Book Review, Fantasy, Guest Post

Book Review by Seawriter: A Fresh Take on an Old Classic

Daniel Carter is a London copper. It is today’s London, but a London inhabited by clans of underground monsters. They run criminal rackets: the Frankenstein Clan with its surgeries; the seductive Vampire Clan; the drug-dealing Clan of Mummies; and the Werewolf Clan, which serves as hit men and enforcers. Jekyll & Hyde Inc., a fantasy… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Fresh Take on an Old Classic

Book Review, Guest Post, Mystery

Book Review by Seawriter: A Return to the Golden Age of British Mystery

It is 1923. Kitty Worthington, completing a year in a Swiss finishing school is, returning to England for her debut year as she turns 21. An unmarried young woman of the upper classes cannot travel alone, so she is accompanied by her very stuffy older brother Edward. Murder on the Golden Arrow, by Magda Alexander… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Return to the Golden Age of British Mystery

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: A Double Game with Double Agents

In 2010, the FBI rolled up a network of Russian spies living illegally and undercover in the United States. Press coverage focused on one spy captured, the exceedingly attractive Anna Chapman and they portrayed the illegals as a gang of inept klutzes, caught through their own carelessness. Spy Swap: The Humiliation of Russia’s Intelligence Services,… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Double Game with Double Agents

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review by Seawriter: A Memoir of Endurance and Survival

In January 1945 Major Donald J. Humphrey commanded a B-29 Superfortress. During a 1900-mile mission from India to bomb Singapore, his bomber was shot down over Malaya. Humphrey and four other members of the crew of Postville Express successfully parachuted out of the dying bomber. The rest of the crew failed to escape. 8 Miraculous Months… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Memoir of Endurance and Survival

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: An Historian’s Search for Truth

In which my friend Seawriter calls his own number. My new book hits the bookstores today: The Vanished Texas Coast. (You can get it at Amazon or Arcadia Publishing if you cannot find it in your local bookstore.) It is a collection of short essays about incidents in Texas maritime history, linked by the theme that they are all… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: An Historian’s Search for Truth

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: London During its Launch to Greatness

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries London, England was the world’s greatest city. Even today it ranks in the top ten. London and the 17th Century: The Making of the World’s Greatest City, by Margarette Lincoln examines London’s most formative years; between the death of Queen Elizabeth I and the reign of King William III.… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: London During its Launch to Greatness

Book Review, Guest Post, Science Fiction

Book Review by Seawriter: An Arthurian Tale in a Science Fiction Future

In the far future, civilization experiences a catastrophic collapse in the centuries-ago past. Jon of Dun Add is re-forging isolated pockets of human habitation into a unified and civilized whole. His Hall of Champions is a tool in this effort. This fellowship enforces justice across Jon’s realm. Pal is one of Jon’s newest knights, and… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: An Arthurian Tale in a Science Fiction Future

Book Review, Guest Post, Sports

Book Review by Seawriter: Baseball and Bootleggers in the Roaring Twenties

It is 1927. Prohibition is on and the stock market crash is in the future. Joe Rath is a catcher for the National League Baltimore Beacons. Pickoff, a novel by GP Hutchinson, opens with Joe heading off for the ballpark to join the team for a road trip to Chicago. Joe is a family man,… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Baseball and Bootleggers in the Roaring Twenties

Guest Post, Music

Musical Mondays–“This Must Be the Place”

A personal favorite: Sure Sure's cover of "This Must be the Place."  Originally recorded by the Talking Heads (who I also love) I particularly enjoy this breezy summery cover. My favorite lyrics? "Never for money, always for love," "Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there," and "Out of all… Continue reading Musical Mondays–“This Must Be the Place”

Biography, Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: The Rise of the Conquistador

The European discovery of the Americas and the subsequent colonization of that land by Europeans was the most consequential occurrence of the last millennia.  Two men prominent in that discovery’s opening events were Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortés. Sword of Empire: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas from Columbus to Cortés, 1492-1529, by Donald E.… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: The Rise of the Conquistador