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it was hard finding a copy of "Stealing Speed" but well worth it. a real page turner ... I never would have heard of it if it wasn't for this thread...
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we'll mr. bear, I can't claim to have read all the books of the great religions but I have some familiarity with the Torah, king james, and koran. and have dabbled in the gnostic gospel as well as satanic verses... plus a little of the hindu and buddhist faiths along with native american beliefs... if you have a favorite, we can discuss...

as far as my own writing, I don't do fiction - just technical stuff that will make your eyes bleed



I was not talking about all religious books Mr. Paul, but only ONE BOOK that has many 'books' in it.

It just sounds like you need to get off the fence..
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I was not talking about all religious books Mr. Paul, but only ONE BOOK that has many 'books' in it.

It just sounds like you need to get off the fence..

I think the question is "which one"?
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Just so we're connecting up here JJ; is that which Book, Religion or fence here?
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Just finished rereading "The Poet" by Michael Connelly - what a very good book. So naturally enough just started rereading "The Narrows" by the same author which is effectively the sequel.
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"Voices from Chernobyl" the oral history of a nuclear disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich.
A fascinating, eye-opening, and sad read told as monologues from innocent citizens. Firefighters, cleaning crews who were exposed to this unimaginable tragedy.

One of the fascinating aspects is that many of the people interviewed weave tales of the wars they've survived and the ethnic " cleansing" they've been subject to - often becoming a people without a homeland, into the stories of this nuclear disaster.

"We came home. I took off all the clothes that I'd worn there and threw them down the trash chute. I gave my cap to my little son. He really wanted it. And he wore it all the time. Two years later they gave him a diagnosis: a tumor in his brain...You can write the rest of this yourself. I don't want to talk anymore."
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Reading Pat's post about Chernobyl reminded me of this link I'd stumbled across many years ago: Elena Filatova rode her ZX-11 around the Chernobyl area and recorded her impressions - I found the descriptions and images incredible. It's long and detailed but well worth reading.
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This reminds me of Starship Troopers by Heinlin, which I previously mentioned, and I believe I will read it soon, sounds very good, thanks, I think I'll order it.


If you enjoyed Starship Troopers you might also enjoy Armor by John Steakley. Similarities include exoskeletons to fight alien creatures, but talks about the psychological effect of extreme violence on the human psyche. Good book.

A couple of other SCI/FI books I'd recommend. Mote in God's Eye by Pournelle and Nivens. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (the first book is great, the followup Speaker of the Dead is not as good)
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I just finished "One Ranger" by Joaquin Jackson

He was a Texas Ranger from the middle 60's to early 90's.

He covers some of the cases he's worked over the years and his involvement in other issues key to a changing social landscape over that period of time.
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Currently re-reading my all time fav... Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. Followed by Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and Rise of Endymion.

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Just finished Michael Connelly's "Gods of Guilt", the latest in the "Lincoln Lawyer" series. Very enjoyable!
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Currently re-reading my all time fav... Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. Followed by Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and Rise of Endymion.


My brother in law pushes Hyperion and other Dan Simmons stuff, been looking for it on audio.


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Just finished Michael Connelly's "Gods of Guilt", the latest in the "Lincoln Lawyer" series. Very enjoyable!
I also enjoyed Lincoln Lawyer, very good, the sequel was pretty good, I forget the name now.


My current reread, which it is rare that I'll reread a book, but it was so great and so I highly recommend Freehold by Michael Z Williamson.
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The long Walk....the book...not the movie

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I read it about 6 years ago...still remember being glue to it.

I read it in 2 days, Mom read it in 2 days, Dad read it in 1....

you cannot put it down,,,
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The Age of Reason. The Gutenberg Bible

Though I have not read through the entire BOOK, yet.. of which it would be a privilege and an honor for me to do so someday, I have, however, used a Strong's Concordance; that's why I have a B.S. and not a B.A., go figure.
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Though I have not read through the entire BOOK, yet.. of which it would be a privilege and an honor for me to do so someday, I have, however, used a Strong's Concordance; that's why I have a B.S. and not a B.A., go figure.




