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    As good as it gets

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/02/2012

    » As reviewing everything that comes along is part of the territory, critics are steeped in mediocrity. We wonder why the publishers accept the manuscripts and turn them into books. Perhaps because they think critics are perverse enough to like them, the public following our advice. Whereupon money is paid for them.

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    Torture is justified

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/05/2012

    » It would appear that every Western novelist feels that if he doesn't pen at least one story about Muslim terrorists, he isn't being patriotic. Doesn't matter if it's plausible, it is the subject matter that counts. After all, is there any atrocity Muslim terrorists aren't capable of?

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    Hearts and minds

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 20/08/2012

    » The basic assumption in the West is that the rest of the world is comprised of savages, barbarians and ignoramuses and that the West has the moral obligation to civilise them. Not least by bringing them to God, the West's God of the New Testament of course. Hence the missionaries of every shape and form.

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    Crime in Chinatown

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/08/2012

    » Novels about innocent young girls being abducted by dirty old men for sexual purposes fill shelves in libraries. They are based on real life tragic stories reported by the media. Despite the efforts of the law enforcement authorities, few of the perpetrators are caught.

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    A Muslim sleuth

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/10/2012

    » Having reviewed numerous crime thrillers, I'd thought that their authors covered all the bases. The homicide detectives and private eye protagonists were similar in their love for their families and skilled sleuths. Such differences as they had were in their personal habits and locations where they lived and worked. Priests and rabbis were among the characters to indicate their beliefs.

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    Human trafficking

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/03/2013

    » Slavery is as old as mankind. The slaves were made to work by the rich and powerful, their owners and overseers, at physical labours that sapped their strength and deprived them of their dignity. Often chained, always beaten to keep them in line. Tilling fields, building pyramids, or rowing ships, they died in place.

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    Literary poaching

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 24/06/2013

    » When a writer first puts pen to paper, he or she is often unclear about how to carry on for hundreds of pages until the pen (typewriter, computer) is put aside. Some head off in one direction, then change course. More than a few go in circles, hoping to stumble on a plot, a unique niche.

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    Not a farce?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/07/2013

    » Foaled in the Big Apple during the Great Depression, my earliest memories were of my father's ambition for me to be a doctor. Second best, a lawyer. The thing was that hospital smells turned my stomach. And I know my limitations. No Clarence Darrow, I.

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    Mariner Murder Inc

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 31/03/2014

    » Not the least difference between historians and well-researched historical novelists is that a historian feels obligated to dot every “i” and cross every “t”.

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    A high flyer

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/04/2014

    » A US naval air combat veteran, Stephen Coonts turned his training and experience into successful literary thrillers. Unlike Tom Clancy, who never went to war, his detailed descriptions of weapons and armaments are based on first-hand use. His knowledge of planes, from the earliest flying machine, is unsurpassed.

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