Book Review – Isolate

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – L. E. Modesitt Jr. https://www.lemodesittjr.com is the author of more than 80 novels. Isolate was published in 2021. It is the first book in the Grand Illusion series and the 61st book I’ve completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this novel as R. Steffan Dekkard is the primary character. He is an isolate, that is, one who is immune to empaths.

Dekkard has recently graduated from the Military Institute and security training. Now he is one of the Security Aides for Councilor Axel Obreduur. Not only must the Councilor be protected from political rivals, but there is growing unrest. With his fellow Security Aide Avraal Ysella, Dekkard must constantly be vigilant.

They both soon find that Obreduur is not the only target. They have become targets as well. The two find themselves attracted to one another, and romance soon follows.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 28.5 hours I spent reading this 601-page fantasy. The novel contains action and a lot of political intrigues. I have read five additional books by Modesitt, and they have been consistently excellent. Those books are EndgamesThe Mongrel MageOutcasts of OrderThe Fire-Mage War, and Fairhaven Rising. The cover art for this novel is a bit dark but fits the story. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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A Book to add to your WWII History Shelf – Cassino: Portrait of a Battle

I subscribe to several different ebook sales notification services. One of those is MyNextRead.

In the email I received from them today and they noted that the 292 page ebook edition of Cassino: Portrait of a Battle by Fred Majdalany is currently available from Amazon for FREE. The book was published in 2013. I have downloaded the book, but not read it yet.

If you are a student of WWII history you should act now to add this book to your bookshelf. These sales often last only a few days, so better to act soon.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

TMFM Event: WWII Reenactment November 12–13, 2022

(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum related posts – The living history group at the Texas Military Forces Museum conducts a reenactment each year near Veterans Day. This year ‘G Company” will be presenting “Close Assault: 1944” the weekend of November 12–13, 2022.

G Company is part of the official living history detachment of the Texas National Guard. It operates under the auspices of the Texas Military Forces Museum. The members are all military history enthusiasts and volunteers with the Museum.

The 36th Infantry Division which is what the Texas National Guard was federalized as in WWII saw action in Europe. The Museum contains many artifacts from the WWII period. The reenactment brings to life some of the history from the war.

Watch the reenactment featuring an M4A3 Sherman Tank and M3 Halftrack. Learn about the uniforms and equipment of both the US and German infantry. Stroll by the 50 vehicles and aircraft outside the Museum, then come inside and explore 200 years of Texas Military history in the 45,000 sq. ft. Building.

If you can’t visit this weekend, the museum is always free and is open 10AM to 4PM Tuesday thru Sunday. If you are unable to visit the Museum in person, there are now four Virtual Tours. Go to this website and you can view tours of:

  • The Great Hall
  • The 19th Century Gallery
  • 36th Gallery-WWI and WWII
  • Cold War to Global War on Terror.

The Texas Military Forces Museum is located in Building 6 on Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas. The street address of Camp Mabry is 2200 West 35th Street.  While the Museum is open to the public, all adults must show a photo I.D. for entry to Camp Mabry.

Further Information

  1. From Texas to Rome: Fighting World War II and the Italian Campaign with the 36th Infantry Division

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages on my site of interest.

The World War II Resources page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The World War II Timeline page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review – HE WILL GET YOU

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Charlie Gallagher https://www.writercharliegallagher.com is the author of more than a dozen novels. HE WILL GET YOU was published in 2020. It is the 5th novel in his Detective Maddie Ives series. This is the 60th book I have completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this book/novel as R. The primary character is 35-year-old UK police officer DS Maddie Ives.

Ives and Inspector Harry Blaker are assigned to investigate the murder of Alice Oxley’s ex-husband. A brutal murder with no trace of a motive or a suspect. A few days later, Scott Rice is found murdered in a similar way. The reason for his death is equally baffling. Ives and Blaker fear that they are tracking a serial killer.

Lance Askew has come to Canterbury on business. His business is murder, a job that he loves. He has been hired to kill a police officer. To throw off the investigation, he has set about committing multiple murders. He hopes that his real target will be lost amongst the other victims.

Can Ives and Blaker make sense of the crimes and find the killer before a colleague and friend is murdered?

I enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 280-page mystery. This novel can be read stand-alone, but it is always best to read any novel series in order. I had the opportunity to read the first novel, HE IS WATCHING YOU. I think both were enjoyable mysteries. I do like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review – Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939–45

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Historian Chris Bishop is the author of more than a dozen books. Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939–45 was published in 2022. It is the 59th book I’ve completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this book/novel as G.

Between 1934 and the end of WWII, the Wehrmacht created several Panzer Divisions. A section of the book is devoted to each of those 27 Divisions. The deployment history of each Division, along with the typical vehicles which were used are listed . Included are many drawings of of these vehicles.

I enjoyed the 5.5 hours I spent reading this 192-page WWII history. The book contains nearly 300 drawings of Wehrmacht vehicles from WWII. The book seems to be intended more for the ‘coffee table’. It is interesting to look at, but it is very dry reading. Someone researching the German Panzer Divisions would find this book of interest. The chosen cover art gives a clear depiction what will be found on the pages inside. I give this book a rating of 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.

  • The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review – Academy Bound

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – J. C. Mastro https://jcmastroauthor.com is the author of two novels. Academy Bound was published in 2022. It is the 58th book I’ve completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is 16-year-old Zachariah ‘Zack’ Aurelion.

Aurelion’s mother was an officer in the Earth Alliance. She went MIA eight years earlier at the end of the war. Now he wants to follow her into the Earth Alliance Fleet Academy. He wants to become a Command Officer. He wants to travel out into the stars. He has always been told that his mother is dead. He believes she is still alive, and he intends to find her.

Aurelion is in his first year at the Academy. His best friend, Russell ‘Russ’ White, is one of his fellow students. On the first day at the Academy, they meet Samantha ‘Sam’ Harriman. The three become close friends.

Together they suffer through the trials of first-year Academy students. Towards the end of the term, they are thrown into danger when the ICW suddenly attacks the EAS Dreadnought, where the three are on a training mission.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 356-page young adult science fiction novel. The novel reminds me a bit of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. It is one of the typical coming-of-age novels for young adults, but I enjoyed it a lot. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review – Machine

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Elizabeth Bear https://www.elizabethbear.com is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels. Machine: A White Space Novel was published in 2020 and is the second in her White Space series. This is the 57th book I have completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R.

The generation starship Big Rock Candy Mountain had left Terra about 600 years earlier. It had been lost to history until the Synarche ship had responded to its distress signal and called for assistance. Rescue Specialist Dr. Jens arrives in the Synarche Medical vessel I Race to Seek the Living.

Neither vessel is now responding. Once aboard the ancient ship, Jens discovers a mystery. A mystery she feels compelled to unravel. She has no idea of the conspiracy she is about to uncover.

I enjoyed the 17.5+ hours I spent reading this 495-page science fiction novel. I thought that this novel was a bit odd. I was not impressed with the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).