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Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy, #1)
4.26
This was my first David Gemmell book, but it will not be the last. His characters come alive and you can really feel what they are going through (espe ...more
May 2008
Feb 09, 2011
 
Heart of Darkness and Other Tales
3.47
It is hard to explain what I thought of this novel. I will do my best to decipher how I feel in a much more concise manner than Conrad himself would h ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Feb 09, 2011
 
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
3.90
I loved Stephenson's "Snow Crash". Really liked "Cryptonomicon". But, this novel was terribly boring. It is divided into three books. Book 1 follows t ...more
Jul 2009
Feb 09, 2011
 
If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6)
4.04
It almost hurts to give a Philip Kerr novel three out of five stars, but given how much I have liked the other novels in the Bernie Gunther series, it ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Shield of Thunder (Troy, #2)
4.31
I was blown away by Gemmell's first Troy book, Lord of the Silver Bow, and purchased the rest of the trilogy soon upon its completion. Shield of Thund ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
4.13
Conn Iggulden blends fact with fiction (and explains the differences in a historical note at the book's conclusion) to create a tale that is both exhi ...more
Aug 2010
Feb 18, 2011
 
The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece
3.82
I had heard of Xenophon before, but did not know the story well. Ford changed all that in a hurry, although I am left to wonder about Theo's relations ...more
Aug 2009
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Three Musketeers
4.03
Written in 1844, The Three Musketeers, a misleading title to say the least, is an entertaining read, but it wasn't always as exciting as you'd hope or ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Death of Kings (Emperor, #2)
4.22
Conn Iggulden continues his very successful look at Julius Caesar in this second book from the series, Emperor.
I am continuously amazed at how much Ca
...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
The Blood of Gods (Emperor, #5)
4.14
I expected more from this novel given that I enjoyed the previous books in Conn Iggulden's "Emperor" series so much. The book prior to this one ended ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #2)
3.91
While it took me almost three full weeks to read this book, it wasn't because it was terrible. The fact of the matter was that the book was so detaile ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
World Without End (The Pillars of the Earth, #2)
4.19
This sort-of-sequel to Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" was not as exciting, thrilling or original as its predecessor. In fact, more often than not I ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Fort at River's Bend (Camulod Chronicles, #5)
4.18
While my title for this review may not sound encouraging, this novel, in my opinion, was the weakest of Jack Whyte's Dream of Eagles series. However, ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 15, 2011
 
The Gods of War (Emperor, #4)
4.26
Surprise, surprise! Caesar falls at Brutus' hand. Well not just Brutus, but the others involved in the most famous assassination to take place on the ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
 
Pirate Latitudes
3.34
Let's face it: Gone are the days when Crichton could be counted on to write a great techno-thriller like "Jurassic Park" or "Congo". In fact, I hated ...more
Jul 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Terror
3.97
"To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea." (Rogers)

This was an amazing novel. It blended historical fact with historical fiction an
...more
Aug 18, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
Force 10 from Navarone
3.77
It has been over ten years since I read MacLean's masterpiece, "The Guns of Navarone", but this novel picks up instantly after the events in that nove ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Feb 18, 2011
 
A Quiet Flame (Bernard Gunther, #5)
4.07
I really enjoy Philip Kerr's hard boiled Nazi detective, Bernie Gunther. This novel finds him alongside many well known fugitive Nazis in 1950's Argen ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 15, 2011
 
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
3.99
I am used to reading a good thriller when I read Lehane's novels, but this was not what I expected. That is not to say it wasn't a good book; I am a f ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 18, 2011
 
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
4.38
Even though I found the beginning of this book to be a bit slow, things certainly picked up when the Spartans left for the Hot Gates to make their fin ...more
Dec 05, 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Spartacus Prophecy
2.67
I don't even want to give it one star, but Goodreads' builders insist I do.
When the word "Spartacus" appears in the title of a book, you expect to see
...more
Feb 13, 2013
Mar 13, 2011
 
Escape from Verona
3.17
One of my favorite Shakespearean plays is "Romeo & Juliet". David Gray's novel offers a possible alternate ending to the play which exposes the yo ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
Drood
3.45
I will open with a quote from Dickens which I think aptly describes Dan Simmons' "Drood":

"There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the
...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 18, 2011
 
Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7)
4.07
Kerr's Bernie Gunther is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction, but this novel is less about crime and more about espionage and the horrible ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Feb 26, 2011
 
The Poe Shadow
3.09
I started 2012 with Pearl's "The Dante Club", and I loved it. So much so that I named it my favorite book of that year. I hoped lightning would strike ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Feb 13, 2011
 
Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
3.71
I cannot remember the last time it took me two weeks to get through a book of 450 pages. I can't fully blame the oft-times slow paced action or the un ...more
Apr 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Prince
3.73
I did not know that this was more philosophy and non-fiction than a fictional portrait of a "prince" from the 16th century. However, Machiavelli's mus ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Romanov Prophecy
3.88
Steve Berry was recommended to me by a friend, and fortunately for me, he did not disappoint. I am fascinated by the Russian Revolution and the sad fa ...more
Jun 2010
Feb 09, 2011
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
"The Great Gatsby" is widely considered a modern classic, and I can easily understand why: it has depth, emotion and an "eloquence" that is hard to de ...more
May 20, 2013
Feb 05, 2011
 
The Field of Swords (Emperor, #3)
4.24
This third entry of Iggulden's Emperor series is as exciting as the first two, but we begin to see more of the man most of us think we know from histo ...more
Feb 12, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
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