My Online Prose Portfolio

"Write out of love, write out of instinct, write out of reason. But always for money."
Louis Untermeyer


Welcome to my Book Reviews page. Please browse through the list and click any title to read the review. There's a variety of genres here, everything from horror to mystery, from history to current affairs. 

Please visit often, as I read a  lot of books and add to this page frequently. Let me know if you have any recommendations or comments, and thanks for visiting.

100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg
reviewed May 28, 2002

The 9/11 Commission Report
reviewed September 10, 2004

The AARP: America's Most Powerful Lobby and the Clash of Generations
By Charles R. Morris
reviewed June 29, 2001

Alaska
By James A. Michener
reviewed August 12, 2001

Alfred the Great
By David Sturdy
reviewed November 11, 2000

Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England
By Richard Abels
reviewed April 17, 2002

American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us
By Steven Emerson
reviewed July 2, 2002

Applied Economics
By Thomas Sowell
reviewed July 24, 2004

Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps
By Philip Varney
reviewed March 1, 2001

Armageddon
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
reviewed July 21, 2003

Ash Wednesday
By Chet Williamson
reviewed May 29, 2004

The Association
By Bentley Little
reviewed August 2, 2002

A Better War
By Lewis Sorley
reviewed August 20, 2002

Bite
By Richard Laymon
reviewed August 31, 2001

Black Hawk Down
By Mark Bowden
reviewed January 25, 2002

Black House
By Stephen King and Peter Straub
reviewed February 14, 2002

Blood Games
By Richard Laymon
reviewed September 13, 2004

The Blood and the Shroud
By Ian Wilson
reviewed April 6, 2003

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
By David Brooks
reviewed August 20, 2001

Borderland
By S.K. Epperson
reviewed July 12, 2002

The Bourne Supremacy
By Robert Ludlum
reviewed March 1, 2001

The Bourne Ultimatum
By Robert Ludlum
reviewed June 5, 2001

The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton
By Peter Baker
reviewed June 9, 2002

Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy
By James Fallows
reviewed July 18, 2003

Brules
By Harry Combs
reviewed January 13, 2001

The Buckskin Line
By Elmer Kelton 
reviewed July 31, 2003

The Buffalo Soldiers
By William H. Leckie 
reviewed February 29, 2004

The Burden of Bad Ideas
By Heather Mac Donald 
reviewed June 29, 2003

Bush at War
By Bob Woodward
reviewed May 21, 2003

The Caretaker
By Thomas William Simpson
reviewed May 23, 2004

Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul
Edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Bud Gardner
reviewed April 13, 2001

Circus of the Damned 
By Laurell K. Hamilton
reviewed April 26, 2003

Clear and Present Danger
By Tom Clancy
reviewed January 18, 2001

Collected Ghost Stories
By M.R. James
reviewed February 8, 2001

Colonization: Second Contact
By Harry Turtledove
reviewed March 30, 2002

Colonization: Down to Earth
By Harry Turtledove
reviewed March 9, 2004

Comanche Moon
By Larry McMurtry
reviewed February 1, 2001

A Concise History of the Middle East
By Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr.
reviewed August 21, 2004

The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
By Shelby Steele
reviewed August 28, 2001

The Day Christ Died
By Jim Bishop
reviewed March 23, 2003

Death Makes a Holidy: A Cultural History of Halloween
By David J. Skal
reviewed October 25, 2004

Death Trance
By Graham Masterton
reviewed July 8, 2004

Debt of Honor
By Tom Clancy 
reviewed July 6, 2003

Desecration: Antichrist Takes The Throne
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
reviewed December 27, 2001

Dictatorship of Virtue: Multiculturalism and the Battle for America's Future
By Richard Bernstein
reviewed September 11, 2000

Dreamcatcher
By Stephen King
reviewed May 17, 2001

Dream West
By David Nevin
reviewed September 21, 2001

Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics
By P.J. O'Rourke
reviewed August 21, 2001

Eden's Gate
By Christopher A. Lane
reviewed November 15, 2000

The Empire of Fear
By Brian Stableford
reviewed January 27, 2003

Esau
By Philip Kerr
reviewed November 30, 2002

Everything's Eventual
By Stephen King
reviewed August 2, 2002

Extinct
By Charles Wilson
reviewed June 29, 2002

The Final Days
By Barbara Olson
reviewed May 26, 2003

Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington
By Richard Brookhiser
reviewed October 17, 2001

