The Mighty Endeavor: American Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II by Charles B. MacDonald

An Excellent General Military History “The Mighty Endeavor: American Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II” by Charles B. MacDonald is an excellent general military history of the US forces in Europe in WWII. Mr. MacDonald served as a Company Commander in the 2nd Infantry Division during World War II. He also… Continue reading The Mighty Endeavor: American Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II by Charles B. MacDonald

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker

The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker is a passionate, elegantly written (maybe the most beautiful prose I have ever read), historical novel about amazing hope, redemption, and one man’s quest for enlightenment during the darkest times of World War II. The setting is Germany. The time is 1942. The protagonist is Franciscan friar… Continue reading The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker

The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Series, Book 1) by Libbie Hawker

My Review: I loved the book. Libbie Hawker is one of today’s best writers of historical fiction writers. She is without a doubt a master storyteller. She had my attention early and kept me turning the pages. Her research for the book was excellent. Several times I would Google something mentioned in the story an would… Continue reading The Sekhmet Bed (The She-King Series, Book 1) by Libbie Hawker

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty crafted an amazing sci-fi book with Six Wakes. I was me hooked early by the well-crafted story. It’s full of mystery, intrigue, and uses a premise I’ve never met before.  What’s the premise? Generational space travel by cloning. The cloning isn’t to create multiple copies or versions of a person. Instead, it gives the ability… Continue reading Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

Summary: The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara is the second novel in his Second World War historical fiction trilogy of the European and Mediterranean Theater. He has a fourth book dealing with the Pacific Thater of World War II. The Steel Wave’s theme is the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord is the name of… Continue reading The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

One Great Way To Write A Book Review

Keeping Track of What You Read Over twenty-five years ago I read Louis L’Amour’s book, “Education of a Wandering Man.” L’Amour kept a journal recording the books he read year by year. About the same time, I attended a writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Christian author Dr. Calvin Miller was… Continue reading One Great Way To Write A Book Review

The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Summary of Book: The Rising Tide is military historical fiction and the first novel of a continuing series by Jeff Shaara based on certain theaters of World War II. It covers the North African Campaign from its position in late May to Rommel’s defeat. It also covers Operation Husky in Italy. The main characters are… Continue reading The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations On D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

Joseph Balkoski chronicles the events of the day almost minute by minute. “Utah Beach” reads like a great documentary. It is not a memoir. Readers who love first person hubris may find it lacking action. Balkoski relies mainly on primary sources such as after-action reports, unit journals, and citations to create his blow by blow… Continue reading Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing And Airborne Operations On D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

Joseph Balkoski’s book on Omaha Beach is a great historical resource like his book Utah Beach. Omaha Beach tells the story of when largely untested American troops assaulted the German army’s Atlantic wall. This is a great read covering the events of the day almost minute by minute. It reads like a great documentary. This… Continue reading Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Joseph Balkoski

D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose

Over 1,400 Interviews The late Stephen E. Ambrose used over 1,400 interviews for his history of the D-Day invasion. This “oral history” approach brings the reader into the heart of the battle through eye-witness testimony. The tales of the front line infantryman sweeps the reader up into their personal histories. Individual and Small Unit Stories… Continue reading D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose