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    The future isn't now

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

    » I can well understand the conflict caused by the publication of The Origin Of The Species. If correct, Charles Darwin's finding turned the Holy Book -- Earth was created in six days, Adam and Eve -- into a work of fiction. Humans ascended, over billions of years, from the bottom to the top of the food chain. Where is God in all of this?

  • LIFE

    Too complex by half

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/07/2016

    » I find ever increasing complexity in the novels I review. In crime thrillers, in particular, mere twists and turns no longer suffice. Authors have taken to throwing in conspiracies, perpetrators in high places, deep-seated prejudice, psychopaths and national security.

  • LIFE

    No end in sight

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/09/2014

    » While new authors keep appearing, older ones keep at it until they run out (Hemingway) or pass away (Clancy). Those who retire return (Rankin). Those staying on may no longer be in top form (le Carre). But several are (Rendell). Not that this reviewer rates Ruth Randell on a par with Agatha Christie.

  • LIFE

    Guilty husbands

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/06/2013

    » Prolific author James Patterson turns out a minimum of two novels a year, either on his own or with someone from his stable of co-authors. His speciality is crime fiction, and his literary creations include several sleuths _ police detectives and private eyes. Popular characters are repeated. For those that don't catch on, it's a one-off.

  • LIFE

    Terrorist or informer?

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 19/11/2012

    » I first heard the term as a child when my parents took me to see the John Ford movie, The Informer. Victor McLaglen played Gypo Nolan who, for 50, betrays his fugitive friend to the British. McLaglen and hangers on soon drink down the reward and he regrets his act, but it's too late.

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    In days of yore

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/04/2012

    » What characterised ancient Rome's conquests was that they had to keep conquering the same lands, which kept rebelling. As overlords they were arrogant and brutal, venal and intolerant. Ruling with an iron hand inside an iron fist, the captive populace rose while realising that the struggle was hopeless.

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