Give Young's Analytical a try...

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I just finished the new David Baldacci thriller (featuring gov sanctioned assassin Will Robie) ...The Hit ... Baldacci has kinda become like Steven King over the last few years, IMHO... putting out a lot of crap... few really good books... This one, while not his best, is back to form... It's a page turner to say the least....
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I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell as a historical fiction writer.

http://www.bernardcornwell.net

I can highly recommend the Saxon Series and the Grail Series:
http://www.bernardcornwell.net/serie...saxon-stories/

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/series/the-grail-quest/


as well as the Civil War Series:
http://www.bernardcornwell.net/serie...ck-chronicles/


I am currently reading 1356

http://www.bernardcornwell.net/searc...oks/tax/series



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I'm a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell as a historical fiction writer.


His "Richard Sharpe" series about a British soldier during the Napoleonic wars is excellent too! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_(novel_series)

If you like historical fiction, the Jack Aubrey series by Patrick O'Brian, starting with "Master and Commander" is my all time favorite, I've read all 21 novels in the series multiple times, and it gets better with every reading, and they're are great as a recorded book series if you enjoy listening to books while driving, or riding as I do. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey%...Maturin_series
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I just finished the new David Baldacci thriller (featuring gov sanctioned assassin Will Robie) ...The Hit ... Baldacci has kinda become like Steven King over the last few years, IMHO... putting out a lot of crap... few really good books... This one, while not his best, is back to form... It's a page turner to say the least....
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Thx for the tip.. I just read The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva.. a Gabriel Allon book.... Pretty damn good... easily worth reading another.. Interesting character Allon..

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Glad you enjoyed it - the series is a good one.

Just picked up "Runner" by Patrick Lee, on a whim, its a good mystery, action intrigue. I'm enjoying it.
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Glad you enjoyed it - the series is a good one.

Just picked up "Runner" by Patrick Lee, on a whim, its a good mystery, action intrigue. I'm enjoying it.

"Runner", I'm going to find that one. Other Patrick Lee novels are a SciFi trilogy... "The Breach", Ghost Country" and "Deep Sky". Some mind-bending ideas and good action add-up to... a major problem for the World.
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Good Morning,


Just finished reading Stormfront by John Sandford and Nemisis by Jo Nesbo.

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Just finished reading Stormfront by John Sandford and Nemisis by Jo Nesbo.

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I just finished reading several good books. I decided to read these now since my son just retired from the Army on May 1st after eight years of service and 3 combat tours. Had I read these while he was overseas I probably would have had a nervous breakdown from worrying.

"Trident" by Jason Redman with John Bruning
"Fearless" by Eric Blehm
"Lions of Kandahar"
"Outlaw Platoon" by Sean Parnell

I would also recommend "Lone Survivor", "No Easy Day", and "American Sniper".
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I'm reading a WWII book called,"a higher calling". Great book about two pilots, one an American B17 pilot and the other, a young German Luftwaffe fighter pilot. The story centers around the two meeting in the skies, the fighter need only shoot down one more plane to gain the countries highest honor while the American struggled to bring his severely crippled B17 back to his base. Instead of downing the bird, the fighter pilot escorted the enemy ship back home. The two actually met face to face years later. A really interesting read for sure.
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Haven't read any of Nesbo's books, but I understand they are quite good.

I've read all of Sandford's two most popular series, the "Prey Series" featuring a character, Lucas Davenport, focusing on the Minneapolis area, first in the series, "Rules of Prey", and the Virgil Flowers series, starting with "Dark of the Moon", both of those series are really very good.
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Thx for the tip.. I just read The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva.. a Gabriel Allon book.... Pretty damn good... easily worth reading another.. Interesting character Allon..

I just finished Daniel Silva's "A Death in Venice", another Allon book, it was excellent - highly recommended!
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I'll order that one next.. Currently reading "the Secret Servant".... This one is better than the Kill Artist..... Really like the Allon character now...Thx for the advice...

