Venice, decided to try another.

I’m very glad I did.

I totally enjoyed this and it kept me guessing superbly.

Commissario Brunetti is a fascinating and multi-layered character I absolutely want to know more about!

I’m going to find book 2 in the series for sure.

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Book Review: The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers, #1) by Robert Bailey

The Professor (McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers, #1)The Professor by Robert Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Professor. I always enjoyed John Grisham, so diving into a Court Room style book series, sounded fun and interesting.

I liked Tom McMurtrie (The Professor) instantly. He is a very real character, facing real issues and dealing with getting knocked down and trying to find his way back up. While Rick Drake is just starting to find his way in life. Their own personal history, clouds their professional lives yet, it has brought them together to take on the greed of one man.

The female characters in this weren’t two dimensional, though I would’ve loved to see Dawn take on Tyler, but maybe in the next book. He beautifully showed symmetry, while contrasting how the two star witnesses to the case handled themselves under pressure, and what they were willing to do for their kids.

I’m looking forward to the next book (already downloaded on my Kindle). Especially as it’s about Bo – who out of all the side characters was the one I wanted to get to know.

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