It’s World War II and the allies have cracked the encryption of a major Axis communication codes. How can they act without revealing their access to this precious intelligence? Detachment 2702, a rag-tag group of soldiers and intelligence agents, is dispatched to create believable (and hilarious) alibis to justify why German and Japanese convoys keep getting sunk.
A rare mix of literature, wit, history and high adventure, the Aubrey/Maturin novels (better known for "Master and Commander", the first novel and the name of the 2003 movie adaptation) has been by far one of my favourite reading experience and a consistent way to lift my (occasionally) sagging spirits.
Through these two greatly entertaining novels, McMurtry chronicles the adventures of Gus McRay and Woodrow Call before the events described in Lonesome Dove. We follow their progression from their first hapless missions as junior Texas Rangers up to their retirement from rangering as seasoned veterans of a grueling series of Indian wars.
These epic western novels from the screenwriter of Terms of Endearment and Brokeback Mountain are both high literature and great entertainment – a must read for anyone who enjoy humor, drama and the study of human nature.
The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars & Blue Mars) is one of the most mind-expanding reading experiences I’ve ever had. It is a rich, sweeping, epic chronicle of the colonization of Mars as well as the rest of the solar system; the power humans have to transform their own environment and how that environment can transform humanity as well; the long-term impact of extending human lifespan by centuries and the catastrophic consequences of rising sea levels on Earth. But most of all, it is a roadmap to building a better civilization free from the poisons of the past.
During World War II, the Greek island of Cephalonia is occupied by the Italian and German armies. Between brave acts of defiance from the island’s feisty population, the Italian’s ambivalence towards their part in this senseless war and the cold brutality of the Nazis, a beautiful but tragic love blooms between Pelagia, the Island’s self-taught doctor and Captain Corelli, an irreverent Italian officer who’d rather make music than war.
in The Night’s Dawn Trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God), the very survival of humanity is on the line as the dead possess whole planets in a high-tech future. This massive epic is one hell of a ride; a relentless and incredibly entertaining space-opera of awesome proportions!