Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pinheads and Patriots

     Bill O'Reilly, as always hits you with backed up FACTS.  I had no idea he was an ardent collector of presidential memorabilia.  I'm talking letters written by the our nations leaders own hands making his points about them being a pinhead or patriot crystal clear and irrefutable. This is, but one section of the book, but it is my favorite.  He also hits on people of influence both in the political as well as the entertainment arenas.  And, fun, fun, fun, there is an unedited interview with then Senator Barry Obama. Barry was his boyhood name according to Bill.  I'll be calling him Barry from now on. I love the photos in this book showing the people of interest in the book as well as the photo copies of letters from the author's private collection.  As I said. Backed up with facts. Now remember Bill is a libertarian.  Not a conservative. Not a liberal. That means he tries to be fair to everyone.  Rush Limbaugh might accuse him of riding the fence and not picking a side which makes him a pacifists. So what. He went to collage and didn't go to Nam. He made a lot of money honing his skill set.  That's life in America.  The liberals remember accuse him of being far right because he's executive producer on FOX with Sean Hannity. Again  so what if they're morons. Bill presents his case, backs it up with documented facts, and goes after everyone.  So, if you've got blinders on, prepare to have them ripped from your face.  I love this book.  I'm only sorry I didn't read it sooner. 

The key to Rebecca

  Ken Follett, an author I've come to like, an author I am sorry to say I didn't discover until recently, created an outstanding spy novel with The key to Rebecca.  There are just so many books.  Sorry Ken, I'll get to the rest.  This book is very 007.  A German spy slips into Cairo, Egypt during a time Rommel is trading fire with the Brits. A British officer is tasked with finding him, only no one knows what the spy looks like, who he is, or where he's hiding out.  Somewhere out there the smooth talking, well dressed, German is smiling at the bumbling British while drinking wine, eating caviar, and bedding the most beautiful girl in Cairo.  You almost want to root for the German in this one, only his ruthlessness keeps him just outside the soft spot in your heart range. He has a radio and a secret code to send messages to Rommel, and intelligence from a nit wit Britt who doesn't even realize he's being used until it's too late.  There's a bit of depravity in this read, a bit of sex, and a hair raising chase which brings everything to a head, and an end.  I enjoyed this one.

Who's looking out for you

Bill O'Reilly is on point as always.  I know I'm playing catch up here.  When will I not.  But, this book is a must read for everyone out there.  It is spot on for navigating friendships, both personal, and professional.  O'Reilly lends his own personal experience strengthen his argument that toxic people are bad for you, and people of quality are good.  I'm paraphrasing you know.  Think of it as a manual not unlike the bible for how to live a good life, how to avoid falling in with the wrong crowd, how to identify those who are only using you, and how to treat people properly, and how to develop quality relationships.  Bill is one whom after reading this book, I would be very proud to have as a friend. Get this book.

Hornet Flight

I have come across an author that's been around for quite a while.  I was perusing the library book shelves looking for something old (at least for me) and there I saw Ken Follett novels.  I picked up the one closest to me and it's title was Hornet Flight.  I thought alright I like planes and it seems like it's set in the WWII time period.  Interesting enough for me.  Well, I loved it.  In German occupied territory a school boy bright enough for a high price private school, but not bright enough to stay out of trouble unwittingly discovers the Germans have developed a top secret radar system in his back yard, and are using it to devastate allied bombers.  He decides to risk everything to get the information to Briton by rebuilding an abandoned to storage hornet moth bi-wing aircraft, with the help of his gal pal, and flying it despite the Nazi occupation and Luftwaffe patrolled skies.  Intermingled in this tale is spy vs. spy story, a love affair for good guys and bad, tragedy that makes you think all is lost.  In the end bullets fly and so does the hornet.  The author excellently includes the start up of one of the most successful undergrounds for Jews of the period with the founders being the most unlikely of heroes.  I'm getting another Ken Follett book and will be ordering this one for my book case.