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I read and enjoyed Stuart Neville’s debut novel, The Ghosts of Belfast, while on home leave this January. I was happy to see that he has a new novel out, and pleasantly surprised that it turns out to be a sequel. Collusion picks up a few months after Ghosts. Jerry Fegan and Bull O’Kane […]


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Ahhhhh. I passed my Hebrew language final exam (not a fun 28 weeks) and can now read freely again. First up, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the final volume in the Millennium Trilogy. The book picks up with a bang right where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off and […]


Winter one-liners and unfinished science books

In January, we were on home leave and I read a lot of books not related to the Middle East, history or diplomacy. Then in late February I returned to work and started my Hebrew language training, and almost all “free” reading came to a screeching halt. Here’s a list in reading order with mini-reviews […]


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Who Played with Fire

Just a brief foray back into the self-restricted world of fiction.

Stieg Larsson showed up on my radar a month or two ago on a list of authors to read instead of Dan Brown. Then The Economist ran a positive review of his Millennium Trilogy last month. I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo […]


The Mouse That Roared

In October, our book club read Leonard Wibberley’s The Mouse that Roared. I chose this book to help us ease into the non-book meetings in November and December, and because I had a vague memory from having read it over thirty years ago (yes, it scares me to write that) that it contained some concepts […]