It’s the “then some” throughout the novel that may irk a reader intent on a breezy read — or a salad. Yet real life is full of asides and detours, complications and random encounters. Reichl manages to make these “side dishes” essential to her story in a way that turns a romance mystery into a satisfying repast.
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.
“Redeployment” is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It’s the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls...“Redeployment” is a collection of stories, each in a different voice, some of them set in Iraq...and some in the United States, after the various characters have come home.
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.
Mohamed...weaves in The Orchard of Lost Souls a gripping, intense tale about a little-known world and a little-known history. The characters arise out of the dust of the Somali desert landscape and capture the reader’s heart and imagination in powerful ways.
Although "Five Came Back" at first seems to be chronicling a collective enterprise, it turns out to be an inspirational, if cautionary, tale of the triumph of the individual over the collective, of personal vision over groupthink, and ultimately of art over propaganda.
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.
Mr. Gates has been a public servant for four decades under eight presidents. I think that he should have let time heal wounds before writing his book, but it was obviously an exorcism of the demons that he acquired while writing over a thousand condolence letters to the families of our fallen warriors.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
Priscilla brilliantly exposes the tangled complexities behind that question so easily asked from the comfort of a peacetime armchair: "What would I have done?"
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.
...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.
It’s not just that Mr. Shavit lays out the story of Israel’s founding with clarity and precision. This is a story we’ve read before...It’s that he so deliberately scrutinizes the denial he locates at the heart of Israeli consciousness.
Sacco loves to chronicle intimate, personal war stories...“The Great War” is different. It’s Sacco at his most bombastic and epic, as if his publisher had given him Steven Spielberg’s budget. The result is much more than a traditional comic book; it is an achievement whose impact could only be felt in this paper medium.
The author illustrates the complex intergenerational problems that were created by his father’s conduct, including breakdowns and hospitalizations.
The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, one of the most recognized and respected historians in the English-speaking world, comes with much expectation...She draws together the divergent threads that motivated the decision makers in the lead-up to war.
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,”...
Ultimately, Thank You is an important piece of work, a deep dive into the psychology of a country where a poor job market and a short national memory mean there is almost nothing left but pity for the men and women returning from conflict.