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I'll order that one next.. Currently reading "the Secret Servant".... This one is better than the Kill Artist..... Really like the Allon character now...Thx for the advice...

"A Death In Venice" may be a bit out of the series order, and I usually prefer to read them in order, but I happened upon it, and enjoyed it. I've not found a stinker among the series though. Enjoy.
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In case any of my fellow readers are looking for the next purchase... or perhaps a gift idea for Christmas...

I just finished the new Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's - Blue Labyrinth... I've said before that FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast is my favorite literary character... This latest book is absolutely wonderful.. A true page turner.. While every book in the series is good (there are 14) ... this was one of the best... Easily the best book I read this year...

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Thanks, there's a thread "Read a Good Book Lately" maybe a mod can move this to it.
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A friend recently published an e-book

On Grief, Hope, and Motorcycles

She writes very well. Though short-ish, I think it's well worth reading.
A collection of journal entries and ride reports.

Here's the thread on PNWRriders where she introduced it.

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I am currently half way through Billy Idol's Dancing with Myself which is a good read. He seems honest with regards to how his habits affected his music and doesn't seem to embellish his stories by going overboard. I also just started Unbroken and am interested in the story as I have always been a runner and had several family members in the second world war however the writing style does not appeal to me.
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Just picked up "The Martian" by Andy Weir, was recommended by my riding / author buddy Clement Salvadori. Very engaging read about a US astronaut stranded on Mars when an exploratory mission goes badly. Engaging premise and well written with a humorous touch.

Also started re-reading James Lee Burke's "Dave Robicheaux" series. Remarkable how good this series is, even the second time through. Just finished the 4th book in the series, "A Morning for Flamingos" - Burke is simply a great writer, and Robicheux is a very engaging character! Highly recommended.
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Guy Martin, My Autobiography - interesting that one of the great Isle of Mann TT racers got started in (what he calls) 'Real Road Racing' because his track racing license in England was revoked and so he had to race on 'real roads' in Ireland.
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First time I am chiming in on this thread. I am always reluctant to recommend books as my taste borders on the obscure to say the least. Recently however I finished a book that deserves some mention here to say the least. Non fiction about a group of deed sea divers that reside for the most part in New Jersey. The title is "Shadow Divers" and is about the hunt for a sunken WW2 German U boat. This group of divers become totally obsessed with finding the U boat. What they go through in their quest and what finally transpires as the book ends is not only astounding and beautifully written but quite moving. I highly recommend this book.
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First time I am chiming in on this thread. I am always reluctant to recommend books as my taste borders on the obscure to say the least. Recently however I finished a book that deserves some mention here to say the least. Non fiction about a group of deed sea divers that reside for the most part in New Jersey. The title is "Shadow Divers" and is about the hunt for a sunken WW2 German U boat. This group of divers become totally obsessed with finding the U boat. What they go through in their quest and what finally transpires as the book ends is not only astounding and beautifully written but quite moving. I highly recommend this book.
Disclaimer...I have not read through the previous posts in this thread so if this book has already been mentioned I sincerely apologize.
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You're right, Shadow Divers was an excellent read! If you enjoyed that you'll probably like "Dead Wake" by Eric Larson, its about the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat during WWI - non-fiction, excellent read.

And don't be shy we've got a broad spectrum of tastes here!
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Couldn't agree with you more about Toole and "Confederacy" and I loved "Atlas Shrugged." As writers go, it is hard to compare anything with Ayn Rand (even though some view her as highly political and a bastion of right-wing lunacy). "The Fountainhead" is incredible too.

I am a huge fan of any historical stuff, "The Hyram Key" by Knight and Lomas was very well done, as well as "Ideas" by Peter Watson.

However, you can't beat a classic. Hard to imagine it, but Melville reads so well even though it's from a lost age. I think it is probably one of the best opening paragraphs of a book ever.

Other contemporary guys like Michel Houellebecq and Haruki Murakami have caught my attention lately with "Whatever" and "Kafka on the beach."
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I am a huge fan of any historical stuff, "The Hyram Key" by Knight and Lomas was very well done, as well as "Ideas" by Peter Watson.

