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    Good cops, bad cops

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Few things are more disheartening than learning that those sworn to protect us from society's predators are corrupt, indeed evil themselves. Then who are the good guys, if any? Many a crime novelist raises this question without presenting a satisfactory solution.

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    Best of the best

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/02/2018

    » Generations have their popular writers, but centuries' literary legends are few. Hugo and Tolstoy qualified, Hemingway and Grisham, Goethe and Dickens. Not to mention Shakespeare and Cervantes.

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    Tongue-in-cheek

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 19/01/2018

    » It has been a while a since I smiled while reading a book. My sense of humour is good and I don't hold back my laughter at something that tickles my funny bone. I find Thai double-entendres most amusing. This reviewer wishes books were funny. Those called hilarious by critics simply aren't.

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    The partisans

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/11/2017

    » Before setting out on his war of conquest, the Fuhrer laid down his rules to his erstwhile ally. Whichever land II Duce defeated was Italy's alone. The lands Adolf took were solely Germany's. Albania fell and Italy took full possession. It also got the small piece of southern France it took while the Third Reich got the rest.

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    Fool's gold

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 01/08/2016

    » The search for lost or hidden treasure is older than Jason and the golden fleece. Legend and history assure us it exists, on land and beneath the sea. Fortune hunters have been searching for it, high and low, for millennia. The Templars squirrelled away their trove, but where?

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    Hey presto

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/02/2016

    » In every category there's a person or group recognised as the best in their field of endeavour. Not all people agree with the judges' choice. Arguments invariably ensue over, "This award or prize goes to …..", "Are they blind or deaf? W, Y, Z was better than X by a long shot."

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    Way too much

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Born and bred in the Big Apple, I was raised believing -- it was in my mother's milk -- that New York is the centre of the universe. It has Times Square and Central Park, Broadway and Wall Street, the United Nations and the Empire State Building, Coney Island and two rivers, Greenwich Village and Nathan's hot dogs.

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    An author’s lament

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/08/2014

    » As a critic, I've been taken to task more than a few times by authors whose books I gave a thumbs down. They often query why, when writing a review, I overlook the time and effort that it takes to get the manuscripts published? It takes as long and is at least as hard as the writing, they say and they are right. My defence is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, not the preparation.

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    Barbed humour

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 25/10/2018

    » It was as a soldier boy in President Truman's "Police Action" that I first visited Asia -- South Korea and Japan.

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    Double-whammy master

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 22/02/2018

    » By using fire for cooking, Homo sapiens took a step higher on the food chain. It made eating mammoths easier on the digestion. The press was another step. Print replaced cave drawings, clay pressings, stone carvings, papyrus. Books were cloth- or leather-bound.

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