Devil’s Mile

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of Devil’s Mile by Alice Sparberg Alexiou courtesy of Net Galley  and St. Martin’s Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as  I am an avid reader of New York City history and the description of the book sounded interesting and covered a subject about which I have not previously read. This is the first book by Alice Sparberg Alexiou that I have read.

This is a well written and researched book. It holds your interest which makes it a fairly fast read. The book concentrates on the history of the bowery from the 1600’s until the present day. The only drawback is that it concentrates itself on the pre 1930’s history with the time after that getting more of a once over lightly treatment.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the history of New York City and the Bowery in particular.

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Indianapolis

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5 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of Indianapolis by LynnVincent and Sara Vladic courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon snd Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as  I read a couple of other books on the events surrounding the sinkng of the Indianapolis, but this one carried it forward to the present day.  This is the first book by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic that I have read.

This is an extremely well written and researched book. The subtitle is an accurate depiction of the contents of the book – The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. This book reads more like a piece of fiction than history making it an engaging and interesting read.

The book covers the events leading up to the sinking of the Indianapolis, the stories of the crew adrift while waiting for resuce, the rescue effort, the hearings after the war and the long fight by the crew to exonerate their captain from blame for the events that occurred. It also points out the inflexibility of the Navy in admitting that they made a mistake even after Congress cleared the captain of any wrongdoing.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a comprehensive history of what took place with the sinking of the Indianapolis and the events afterwardes.

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The Bonanza King

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of The Bonanza King by Gregory Crouch courtesy of Net Galley  and Scribner, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as  I am an avid reader of American history and the description of the book sounded interesting and covered a subject about which I have not previously read. This is the first book by Gregory Crouch that I have read.

I found this book to be well researched, written and an very interesting read. The author’s writing style makes it more like you are reading a novel versus a piece of history.

The main subject of the book is John MacKay and how he became one of the wealthiest men in America through persistent hard work and wise business decisions. The book also covers in details the early history of mining in the western United States starting with the California Golf Rush. Significant time is also dedicated to MacKay’s involvement in the early communications infrastructure. The book ends with what happens to the main characters in the book and to the empire that MacKay built.

The book really resonated wth me as I am very familiar with the area around Downieville, California (my in-laws lived there for several years) and MacKay spent some significant time in the area.

I recommend this book to those who are interested in American hisotry and to those who have an interest as to how mining developed in the western United States.

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God, War and Providence

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of God, War and Providence by James Warren courtesy of Net Galley  and Scribner, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as all I really know about the history of the founding of Rhode Island is what I read many years ago in school. This is the first book by Jame s Warren that I have read.

This a well researched and well written history of what happened during the founding of the area now known as Rhode Island. While the subtitle of the book addresses the content it does leave out one important item in my opinion. It is that Roger Williams in establishing a new colony and obtaining a charter was an incubator for the democratic process that has been the foundation for our country.

The book addresses the narrow mindedness and lack of true christian values that the Puritans in Massachussetts espoused. Williams walked the talk and lived a life that very much represented what the Puritans were supposed to represent.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the early history of the northeastern United States and in the early establishment of the principles upon which our country now operates.

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Long Players

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1 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of Long Players by Peter Coviello courtesy of Net Galley  and Penquin Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I was looking for something different. This is the first book by Peter Coviello that I have read.

To put it briefly – this book is an utter waste of time. The author wallows in self pity throughout the book to the point that you want to throw it in the trash and never look at it again. The subtitle is alo misleading.

That said, some other reviewers (perhaps friends and family) found the book so fascinating that they gave it five stars. I feel like I wasted fours of my life on a piece of trash.

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The Secret Token

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4 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler courtesy of Net Galley  and Doubleday Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as all I really know about the lost colony of Roanoke is antidotal and I have never read anything about the details. This is the first book by Andrew Lawler that I have read.

The subtitle “Myth, Obession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke” is an acturate description of the book. Lawler has done a very good job of researching the subject and presenting the many potential outcomes without pushing hard for one of the theories of what happened to the colony. Although he did indicate his belief in the final chapter of the book which I happen to agree with.

I found this book to be interesting and an easy read. The author did not get bogged down in presenting the history surrounding the colony since its disapperance.

I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the early settlement of North America and in the lost colony of Roanoke in particular.

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American Detective

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3 out of 5 Stars

I received a free Kindle copy of American Detective by Thomas A. Reppetto courtesy of Net Galley  and Potomac Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as the description sounded interesting and I was looking for something a little different. This is the first book by Thomas A. Reppetto that I have read.

The books subtitle “Behind the Scenes of Famous Criminal Investigations” is a bit misleading. The books dives into two subjects – the history of detective work in the United States and many of the more famous unsolved crimes. This  caused the book to have a three star rating due to the fact that the history part, while interesting, does not flow nearly as well as when the author is writing about actual crime cases.

This is the type of book that you may want to check out at your local library before making a purchase at a bookstore or online.

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