The following is an excerpt from one of my summer reads:
When I saw this book, three months ago, it was part of the KBA Bluegrass Award list for 2016.The following is an excerpt from one of my summer reads:
When I saw this book, three months ago, it was part of the KBA Bluegrass Award list for 2016. -A little digging and you will find that this is both odd and inspiring because the list is usually confined to fiction.- This book clearly falls into the burgeoning realm of creative non-fiction. Based on the hunt and capture of Adolf Eichmann, Neal Bascomb weaves together the events of his other book, Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi, into a narrative that is easily approachable for everyone. The story is broken into three key parts: the initial period of hiding, convincing others of Eichmann's existence, and the capture/extradition for trial in Israel.
(view spoiler)[ I must admit the post-WW2 period is fascinating to me. Many wanted to cling to the ideals of fascism even though its oppressive regimes failed to build a 1000 year Reich. Fear of a rising tide of Sovietism in Europe and the economic decline made for an interesting time in Europe. However, his book doesn't look at that aspect. Instead, Bascomb concentrates on the difficulties of an anti-Semitic post-war world that wanted to move on. Following the events in Cologne, Israeli leadership was worried about what could happen in Europe. A blatant resurgence of Nazi officials in West German politics and neo-Nazi groups in Argentina, fueled this fear and a capture of Eichmann was an answer.
We see little of Eichmann's time in Nazi Germany before his exile except for his time in Budapest shortly before a retreat and this seemingly jarring moment after seeing the killing squads in Poland, "despite his feelings toward Jews, Eichmann was unnerved by what he saw. But the fear of losing his job, and the power that went with it, outweighed his misgivings, and he accepted the need to rid Europe of the Jews through extermination." By 1960 his feelings about the war and joys of Nazism both isolated him in the ex-Pats community and were used to bring him to trail.
How Eichmann comes to Argentina is part of the mystery and builds some of the suspence for the story. He was a high ranking member of the SS, and no one wanted to believe he had become a simple factory manager living in stucco hovel on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Bascomb writes about his initial escape, "he hiked away into the mountains, Eichmann was far from prepared to be a man on the run. He had little money, no safe house, and no forged papers. Unlike some of his SS comrades, he had not salted away a fortune in gold and foreign currency. Now he regretted that he had not kept the bribes he took from the Jewish leaders, who would have given him everything they had in exchange for their lives." Eichmann is also shown to have been pulled into the Genocide by others but then fully embraces the events as they took place. One can only wonder if the AE diatribes about the greatness of Nazism are left out so that a young audience wouldn't become inundated by his warped since of bigotry and violent nationalism. (hide spoiler)] What is here is the harrowing events of the Israeli Mossad and Shin Bat agents and the volunteers who helped them Isser Harel and his men where an amazing team that spent hundreds of hours researching and detaining Eichmann's capture. In his own words, "for the first time in history the Jews will judge their assassins, and for the first time the world will hear the full story of the edict of annihilation against an entire people. Everything depends on the action we are about to take.” This is a book that should be on everyone's to read list.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ok, I know that this is intended for a much younger audience. And I know that this far less than what most would consider a condensed reading. That beOk, I know that this is intended for a much younger audience. And I know that this far less than what most would consider a condensed reading. That being said I wouldn't buy and I wouldn't sell it. The drawings are pseudo-Hollywood camp. The interaction between characters is ridiculous. It is almost as if Dover Classics was just trying to turn a buck on an out of copyright classic. Additionally, the digital copy is difficult to read because of the lack of coloring or shading. The cover says it all and most of the pages have a gross misuse of white margins. At 44 pages it could have been re-framed and cut to place in more panels and pushed the story into deeper development and still met the page restrictions. If you read my other review, Dracula, this one is slightly better but only because it keeps to the story more. It still guts the elements of Dr. Frankenstein challenges the laws of God and Nature but it does keep the crux there. Gothic horro was never meant for kids but instead a a means for educated Brits to knowing challenge the ideas of science, ethos, and religion ina socially safe context. These graphic renditions seem to loose all of that essence.
Again, one of the better reads out there. If you are looking for brooding not boredom, then this is the comic to dive into. Jack finds himself at theAgain, one of the better reads out there. If you are looking for brooding not boredom, then this is the comic to dive into. Jack finds himself at the mercy of fate once again, as he must chose to lose his sword or continue to travel precariously through time. Of course after almost losing his mind and all that makes him a Samurai that would almost be a good choice to make. Jim Zub continues to do a great job of blending traditional manga with modern minimalist tones and blocking. I can almost see a Kurosawa film fold out of my tablet screen as I read. For anyone who is a fan of the series, old Cartoon Network, or just Samurai Jack, this a another have to read. Be sure to grab the other two Volumes first. Samurai Jack, Vol. 1Samurai Jack, Vol. 2: The Scotsman's Curse Some of the Scotsman's curse books are referenced and may help.
