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Conroy's (Himmler's War) gripping alternate World War II saga focuses on a surviving corps of Nazis, led by Josef Goebbels, who barricade themselves deep in the Alps...

White Plague: A Joe Rush Novel

Despite the potentially intriguing themes of a submarine in peril and a catastrophically deadly virus that is spreading on board, this thriller by the pseudonymous author and Arctic expert is just not very exciting. Overwritten to the point that the numerous descriptions distract and annoy the reader, the novel features a convoluted plot and just about everyone is a villain, including the big pharmaceuticals. There are some exciting moments, just not enough of them.

Stalked: The Boy Who Said No

This novel is not only a story about a deadly enemy only a few miles from our shores but also a testimonial to what lengths people will go to become free. Unfortunately, the author spends too much time on Frank's personal adjustment to America, and, thus, the novel lacks excitement and drama. Purchase for demand.

Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

What's the recipe for commercial fiction success? Start with solid history along with plenty of action, sex, and brutal violence. Mix some mythical creatures, volcanic eruptions, and tidal waves with a dollop of true love, and the result is an entertaining adventure. Smith's fans in general and fans of Taita from the Egyptian series will be pleased.

The Three Emperors: An Ethan Gage Adventure

Dietrich's writing style is vivid, lush, and rich. Readers will get the feel of the time period and the places involved. His plots, and his latest is no exception, are fast-paced and filled with derring-do and close escapes. Readers should suspend their disbelief, make popcorn, and enjoy.

1920: America's Great War

Conroy offers up a believable scenario and heroics galore on the part of the good guys, ranging from trench fighting to the first tank charge. His characters, though, come straight from central casting and feature straightforward military heroes, their plucky girlfriends, and dastardly traitors. Still, this should be good fun for alternate history buffs.

The First Casualty

Despite the over-the-top science, some minor plot glitches, and a not very original premise (an entity like Narcom), this technothriller offers solid entertainment for fans of the genre.

Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

Although the constant jumping makes it choppy, this book is a fast and sometimes exciting read. However, three things might turn readers off. First, there is a lot of gun-tech, much in the style of Tom Clancy or Larry Bond. Second, this thriller is unabashedly told from a staunchly Christian perspective. Third, could the inept UN really take over the United States? Purchase for demand. The best-selling author and founder of is a retired military intelligence officer and a survivalist who lives at an "undisclosed location west of the Rockies."


Although well written, the book is overlong, lacks originality, and contains few surprises and not very much horror. Nor is the plot as controversial and intriguing as those in Monteleone's previous works.

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