’21 A To Z Challenge – V Twofer

’21 Reading Challenge

I read somewhere…. That I read somewhere.  In a vain attempt to brag (Are there any other kinds??!) about all my free time in retirement, I present a rogues’ gallery of the books I read last year.

Gregg Loomis – The First Casualty

Tom Clancy’s series

Line of Sight

Oath of Office

Enemy Contact

Code of Honor

Lee Child – Blue Moon

Lee Child – The Sentinel

Gregg Hurwitz – Out of the Dark
Gregg Hurwitz – Hell Bent

Nick Petrie – Burning Bright
Nick Petrie – Light It Up
Nick Petrie – Tear It Down

Ilona Andrews – Sweep Of The Blade

Ilona Andrews – Sweep With Me

Ilona Andrews – Magic Steals

Ilona Andrews – Blood Heir

Steve Berry – The 14th Colony

Steve Berry – The Lost Order
Steve Berry – The Bishop’s Pawn

Raymond Khoury – The Templar Salvation

Mark Greaney – Gunmetal Grey
Mark Greaney – Agent in Place

Crawford Killian – The Empire of Time

Mark Greaney – Agent In Place

Eric Flint – The Course Of Empire

Mike Massa – River Of Night

Grant Blackwood – War Hawk

James Rollins – The Demon Crown

James Rollins – Crucible

H. Beam Piper – Paratime

H. Beam Piper – Lord Kalvan Of Otherwhen

Philip K. Dick – The Zap Gun

A.E. van Vogt – Masters Of Time

James S. A. Corey – Persepolis Rising

James S. A. Corey – Tiamat’s Wrath

John Brunner – Time Jump

John Brunner – Total Eclipse

Kenneth Bulmer – The Key To Venudine

Neal Stephenson – The Rise And Fall Of D.O.D.O.

Crawford Killian – Red Magic

Seth Andrews – Sacred Cows

Herman Melville – Bartleby The Scrivener
Edgar Allen Poe – The Cask of Amontillado

Mark Twain – Letters From The Earth

Ward Bowlby – A Canadian’s Travels To Egypt

15 thoughts on “’21 A To Z Challenge – V Twofer

  1. Daniel Digby says:

    I haven’t read nearly that many books in the last year. Some of them were fun, but weren’t what everyone else might enjoy. There were two that really stood out, however.

    The first was Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, written by a senior ranger and an attending MD. It sounded like people competing for Darwin Awards, so I went for it. It actually covers every known death in history related to the Grand Canyon, and many of the stories are astounding, including the fate of the 3 people who left the 1869 Powell Expedition to travel overland. The investigation that followed is recounted, and strong circumstantial evidence pointed to something that few other history books dared say. There are also stories of very determined suicide attempts, along with the history of the event that led to the creation of the FAA.

    The other was The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Maybe the title doesn’t grab you, but it’s one of those books you can’t put down after you start. It covers the complete history of the 1893 Columbian Exposition — you know, the one that gave us the Pledge of Allegiance, complete with the Nazi salute to the flag by the children at the end. It includes dozens of biographies about people, most of whom many people don’t remember, like Daniel Burnham. H. H. Holmes, Frederick Law Olmstead, Louis Sullivan, and Charles McKim. Then there are the minor figures that everyone recognizes, like Little Egypt (who was actually Syrian). The author plays with the reader, introducing characters and leaving it to the reader to guess who they are before he finally reveals their names. like the young engineer who is challenged to find something more stupendous than the Eiffel Tower, which was the major attraction at the Paris World’s Fair 4 years earlier.

    It’s seldom that I find two books in a year that I can whole heatedly


  2. Rivergirl says:

    I read many of those last year as well. I have to admit as much as I love Jack Reacher, the last few books are just phoning it in. Hurwitz’s series is topping it on my list.


  3. Newbloggycat says:

    Hmm…I scroll and scroll and scroll and wonder when it will end. Well, I guess reading is your full time job now 👍😆😅


    • Archon's Den says:

      Ah no. That would be as hand-servant to the wife, (Excuse me. I’ll be right back, after I make her a coffee.) In recent years, the list has been 30 – 35. I was surprised when last year’s total was 45, although a few were quite short. Poe’s horror story was only 7 pages, and Bowlby’s travelogue was 63.
      I still had to publish 157 posts. I’m claiming that these were all research. At least a couple became Book Review posts.. 🙂

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  4. Jim Wheeler says:

    Unlike in the Tom Cruise movie, Child’s protagonist Reacher is now portrayed much more realistically in “Reacher”, a series offered by Amazon Prime Videos. I am finding it quite enjoyable.

    Liked by 1 person

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