Drew's Summer Picks
Guy Gavriel Kay may be one of the best historical fantasy authors around. In The Lions of Al-Rassan Kay is able to weave a story set in a world that is very similar to that of moorish spain under the Cordoba Caliphate and explores the interactions between the worlds three oldest monotheistic faiths. With a romance, adventure, the end of empires, the hatred of the outsider and the forgivness of those who are differnet and wronged us The Lions of Al-Rassan is a story that is sure to make people think as well as cheer.
John Man is a brilliant historian and his works on the Mongol Empire are fascinating. From the rise of Temujin to the division of the empire at the last great kurultai the story of the mongol empire is the story of Europe, China and India. However for one of the most influential empires in history many people relatively few people know much about them. The Mongol Empire works to change all of that, and does so with a terribly good read!
Afghanistan has been called the death of empires, an epithet it has certainly earned. In The Great game Hopkirk explores the clash of east and west as it was played out in the central asian steppe. Its a clash of adventurers, soldiers, university students, and two powerful empires. One at the height of its power and another that desperately seeks to gain ground The British and Russian Empires struggle for dominance would shape a region for three centuries and lay the foundation for a century of cold war.
This books was written for anyone who has ever had to work retail before. Set in a definitely not ikea inspired furniture store on the set up before black friday everything seems to be going horrible as normal for the people forced to stay overnight. Until that is the ghosts come out. You see it seems that the ghosts see the pain that everyone is in and all they want to do is help, they just want to make everyone all better no matter what!
If you enjoy great epic fantasies and are looking for the next one then look no further! Upon a burning throne is one part game of thrones, one part Illiad, and one part Mahabharta. Full of gods, wars, magic and empires Upon a Burning throne is a spectacular read!
Angels in the Sky is the fascinating true story of the birth of the Israeli Air Force. The founding of the state of Israel was met with declarations of war from Egypt, Jordand, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iraq. This presented a problem for Israel as not only did it not have a military or an airforce ,while its opponents did, the nations of the world had all agreed not to become involved in the conflict. However people through out the world found ways to send aid in defiance of the neutrality of their nations, such as the pilots of the new IDF Airforce. 150 former WW2 pilots headed from their homes to Israel unsure if there would even be planes for them to fly when they arrived. 150 men and 80 planes made up a force that was expected to fight and win against the militaries of 7 nations in a war of potential extermination. Amazingly, they did. At times inspiring and heart breaking Angels In The Sky is a great read for anyone interested in stories about the underdog and heroism.
A fascinating what if book that examines one of the most contentiuous areas in the world. What if the Slattery Report had been supported by the United States and followed though on creating a semiautonomous Jewish state, in Alaska. The Yiddish Policeman's Union is a murder mystery as well as a cultural examinatoin of what makes us different, what unites us, what extremes people are willing to go to protect themselves when they feel they are alone, and who should be trusted. An absolute gem of a read this is a great little standalone novel!