To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War by Jeff Shaara. Ballantine Books. 636 pages. Several years ago, as a writing exercise, I proposed a story universe where World War I never happened and an Imperial Europe was united to dominate the globe with only the United States to stand against them. … More Review: “To the Last Man” by Jeff Shaara
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989. Frederick Taylor. Harper Perennial. 486 pages. This is one of those books that I finished and then hesitated, wondering exactly how I was going to review it. One one side, it did do what it said it was going to do: that is, talk about the history of … More Review: “The Berlin Wall” by Frederick Taylor
In between working on my own writing project and teaching university classes, sometimes I get a hankering for some good old fashioned military escapism. Sometimes it’s military sci-fi; other times it is historical. I talked Shelly into visiting the local library this past weekend and I came across Bernard Cornwell’s book, Sharpe’s Fury. I had … More Review: “Sharpe’s Fury” by Bernard Cornwell
First of all, I’m pretty smart, but I don’t assume that I’m smarter than my readers. I don’t want to give that impression. Well, actually, I DO want to give that impression. That’s the point of writing books. You know something that the reader doesn’t know. They come to you for your knowledge and you … More How To Know More Than Your Readers
Like a lot of you, I’ve been cooped up in my house, wishing I was at the beach, in the mountains, or visiting family. Instead, Netflix has become my closest friend. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t taken advantage of these days of isolation. I told Celeste Perrino, my friend and co-author of Salome’s … More The Remnants of a Fruitful Summer
I am at the last scene of my major book project, Never Say Die, that I have been writing for six months and planning for several years. I am thirty-two chapters and 350 pages in, and now the responsibility comes to wrap up the story in a big bright bow and come up with a … More This is the end…wait…THIS is the end.
I haven’t been contributing much to this blog lately, other than my obligatory book reviews. But there’s a reason for that. One, I’ve been working pretty heavily on my latest book project, Never Say Die, which is down to the last few chapters. And two, I haven’t really had a lot to say. But now … More Bottom of the Ninth…Three Men On
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. 698 pages. So, here’s the question. Do you ever really like an author, read a couple of his books and really, really like the way he writes? You find a book that he’s written that you haven’t … More Review: “The Path Between the Seas” by David McCullough
Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and this is the eighth time (at least I think it is) that I have participated. I’ve completed the 50,000 words in 30 day challenge five times. The first time I did it, I started two days late, and finished it in 17 days. A … More Want to learn how little you know? Write a book.
The Final Day: A John Matherson Novel by William R. Forstchen. Forge Books. 480 pages. I am a big fan of William Forstchen as an author. He’s a history professor who writes science fiction and revisionist history with lots of Civil War bent. This is the third book in a series that starts with One … More Review: “The Final Day” by William R. Forstchen