With “Maggie May” running through my subconscious, I opened “Rod, the Autobiography” (ISBN 978-0-09-957475-0, Arrow Books, 2012) and began reading. After several hours of chuckles to guffaws, I found I had to change my pre-conceived opinion of this man Rod Stewart.
22 Walks in Bangkok and written by (walked by?) Kenneth Barrett (ISBN 978-0-8048-4343-0, Tuttle Publishing, 2013) arrived on my desk, brought in by our foot messenger. Now, I have never been known as a champion of the cause of walking, for me, a long walk means I parked my car at the far end of the car park. So, with that in your mind, let us have a look at Kenneth Barrett’s ode to shoe leather.
This latest book from the prolific Dean Barrett, “The China Memoirs of Thomas Rowley” (ISBN978-0-9788888-3-1, Village East Books, 2013) is written as “memoirs” of an American soldier Thomas Rowley during the Taiping Rebellion of 1850-1864.
I re-read this book 1000 years of Annoying the French (ISBN 978-0-552-77575-5, Bantam Press, 2010) by Stephen Clarke, a writer who these days lives in Paris, and found it just as enjoyable as the first time. After 12 months of book reviews, this book gets my ‘pick of the bunch’ award.
This 14th novel to feature author Christopher G. Moore’s Private Eye Vincent (Vinny) Calvino should be on the Bookazine shelves by the time you read this review. For those who have ‘met’ Vinny before, you will know what to expect - a fast, racy and very believable plot with excellent dialogue and several twists in the tail and set in the Bangkok we all know, with many recognizable landmarks.
I have never been a great fan of “self-help” books. If they were that good, why are the Bookazine shelves loaded down with so many self-help titles? However, with a review stating “The last self-help book you’ll ever read,” I broke my rule and took “This is How Surviving What You Think You Can’t” by Augusten Burroughs (ISBN 978-1-250-03210-2, Picador Publishing, 2012) home for review.
The Silent Wife was a first novel for A.S.A. Harrison, who unfortunately died earlier this year. It has received many rave reviews with the Daily Mail rating it as “Dark as Hell and totally engrossing.” Library details are ISBN 978-1-4722-1684-7, Headline Publishing Group 2013.
Italy 1502 is the setting for this absorbing historical thriller, providing the reader an insight into the times of the Borgia family Popes. Entitled The Malice of Fortune, and written by Michael Ennis (ISBN 978-0-09-957979-3, Arrow Books, 2012) it was made available by Bookazine in The Avenue.
This book is a police thriller, and a bloodthirsty one at that. Written by Guy Lilburne, this book The Thai Dragon (ISBN 978-616-91211-6-9, 2010, 4th Edition, Dragon House Publishing) embodies the old adage, “write about what you know”. Author Lilburne was in the police force for 30 years with 27 of them as a detective, so his hero Sgt Danny O’Brien is a believable detective.
One book that has been truly a best seller is Air America. On the Bookazine shelves again, it is the sixth reprint of Christopher Robbins original 1979 exposé of Air America, the CIA’s secret airline and published by Asia Books in Bangkok (ISBN 9-7897-4830-3).