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    Off the bad guys

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/06/2017

    » Nations are paranoid, apprehensive that they will be attacked from one direction or another. History has shown that today's friends may well be tomorrow's enemies. So they pre-emptively draw up plans for war against neighbours and distant lands, stockpiling weapons.

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    A new crime series

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/06/2015

    » Time was when James Patterson penned a crime novel annually. Then semi-annually. Then seasonally. At the rate this reviewer is now receiving them, they seem to be coming out weekly. No sooner do I critique one than the next crosses my desk. Alone and with his team of co-authors, he's clearly on a roll.

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    Crime and culture

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/01/2016

    » As a New Yorker, my friends and neighbours sent me off to Asia, via Japan, to do my duty in the Korean "Police action". The continent got into my blood and I resolved to head back after receiving my honourable discharge from the military, which I did as a backpacker six years later.

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    A Cold War thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/09/2016

    » It's a fact of human nature that some wars stick to the mind more than others. World War I rings a faint bell, the Spanish-American War none at all. The Korean War sounds a tinkle. The Vietnam is receding from memory. The Gulf War came and went.

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    Waiting for the Fisherman

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/08/2016

    » When asked what I like/love about of the Land of Smiles, its climate is high on my list. Though born and bred in the Big Apple, I never cottoned on to its winter cold. It was worse backpacking through Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. As for racing over icy courses, skiers are welcome to the sport.

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    The Black Prince

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/01/2013

    » Titling a novel with the year in which it is set presumes that the reader is aware of the historical event _ 476, the fall of the Roman Empire; 1215, Magna Carta; 1588, the defeat of the Spanish Armada; 1775, the American Revolution; 1789, the French Revolution; 1814, Waterloo; 1939, Hitler's invasion of Poland; 1941, Pearl Harbour. But 1356... with how many people does it ring a bell ?

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    The one percent

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 03/09/2012

    » Having written for decades a column about the vibrant night life in the Realm, I felt that I knew the subject better than anyone else and said so. To a large extent, this was no idle boast. My approach was non-judgemental. Others writing about it knew only a fraction as much as I did and had an axe to grind.

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    A plausible solution

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 30/07/2012

    » While what the vast majority of people know about Egypt are its pyramids and mummies, there are Egyptologists _ not all scholars _ who find it, particularly its ancient history, fascinating. Indeed, what is called the ancient world.

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    High on adrenaline

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/07/2012

    » A steady stream of books come from James Patterson _ with co-authors and wholly his own, hardcover and paperback, reprints and new. He's probably the most prolific American scrivener around. His literary creations include several police detectives, the most popular of which is Washington, DC's Alex Cross.

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    A mixed brew

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 12/03/2012

    » While it is conventional for a novel to have both a main plot and a subplot, this reviewer notes that one generally distracts from the other, successfully.

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