The Far Reaches

May 8, 2008

Author: Homer Hickam
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Started: 5/8/08
Completed: 5/11/08

This novel is set in the war in the Pacific in 1943. It seems a bit of a throw-back to an older style of war fiction. It starts with the invasion of Tarawa and continues on other Islands. I used to read lots of WWII war novels, as a kid. I thought it would be interesting to see how they are these days.

I didn’t read the book flap completely enough to spot that this is one in a series about a character named Josh Thurlow. The others in the series might also be worth a look.

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Deadly Shoals

March 4, 2008

Author: Joan Struett
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur

Started: 3/4/08
Completed: 3/8/08

This is a mystery set aboard US naval sailing ships in the early 1800s. It’s part of a series — the Wiki Coffin Series — featuring a half-Maori sailor and amateur detective. I’ve read at least one other in this series. It is a fun little series; not perfect but a decent mental palate-cleanser.