I enjoy history as well, and I also like "historical fiction" and have two in that genre that I heartily recommend, and while I've mentioned them both before, if you haven't scanned this thread, consider,

The Jack Aubrey series by Patrick O'Brian, starting with "Master and Commander", about a British naval captain and his friend and surgeon, is my all time favorite series, far and away. I've read all 21 novels in the series multiple times, and it gets better with every reading, and they're are great as a recorded book series if you enjoy listening to books while driving, or riding as I do. Takes place in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Russell Crowe starred in a movie by that title, the movie was good, the books are way better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey%...Maturin_series

Also the "Richard Sharpe" series, by Bernard Cornwell, about a British soldier during the Napoleonic wars is excellent too! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_(novel_series)
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First time I am chiming in on this thread. I am always reluctant to recommend books as my taste borders on the obscure to say the least. Recently however I finished a book that deserves some mention here to say the least. Non fiction about a group of deed sea divers that reside for the most part in New Jersey. The title is "Shadow Divers" and is about the hunt for a sunken WW2 German U boat. This group of divers become totally obsessed with finding the U boat. What they go through in their quest and what finally transpires as the book ends is not only astounding and beautifully written but quite moving. I highly recommend this book.
Disclaimer...I have not read through the previous posts in this thread so if this book has already been mentioned I sincerely apologize.
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I you like this, you might want to read "The Last Dive". It focuses on the Rouse father/son team that is in "Shadow Divers" as well.
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"Master and Commander" was a grittier, more realistic version of the Horatio Hornblower series, wouldn't you say? Both are excellent series. They are different from one another, with the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester being intentionally aimed to teen-age boys. Written in the '50's and read by me in the '70's it is still one of my favorite series. (I'm immature at heart, I guess LOL)

I read aloud a number of the books to my elementary aged son and daughter. I think it sparked their life-long interests in travel and the world. Funny enough, the series (as did M&C, also) filled gaps in my understanding of European history.

You can't go wrong with either. Then read "Two Years Before the Mast" by William Dana, a historical true account of his undesired but fascinating adventures as a young man on a sailing trader in the early 1800's around the Horn and along the California coast pre-goldrush. Stunning account.

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Check out the Kydd series by Julian Stockwin. It's a series, with the first one published in 2001. Right up there with Forester and O'Brien.

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Recently finished "Saturn Run" by John Sanford (better known for the "Prey" series featuring Lucas Davenport, which I have very much enjoyed) and someone called "Ctein

Saturn Run is SciFi - which I'm not a big fan of, but after reading and enjoying "The Martian" by Andy Weir, I figured I'd give it a chance and it was a fine read. The premise is in the not too distant future, NASA spots an alien ship landing on what appears to be one of the moons of Saturn, and decides to plan a mission there. No other earth country has seen the vessel, until it leaves the moon, and then China decides it going and so the race is on to see who can obtain "alien intelligence".

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Glad to see a new post on a most interesting thread. I recently finished "In the Garden of the Beast" by Erik Larson. Though I received it as a gift when it was a best seller a few years ago, I just got around to reading it. It is non-fiction and details Ambassador William Dodd and his family's experiences as Ambassador to Berlin in the 1933-37 or so. The first years are fascinating. At times it reads like a novel. A basic interest in WWII and the diplomacy (or lack thereof) that led up to it, is useful but not necessary.

"Longitude" as suggested above? Terrific book!

"The Arcanum, The Extraordinary True Story" by Janet Gleeson. A book about the 1700's secret recipe for PORCELAIN of all things ! Pretty interesting, with intrigue and a back story of the incredible wealth and greed of European courts in the 1700's. Chalk this up under the category of "Things I never knew or even thought about before."

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Just finished "The Verdict" by Nick Stone (Not based upon the movie of the same title with Paul Newman from many years ago).

