Once again I’ve allowed my book reviews queue to build up 3 deep. So let’s blast on through them.
First one is Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris. It was short and sweet. And it’s very unlikely that anyone who “needs” to read it will actually do so. It may just be the best example yet of “preaching to the choir”. As might be expected, he makes a lot of what I think are good points. And as also might be expected, a lot of his points are a bit overbearing and emphasized beyond the point of obvious. Oh well. It was interesting.
Next one is F.U.B.A.R. by Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill. Blegh. Sure, I agree with a lot of their points, but this was a pretty poor delivery. If the Xtian Nation book mentioned just above was overbearing at points, this one was oppressive in its obviousness. Perhaps it’s Sam Seder’s style (I’ve not heard his radio show), but I couldn’t help but roll my eyes a number of times throughout the book. Yeah, we get it, Democrat good… Republican baaaaad.
Finally, the Tristan Betrayal by Robert Ludlum. As I’ve previously blogged, I was getting a bit tired of Ludlum books (reading so many recently has put me a bit into overload). In any event, this one was a bit different and was a tolerable read. It takes place (primarily) in the 40s, with a WW2 U.S. vs Nazi Germany vs Stalinist Russian theme. In an historical fiction manner, it presents the underpinnings of the Nazi attack on Russia (as well as the 1991 coup attempt) as having been secretly connected to the management of the main character, Stephen Metcalf. To cut to the chase, while I *was* surprised by the outcome for Lana… the final, suspenseful “climax” of the book (in the last few pages) was absolutely obvious: I knew exactly what Lana was talking about when she “subtly” mentioned “the gift” Stephen had given her years earlier and how “her most valuable things” were kept with her Grandmother. Blegh, come on… so transparent I’m sure you’ll know exactly what this is all about just from reading this review! But, in any case, it was a pretty good read.