Monthly Archives: March 2016

Who we were, who we are

It’s worthwhile to learn history, and to learn from history, and especially, as Paul O’Connor observes, to see how yesterday’s mistaken attitudes persist today. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor THE BROTHERS: JOHN FOSTER DULLES, ALLEN DULLES AND THEIR SECRET WORLD … Continue reading

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Too close for comfort

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson DEEP BLUE. By Randy Wayne White. Penguin Audio. Read by George Guidall.  8 ½ hours; 7 CDs. $40. Also available in print from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. You’d think that, having written 22 crime novels starring … Continue reading

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Is the wurst story written lately? Fat chance.

Turn Bob Moyer loose with fairy tales, frogs and puns, and you’re in for a treat. Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer GRETEL AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING FROG PRINTS. A Brothers Grimm Mystery. By P.J. Brackston. Pegasus Crime. 233 … Continue reading

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Seeking redemption in a harsh land

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson MIDNIGHT SUN. By Jo Nesbo. Random House Audio. Read by Kim Gordon. 5 CDs; 6 hours. $30. Also available in print from Knopf. Jo Nesbo is best known for his series of crime novels starring … Continue reading

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The Civil War – and more

Paul O’Connor observes that even if it shouldn’t be judged by its cover, this book is good reading nonetheless. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor THE WAR THAT FORGED A NATION: WHY THE CIVIL WAR STILL MATTERS. By James McPherson. Read … Continue reading

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Mystery, poetry and mountains

Reviewed by Robert P. Moyer The North Carolina mountains have produced and inspired several fine writers over the years. Bob Moyer takes a look at the last book by one of them, published last September and not to be missed. … Continue reading

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Before Castro, there was the U.S. mob

With Cuba about to be much in the news, Paul O’Connor reviews a 2008 book that should help put the coverage and discussions into accurate perspective. Reviewed by Paul T. O’Connor HAVANA NOCTURNE: HOW THE MOB OWNED CUBA AND THEN … Continue reading

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Of apes, men and a lot more

Reviewed by Linda C. Brinson THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL. By Yann Martel. Read by Mark Bramhall. Random House Audio. 11 hours; 9CDs. $40. I have not read the other books that Yann Martel has written since his much loved … Continue reading

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