...Ruth Reichl's first novel, is about as subtle as a Ring Ding...This confection might play better with Young Adult readers.
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.
A sharp set of stories, the author's debut, about U.S. soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their aftermaths, with violence and gallows humor dealt out in equal measure...the 12 stories reveal a deep understanding of the tedium, chaos and bloodshed of war, as well as the emotional disorientation that comes with returning home from it.
While it's true that some writers, when taking on love and war, find the task too big, or only succeed in one but not the other, Mengestu tracks both themes with authority and feeling.
The events in “The Orchard of Lost Souls” take place in a matter of weeks, but given the length of the Somali conflict, the women’s stories could be drawn over decades. When the book ends, the war is far from over.
In his meticulously researched, page-turning group biography "Five Came Back," Mark Harris, a movie critic for Entertainment Weekly, tells what happened to these five directors — not just during the war but after.
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.
An eerie, dreamlike atmosphere pervades this novel of struggle and oppression. Olshan divides the novel into three parts and moves backward chronologically, so the second part is set 21 years before the first and the third, 11 years before the second.
Some sections detailing military deployment negotiations will prove as dry as Afghan dust to anyone not wearing green, but overall the book is a rewarding read and a rare insight into the ongoing capture of the Obama administration by Washington's security establishment.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
Happily Mr Shakespeare, a novelist and biographer of some note, is too good a writer to succumb to sensationalism. Instead, and after some impressive research, he builds a nuanced, sensitive portrait of this sad and glamorous member of his family, who died in 1982.
Payton keeps his prose taut so that nothing diverts the reader from the suspense of Easley and his compatriot’s struggle to stay alive. You can hardly ask for a more gripping novelistic scenario. The Aleutian landscape itself functions as the novel’s vital principle...
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
...Mr Shavit speaks to those outside Israel who condemn it as cruel and arrogant. As this book shows, that is a tragic misreading of a nation.
...an impressive, large-format, 24-foot-long foldout panorama—a sharply-delineated, dynamic b&w illustration showing the full landscape and timeline of the battle’s first and deadliest day. In dizzying detail, he depicts the anticipation, progress, and horrors of the battle...
The author illustrates the complex intergenerational problems that were created by his father’s conduct, including breakdowns and hospitalizations.
One of the strengths of “The War That Ended Peace” is MacMillan’s ability to evoke the world at the beginning of the 20th century, when Europe had gone 85 years without a general war between the great powers.
On occasion, a book crosses my desk with a viewpoint so daft that I find myself checking the dust jacket to reassure myself that it emanated from an ostensibly reliable source, not some crank who lives out under the viaduct. Such was my reaction as I turned through the pages of “Churchill’s Bomb,”...
Nic DeNinno's anti-nightmare meds are failing as he tries to explain to his wife why his nighttime thoughts about killing prove that he is, or isn't, a monster. Finkel sketches a panoramic view of postwar life, which includes not just soldiers.