Book Reviews Part Two

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July 8, 2016 by jacklovelace

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
by Alex Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.04
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another success for Kershaw, April 4, 2016
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Kershaw is very good at weaving these historical stories into readable intrigue. And he succeeds again here.
The remarkable American doctor at the heart of the story, and his family, are well worth this storytelling.
It covers a lot of familiar ground of the Nazi’s in Paris for those who read this period, so at times he treads a little
water. But you stay riveted to the end to find out the outcome. Fine book.

Resume Speed (Kindle Single)
Resume Speed (Kindle Single)
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent characters, April 4, 2016
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Really well written. You get involved in this character and his new life and you care. By the time
you realize where you are headed, it is the weakest part of the story but the journey was well worth it.

The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.57
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winslow can tell stories and write dialogue with the best of them, March 13, 2016
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Winslow can tell stories and write dialogue with the best of them. The characters are fascinating and the
settings are just as interesting. He actually crams so much in, it becomes a bit much, thus the four stars instead of five.
But as storytelling goes, get ready some beauties.

Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
by Bryan Burrough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.67
109 used & new from $3.27

5.0 out of 5 stars A window on a violent world we have forgotten, March 13, 2016
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Terrific. I would venture to say that almost no Americans understand the number of bombings
and unrest swelling around in the 60’s and 70’s. Burrough takes us back, doesn’t play favorites,
and shares a lot of insights. Well researched under tough conditions, I would recommend this book to anyone interested
in learning about a period that we do not really remember.

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
by Richard Grant
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.07
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If only people could be people every once in a while, March 13, 2016
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Nicely written with a lot of detail. In Grant’s world, everything is about race, every waking moment.
While I’m sure he believes that, I’m not convinced the people he encounters are quite as obsessed
as he is on a daily basis. It grows a little tiresome and after a while you just wish he would look at
people as people a little bit. The Morgan Freeman section is fun, but the book overall is more of a sigh.
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In the Company of Legends
In the Company of Legends
Price: $11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars After a while though it gets somewhat tedious. A little bit of Katherine Hepburn insights go …, February 25, 2016
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For a while it is interesting to see the inner workings about putting together television programs with big stars.
The authors are careful not to burn bridges but they do point out difficult people. After a while though it
gets somewhat tedious. A little bit of Katherine Hepburn insights go a long way.

Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World
Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World
by David Lehman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.21
96 used & new from $3.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing and insights, February 25, 2016
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There is so much about Sinatra out there, and a lot of this is not new to someone who really tracks Sinatra.
What puts it over the top is the excellent writing and insights, all put together in a nice 100 notes package.
It was worth the modest time it took to read it.

They Eat Horses, Don't They?: The Truth About the French
They Eat Horses, Don’t They?: The Truth About the French
by Piu Marie Eatwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.68
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good insights, January 31, 2016
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If you don’t know much about the French this book can be enlightening. If you have some familiarity,
it is less engaging. The organization makes it easy to skip around but the actual writing does not sparkle.

House of Thieves: A Novel
House of Thieves: A Novel
Price: $14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with Paris Architect, January 31, 2016
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Really enjoyed the Paris Architect so I thought I would try this one. Found this one
far less engaging. I like New York period pieces, but this one never grabbed me.

The Good Girl
The Good Girl
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Price: $7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough fo finish, January 12, 2016
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This review is from: The Good Girl (Kindle Edition)
Once you get rolling with the format, before and after a kidnapping, it is easy to follow.
It isn’t always interesting and the slow build while she is held captive can get tedious.
Her dad is such a jerk he is almost a prop.
The big “get” in this book, what is the story behind the story, finally is revealed at the end, and it isn’t that
surpising or interesting a reveal.
Still, the story is engaging enough to complete. Just don’t expect “Gone Girl.”

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