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Valdez Is Coming by Elmore Leonard
Valdez Is Coming

Brett, September 29, 2013

This is one of the best western stories I have ever read. It is classic Elmore Leonard western genre, but with a slight twist. This time the bad ass is a guy o one suspects will be a bad ass. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved stories where bullies pick a fight with the wrong person, especially an older person. Well what happens in this story is what happens to a bully who was one of the guys who help capture Geronimo? Obviously that guy is going to know a thing or two about how to fight and how to win. That's all I will say about the plot because it doesn't much away, please read it for yourself.
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Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
Carter Beats the Devil

Brett, September 29, 2013

I read this book years ago, saw it and the Burnside store, which made me happy because I wanted to give it another read. I forgot how well written and entertaining it is. The author blends, history, hyperbole, mystery, and fiction into an entertaining story about a real magician who was around during the Golden Age of Magic. Lots of period detail, too. Some of the stuff about San Francisco and the Bay Area of my time I remember hearing from my family, so it was kind of like a time trip back to when they were young. Aspects of this novel read almost like a superhero story, but the good kind, where the fantastical almost seems plausible, because you are caught up in it all.
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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series) by Rick Atkinson
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)

Brett, September 29, 2013

I was excited about this trilogy ever since I read An Army at Dawn when it first came out all those ears ago, and I have yet to be disappointed by a single volume. For World War Two buffs or for those looking for a general reading on the subject, these books can't be beat. Covering mostly the US Army, this takes us from the Invasion of France to the surrender of Germany and a little beyond, with a very poignant epilogue. Atkinson is in the same class as Max Hastings - he gives credit where credit is due, but he also makes notes of the mistakes and sometimes outright incompetence that unfortunately rear its head during any large endeavor. There is some new ground covered as well, and the way he blends items taken from various sources is wonderfully executed. it is a big book and a long book but it reads very well. This one will definitely get a re-reading from me.
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The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend by David Gemmell
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend

Brett, August 24, 2013

OK I admit it - the books in this series are so well written they can make me cry. Gemmell is an astute observer on human nature, writes excellent battle scenes, and - spoiler alert - when a loved one of a character dies, you can feel the loss alongside that person. Rousing action yarn may sound cliche but Gemmell's books on Druss the Axeman always deliver. This book is a prequel of sorts, but even though you know the characters and their future, you still care what happens. Another fine book by an author who left this world too early.
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Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T J Stiles
Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

Brett, June 20, 2008

This book is everything you want in a biography, but, sometimes the author gets too involved with background information. Sometimes the events in Jesse James' life seem glossed over to provide space for rather involved socio-political issues that provided a backdrop for his life. Well researched and detailed, yes. A little hard to follow sometimes with the plethora of names given. The author makes his points very well.
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