I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.
Having recently read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, this story is oddly similar in that it portrays social injustice in the deep south. The difference being that this story takes place over a half a century later in modern society.
My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.
One year after my first Michener novel, Recessional, I experienced my second. James Michener is the master of the historical novel and Poland one of his finest at the time of it’s publication.
Every now and then, I need to change up my reading habits a little with a book of fiction. Robin Cook is one of the best for medical thrillers.
With the complete 7 volume set resting on a bookshelf at Dad’s house, I have been interested in reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis for a several months now, but when a small, 217 page, paperback volume of “The Horse and His Boy” recently found itself in my possession, I decided to go ahead and delve into the chronicles starting with the 5th volume.
Of course I’ve heard of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and the “beat” movement, but until recently, did not realize how much my life has been influenced through music, movies and literature sparked by the “postmodern” generation.
Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.
… ponder the “what ifs” should Robert E. Lee have listened to the advice of his subordinates and flanked to the Union left instead of proceeding as he did resulting in the charge by General Pickett, which became the apex of the Confederacy.
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