Ok, I know that this is intended for a much younger audience. And I know that this far less than what most would consider a condensed reading. That beOk, I know that this is intended for a much younger audience. And I know that this far less than what most would consider a condensed reading. That being said I wouldn't buy and I wouldn't sell it. The core of the Dracula novel is that it is a Victorian Gothic story. The drawings are pseudo-Hollywood camp. The interaction between characters is ridiculous and the reasons for Dracula to even come to London are never revealed. It is almost as if Dover Classics was just trying to turn a buck on an out of copyright classic. Additionally the digital copy is difficult to read because of the lack of coloring or shading. The cover says it all and most of the pages have a gross misuse of white margins. At 44 pages it could have been re-framed and cut to place in more panels and pushed the story into deeper development and still met the page restrictions.
Frankenstein is the other book in the Dover series that I reviewed and it is only slightly better....more
I would have to say one of the best political books in a long time. Charles Cooke, writer for National Review, clearly and openly debates the struggleI would have to say one of the best political books in a long time. Charles Cooke, writer for National Review, clearly and openly debates the struggle of the Conservative and Libertarian wings within the Republican Party. This dense but quick read covers the history of the current Conservative Debate and how it is dominated by Social Conservatives, Fiscal Conservatives and Libertarians. The crux of his book is based around the idea that Libertarians can take advantage of both Social And Fiscal challenges in the Republican party by shifting the party narrative and embracing more moderate voters that are turned off by Progressive Democrats. Cooke builds his argument by using major writers in the Conservative media and Libertarian Writers.
One of the big short falls is that the majority of the narrative was written before the 2014 mid-terms and may come off as dated by the time it is published. A great plan for the second edition would be to go back and look at the progress of the Conservatarian Narrator in 2016 as the Presidential election approaches. I particularly enjoyed his narratives on Abortion and Foreign Policy as it relates to debates between both parties. Cooke lays out how both parties are simply using Abortion as a means to speak to their base instead of addressing the general public opinion and that foreign policy has been hijacked by Imperialist in both parties. Cooke is clearly in the Conservative camp but has a heavy leanings towards the Libertarian views as it is a means to break away from Social Conservatives who no longer align with moderate conservatives.
Anyone interested in how a millennial conservative is thinking about the power struggle between Neo-cons and Paleo-cons would be interested in this good read. It reads like a Libertarian primer written for the National Review, because that who he is and what he writes. Others have knocked it for being this but that is what makes the book great for the moment. It feels like Barry Goldwater's spirit is in the room as he would more than likely be with Cooke as Conservatarian.
Joe Abercrombie is the reason why I have started reading fantasy novels again. I stumbled into his Shattered Sea series and now find myself at the whiJoe Abercrombie is the reason why I have started reading fantasy novels again. I stumbled into his Shattered Sea series and now find myself at the whimsy Father Yarvi and the embattled people of Gettland. It is a works populated with salted characters and in this one we are treated to Heroine's journey. However, it is not so simple or straight forward. It yes full of espionage and intrigue. Even though it is lite on the bloodletting, it more than makes up for it when fighting breaks out and the moments in-between are more than worth it. Spoilers ahead!
Father Yarvi knows that the High King And Grandmother Wexon are trying to provoke a war between Gettland and Vesterland. This would weaken the last two major that's too her control and severely diminish Gettland's control over the shipping and trade. So, Father Yarvi takes a trip to find some new alliances. Along the way, he hopes to train Thorn Bathu into an assassin and hopefully gain the trust of the Empress of the South. They make some friends, pull a boat between two tickets over several miles of land, kill some enemies and make new alliances. By the end of it all, Father Yarvi has his femme fatal a grand alliance to begin a war, and Thorn Bathu gets to become a warrior in song with a new sword, axe and two blades...more
I've read my fair share of fantasy. Joe Abercrombie is quietly writing his way into a great fantasy world of independent stories. To be fair this is nI've read my fair share of fantasy. Joe Abercrombie is quietly writing his way into a great fantasy world of independent stories. To be fair this is no Game of Thrones, this is better.
Along The Shattered Sea, is a collection of kingdoms dominated by The High King who is old and not entirely popular. He has asked that all of the smaller kingdoms not wage war until he has finished his Temple to the One God. This request is ignored and war in sues. During a raid party, a king is killed along with his son; therefore, the second in line must be installed. This feeble young man, Prince Yarvi, is studying to be a political minister not a king for battle. He is too small to wear armor. Too weak to carry a shield, born with only one good hand, and too dumb to know that his loving Uncle wants the crown. After a failed raid against their enemies is taken prisoner, sold into slavery and begins to plan his revenge. With the help of his oarmates, and some dumb luck, he gains his freedom and begins the long journey home.
The book is a great look into a broken world full political distrust, slave trading, sea merchants, and kings bent on glory not leadership. What is not here is the epic battles on open fields with orcs and sorcery. No this is a story about living in a harsh world full of greed and anger. I looking forward to the next one in the series.