Freedom from Fear
By David M. Kennedy
reviewed January 1, 2003

From a Buick 8
By Stephen King
reviewed June 8, 2003

Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War
By Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad
reviewed June 24, 2002

Glorious Appearing
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
reviewed September 10, 2004

Goodlow's Ghosts
By T.M. Wright
reviewed April 14, 2004

The Great Terror: A Reassessment
By Robert Conquest
reviewed March 9, 2003

Gulag: A History
By Anne Applebaum
reviewed July 17, 2004

The Guns of the South
By Harry Turtledove
reviewed June 2, 2001

The Haunt
By J.N. Williamson
reviewed July 8, 2002

Haunted Houses: The Greatest Stories
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg
reviewed April 21, 2001

Hearts in Atlantis
By Stephen King
reviewed October 1, 2000

Hell's Angels
By Hunter S. Thompson
reviewed October 19, 2002

High Jinx
By William F. Buckley, Jr.
reviewed August 31, 2001

A History of Knowledge
By Charles Van Doren
reviewed May 29, 2004

A History of the American People
By Paul Johnson
reviewed August 5, 2000

Hobgoblin
By John Coyne
reviewed May 13, 2001

The Hot Zone
By Richard Preston
reviewed February 15, 2002

How the Irish Saved Civilization
By Thomas Cahill
reviewed April 23, 2003

Howl-O-Ween
By Gary L. Holleman
reviewed August 5, 2000

Hunted: A True Story of Survival
By David Fletcher
reviewed July 26, 2003

I Am Legend
By Richard Matheson
reviewed October 31, 2002

Icebound
By Dean Koontz
reviewed January 10, 2001

In Silent Graves
By Gary A. Braunbeck
reviewed July 17, 2004

Integrity
By Stephen L. Carter
reviewed March 4, 2002

Invasion
By Eric L. Harry
reviewed November 29, 2001

Is the Bible True? How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures
By Jeffery L. Sheller
reviewed December 2, 2000

Isaac's Storm
By Erik Larson
reviewed May 30, 2003

Into Thin Air
By Jon Krakauer
reviewed January 22, 2001

I, Vampire
By Michael Romkey
reviewed September 3, 2001

The Killer Angels
By Michael Shaara
reviewed February 25, 2002

The Laughing Corpse
By Laurell K. Hamilton
reviewed January 11, 2003

Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years
By Rich Lowry
reviewed November 3, 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
By J.R.R. Tolkien
reviewed December 18, 2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
By J.R.R. Tolkien
reviewed October 6, 2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
By J.R.R. Tolkien
reviewed November 2, 2003

Lost Boys
By Orson Scott Card
reviewed October 23, 2001

Marco Polo, If You Can
By William F. Buckley, Jr.
reviewed May 31, 2004

The Mark: The Beast Rules the World
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
reviewed January 8, 2001

Masques
By Bill Pronzini
reviewed August 1, 2004

Mere Christianity
By C.S. Lewis
reviewed December 26, 2001

Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Eighties
By Paul Johnson
reviewed November 27, 2001

Mongoose: R.I.P.
By William F. Buckley, Jr.
reviewed July 17, 2004

The Moons of Summer
By S.K. Epperson
reviewed June 14, 2004

Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith
By William F. Buckley Jr.
reviewed April 9, 2001

A Night to Remember
By Walter Lord
reviewed December 8, 2001

Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
By Mary Lefkowitz
reviewed January 26, 2001

On Writing
By Stephen King
reviewed February 28, 2001

One Rainy Night
By Richard Laymon
reviewed June 13, 2002

The One Safe Place
By Ramsey Campbell
reviewed August 17, 2003

The Origins of the English People
By Beram Saklatvala
reviewed September 13, 2001

The Perfect Storm
By Sebastian Junger
reviewed July 8, 2002

The Politics of Bad Faith
By David Horrowitz
reviewed April 27, 2001

Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism
By Thomas B. Allen
reviewed September 24, 2001

