Category: Historical Fiction

Book Review: Power of the Sword, by Wilbur Smith

Power of the Sword by Wilbur Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am once again reading Wilbur Smith’s books as inspiration to writing another novel. This amazing work puts it all together in telling the tale of two rival half brothers, Shasa…

Book review: The Purple Plain, by H. E. Bates

Purple Plain by H. E. Bates My rating: 5 of 5 stars I cruised through author Bates’ book in very short order, captured by the lure of one of the exotic areas of the world, Burma during World War 2 and the descriptive expertise…

Book Review: Tsotsi by Athol Fugard

Tsotsi by Athol Fugard My rating: 5 of 5 stars Author Athol Fugard has captured the true essence of disenfranchised criminal African youth in the townships of South Africa during the Apartheid era. The descriptions of the daily life of Tsotsi, the leader of…

Book Review: ‘The Alice Network’ by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here’s an award-winning level of a story by an author who has done an amazing amount of research on the women who ran and participated in, the spy newwork of occupied France…

Book Review: Harry’s Game by Gerald Seymour

Harry’s Game by Gerald Seymour My rating: 5 of 5 stars Seymour is in his groove with this one and once again he’s got it right with his characterization, situation and the plot. War isn’t really about our morals and higher values, Queen and…

Book Review: The Blue Eyed Shan by Stephen Becker

The Blue-Eyed Shan by Stephen Becker My rating: 4 of 5 stars Here’s an amazing historical fiction adventure about some of the little known sections of “old” Burma. If you have visited modern Myanmar in the south of the country, don’t expect this to…

Book review – Traitor’s Kiss – by Gerald Seymour

Traitor’s Kiss by Gerald Seymour My rating: 5 of 5 stars Here’s a writer who has definitely found his groove in the modern spy, suspense world. A position that rivals John LeCarre’s original supreme level. You’ll want to dig out the world atlas and…

What if another 1804 Silver Dollar exists?

During my visit into the remote sacred mountains of Myanmar (formerly Burma), I ran across a little known cave guarded by Buddha’s Cobras. After a slippery climb and crawl into the interior of the cave, I came across several shrines, one of which had…

Slide Show on “Ghosts of Ukuthula”

Here’s a set of 14 slides from one of my book talks that will help you understand the characterization and background of “The Ghosts of Ukuthula.”  Enjoy! 1. The Cover showing the fading Old Apartheid Government Elephant and behind it ar two powers: right…

Book review: The Sky Stone by Jack Whyte

The Skystone by Jack Whyte My rating: 3 of 5 stars Author Jack Whyte has done an excellent job of portraying the Roman Empire in Britain as the end of Roman domination begins to wane and decay. The narrator, Gaius Publius Varras, writing this…

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