A lecture turned book(let), it was nevertheless interesting to read an author's thoughts on book covers and to ruminate on their role, impact, etc. It is not something the average reader probably thinks a lot about even as it may play a large role in the books they buy and read. Book covers have a big impact in ways obvious and less so. There are elements that we look for and those we don't think about.
Although at first blush the title of John Oller's The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution seems a bit hyperbolic, but after reading it, I agree. An excellent book that describes the exploits of one of the saviors of the American Revolution in the South.
It moves from the interior thoughts and emotions of its characters to the historic events that surround them, to the interaction of people across social, cultural and language boundaries, all while sucking you into this gripping story of a fantastical expedition and its impact on both the future and the lives of a young marriage.
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Harding brings his expert skills as a researcher and writer to this little known subject. An excellent look at a long-forgotten story that occurred at the beginning of American involvement in World War II in the Pacific.
Honor Before Glory is the story of the 442nd, a segregated unit of Japanese American citizens, commanded by white officers, that finally rescued the "lost battalion." Their unmatched courage and sacrifice under fire became legend.
The Steve Martinez novels are obviously not high-tech, continuous action thrillers, but they are interesting stories, well told. Something to keep you entertained on cold winter nights. The flavor of the UP and the cultural and political commentary weaved in adds to the enjoyment.
I will be the first to admit that I am not one of the most well-read book readers. So, when The Gilded Chalet came in the mail, I was not sure what to think. Once I started reading the book, however, I grew to enjoy its excerpts from great Western writers and its history of those writers in Switzerland and the world.
What Kisor offers is a police procedural/mystery with an interesting hook and the people, history and culture of the Upper Peninsula as a setting and important background. Having gotten to know Steve Martinez and his world it is easy reading to slip back into that world as he tackles the latest mystery.