Monthly Archives: March 2014

Thunder Point by Jack Higgins

Thunder Point (Sean Dillon, #2)

Mercenary Sean Dillon is offered the choice of a firing squad or helping England. His job: locate documents linking important individuals to Hitler. With a leak, ruthless enemies and withheld information can even the skilled Sean succeed?

Sean is skilled, witty and calm under pressure. He and the other characters provide humor through witty banter. The tale is suspenseful up to the end when who will succeed in possessing the documents becomes unclear. The tale pulls the reader into the turbulence of WWII Berlin, the powerful halls of London and the beauty of the Caribbean. Thunder Point could be a good match for those looking for suspense, fun characters, spies and/or exciting locales.

Want other books like Thunder Point?

Witty thief Evan Tanner didn’t plan on being a spy but a top secret U.S. agency recruits him. Now he has to rescue a war criminal so he can figure out a way to cheat the man of ill-gotten wealth in Lawrence Block’s The Canceled Czech.

Maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon knows a case to find a missing woman, and an important file, is more than it seems. Unfortunately, with his job on the line he doesn’t have much choice but to take the case on in Kyle Mills’ Free Fall.

Covert agent Jon Smith races across Europe to retrieve a stolen computer that could change the world in Robert Ludlum’s The Paris Option.

 

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Mundy’s Law by Monty McCord

Mundy's Law: The Legend of Joe Mundy

Deputy Joe Mundy becomes Marshal Mundy after the small town of Taylorsville loses its head lawman. He quickly learns that Taylorsville is small but its troubles are large. Things become even hotter when some of Mundy’s troubles ride into town. Can Mundy settle things or will he become just another casualty of the West?

The characters of Mundy’s Law are believable in how they respond to the challenges of rough lives. (The reader might not always agree with their actions but they are believable.) Mundy responds to situations with practicality, willingness to fight and a kindness that is at times courageous. The West is portrayed as a gritty, at times violent, world. Mentions of elements of daily life give the tale a historical flavor. The plot keeps the reader’s attention with uncertainty and suspense whether Mundy is going to survive. Mundy’s Law could be a match for readers seeking a rough Western tale with a peace officer protagonist, interesting characters and/or suspense.

Want other rough and suspenseful tales 0f peace officers facing down challenges of the West ?

Marshal Cuno Massey is all that stands between four hardened outlaws and freedom in Peter Brandvold’s The .45 Caliber Widow Maker.

Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack has to try to bring in two outlaws determined to kill each other and him in Ralph Cotton’s Lookout Hill.

Books such as Encyclopedia Of Western Lawmen and Outlaws by Jay Robert Nash provide more information on peace officers who worked in the West.

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The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D.E. Stevenson

The Two Mrs. Abbotts (Miss Buncle)

World War II is on and the English village of Wandlebury sees changes. As local author Barbara Abbott and her friends go about their lives they have the war and many other things to discuss. Between romantic mishaps, a spy perhaps being in the local woods and some objectionable boarders there is plenty going on!

The Two Mrs. Abbotts uses a gentle tone to convey wittily humorous observations about human nature and serious bits of World War II life. The story conveys the feel of World War II through everyday details such as how rationing affects meal making. The characters invite fondness though their good natured behavior and/or hapless happenings. The Two Mrs. Abbotts could be a match for readers looking for a book with a gentle tone, a portrait of World War II life in a small town and/or likable characters.

Want other books like The Two Mrs. Abbotts? These stories are also gentle reads taking place in small towns during WWII.

An English family, and the town they live in, deal with the challenges of WWII and regular life in Miss Read’s The Howards of Caxley.

Two sisters decide to open a beauty saloon and the place becomes the center of gossip in a small town in Rita Mae Brown’s Loose Lips.

When an elementary school teacher disappears two of her former students become determined to find her in Mignon F. Ballard’s Miss Dimple Disappears.

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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls

American volunteer Elizabeth Endicott and Armenian engineer Armen Petrosian fall in love amidst the horrors of the Armenian massacres. Their bond is challenged by separation and danger. In 2011, novelist Laura Petrosian researches their story and learns of a past few discuss.

Bohjalian recreates the past, and how it can affect the present, on several levels. One level is physical details such as descriptions of living conditions. Bohjalian’s description of emotions evokes them and also pulls the reader into the story. Having the perspective of Americans, Armenians, Germans, a Turkish Gendarme and Laura in the present provides food for thought.The Sandcastle Girls could be a good choice for readers searching for a strong atmospheric story and/or a story that provokes thought.

Other books, like The Sandcastle Girls, also focus on the Armenian massacres. These include:

Franz Werfel’s The Forty Days of Musa Dagh tells the story of  5,000 Armenians who resisted siege by the Turkish army for forty days.

Mark Mustian’s The Gendarme tells the story of a  dying man faced with memories he’d rather forget: his participation during the Armenian massacres and his love for an Armenian girl.

Peter Balakian’s Black Dog of Fate: An Armenian Son Uncovers His Armenian Past: A Memoir also provides a look at the Armenian Genocide and its impact on descendants of survivors.

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