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Interesting account of an actual treasure hunt where, as may be expected, most problems that shaped the story were of logistic not romantic nature.
07/08/2012
This modern Western has it all, story, plot, love of land, animals, and humans. And well written too.
07/05/2012
As social fiction (definition of cyberpunk by Gibson himself) this action-filled story may indeed work. Body mods subculture is what could come out of DIYbio grass roots efforts, and this happens now. What does not work, sadly, is that throwing CPU at biochem problems will get you an unquestionable result---it's always lab work that gives you the feedback from reality. But who knows? Maybe quantum computing can exactly simulate chemistry? Maybe this book will lead to an interest in biochem in a computer geek?
07/02/2012
This interesting account of the Cuba invasion in 1898, from a first class observer, contradicts the glorious picture of what you can read about the subject in Wikipedia. Especially the army failed to do its logistics homework, with the result of many dead U.S. soldiers due to lack of transportation and all kind of the most important material. Apparently this was hushed since Spain surrendered anyway, but it should be appreciated more how close it all was to a devastating loss.
06/22/2012
Old marries naive and young. Very well written, liked it much.
06/14/2012
For the naval interested reader, this is a condensed account of a successful raider, from when there was neither radio nor much telegraph. It has important facts from the captain's diary augmented with all other things that became known afterwards. Not to be missed if you're into mil history.
03/13/2012
Although an excellent read in the first half, I couldn't stand the improbable and contrived events in the second half, which was more like a Wilki Collins mystery. It may well be your fit, and it's worth a try.
02/27/2012
Futrelle's Thinking Machine short stories, while distributed in a dozen titles here on manybooks, are quite worth the download. There may be a few with improbable events, but in general they are problem-solving detective stories in the best Sherlock Holmes tradition.
02/21/2012
This and the "Black Eagle Mystery" from the same author were quite readable and believable detective stories that kept me on it till the end. Fine transcription too.
12/29/2011
Great story set in the Texas cattle industry, where a texan entrepreneur and his outfits fight fraudsters on the trail. Unexpected surprise at the end.
12/10/2011
Mike C. Erickson - Politics With a Hilarious Twist
FEATURED AUTHOR - Author Mike C. Erickson grew up in the idyllic college town of Logan, Utah, but because of a twist of fate he graduated from high school in Honolulu. He left Hawaii brimming with aloha and enrolled at Utah State, where he was awarded two degrees and self-proclaimed minor intellectual status, which was of dubious value when the US Army invited him to vacation in South-East Asia. Ten days after leaving Vietnam, he began decades of dispensing pearls of wisdom as a high school history teacher,… Read more