Two For D-Day

We all know that I love history. If you do not know that, well you do now. One of my favorite time periods is the World War II era. I think my love of this era comes from the stories my grandfather told me about his time in the war. He was a sailor on the USS Cogswell DD-651 in the Pacific theater.

Over the years I have read a lot of books about World War II, and I wanted to share with you two of the best about D-Day.

The first one is Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day. It was written in 1959 and turned into a movie in 1962 starring John Wayne. In this book, Cornelius Ryan takes us from the moments before the launch of the Normandy Invasion, through the invasion and to the moments afterwards. It is not a boring date and time slog through history. Ryan tells us of the real people, both soldiers and village people, and not just of the commanders that led the battles. I was 12 years old when I read this book, and the part the sticks out to me is the Allied paratrooper that was hung up on a steeple in Normandy, watching German soldiers below him, praying he would not be seen. Cornelius Ryan has two other books in his World War II trilogy that should be mentioned; A Bridge Too Far and The Last Battle. All three books are must reads for history buffs, and World War II aficionados.

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944

The next book to mention is Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day, June 6, 1944; The Climactic Battle of World War II. The book begins on midnight, June 5, 1944, when the British and American airborne troops jumped into France, and ends on midnight, June 7, 1944. That twenty four hour period is the main focus of this book, and he goes into incredible detail, having done 1400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans. This is a must read!

D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

Both of these books will give you insight into what went into the preparations of that day, the planning and execution of this momentous day.


On Being Late to the Party…A Reader’s Life

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I belong to a lot of reading groups on social media. It is how I keep track of what is coming out that I may be interested in. One of the phrases I see in a lot of these groups is “I know I am late to the party, but I started reading…”. Shoot, that is the story of my life, but it has also served me well.

Let’s say a mainstream author has a book that has come out. We know that EVERYBODY is going to read this book when it comes out. So much so that you can wave a stick among your friends and they are all a-buzz over the book. “You must read this book!” “You have got to read this book!” “Why are you not reading this book?!?!”

I wait because I have found that if I read it at that moment, all of the buzz is stuck in my head and I cannot shake it, thus it kills the overall enjoyment of the book. I may like the book, but I will not love it the way the others have.

However, I find that if I wait, and forget the buzz (let’s face it, book lovers are at time fickle and will hop to the next big thing) my enjoyment of the book is greatly increased. I am talking GREATLY increased. I get what my friends have seen in the book, as well as other reviewers. But, as I say this, please remember that the best critic for a book is YOU. No one else can tell you what you like better than yourself. If you think I am wrong, look at the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Multi-million copy seller, it spawned a movie franchise of the three books in the series, and a lot of people loved this book, others have hated it, I even tried to read it, and did not see what those that loved it saw in it. My younger sister told me what the appeal was, but I still failed to get it. One of my best friends LOVED the series, and she told me what she saw, again, I did not see it. That being said, where I would have given it two stars at best, they would have given four or five, and they got to be their own critic!

So, if you are late to the party, all I have to say is, you showed up, I hope you enjoy it~

The Ninetoes Book of the Week 06/03-08/2019

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944

Cornelius Ryan’s classic book of D-Day, The Longest Day, is my pick for the Ninetoes Book of the Week. This week,it will be 75 years since that fateful day, in which Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy to liberate France.

I was twelve years old when I first read this book. I would turn to it at least two more times in my life and there may yet be another reading in me. This is one magnificent piece of research and relating of D-Day, and others that have come after it are barely able to scratch the surface.

in 1962, it was turned into a movie starring John Wayne among a host of some of Hollywood’s best actors of the time and would win 2 Oscars (Best Cinematography in Black and White, and Best Effects/Special Effects.)

“The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.”

The Ninetoes Book of the Month June 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by [Kane, Paul]

When you look at the cover of this book, you will see a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes in the center of  what looks like the puzzle box from the “Hellraiser” movies, that is because the devilish m ind of Paul Kane has combined the two together in a novel that should not be missed! (I reviewed this book when it came out).

“The World’s Greatest Detective Meets Horror’s Most Notorious Villains!
Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room. But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers, known only as the ‘Order of the Gash.’
As more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he comes face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites. Holmes’ most outlandish adventure to date, one that has remained shrouded in secrecy until now, launches him headlong into Clive Barker’s famous Hellraising universe… and things will never be the same again.
With an introduction by Hellraiser II actress Barbie Wilde.”

The Ninetoes Author of the Month June 2019

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Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to June’s Ninetoes Author of the Month for 2019, Paul Kane.

Mr. Kane is the British based author of multiple horror and dark fantasy novels, as well a an editor of multiple collections and contributor to a few series. One of his books that was an immediate hit with me was Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell (2016), if you have not read this one, I highly encourage you to do so! Go to the search engine on my blog and look up what I thought of it.

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

Another of his books that he edited that is not to be missed is Hellbound Hearts (2009) that he co-edited with Marie O’Regan. This is an  anthology that is set in the “Hellraiser” universe of horror movies. If you are  fan of the franchise, then this book is definitely for you, if not, and you want an anthology that gets under your skin, then this one is for you. Either way, it is a win win situation.

Hellbound Hearts

Recently, Mr. Kane co-edited an anthology of mystery fiction with Marie O’Regan called Exit Wounds, it is a book featuring nineteen stories from authors at the top of their field.

Exit Wounds

A review of Exit Wounds will be forthcoming.

As the month goes on, I will be highlighting more of Mr. Kane’s books.



Your Friday Fun Read 05/31/2019

BattleTech Legends: Decision at Thunder Rift: The Gray Death Legion Saga, Book 1 by [Keith Jr., William H.]

I started this book last night, and I am loving it. Come on folks, it is giant walking tanks at war! Think “Pacific Rim” before there was even a “Pacific Rim” and they go up against other giant walking tanks. This is like Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots supersized!

“Battletech” hit the scene as a tabletop game in the mid 1980’s. It has spawned several video games and multiple novels. Come on in and see why it is so popular!

Thirty meters tall, seventy tons of quick-striding death and destruction, the armored war machines called BattleMechs are the front line forces of the crumbling star empire locked in the horror of the endless Succession Wars. Their pilots are MechWarriors, 31st-Century knights riding armored machines powerful enough to take a city apart.

Grayson Death Carlyle had been training to be a MechWarrior since he was 10 years old, but his graduation came sooner than expected. With his friends and family dead and his father’s regiment destroyed, young Grayson finds himself stranded on a world turned hostile. Now he must learn the hardest lesson of all: it takes more than a BattleMech to make a MechWarrior…

But to claim that title, all Grayson has to do is go out and capture one of those giant killing machines…if it doesn’t kill him first.