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Oh. My. Goodness. You don’t need to know much about this book in order to know that you must read it. From the very first page, you know you are in the hands of a master. The story doesn’t even matter (thought it’s great) – the writing is that good. This is one that I won’t expound on much so as not to spoil anything, but trust me when I say that you will turn the last page, let go of the breath you didn’t know you were holding, and immediately open it again. Then you will want to tell everyone you know to go read it so you can talk about it! Such a fantastic book!
by James Holland
This fascinating history describes the destruction of two key hydroelectric dams in Germany’s industrial heartland during World War II. The reader meets the courageous British airmen who carried out the raid, using weapons developed specifically for this purpose by a group of brilliant scientists and military planners. The author brings the era to life with lucid descriptions of the technical challenges, as well as the rich portraits of the people involved. Although the attack was extremely important contributor to the Allied victory, the dam raid has not received the attention it deserves until this detailed account. Complete with maps, illustrations and a postscript that tells what happened to the principal participants during the reminder of the war and beyond.
by Martin Cruz Smith
The adventures of Moscow-based Andy Renko continue, reflecting the changes in culture from the oppressive dreariness under Communist rule described in Gorky Park (the first novel in the series) to the current Russian-style, gangster-influenced capitalism that is at the heart of Tatiana. As Renko investigates the suspicious suicide of an investigative journalist who specialized in unearthing official scandal, he encounters a range of memorable characters and a number of twists in a complex but easily followed plot.
This sequel to the author’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Tinkers” is set in the same New England village. The story traces the effects of a beloved daughter’s sudden death on her doting father. In the immediate aftermath, Charlie Crosby remembers fondly the many experiences he shared with Kate and mediations on the past in his history-rich village. But gradually his thoughts turn darker into drug-induced hallucinatory nightmares as Charlie descends into despair. This is a novel of the mind rather than action but the writing is so intense and rich in description that it grips one’s interest throughout.
The first half of this engrossing account of the aftermath that Hurricane Katrina had on a New Orleans hospital contains a detailed account of the daunting conditions facing medical personnel and patients, including the failure of all levels of government to provide timely relief. They were forced to make life and death decisions while battling heat, loss of power and threats from marauding looters. The second half examines those decisions, particularly whether doctors crossed moral lines and violated their oaths by sedating patients and possibly causing their deaths. The issues raised are important and no simple resolutions to them emerge in this harrowing true story.
Is it the beautiful writing or the wonderful characters? Is it the haunting plot or the superb rendering of human nature? Yes, it is! Almost Orwellian in its message, this novel examines a truly remarkable, if fantastical event—the return of the dead. A
fiercely must read!