The Philby legend as told by Mr. Macintyre involves such enigmatic and eccentric characters as James Jesus Angleton, the head of CIA counterintelligence, who was one of the last to believe the truth about the Englishman...
A hoot and a half, and then some: hands down, the best island farce since Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle half a century ago.
An argument and the search for Lulu prolong the story, but Reichl manages to bring matters comfortingly to rest with a kitchen epiphany and a recipe. Reichl’s first fictional outing is something of a curate’s egg—good in parts.
It is a dizzying array not merely of biographical episodes, but of different kinds of fiction and fictional character. And this, ultimately, appears to be the hugely impressive novel's central ambition; to demonstrate that the gathering of stories...does indeed take us somewhere – but it cannot take us everywhere.
Ms Gall’s narrative would have been stronger if she had balanced what she learned from Afghan intelligence sources, who are famously hostile (if for good reason) towards Pakistan’s army, with other views.
Hoffman weaves an intricate plot, but a tendency to overwrite shadows her story, leaving the reader to make a complicated literary journey that, for some, may not be worth the effort.
Klay’s stories shine a light on the plight of veterans of a war that large swaths of the American populace have already moved on from.
All Our Names injects a refreshing novelty to “the novel” as an artifact of experience. Two worlds and perspectives, severed by time and irreconcilable personal histories, are pitted side-by-side, revealing the fragile strands that together make up a life.
And just when you think you can’t bear any more bleakness, Mohamed shows us the human connections that, despite all odds, endure...The clear-eyed candour of Mohamed’s vivid and lyrical writing offers insights not only into Somalia’s troubled history but into the conflicted relationships we all have...
Harris segues seamlessly to scenes all over the world—the Aleutians, England, France, Germany, Italy...Harris also chronicles the politics, personality clashes (military vs. Hollywood), egos, drinking, carousing and sexual exploits. As riveting and revealing as a film by an Oscar winner.
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
But for all its shocking revelations, the story lacks propulsion, its backward narration and withholding of information distracting us from the action and motivation. Nevertheless, this is a memorable book.
Duty would have benefited from being shorter. Yet is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of what makes Washington tick.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
...gripping reading, not least because his findings on how his blond, blue-eyed relative survived four years of Nazi rule were not what he expected.
Payton is a strong emerging talent on the Canadian literary landscape. The Wind is Not a River will have readers rooting for the lovers, even as it moves them to tears.
Though we can’t escape the realities of our past, Lebow provides his readers with exciting alternatives to consider.
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
What has long provided the authenticity that gives credibility to Clancy’s work is his hands-on knowledge of modern weapons and the men and women who use them...Mark Greaney, his co-author on “Command Authority,” continued Clancy’s self-education in battle realities.
These deep flaws of omission leave the reader with the distasteful sense that Professor Wilford wishes he, too, had been a player America's Great Game. Such emotions on the part of an author are entirely natural, even normal. But when the author does not understand them, acknowledge them, and control them, they can also deeply flaw the work...