For light romance reading. Set in 19th England this is a humorous story about a young earl trying to escape an entanglement of society women seeking to marry him for his title and wealth. To escape three women claiming to be his betrothed, and all which he has no interest in, he travels to the English countryside. His escape is actually a mission to fulfill a promise made to his father on his deathbed. At that time the dying elder Earl pleaded with him to try to find his very young half-sister who disappeared after a tragic coach accident that killed the Earl's young wife. The trip proves to be quite an adventure filled with many funny characters including a crazy aunt who talks to the dead and a wild goose named Wellesey.
A fun to read science fiction romance by Jayne Ann Krentz in one of her aka by-lines. Takes place on the planet called Harmony--a world where there is maze of green glowing passageways beneath the planet's surface constructed by an ancient lost and long gone civilization.There's lots of paranormal types on Harmony, including para-archaeologists like the heroine Lydia Smith.
A Victorian England period mystery/romance. I would rate it 3 1/2 stars. It keeps your interest, although the plot bogs down in places. If you have an interest in the Greek and Roman classics it will hold your interest more than if you don't. It involves mostly the English aristocracy (although the French, German and Americans were involved as well) and their looting and pilfering of classic Greek archaeological sites, which was certainly the case during this period.
All of the Amelia Peabody [Emerson} books are great, particularly the earlier ones. If you like to read about Egyptian archaeology, intrigue, and a really interesting late 19th to early 20th century English, archaeologist family, you'll like these books. And Elizabeth Peters (aka) knows her stuff I guess one of the things I really like about her books is that she sets the time period to the Howard Carter years and brings in lots of the local contemporary Egyptian culture from that time period as well. And the "tongue in cheek" humor is really great!
This is an excellent read and a very fascinating story. I could hardly put the book down once I got into it. I knew almost nothing about the history of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago--what was involved in the multifaceted planning of the fair, all the various players participating in the design and construction of the complex and in the amazing construction project itself. I certainly knew nothing about the serial killer living in Chicago during the time that the World's Fair was being constructed and while the attraction was open to the public. It is simply amazing what this monstrous individual got away with for years before his reprehensible actions came to light. I like the way Larson weaves the two story lines together to create such an intriguing account of these past events.
I enjoyed Larsen's Issac's Storm very much and I have to say The Devil in the White City is even more enthralling. I think that even if you aren't a lover of history you will enjoy this book and find it quite enthralling.
This is a great book for someone interested in a brief overview of the first days of the space shuttle. It is relatively short and presents an overview of the various space facilities involved in the research and planning of the shuttle and many of the early personalities involved in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration program for the shuttle. There are lots of photos of the shuttle at Kennedy Space Center and other places as well as photos of the astronauts, including the first six women astronauts--one of which is Sally Ride, the first woman in space. There are diagrams of the shuttle, descriptions of the launch sequence, and a brief discussion about the launching of HS 376 Satellite. The book is very much a promotional piece and was published so early that there isn't even a name for the shuttle. Would be a good book for a kid interested in the beginnings of the space shuttle program.
While it is not absolutely necessary, I think that it is really a good idea to read the Amelia Peabody series in chronological order. Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody character is a real hoot, as are all of the Peabody-Emerson family members. These are fun books and you can't help but pick up some knowledge of ancient Egyptian culture. And I like that Peters sets the books to the late 19th to early 20th century-- giving you a taste of the contemporary Egyptian culture at that time, which was changing so rapidly due to the influx of Europeans (and Americans) into the upper Nile area.
Considered a classic for students of history. White, a correspondent who lived the times he writes about, focuses on the twentieth century. He covers major events in Asia, Europe and America during the first 60 years of our last century. White is a wonderful storyteller and this book is his "personal adventure".
This is an excellent well written book that is a true account. Andy Andrews is a very good story teller. Not only is the book an enjoyable read, it also is quite informative. The reader may learn a great deal about a part of WWII history that is not so well known to the general public --- German U2 submarines in US waters and closer! WWII is not the principal focus of the book however!
Linda Lael Miller is one of my favorite authors. She's an excellent story teller and her books are always a good read. If you enjoyed her Springwater/Primrose Creek series you'll probably like this story. It is a modern day story about one of the descendants from Primrose Creek--a Qualtrough.