Book Reviews

I have been posting book reviews here and there on the blog as time went by. Last year my wonderful wife and daughters gave me an iPad as I was about to deploy. I immediately downloaded's Kindle App and the rest is history.

As I review books I will post to the main blog, then later add the link here as a repository of all the books I review. You should get an interesting, if odd, idea of what I like to read from the list of books. :)

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Coming soon
nothing at the moment....looking for the next great book

Past Reviews
In order from most recent to going back a few years.
Wool by Hugh Howey. A great short story with amazing character development. You learn about these character's lives and really begin to care about them to a depth that I think is pretty rare in short form fiction.
The Martian Emperor (A Chronological Man Adventure) (The Chronological Man) by Andrew Mayne. The sequel to the Monster in the Mist book and a worthy, if not even better, tale. We meet up with our hero and his plucky sidekick and are introduced to some great character. Teddy Roosevelt makes a wonderful addition to the story.
A Princess of Mars by  Edgar Rice Burroughs. The classic adventures of John Carter, the book that started it all. Pure, unadulterated pulp action. If you have ever been a fan of those old Saturday afternoon pulp serials where the hero is a little larger than life, the good guys wear white, bad guys wear black and the weird and aliens are all possible, then this book is a great read. I really enjoyed it.
The Monster in the Mist (The Chrinological Man) by Andrew Mayne. A great mysterious delve into the steampunk genre. The story is a mystery but also the great main character who, along with his spunky sidekick fight against strange creatures to save the people of the city.
Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles by Edward Grainger. Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Vol. II continues to chronicle the tales of two unorthodox 19th century U.S. Marshals. These noir tales infuse the Western genre with a fresh perspective on topics like race relations and social justice.
Hunted: The Flash Gold Chronicles by Lindsay Buroker. The second in a series of short tales chronicling the adventures of a young inventor and her dangerous and skilled friend. 

Eden by Keary Taylor. This post apocalyptic tale has some great new ideas and a interesting take on how it came about, even with a little cybernetics thrown in.
  The Night Circus byErin Morgenstern. A unique and engaging love story about two people pitted against each other in a magical battle inside of a fantastic circus.
  Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs is a unique and interesting story about strange people surviving on the edge of our world.
  Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon. Pre-Revolutionary War intrigue where a young magistrate's clerk fights to find the truth to ensure that justice, real justice, is done and save the life of a possibily wrongly accused witch. 
Fuzzy Nation A re-imagining of the awesome original story. A good story that moves along at a brisk pace and actually turns into a sort of Grisham style court room drama!
The Hunger Games An excellent book that introduces a post-apocalyptic world with some very bizarre practices. An excellent, excellent book.
  Johannes Cabal the Detective A challenging book that almost feels like three short stories stuck together. Second in a series, I attempted to read the first and could not get into it. This one was a bit slow going, but still enjoyable, though not great.
The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson An adventure into the era of the Revolutionary War. A little slow to start, but ends up being a rollicking page turned. Pirates, fiddles, high seas battles, buried treasure, heck this one has it all. Best of all? No supernatural, no magic, no zombies. Everything here could have happened. Another book with a strong female lead character, I think I am starting to see a pattern develop here.
Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel) A story about a boy who joins an elite organization in an effort to stop an alien invasion!
An interesting short story.
  Practical Demonkeeping A decent book, pretty funny at times with a good number of characters. Story sort of wandered a bit and I thought at times that the author was trying too hard to be funny. Decent read though the ending left me wanting something more.
The Emperor’s Edge A high fantasy mystery in an era of steam. Very good book with a great writer whose characters are original and a joy to read. First in a series of books, so the adventure will continue across a couple of books. Strong female led makes this a great book for young girls to read as well.
Flash Gold An excellent short story set in steam-era Yukon. By the same author as The Emperor's Edge and showcases the author's witty banter and excellent characters.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne Neat little story with good writing. I believe this short story is to be an introduction to a larger series of books but it stands up on its own and is a decent read. A touch of steampunk and a touch of mystery.
The Magic Thief  Nice quick young adult read about a boy learning to be a mage. Nothing at all like Harry Potter.
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century An excellent step back in time to see how the medieval period really was. Great book for anyone interested in history. Full of interesting a little known fact such as why women earned their reputation as being evil temptresses.  :)
The Ghosts of Ascalon Probably one of the better fantasy books I have read. Based on the video game but don't let that deter you. Great setting, interesting (and unique for a change) races and characters. Ending seemed a tad rushed though.
Day by Day Armageddon Zombies told from the point of view of a military guy. Decent read, but cooler because the author wrote this while deployed and uses real military tactics and terms.
The Frost Fair Nice Victorian era mystery book. A freebie I picked up on a whim at an MWR tent in Iraq. Someone donated the book and the author was shocked it had somehow ended up there when I contacted him about his great book.
  Fight ClubYeah, that book. Interesting read that I found in a latrine. Should tell you something.
Invisible Nation An amazing book about the wonderful people I spent a year with in Kurdistan. Excellent read I suggest for anyone curious about the good people of the Middle East.