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    Just a thought

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 30/05/2019

    » I don't mind admitting that I winced when I plucked an 800-page novel from my review bag, having long advocated that authors don't need more than 400 pages to say what needs be said. The back cover describes it as an espionage novel. I don't recall Ian Fleming or John le Carré penning tomes.

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    A bit rich

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/01/2017

    » I learned the oldest of lessons as a social investigator in the Big Apple. The great wish of the poor is to become rich and the rich want to become richer. It was interesting to observe how they went about it. Unlike the middle class, the poor didn't have a work ethic. They felt entitled to unearned income.

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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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    Nothing to laugh about

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/07/2017

    » Certain terms put me off: "only" as in I only want; "just" as in I just mean; "fun" as in let's have some; "hilarious" as in this book is. They are simply untrue.

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    Excellent research

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/10/2016

    » Though over for three-score-and-10 years, with many of its combatants gone to the Happy Hunting Ground, the World War II is still being written about and regurgitated in film. Little wonder, as tens of millions of soldiers and civilians were killed in it, courtesy of the Fuhrer and General Tojo.

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    An enduring spirit

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/01/2016

    » With the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the world entered the atomic age. More devastating hydrogen bombs were tested, weapons of mass destruction indeed. The US and USSR rattled theirs at each other over the next 44 years, until the Soviets called it a day and the Cold War was over.

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    A fond farewell

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 05/10/2015

    » 'The most brilliant mystery writer of our time" (Patricia Cornwell's estimation) passed away this year. British author Ruth Rendell published her first best-seller in 1964 and penned a thriller yearly ever since. She was the narrator, her characters having their say.

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    A lawyer's dream

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/07/2015

    » The person many historians and authors of historical fiction find most fascinating to write about is England's 16th-century monarch Henry VIII. His hope for a male heir led him to have six wives, execute two of them and change the religion of the country.

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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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    An agent revealed

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 04/08/2017

    » The 20th was the century of despots -- Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, Tojo in Japan, Stalin in Russia, Mao in China. Not to mention Pol Pot in Cambodia, Pilsudski in Poland, Salazar in Portugal, Papa Doc in Haiti. Tens of millions died at their behest. Even the bubonic plague, 600 years earlier, fell short.

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