Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’

A Plethora of D-Day Books I have an obsession with D-Day. Don’t ask me why. I couldn’t begin to give you a rational answer. As a first-generation American citizen born to two immigrants from Colombia, I don’t have any personal connection to the Second World War. Yes, Colombia joined the Allies (then called the UnitedContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France’”

Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)

On November 14, 2011, W.W. Norton & Company published Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, the first volume of Ian W. Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy. In twelve chapters and an epilogue which take up 493 pages of narrative, Toll covers the first six months of the Pacific War that pitted the JapaneseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)”

Book Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’

On August 7, 1986, G.P. Putnam’s Sons published Red Storm Rising, a novel by Tom Clancy. Set sometime in the late 1980s – Clancy and his uncredited author Larry Bond never specifically mention a year in the text – Red Storm Rising is a military thriller that, as in The Hunt for Red October, Clancy’sContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Red Storm Rising’”

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You…This Blog, to Be Exact

I don’t know if I ever mentioned this outside my About the Author page, but once upon a time (from December of 2003 to February of 2014), I wrote reviews at the now-defunct consumer review-writing website Epinions. I wrote over 1,000 reviews (I don’t recall how many now) across a wide spectrum of categories; Books,Continue reading “Coming Soon to a Blog Near You…This Blog, to Be Exact”

Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020

Odds and Ends: July 24, 2020 Hi, there, Constant Reader. I hope you are safe, healthy, and practicing safe social distancing on this penultimate Friday of July 2020. As I sit down to write this in my little corner of Florida, it’s almost 2 PM Eastern (not that it matters, since I can’t publish thisContinue reading “Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020”

Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’

All art, no matter what the medium might be, is a product of the times in which it is created. A 1950s-era novel like Elliott Arnold’s Flight from Ashiya, for instance, will resonate with readers or movie buffs who remember director Michael Anderson’s 1964 adaptation, but it will still reflect the concerns and issues ofContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’”

Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)

Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope Based on a screenplay by George Lucas Writer/Editor: Roy Thomas Artist: Howard Chaykin Consulting Editor (1977): Archie Goodwin Cover Artist (2015): Adi Granov The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star WarsContinue reading “Book Review: Marvel Comics ‘Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope’ (Remastered 2015 Edition)”

Audiobook Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection’

On February 14, 2017, Random House Audio released William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection, a 15-CD box set featuring the three audiobook editions of author Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy. It consists of dramatic readings of Doescher’s first three books in the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series: Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, TheContinue reading “Audiobook Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Collection’”

Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh’

Two trilogies are now behind us, dear reader….Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and may the Force be with you onward, into episodes 7, 8, and 9. – Ian Doescher, in his Afterword to William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third Roll swiftly as thou canst, goodContinue reading “Book Review: ‘William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh’”

Book Review: ‘A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918’

On May 30, 2006, Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, published G.J. Meyer’s A World Undone: The History of the Great War, 1914 to 1918, a one-volume history about the most misunderstood conflict that very few people living in the 21st Century know about: World War I. Overshadowed by the global conflict thatContinue reading “Book Review: ‘A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918’”