Edsel carefully crafts a concise account of an unlikely band of brothers and the unsung heroes of civilization. The book follows the exploits of ten courageous and dedicated individuals led by George Stout, a leading advocate for the conservation of art and countering the Nazi threat to the cultural heritage of Europe. Each member was tasked with improbable missions racing against time to find and protect the worlds greatest art treasures looted by the Nazis. They often went behind enemy lines without weapons or support to uncover caches in the most harrowing hiding places. A truly remarkable and inspiring read where good prevails over evil in miraculous triumphs of humanity. A companion book to this one is Edsel's first book: Rescuing Da Vinci.
Much has been made recently in the news regarding the dire situation of the once great Motor City. Detroit-raised Rolling Stone writer Binelli paints a vivid picture of the ruin and decay in the city, from the 70,000 abandoned buildings to the wildlife roaming the miles of uninhabited lands. Unlike other recent “biographies” about Detroit, Binelli doesn’t stop short at the doom and gloom, but rather delves deeper to uncover the many rejuvenation projects going on around the city. You will be drawn in by the tales of decay, but astonished by the depictions of urban farming, a school repurposed for pregnant teens, and the killer ex-convict turned street patroller. Binelli’s work sheds a great light on what the city once was and may yet become again.
It’s March, 1944 – spring in England – the Allied Forces are gearing up for D-Day, and General Ike’s personal homicide cop Billy Boyle is up to his brand new captain’s bars in murder, child abduction and espionage, not to mention a nasty dose of racial prejudice, American-style. This latest in the Billy Boyle series delivers both a well-plotted mystery and a compelling look at a time and place when the fate of the world really does hang in the balance. No pressure, Billy, really! If you prefers to start at the beginning of Billy's adventures, the first book is entitled Billy Boyle.
Those of us who loved her first novel, The Thirteenth Tale, have been waiting 7 years for this. It's a perfect Victorian novel about Will Bellman, whose life is a classic tale of a young man overcoming adversity to achieve great success, only to have tragedy strike and lead him down a different path towards even more financial success - and all because of a rook. Will is haunted by rooks creating a spooky element throughout the book. The writing is superb!
A great book! LeDuff’s writing is edgy, poetic and poignant. Anyone who has had an attachment to Detroit should read this tragically comic and eye opening account of the past and present. Charlie LeDuff’s life and perspective is endlessly fascinating and the book is not only a chronicle of Detroit’s downward spiral but a narrative as well on the decline of western civilization. His internal connection with the city reveals the deplorable conditions under which devoted firefighters must endure amidst the lawlessness of its vastly vacant neighborhoods. By most accounts as LeDuff’s fame grows so does his notoriety which could be interpreted as calculatedly narcissistic. Most notably however the book is a sincere diatribe, a no holds barred expose of the shamefully corrupt and pathetically inept de-evolution of a once proud city.
This book could be categorized as a counter-terrorist procedural. It goes into great detail about the tracking down of a notorious terrorist hiding in Somalia. While it is, definitely not long on character development, there are some interesting character types: lots of military super-stars, several computer geniuses, an Israeli spy, and the evil terrorist himself - who of course shows a cowardly side. The technology is up-to-the-minute, and the military/political organizations are real. Forsyth is back with another edge-of-your-seat, ready-for-the-big-screen thriller.
Molly, a young girl in the present day foster care system is assigned to help clean out 91 year old Vivian’s attic. As the two work side by side, Vivian, adopted from an orphan train in 1929, reveals her experience with the train movement which transported nearly 200,000 children from New York across the Midwest to find homes for the orphans. Molly interweaves her own story as a child of foster care. Even though the book is fiction, it is rooted in fascinating historical accuracy of the orphan train movement which ran from 1853 to 1929.This is a heartfelt, almost heart breaking story of richly drawn characters’ that persevere in the face of adversity yet will leave you with insight and the raw emotions of abandoned children’s hearts.
In 1965 Alek was sent to spend the summer with his grandmother Alma whom he both fears and loves. Alma is deeply troubled by the fact that her wayward sister, Ruby, is having an affair with Alma's married boss. Then one night there is a terrible explosion killing Ruby and 40 other revelers at a local dance hall. The town closes ranks and no one is charged with the crime. During Alex’s visit his grandmother decides to break her silence and reveal the truth about the explosion. The novel is loosely based on a real event told to the author by his own grandmother.