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Book Review: Munich by Robert Harris

MunichMunich by Robert Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that this book was really boring to start with, and I nearly put it down several times in exasperation, but by about 25% in it started to get more and more absorbing.

By 40% into the story, I was having trouble putting it down.

And by 50% I was hooked and had to finish it.

This is an interesting look at a piece of history that has be examined, studied, examined some more, written about, poured over, re-examined, and is ceaselessly fascinating and devastating all at once.

Yet it bears a message for our present times too.

And for that alone, I recommend it.

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Book Review: The Greenest Branch (Hildegard of Bingen #1) by P.K. Adams

The Greenest Branch (Hildegard of Bingen #1)The Greenest Branch by P.K. Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read P.K. Adams’ book ‘Silent Water’ previously, I was intrigued by The Greenest Branch, and quickly drawn into a beautiful and elegantly described world that is so richly peopled, and so intensely crafted, I was disappointed to reach the end!

Thank goodness there’s a sequel!

Having known but little about Saint Hildegard of Bingen, I almost feel now like she’s a friend.

This is brilliantly written book.

Highly recommended!

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Book Review: Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4) by Clive Cussler

Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4)Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No one writes books this breathlessly awesome any more.

I first encountered Dirk Pitt, and the brilliant Clive Cussler through this book back when I was at school and first developing what would become a life long fascination with the Titanic.

Oh, how I soaked up the great ship’s discovery a few years later, and was so disappointed that she could never be raised from her cold, deep grave.

But I digress…

This is an enduring and phenomenally amazing story that it is physically impossible to ignore for very long.

If you only ever read one Cussler book, this has to be it.

Highly recommended to the max!!!

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Book Review: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling

Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against HitlerChurch of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book I will readily recommend to everyone.

It contains some hard, and painful reading. It also contains some history I had never read before, and had no idea about.

It provoked great debate in my house!!

Absolutely a MUST READ BOOK, even more so for the sake of the situation we are currently enduring in the 21st Century.

Brilliantly expressed, excellent work.

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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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