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Performance Anomalies
3.71
it was amazing
I read a lot--four-eight books a week, primarily thrillers (because that's what I write). After a while, they start sounding alike:

* powerful but fla
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not set
Jan 05, 2013
 
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
4.20
really liked it
I am a big self-editor. I don't want a professional editor or even my writer's group to see my writing before it's as good as I can get it. I'm like t ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2010
 
A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, #5)
3.99
liked it
This may be the last of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series I read. It has nothing to do with Griffiths' writing skills--she's wonderful. Her dialogu ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
4.29
it was amazing
This should be required reading for all those who serve in the Navy--on or above the sea. It is the story of Taffy 3, a WWII force of America's smalle ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2010
 
The Columbus Affair
3.75
liked it
I like historic fiction and thrillers, so Steve Berry's The Columbus Affair (Ballantine Books 2012) seemed perfect. Not only did it cover a segment of ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2012
 
Endangered (Joe Pickett, #15)
4.27
it was amazing
I've never heard of C.J. Box, author of "Endangered" (Putnam 2015). I picked the book because it got good reviews and is the fifteenth in the Joe Pick ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
 
A Cold and Lonely Place (Troy Chance, #2)
3.72
it was amazing
Above all else, Sara Henry's new novel, "A Cold and Lonely Place" (Crown 2013) beats into the reader how frigid and forlorn Saranac Lake, in Upper sta ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2012
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.29
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Ender's Game, a novel written by Orson Scott Card decades ago remains popular today due to the ability of the author and the fact th ...more
not set
Nov 20, 2010
 
Einstein: His Life and Universe
4.08
really liked it
Everyone knows Albert Einstein--smart man, came up with E+MC2, helped create the atomic bomb--but I didn't know much beyond the hype. That's why I pic ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2011
 
Hidden (Bone Secrets, #1)
3.96
liked it
Kendra Elliot's Hidden (Montlake Romance 2012) is a fast-moving romance thriller (don't be mislead by the classification as 'thriller'; it isn't) with ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2012
 
Everything to Lose
3.69
it was amazing
Andrew Gross can't start his latest book, "Everything to Lose" (William Morrow 2014) any more depressingly than what's he's done: Hilary Blum, beleagu ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.01
it was amazing
I recently had the pleasure of reading Bill O'Reilly and his co-author Martin Dugard's wonderful book "Killing Lincoln". This is a sensational book wr ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2011
 
Hard Wired (Jon Reznick, #3)
4.29
really liked it
In J.B. Turner's third in the Jon Reznick series, Hard Wired (Thomas & Mercer 2016), Reznick gets a call from an old special forces buddy he hasn' ...more
Dec 05, 2016
Dec 05, 2016
 
The Red Badge of Courage
3.21
it was amazing
I have no idea how this average review can be 3/5. The Red Badge of Courage is one of many books that address fear in the face of death. Henry, a bran ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2011
 
Eye for an Eye (Dewey Andreas, #4)
4.39
it was amazing
Ben Coes' latest Dewey Andreas thriller, "Eye for an Eye" (St. Martin's Press 2013) is the best in the series. With each book, Coes proves why his nam ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2013
 
Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet
4.09
really liked it
Fortunate Son: The Healing of a Vietnam Vet is the story of Lewis B. Puller, USMC, the son of Lt. General Chesty Puller, USMC, the most decorated Mari ...more
not set
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
4.17
liked it
Dr. Deutscher has done a scholarly, thorough discussion on the roots of language, but I believe he started too late in time. I'm of the persuasion tha ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2009
 
First Strike (Dewey Andreas, #6)
4.42
it was amazing
I'm a long-time Ben Coes fan. I've read every book in the Dewey Andreas series--loved every one of them. He always includes some sort of military-terr ...more
Jun 09, 2016
Jun 09, 2016
 
Livia Lone (Livia Lone #1)
4.16
it was amazing
With a description like this:

“Eisler combines the insouciance of Ian Fleming, the realistic detail of Tom Clancy, the ennui of Graham Greene, and the
...more
Oct 21, 2016
Oct 04, 2016
 
Little Computer People
4.19
it was amazing
Despite being about the man who creates the world's first artificial intelligence (fictionally), Galen Surlak-Ramsey's Little Computer People (Tiny Fo ...more
Apr 03, 2017
Feb 08, 2017
 
The Origin Of Humankind (Science Masters Series)
3.92
it was amazing
If you're interested in man's roots, there are several authors you must read:

Birute Galdikas
Dian Fosse
Donald Johanson
GHR Von Koenigsman
Glen Isaac
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Jul 24, 2011
 
The Homecoming
3.86
it was amazing
Carsten Stroud's "The Homecoming" (Knopf 2013) is the second in the "Niceville" trilogy. It picks up where "Niceville" left off, with our hero Nick Ka ...more
not set
May 27, 2013
 
The Bone Readers
4.02
really liked it
Jacob Ross' The Bone Readers (Inpress Books 2016) is the story of Michael (Digger) Digson, a down-on-his-luck Caribbean islander who can't find a job ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 27, 2016
 
Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
4.26
it was amazing
I have read every book that Jane Goodall wrote. She has an easy-going writing style that shares scientific principals easily with the layman. Probably ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2009
 
Big Red: Three Months on Board a Trident Nuclear Submarine
3.72
it was amazing
Big Red by Douglas Waller is one of the best books available on American nuclear submarines. There are a few others, all wonderful reading:

* Blind Ma
...more
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Jun 27, 2009
 
The Singer from Memphis (The Athenian Mysteries #6)
3.95
it was amazing
Gary Corby's latest Athenian Mystery, The Singer From Memphis (Soho Crime 2016) is--again--wonderful. Husband-and-wife Nicolaus and Diotima set out to ...more
Apr 09, 2016
Apr 09, 2016
 
The Wolves (John Wells, #10)
4.04
it was amazing
Alex Berenson's "The Wolves" (Putman and Sons 2016) is IMO the best yet in the John Wells' series. It's fast moving, clever, with a bias for meaningfu ...more
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Niceville
3.30
really liked it
The town that is the setting for Carsten Stroud's "Niceville" (Alfred A Knopf 2012) is anything but. On the surface, it's sleepy, safe, small town Ame ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2012
 
The Prisoner (John Wells, #11)
4.23
it was amazing
In Alex Berenson's The Prisoner (G.P. Putnam 2016), 8th in the John Wells series, Wells goes back undercover as an Al Quaeda operative so he can be ca ...more
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 30, 2016
 
The Cuban Affair
4.13
really liked it
In Nelson DeMille's latest book, The Cuban Affair (Simon & Schuster 2017), a group of Cubans who escaped Cuba during the revolution hire "Mac" McC ...more
Jun 15, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
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