Brad Thor always packs into his thrillers more fast-paced action and particularly clever twists and turns of riveting suspense than just about anyone else writing in this genre. He’s remarkably adept at keeping the reader on edge, wondering what could possibly come next and where it’s all going to lead. You can’t seem to turn the pages fast enough as you anxiously anticipate what you might discover at the ending.
Charm reinforced by a spectacular self-confidence that was fed by an arrogant and wealthy father were the secret weapons used by Kathleen Kennedy to win over the hidebound British aristocracy during World War II.
It is not uncommon even in these more evolved times for those commenting on and even engaging in what passes for the rough and tumble of today’s political arena to talk about “taking the gloves off.” But this all but forgotten figure in American history, Rep. John Morrissey, New York Democrat, actually was a bare-knuckle boxer of considerable renown — the American champion no less.
This unexpectedly interesting book is all about cars — after they die and go to automotive purgatory to await the crusher. The author, an assistant professor of History at Auburn, who confesses to a lifelong passion for both cars and junkyards, is a man who never met a junkyard he didn’t like.
Someone once said whether history remembers you as a rebel or a freedom fighter depends on whether you lose or win. Whether the same applies to a dictator is open to question. Edna O’Brien seems to be playing with these ideas in her new, complex novel, “The Little Red Chairs.”
In her study of London during the Blitz “The Love Charm of Bombs,” Lara Feigel, who teaches English at King’s College London, showed with some success what it actually felt like to live in that tumultuous time. She did so through the eyes of five writers.
Of all the combat veterans I have encountered in almost half a century of writing, not a single person has claimed the accolade “hero,” regardless of the number of ribbons he wears. I recall vividly the reaction of a much-decorated veteran of the Korean War when I suggested his actions earned him such a designation.