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CONAN THE REBEL by Poul Anderson

May 28, 2014

Conan the Rebel was written back in 1980 by Poul Anderson, a writer I’ve read and admired for years. I’ve always enjoyed Anderson’s Dominic Flandry series (haven’t read all of them and it’s been years since I picked them up), but my favorite book he wrote was Three Hearts and Three Lions, a mix of […]

BAD TIMES: CANNIBAL GOLD by Chuck Dixon

January 2, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Cannibal Gold (Bad Times) Chuck Dixon can write an adventure story. I’ve been reading his comics work for years, enjoying his run on Batman, the Punisher, Robin, Nightwing, and the creation of The Birds of Prey. Dixon excels at putting down action, of introducing larger-than-life heroes, kicking them through the door into […]

THE INFERNAL BUDDHA by Kenneth Robeson (Will Murray)

December 23, 2013

I loved the cover of this new Doc Savage novel from the moment I saw it. Reminded me of Pirate of the Pacific, one of the early Doc novels. From what I gathered in the pages of this one, the adventure is set sometime in 1936 or 1937. The Japanese-Chinese war is raging, and Hitler […]

FOOL MOON by Jim Butcher

December 13, 2013

Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series has been around a long time. I’d read the first book years ago and intended to get back to the series, but somehow just didn’t. My wife and I really enjoyed the Dresden Files series when it was on Netflix, and I intended to get back to the series then. […]

AT THE EARTH’S CORE by Edgar Rice Burroughs

December 11, 2013

Pellucidar, the world that lies at the Earth’s core, was the third longest-running series Edgar Rice Burroughs penned during his career. The series focuses mainly on David Inness, the young adventurer, who, with mentor inventor Abner Perry, used a contraption called the Iron Mole to dig through the Earth. Inside the hollow world, Innes and […]

SHADOW SQUADRON: SNIPER SHIELD by Carl Bowen, Wilson Tortusa, and Benny Fuentes

August 12, 2013

Carl Bowen’s Shadow Squadron is a Tom Clancy type military series written for young readers (third or fourth grade). He keeps the action true to life without the gore (there is killing but it’s the clean shot/clean kill variety – shoot the bad guys, they fall down). His use and understanding of military weapons and […]

SHADOW SQUADRON: EAGLE DOWN by Carl Bowen, WIlson Tortosa, and Benny Fuentes

August 10, 2013

Carl Bowen’s Shadow Squadron is a Tom Clancy type military series written for young readers (third or fourth grade). He keeps the action true to life without the gore (there is killing but it’s the clean shot/clean kill variety – shoot the bad guys, they fall down). His use and understanding of military weapons and […]

TO THE FIFTH POWER by Shirin Dubbin

August 5, 2013

Creating a brand new superhero universe in prose form has got to be tough, but Shirin Dubbin gives it a go in To The Fifth Power. Instead of starting with an origin story, which seems like a given, the author instead focuses on a character who is, presumably, on the other side of her career […]

SHADOW SQUADRON: BLACK ANCHOR by Carl Bowen, Wilson Tortosa, and Benny Fuentes

August 5, 2013

Carl Bowen’s Shadow Squadron is a Tom Clancy type military series written for young readers (third or fourth grade). He keeps the action true to life without the gore (there is killing but it’s the clean shot/clean kill variety – shoot the bad guys, they fall down). His use and understanding of military weapons and […]

SHADOW SQUADRON: SEA DEMON by Carl Bowen, Wilson Tortosa, and Benny Fuentes

August 4, 2013

Carl Bowen’s Shadow Squadron is a Tom Clancy type military series written for young readers (third or fourth grade). He keeps the action true to life without the gore (there is killing but it’s the clean shot/clean kill variety – shoot the bad guys, they fall down). His use and understanding of military weapons and […]