The Puzzle Palace
By James Bamford
reviewed November 2, 2003

Quicker Than The Eye
By Ray Bradbury
reviewed September 3, 2004

Raven
By Charles Grant
reviewed April 24, 2001

Reborn
By F. Paul Wilson
reviewed June 15, 2001

The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Stories
By Stephen Crane
reviewed June 14, 2001

Relic
By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
reviewed November 15, 2000

The Remnant
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
reviewed August 26, 2002

Reprisal
By F. Paul Wilson
reviewed July 5, 2002

The Right Hand of Evil
By John Saul
reviewed April 13, 2003

Rise to Rebellion
By Jeff Shaara
reviewed July 23, 2002

The Road to Serfdom
By F.A. Hayek
reviewed September 20, 2003

Scandalmonger
By William Safire
reviewed October 26, 2004

The Search
By Iris Johansen
reviewed August 20, 2001

The Secret Service
By Philip H. Melanson and Peter F. Stevens
reviewed August 10, 2003

See You Later, Alligator
By William F. Buckley Jr.
reviewed July 20, 2001

Seize the Night
By Dean Koontz
reviewed April 28, 2002

Sellout
By David P. Schippers with Alan P. Henry
reviewed July 24, 2001

The Shadow of the Winter Palace
By Edward Crankshaw 
reviewed September 12, 2002

Sharpe's Rifles
By Bernard Cornwell
reviewed September 3, 2004

Six Days of War
By Michael B. Oren 
reviewed December 26, 2003

Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right
By Ann Coulter 
reviewed May 2, 2003

Slouching Towards Gomorrah
By Robert H. Bork 
reviewed November 16, 2002

Sole Survivor
By Dean Koontz
reviewed April 19, 2001

Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine
By Howard Kurtz
reviewed June 7, 2001

The Story of Henri Tod
By William F. Buckley Jr.
reviewed August 7, 2000

The Story of the Titanic
Edited by Jack Winocour
reviewed January 26, 2003

The Sum of all Fears
By Tom Clancy
reviewed October 6, 2001

The Summoning
By Bentley Little
reviewed May 3, 2001

Superstitious
By R.L. Stine
reviewed February 12, 2004

The Talisman
By Stephen King and Peter Straub
reviewed January 16,2002

Thor
By Wayne Smith
reviewed April 18, 2001

Three Roads to the Alamo
By William C. Davis
reviewed May 27, 2001

Timeline
By Michael Crichton
reviewed November 11, 2000

The Totem
By David Morrell
reviewed November 19, 2004

The Tribe
By Bari Wood
reviewed September 13, 2004

Truth at any Cost: Ken Starr and the Unmaking of Bill Clinton
By Susan Schmidt and Michael Weisskopf
reviewed May 20, 2001

Typhon's Children
By Toni Anzetti
reviewed July 6, 2001

Under the Lake
By Stuart Woods
reviewed January 28, 2001

Unholy War: America, Israel, and Radical Islam
By Randall Price
reviewed April 28, 2002

Useful Idiots
By Mona Charen
reviewed May 8, 2003

Vampire Junction
By S.P. Somtow
reviewed August 19, 2000

The Vampire Papers
By Michael Romkey
reviewed May 29, 2004

The Vampire Princess
By Michael Romkey
reviewed June 5, 2004

The Vampire Virus
By Michael Romkey
reviewed August 1, 2004

Vampyrrhic
By Simon Clark
reviewed September 28, 2003

Vixen 03
By Clive Cussler
reviewed January 3, 2001

The Walking
By Bentley Little
reviewed July 28, 2001

Wall Street: A History
By Charles Geisst
reviewed September 19, 2000

We Die Alone
By David Howarth
reviewed February 1, 2001

West of Dodge
By Louis L'Amour
reviewed August 25, 2001

What's So Great About America
By Dinesh D'Souza
reviewed July 18, 2002

What Went Wrong?
By Bernard Lewis
reviewed September 26, 2002

When Bad Christians Happen to Good People
By Dave Burchett
reviewed April 10, 2004

White House Horrors
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg
reviewed June 9, 2004

Why Government Doesn't Work
By Harry Browne
reviewed January 3, 2002

A Winter Haunting
By Dan Simmons
reviewed May 15, 2003

Without Remorse
By Tom Clancy
reviewed September 18, 2002