Friday, March 31, 2017

Review of The Expanse #1: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Author:  James S. A. Corey.
Title:  The Expanse #1:  Leviathan Wakes.
Publisher:  Orbit.
Copyright:  2011.
Pages:  582.
Price:  $17.00 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
James S.A. Corey is the pseudonym for fantasy authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.  They wrote The Expanse series.  Its about humanity's expansion into the stars from Sol.  The Expanse #1:  Leviathan Wakes was the basis for the first season of SyFy's The Expanse. 

The premise is that an alien pathogen is made to infect human beings by an evil Terran company.  The rest revolves around power politics, revolution, and war throughout Sol between the Belters, Earth, and Mars.  The scene is set several hundred years in the future, however, once the inner planets have been settled.  The alien pathogen turns out to be an unknown stargate once the infected asteroid of Eros is hurtled into the clouds of Venus. 

The book is well written.  It had me turning every page.  Recommended.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review of Eden to Armageddon by Roger Ford

Author:  Roger Ford.
Title:  Eden to Armageddon:  The First World War in the Middle East.
Publisher:  Pegasus Book.
Copyright:  2010.
Pages:  667.

Overview and Impressions:
"Our fathers lost the First World War on the Tigres' shores..."  Johnny Turk, 1918.

The stupidity of advancing into machine gun fire by battalion, artillery barrages, and incompetent generals massacring generations of men on both sides.  I just want to take a hot shower and forget what I read.  I used to have the stomach for WWI histories.  I no longer do...

The Allies lost as many men as the Turks, the British were able to out general them on two fronts:  Palestine and Mesopotamia.  The war was won on those fronts.  Massacres and subsequent massacres cover every one's hands in blood.  No one was clean.

I could go on.  I won't.  I'm too disgusted with the whole thing.  One can see where the twilight zone political reality of today's Middle East came from.  Allah Akbar!  Ugh...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Early March 2017 book review....

I've been reading the following book this past week:

1)  Hammer's Slammers by David Drake.  See previous blog entry.

2)  The Road to Guilford Courthouse by Buchanan.  Still working on reading about the American Revolution in the Carolinas.  It will take me a while to get through it.

3)  The Lost Stars:  Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell.  This is the fourth installment in The Lost Stars series.  It's been an interesting run so far.  I like the characters and the battle scenes are worth the reading...

4)  Eden to Armageddon by Ford.  I'm still reading read about the First World War in the Middle East.  Finished the section on Gallipolli.  Rather depressing reading in general...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review of Hammer's Slammers by David Drake

Author:  David Drake.
Title:  Hammer's Slammers.
Publisher:  Ace Books.
Copyright:  1979, 1985.
Price:  $2.95 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
Easy to read military sci-fi involved armored actions in the 26th century of the mercenary group, Hammer's Slammers.  It's always fun to read about them.  Fast read.  Recommended.

15mm SYW Battle of Minden: AAR, 04MAR17

Here are photos from the 15mm SYW Battle of Minden Game I ran yesterday.  Both side lost....

                                          Kevin Joyce pushing the initial French attack.

                                          Kevin Joyce responds to my flank attacks.

Both sides blow army morale on Turn 4.