"Scarred’s pace is nearly cinematic, every action scene ripping with desperate man-to-man violence...Historical fiction and Civil War buffs will wish Scarred were closer to the epic length of Gone with the Wind, simply because the subject never grows tiresome."
"Frick’s story offers many twists and turns, and his presentation of the complex relationship between the US, Israel and Iran is intriguing, but it comes too late in the book to give a firm context for the plot. Ultimately, readers will find the makings of a heart-pounding thriller here, but the story requires revision to reach its full potential."
"Kieran’s esoteric subject suggests a narrow market for the multi-published, English-educated author. For those interested in the topic, however, this is a thorough, detailed history of a rare award."
"Old-time spy buffs will appreciate the tradecraft and attention to detail, while adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the unique perspective and setting for a WWII story."
"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions
"This utterly compelling historical novel revolves around several characters whose lives have been irrevocably changed and, for the most part, damaged, by the WWII Japanese invasion of Singapore. This book will be enjoyed by a wide readership, particularly those who appreciate a fast-paced, realistic tale of war, survival and redemption."
"A powerful blend of post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction and brass-knuckle social commentary, Outland Exile is a towering tour de force of a novel... Relentlessly visionary, thematically profound and impeccably edited, it is one of those rare stories that both entertains and enlightens."
"This is a finely written, illuminating tale about an era when our country was at odds over a war that many opposed, a war where veterans were often seen not as heroes but villains. The characters are likeable, but imperfect; their situation realistic and their correspondence humorous. Readers will close the book feeling enlightened and moved."
"Set in 1970, the book accurately depicts the treacherous job of flying bombing sorties during the Vietnam War but also the disheartening ethics of modern warfare as well as the social upheaval of the era. Zerr is thoughtful in depicting the slippery slope that presents itself to men at war."
"The author is at his best when he provides analysis, such as opining that Lafayette’s “weakness was a thirst for glory but none for power.” One wishes for more of such moments; nonetheless, readers interested in Lafayette will find a comprehensive account here."
"This well-structured, unsettling story unveils a man whose deep anger at injustices inflicted on him and those he loves leads him to vengeful acts... McClements’ first novel is compelling and should be a crowd pleaser, especially for those who enjoy a fast-paced, passionate love story interwoven with the drama of young men in a time of war."
"This book combines his WWII military service reminiscences with his personal advocacy for the U.S. Merchant Marine, and even throws in some Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, the author’s case is presented in a disorganized and repetitive manner. The same arguments, facts, charts and numbers appear numerous times."
"Becker’s novel follows a group of Resistance fighters and the Americans and British who aid them as they battle Nazi rule during World War II... the plot seems to have all the elements of a gripping read, but The Road at St. Liseau never lives up to its inherently exciting subject matter."
"Jalal is the mere skeleton of a novel, unlikely to satisfy most readers. One hopes the author will consider a careful reworking, which could turn the story into a work with enduring appeal."
"Nietzsche warned us, “If you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also back into you.” Whittle brilliantly describes this sort of hell, in which young men fly in total darkness..It will be enjoyed by WWII buffs — or anyone else simply looking for an engrossing story."
"Readers will need concentration and stamina to reach the end of this densely detailed, but thought-provoking and painstakingly researched material. Those who persevere, however, will find the journey worthwhile."
"...the lack of a compelling linear plot to propel the narrative leads to a story that stalls and grinds to a halt well before the novel’s conclusion, despite its three-dimensional characters."
"A highly engaging plot, well-drawn, articulate main characters, a literary, yet accessible style, and plenty of action all conspire to make readers turn the page. However; the novel makes judges and police officers rather unsubtle villain which may turn off some readers. Nonetheless, this is a captivating read overall."
"It appears that the author has also seen too many spy movies. There’s the obligatory love scenes between spies and more than one B movie character: '(The Iranian leader) laughed an evil, throaty laugh that came from deep in his chest…we shall return to the glory of long-ago Persia… The oil fields of the north and west shall again be ours.'"