Inferno is Dan Brown's best book yet. His books have always been enjoyable but lacking in some ways. But his new book pulls it all together with a greInferno is Dan Brown's best book yet. His books have always been enjoyable but lacking in some ways. But his new book pulls it all together with a great mystery, an exciting chase, lots of history and art; all fueled by a twisty slippery plot. He seems intent on grabbing some of Michael Crichton's fans with his topical thriller. This is miles better than The Lost Symbol....more
Volume 1 in the Mirror Chronicles is an edge of your seat thrill ride from start to finish as we follow the adventures of young Silas Tate-dragged froVolume 1 in the Mirror Chronicles is an edge of your seat thrill ride from start to finish as we follow the adventures of young Silas Tate-dragged from our world to an alternate earth and charged with saving both! Lots here for kids of all ages, with strong female characters, VERY scary villains and a plot that leaves you guessing! I can’t wait for volume 2!...more
I just read City of Shadows by Michael Russell and it is spectacular. Set in 1934/5 Dublin, with a section in Danzig, it weaves a mesmerizing trail beI just read City of Shadows by Michael Russell and it is spectacular. Set in 1934/5 Dublin, with a section in Danzig, it weaves a mesmerizing trail between countries and murders. To begin with it actually starts in 1932. We meet a young gay Irishman named Vincent Walsh. He has fallen in love with a Catholic priest and the priest with him. But 1932 Ireland in not a good time to be gay. After being beaten up by Blueshirts (from Ireland’s Nazi Party) Vincent is hunted down by mysterious men and his fate is left dangling. The story then moves to 1934. It is December. An Irish guard (the Gardai have taken over from the Dublin Metropolitan Police since the Revolution and the Civil War), a Detective Sergeant by the name of Stefan Gillespie meets Hannah Rosen. She is an Irish Jew, a people even more ostracized than Sergeant Gillespie’s Irish Protestants. So her pleas for help have fallen on indifferent ears until now. Her friend Susan Field, also an Irish Jew, fell in love with a priest and got pregnant. She was referred to the office of a back street abortionist and has not been seen since. Gillespie begins digging into the case and life for him, and Hannah, becomes very dangerous. Very dangerous indeed.
The story brings in all sorts of element-bad Catholics, good Catholics, Jews, Irish Nazis, German Nazis, abortion, homosexuality, Good cops, bad cops, and so on. It depicts a very disjointed society, putting itself back together as The Free State of Ireland, but still working out the problems from the Civil War (and who killed who). Many things are better left alone and forgotten. It also travels to The Free City of Danzig, a German City on the Baltic with a rich history. But now it is coming under the influence of the Nazi Party amid cries of fear. There is the League of Nations governor is an Irishman by the name of Sean Lester, and the city’s Catholic Archbishop is a Russian/Irish nobleman by the name of Edmund O’Rourke. They too are caught up in events, although theirs concern the rise of Adolf Hitler as well.
Of course I love the history as well as the action!
All elements, and there are quite a few, ultimately lead back to Dublin, and the sins of the Fathers. It is a really well done mystery. Not everything is solved to everyone’s satisfaction but justice is finally served in one form or another. The quality of the writing is excellent. Michael Russell writes for the Midsomer Murders TV show and wrote the final episode of A Touch of Frost. ...more
An excellent book. Funny, quirky and delicious. Professor Andrew Martin has just solved one of the great mathematical problems of all time. He is immeAn excellent book. Funny, quirky and delicious. Professor Andrew Martin has just solved one of the great mathematical problems of all time. He is immediately abducted by aliens (who are guardians of the Universe and who view this knowledge as too much for us immature creatures) and killed. They send one of their own down to Earth in Andrew Martins body, with instructions to kill whomever the dearly departed professor may have told the solution to. Problems arise. Firstly our alien friend begins to like being human. And lastly he likes Andrew Martin's family. Much more than Andrew Martin did. And they him. Run to your bookstore to get this book. Consider it a kind of reward from you to you, for whatever....more