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Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
really liked it
It's very difficult to write a good prequel (cf. the Phantom Menace) and especially a good espionage thriller prequel (cf. Tom Clancy's Red Rabbit), s ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Against All Enemies (Max Moore, #1)
really liked it
This is not your father's Tom Clancy novel. But it is.

It's not, in that we have brand-new characters here for the most part and they're dealing with
Jan 2012
Feb 22, 2012
A History of the World in Six Glasses
really liked it
I seem to be in a phase where I like books that show me the hidden life of the everyday things all around us, especially food and drink. A few years a ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
Prince of Outcasts (A Novel of the Change)
really liked it
This is a book review for those who have read the previous 12 books of S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series of apocalyptic fiction, but haven’t read the ...more
Sep 22, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
The Glory of the Crusades
really liked it
From the time I was a child, I had a passing interest in the Crusades as part of that exciting time of knights and chivalry known as the Middle Ages. ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)
it was amazing
There are lots of books that outline all the reasons one should give up atheism or other religions and become Catholic and with good reason: Because t ...more
Sep 05, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
really liked it
Any one of the facts (and these are all footnoted facts) is not damning. And few, if any, are outright illegal. And most do not directly involve the O ...more
Dec 26, 2009
Jan 01, 2010
Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age
really liked it

Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome is not a book first and foremost about so
Jan 25, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
The Glorious Cause
it was amazing
If you want an overview of the American Revolution, this book and its predecessor, "Rise to Rebellion", are an excellent source because it takes you b ...more
Apr 25, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
The Caledonian Gambit
really liked it
As a first book, it's a very good effort. More has done a good job of establishing the universe he's working in, giving us just enough to whet our app ...more
Jun 12, 2017
Jun 05, 2017
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
**spoiler alert** Warning: Spoilers below.

I'm going to let this review stand for the whole series, and especially for this book and Catching Fire. Ove
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Talion: Revenant
really liked it
If you've read any Star Wars novels, then you recognize the name of Michael Stackpole, one of the best of the stable of those authors. But that's not ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
liked it
I started the book Friday night and finished it Sunday afternoon and I wasn't reading it on a constant basis. This is not a complex book. It is not un ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 01, 2012
McIlhenny's Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire
really liked it
Much has happened in the decade since this book was published and if you look at where the company/family is today, another big shift must have occurr ...more
Jul 24, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
Caliban's War (Expanse, #2)
it was amazing
I liked this better than the previous entry, the first one in the Expanse series, although I did like the first one. But this book seemed more ... hum ...more
Nov 13, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
it was amazing
At the surface Shadows in the Vineyard is a true come story of an extortion plot against the world's greatest vineyard, a tiny patch of land in Burgun ...more
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
liked it
This was as much a history of New York City as it was a book about oysters. In fact, if you're hoping for a wide-ranging book about oysters throughout ...more
Aug 22, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis
it was amazing
You'll never know exactly what goes on inside a papal conclave because the cardinals take a solemn oath of secrecy, but this is the closest you'll get ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2013
Gentlemen of the Road
really liked it
This swords-and-horses tale is set in the Middle Ages in the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian sea known as the Kingdom of Khazaria, a myst ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World
really liked it
More than a book about beer, it's a book about a very successful family who took their obligations to God, society, and their fellow man seriously. Lo ...more
May 30, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men
really liked it
Simple homespun wisdom from a devout Christian man who has raised not only his own kids, but has founded numerous foster homes and personally involved ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Jan 01, 2010
Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization
really liked it
The thesis of Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Helped Build—and Can Help Rebuild—Western Civilization is that the whole structure of Western c ...more
Jan 16, 2018
Nov 28, 2017
The Tears of the Sun (Emberverse, #8)
liked it
The whole book had the whole "second book of a trilogy" feeling to it, where everything is being set up for resolution in another book. The previous t ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Sep 08, 2011
Heir to the Jedi
it was ok
A book that describes what happened to look after the events of the Battle of Yavin in Episode IV and before Hoth and Episode V, especially how he dea ...more
May 08, 2015
May 02, 2015
Lords of the Sith
it was amazing
Taking place as it does just after the end of the events of the Prequels, you might think that there's not much suspense in a book whose central plot ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Apr 29, 2016
really liked it
In her first major new work after the groundbreaking (ground-smashing really) Temeraire series, Naomi Novik takes a different turn with Uprooted. Set ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Aug 25, 2014
Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe, #14)
really liked it
It's the next generation of Clancy characters. After a brief deviation from his regular set of characters in his last book, Clancy returns to Jack Rya ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Paths of Disharmony (Star Trek: Typhon Pact, #4)
liked it
A mediocre entry in the Typhon Pact series, among his sins, the author just transposes the whole current American political situation onto an alien pl ...more
Apr 2015
Sep 13, 2014
Liberty's Last Stand
liked it
Okay, this was a weird one. Stephen Coonts was obviously working some ultra-conservative conspiracy theory fantasies or something. His president is a ...more
Jun 24, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2)
really liked it
Like Aubrey-Maturin in space. I like it. I also like that author is building in a wider mythology so that the series doesn't end if/when the lost flee ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
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