My Review of The Spy Net: The Greatest Intelligence Operations of the First World War


November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Living in the United Kingdom, as I do at the moment, this is a significant event. The Spy Net by Henry Landau, would seem to help fill the gap. One would expect to find the stories of daring patriots risking life and limb to provide information to the Triple Entente to stop the plans of the vile Huns.

My Review of Treason’s Harbour


Post Captain Jack Aubrey and Ships Surgeon, Warrant Officer and erstwhile Naval Intelligence Officer Dr. Stephen Maturin once again take sail in the Mediterranean in their ongoing quest to do all in their power to help overthrow the regime of the archfiend and scourge to Democratic freedom, the Emperor Napoleon. Having successfully foiled the French plans in the Ionian sea in the last novel, Aubrey and Maturin take some time to rest and refit themselves, their ship, and what remains of their crew on the island of Malta as they await the next assignment. Aubrey tries to revel in his recent victory but continues to be plagued by the money woes at home that drove him to sea again and his desire for a new frigate and a command against the Americans in the North Atlantic. Maturin has his hands full attempting to find the elusive and cleaver French spymaster Lesueur. What Maturin doesn’t yet realize is Lesueur has already found him and Lesueur's plan against the good doctor is already in motion.

My Review of From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East


By reading From Babel to Dragomans and taking time to understand some of the nuance, which, I admit, can be difficult at times due to Bernard Lewis’ prose its is possible to discover a better understanding - not a perfect understanding - of a culture, a conflict, and issues that have been and likely will continue to be primary in world relations for the foreseeable future.

Review of Epitaph For a Spy


Epitaph For A Spy by Eric Ambler My rating: 4 of 5 stars I began my foray into the thriller genre back in the mid to late 1990’s. This trip began, like most people that began reading thrillers in the 90’s, with the venerable Tom Clancy and his seminal work Red Storm Rising. Oddly, one …

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Check out this review of America’s Great Game


America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I finish this book today, forces backed by the United States have announced they are heading toward the erstwhile capital of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. …

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Review of The Secret Civil War


The Secret Civil War by John Reynolds Sawyer My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Secret Civil War was an interesting read that helped fill in some of my gaps in the knowledge of the Civil War. It was, however, not without its flaws. It could have done with another once over by a proofreader …

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Review: The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature


The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer My rating: 0 of 5 stars This book has some wonderful qualities. The artwork is fantastic and eye catching and the early portion of the book moves along well. The author gives …

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Review: Hull Zero Three


Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear My rating: 3 of 5 stars Overall this was a fair book. The basic plot of "why do we exist" was well thought out and an interesting spin, if you'll excuse the pun you will come to understand if you read the book, on what makes a human. Unfortunately …

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