You'd think that as I lawyer I might not like "legal fiction" but I do. If you like Grisham or Turow you'll like this book, set in London and about a murder trial. Damn fine read.
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DJ Molles has a 6 volume series titled; The Remaining. It is a post-apocalyptic story of survival in a country left with nothing but death and a select few US Army Captains pre-positioned in the event of a national disaster.

Better than well written and filled with Oh Shits! There are two e-book downloads for follow-up and are best read after the six novels.

I seem to be hooked on 'the end of the world as we knew-it' books and movies lately... this one is at the top of my list.

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DJ Molles has a 6 volume series titled; The Remaining. It is a post-apocalyptic story of survival in a country left with nothing but death and a select few US Army Captains pre-positioned in the event of a national disaster.

Better than well written and filled with Oh Shits! There are two e-book downloads for follow-up and are best read after the six novels.

I seem to be hooked on 'the end of the world as we knew-it' books and movies lately... this one is at the top of my list.


That sounds great, I'll have to check it out.

Earlier this year I "read" the Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons, it was awesome. Hard to describe, I'd be doing it a disservice. But it's extremely creative sci-fi, awesome.
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That sounds great, I'll have to check it out.

Earlier this year I "read" the Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons, it was awesome. Hard to describe, I'd be doing it a disservice. But it's extremely creative sci-fi, awesome.

A Dan Simmons novel is definitely a great story I never seem to be ready for.
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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

If you are interested in reading about people doing the tough jobs, getting it done ahead of schedule and under budget, this is the one to read. Its about Lockheed's secret development division (Skunkworks) that developed the U2 spy plane, the A-12, the SR-71 and the F117 Stealth Fighter. With a tiny engineering department and relatively small work force, they cranked out planes that left the Russians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cubans and all the rest of them impotent. Its fast moving and inspirational.

The speed and abilities of there planes will make you cringe . . .
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1776 by David McCullough. Reads like those events happened yesterday. Fantastic account of the personalities, combat strategies, sacrifices, and luck it took to achieve our freedom from England.
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Ratbastard and Bobby:

Although I have read 1776 and other good McCullough works, the Skunkworks book is new to me. I am familiar with Lockheed though, I was an associate for a large law firm that did most of their legal work - torts, employment law, Gov't contracts, and environmental issues. Their designs are fantastic and always cutting edge. Look forward to reading it.

In return, I suggest James Flexner's seminal work on George Washington: "Washington, the Indispensable Man." I found it even better than 1776 and although it is centered on Washington, the other players are still involved. You will see why most scholars rate it as the number one biography of the first President. Flexner, like McCullough is equally adept at scholarship and writing a good story. Also, I am half-way finished with Aaron Cohen's Brotherhood of Warriors, his memoir of being an Israeli counter-terrorist operative. Fascinating first hand account of the intensity of their training and their operations. Cohen was an American/Canadian Jew who immigrated to Israeli when he was 18 just to join one of the elite arms of the IDF. Your interests in 1776 and in military aircraft, suggests that you would like this book, too.

Thanks for posting on this old but new and always interesting thread.

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A couple of holiday season recommendations, not holiday books mind you, but if you have some extra time on your hands.

"The Last Days of Night" - Graham Moore. Historical fiction set in the late 1890's and early 1900's - and focuses on the battle to establish dominance in the field of commercially available electricity between Thomas Edison, and George Westinghouse, and why we use A/C and not D/C. Along with an insight into Nicholas Tesla, and a young lawyer named Paul Cravath who went on to form one of the worlds foremost law firms, still in existence today, "Cravath Swaine & Moore."

"Sherlockian" - same author. Didn't know it, but there really is a "Sherlockian Society" that studies all things Sherlock Holmes, conducts world wide meetings, reveres Aurthur Conan Doyle, and is otherwise so nerdy that it can only be for real. This book flashes between present day and a murder investigation when one member of the "Sherlockian Society" dies just before making an announcement at the annual meeting over the discovery of a long lost Conan Doyle diary worth maybe $10 million dollars on the collector market - and back to the era of Conan Doyle and his writing of the Holmes' tales. Very entertaining read.

Recommend them both.
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