Month: 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 WAR. By Stephen Kinzer. Read by David Cochrane Heath. Blackstone Audio. 13 hours, 28 minutes. […]

  • 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 Doc Ford, Randy Wayne White might be running out of plot ideas. After all, how […]

  • 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 pages. $15.95, paperback. Sometimes the funniest thing about a joke is its setup. Sometimes the […]

  • 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 the Norwegian detective Harry Hole, but he also has written several stand-alone novels. Midnight Sun, […]

  • 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 by Grover Gardner. Audible.com. 7 hours and 29 minutes. $19.95. You have to be careful […]

  • 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. ABOVE THE WATERFALL. By Ron Rash. Ecco. 252 pages. In his latest novel, Ron Rash […]

  • 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 LOST IT TO THE REVOLUTION. By T.J. English. Read by Mel Foster. Audible.com. 13 hours […]

  • 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 and honored Life of Pi, first published in 2001 and made into a movie in […]