Interview with W.E.B. Griffin and William Butterwo...

CURTAIN OF DEATH is present a fact filled novel about the early days of what will become the CIA. Even though the period between WWII and the Cold War is intense in itself these authors were able to make the plot even more riveting. Readers navigate through the conflicts within the different US agencies and with the two logistical enemies, Russia and the Nazis. Elise Cooper:  Can you tell us what is true in the book? W.E.B. Griffin:  I was there when I was a kid.  I knew and saw a lot.  The Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen, who became the head of German intelligence in the, 1940s, did work for us to save his people from the Russians.  Also true...

REVIEW OF Tom Clancy’s TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGI...

TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE The 17th Jack Ryan Novel Mark Greaney G.P. Putnam Dec 6th, 2016 Tom Clancy’s TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE by Mark Greaney explores the world of cyber threats and cyber security. Government officials have been talking about these dangers for a decade; yet, it seems it has been all talk and no action, that is until Jack Ryan Sr. became President. The plot begins with seemingly random acts against America’s military and national security officials. First, an armed man in a crowded restaurant attacks U.S. Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, when on leave. Hagan demands to know how the would-be...

Review of NO HAPPY ENDINGS By Angel Luis Colon

NO HAPPY ENDINGS Angel Luis Colon December 2016 Down and Out Books In July 2015, Angel Luis Colon introduced the world to Blacky Jaguar, a tornado of impulsive destruction dressed in a black leather jacket and wearing a pompadour. THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR was one of my favorite reads of last year, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for a follow-up from Colon. And now as 2016 draws to a close, Colon introduces us all to his newest creation: Fantine Park, the protagonist in NO HAPPY ENDINGS. Colon seems to know all the coolest people. While Jaguar is an Irish thug who rains down destruction on the bastards (and the surrounding real estate)...

Review of Patricia Cornwell’s CHAOS

CHAOS Patricia Cornwell Book 24 in the Kay Scarpetta series William Morrow Nov 15th, 2016   CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell has a “chaotic” plot.  This book fascinatingly shows how people are losing control. In some ways technology has made lives easier, while in other ways it has taken away someone’s independence.  Cornwell shows in this absorbing thriller how that can happen. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s Director, is receiving anonymous poems that are on the bizarre side from a cyber bully known as Tailend Charlie. In her professional life she must find out why two people died after being struck by lightning, including...

Review of Katherine Ashe’s THE EARL

THE EARL Katharine Ashe The Second in the Duke Series October 25th, 2016 Avon Publisher THE EARL by Katharine Ashe is a historical novel filled with adventure, mystery, and sprinkled with romance. She is a professor of History who has strong heroines that learn from and teach the men who love them. This book is the conclusion of the Falcon Club series and the second book in the Devil Duke series. All her stories are compelling and through the character’s eyes, emotions, and conflicts, readers can learn about the historical context. The banter of barbs, bickering, and debating allows them to begin to understand the other’s passion and point...