Author Archives: Brian Bonelli

“Daughter of Moloka’I” by Alan Brennert

A tiny baby, ripped from her parents who are lepers, is brought to an orphanage near Honolulu. While the child is not a leper, her bi-racial heritage, Hawaiian and Japanese, prevent her from being chosen for adoption. The story of … Continue reading

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“The Wanted” by Robert Crais

A private investigator is contacted by the mother of a 17-year-old boy after she finds a Rolex watch in his room. His investigation becomes entangled with murder and serial robbery. I thought this was a better than average mystery, the … Continue reading

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“The Excellent Lombards” by Jane Hamilton

This is a charming story of the lives of two mid-west farming families from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s. Each chapter details another story in the coming of age lives of the 4 children. I enjoyed the book … Continue reading

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“The Life of Elves” by Muriel Barbery

This is the story of 2 girls, one half human half elf, the other an elf, who are the key to saving both humankind and the elvin world from those that wish to destroy them. The author describes the worlds … Continue reading

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“The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

In an age of campaign finance fraud and Russian-sponsored election meddling, it was riveting to read about the little-known first conspiracy of American history: on the eve of the first battle of the Revolution, the British succeeded in turning colonists, … Continue reading

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“The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris

This novel is based on a true story of a man sent to Auschwitz who becomes the individual responsible for tattooing his fellow prisoners. It is a story of love and survival amidst man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man. Truly … Continue reading

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“Changeling” by Roger Zelazny

After a powerful wizard destroys an evil ruler, he chooses to spare the life of the ruler’s infant son by bringing the baby to a parallel world. In return, he must bring an infant from the other world back so … Continue reading

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“Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan

This book is historical fiction based on the story of 17-year-old Pino Lella, who was a true hero during the closing years of World War II. He bravely led many people, mostly Jews, out of Italy over the Alps into … Continue reading

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“Purity” by Jonathan Franzen

This rather lengthy story revolves around Pip Tyler, a young woman in her 20s, whose search for the identity of her father leads to the unfolding of several people’s lives. The author goes into excruciating detail how her parents’ lives … Continue reading

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“Devil’s Bargain” by Joshua Green

The story of Steve Bannon and Donald Trump and the alt-right in America. Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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