Review of the audio book America Aflame

August 16th, 2023 by

In America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, author David R. Goldfield writes that the infusion of evangelical religion into the public arena caused rifts in America.  In the North, preachers said slavery is wrong and goes against what is in the Bible, while Southern preachers said the exact opposite.  It even spread...

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Review of Audio Book: The Bastard Brigade

August 8th, 2023 by

Sam Kean’s The Bastard Brigade tells the true story of American scientists recruited by the government (Allies) in WWII to help them in two ways.  One group would develop and build the atomic bomb and the second group would try to sabotage German (Axis power) efforts to make their own bomb.   The second group...

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Review of Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

July 30th, 2023 by

In the pages of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, Eric Foner tells the story of three antislavery activists in New York  who helped fugitive slaves escape to freedom. They include Sydney Howard Gray, an abolitionist newspaper editor, Louis Napoleon, a furniture polisher, and Minister Charles B. Ray.  The work these...

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Review of The Agitators by Dorothy Wickenden

July 22nd, 2023 by

Author Dorothy Wickenden tells the story of three women who helped fight for women’s rights and to bring about the end of slavery in the United States. She did research did into the lives of these women and those they worked alongside. Harriet Tubman rescued about seventy slaves from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, bringing them along […]

Review of the Audio book – Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland

July 16th, 2023 by

In his early adult years, Grover Cleveland became a lawyer and it was not expected he would go much further than that.  However, in a short time, he felt the pull of politics. Within fifteen years, Cleveland would become a sheriff, mayor, governor and then President of the United States.  In all these positions, he […]

Review of Surrender New York by Caleb Carr

July 5th, 2023 by

In Burgoyne County, New York, abandoned and homeless adolescents are found hanging in horrible fashion. Law enforcement decide a serial killer is on the loose but they can’t narrow the suspect pool.   Nearby in the county’s small town of Surrender, Drs. Trajan Jones and Michael Li teach online profiling and forensics courses from the […]

Review of the audio book Killing Commendatore

June 20th, 2023 by

The novel Killing Commendatore is about an unnamed portrait artist whose marriage comes to an abrupt end.  He drives across Japan aimlessly until finally he reaches out to a longtime friend, Masahiko Amada, to see if he can help.  His friend says he can reside in his father’s empty home. (Amada’s father is a famous...

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Review of the Audio book Hologram for a King

June 7th, 2023 by

54 year old Allen Clay is in Saudi Arabia hoping he and three computer software experts can sell hologram technology to the King.  If this happens, it would mean the world to Allen.  He’d pay off his debt, pay off his ex-wife and pay for his kid’s college tuition with enough money left for himself. […]

A Review of the Audio Book The October List

May 31st, 2023 by

An investor disappears and leaves his office  manager Gabriella Makenzie on the hook for his financial crimes that stretch across Europe and the Middle East.  Not only are the police after her, so is one of her boss’s clients.   In order to snag Gabriella first, the client kidnaps her daughter and demands she pay...

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A Review of the Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver

May 17th, 2023 by

Colton Shaw is a “reward seeker”, someone who travels across the country helping the police and private citizens locate missing people.   His latest case has him aiding a father to locate his daughter who went missing while riding her bike. It feels like a simple case. However, before long, another person goes missing in […]