The third installment in Joel C Rosenberg's series almost a forgone conclusion. It is a typical read in the series but the elements of Christian eschaThe third installment in Joel C Rosenberg's series almost a forgone conclusion. It is a typical read in the series but the elements of Christian eschatology are wonderful to read. The woodenness and derivative ]Jack Ryan/Red Rabbit nature of the main character and his cast of American CIA military personnel was as expected and typically just too much. That being said the actions of new believers is what pulls the story along. I found myself looking up verses alongside characters and mostly skimming through the violence of the book. The most compelling part of the story was the internal struggles of newly converted Muslim leaders and the tie-ins of eschatology and the events of the imam.
The Imam is, again, an unwieldy farcical character of evil and extremism which makes his moments both predicable and jarring. Around pg 300, I was only surprised by him because an entire scene progressed without him killing a subordinate. One of the final scenes has the Imam in the presence of subordinates and a believer but no one seems to really know what to do with the Christian. The lead up to the moment and the internal struggles of the characters who are believers is amazing and truly the best part of the read.
They were the true heores of the book and constantly discussed and struggled to find answers to questions like: Whom do I tell? When do I speak of Christ to a non-believer? How much do I reveal? Will the Holy Spirit truly use me a as mouth piece for salvation? If anything, Rosenberg should really pull out these kinds of conversations and dialogues to build a manual on how to become a Missionary or Evangelist after becoming a Believer. ...more
The rating is purely based on this version of the text. The digital rendition had line breaks and page breaks that were unnatural to read. The SermonsThe rating is purely based on this version of the text. The digital rendition had line breaks and page breaks that were unnatural to read. The Sermons themselves, this was the second time I have read these works and enjoyed them again. Highlights include Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and The reality of Spiritual Light....more
The combination of sermons in this is astounding. The selections from Savonarola (Ascension of Christ), John Calvin (Enduring Persecution of Christ),The combination of sermons in this is astounding. The selections from Savonarola (Ascension of Christ), John Calvin (Enduring Persecution of Christ), and John Knox(First Temptation of Christ) alone are completely worth the read. Each sermon has an introduction with brief information about the time period, circumstances of the situation, and some info about the author. Besides Basil, the others included in the volume are Martin Luther, John Wyclif, Augustine, Chrysostom, and Hugh Latimer....more
I like to read a series. There is something about getting a character and drilling down to the veins of truth that remain untouched as the world trampI like to read a series. There is something about getting a character and drilling down to the veins of truth that remain untouched as the world tramples past them. Patrick Bowers has his last moment in the sun with this book and the entire journey is completely worth it. For those new to the series, don't proceed past the spoilers below. In a nut shell this one is a bit light on the normal tech-heavy detective work of Bowers in the past books. How from the explosion at the NCAVC office in DC to final tent pole showdown this book is a runaway train. But along the way we see Bowers struggle with the overall idea of the series and a very Nietzsche-esque idea of the darkness staring back and becoming a reflection of the evil of another. Steven James also lets us peek in on a burgeoning marriage, Tessa preparing for college, and Brin's new baby. If you are looking for a great, smart version of the CSI genre, jump in at the beginning with either. All of this at the same time that we are chasing a bomber/serial killer with a penchant for telling stories and getting the attention of others. Any one interested in the history of Charlotte would also fine this as a great thrill ride.
(view spoiler)[Starting just a few months after his night along the Potomac, Patrick finds himself the victim of a conspiracy against the new NCAVC office for the FBI. Placed in a building outside of Quantico and the FBI office in DC the members of NCAVC are working on new geo-spatial tech when a random delivery results in an explosion on the delivery dock. It is gangbusters from here forward. I will say that I was on my toes and was fairly surprised. The only disjointed moments were those between Tessa and Beck. While reading The King I kept thinking that Tessa's date was some put up by Basque or another killer going after Bowers and his family. This time I was thinking the same thing and it just seemed to odd for the two to so quickly fall for each other. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
An amazingly simple and inspiring read to get up and be apart of your church. Highly recomend as a Church Small Group study and a jumping off point foAn amazingly simple and inspiring read to get up and be apart of your church. Highly recomend as a Church Small Group study and a jumping off point for any new believers class....more
Jeff Nesbithas developed a new type of Christian-thriller. Instead of random demonic violence running amok in the general population, we see the methoJeff Nesbithas developed a new type of Christian-thriller. Instead of random demonic violence running amok in the general population, we see the methodical and narcissistic Jude. Two brothers grow up but choose different paths. Jude makes a secret deal to get what he wants out of life while his brother becomes a simple reporter who is known as Jude's brother. The story follows how the secret of Jude's success begins to unravel around him. Those looking for a new writer in the same vein as Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker This should be on your need to read list. (view spoiler)[I plan on going back and reading the other books in this series and maybe revisit this one to get more of the story as a whole. Its readable as a standalone but I seemed to be missing a large part of the back story with the Regents and what has happened before the action in this story. (hide spoiler)]...more