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Reviews by jfreier
A moving story of nine members of the U of Washington rowing team who overcame many obstacles and challenges to compete for America in the 1936 Olympics. The story is told through the eyes of Joe Rantz a poor young man who was orphaned twice and must manage to make the team , pay for college and feed and cloth himself all during depression era America. The rowing team is led by an enigmatic coach Al Ulbrickson and Tom Bolles, and has it's boats built by the fascinating English boatmaker George Pocock.

Daniel James Brown alternates the story of the rowing teams struggles and the challenge of beating U of California and the elite east coast teams, Harvard. Princeton, Navy and others with the narrative of Nazi Germany setting the stage for the Olympics. The descriptions of how Hitler, Goebbels and his architects passion to show the world how modern and beautiful Germany is adds a great contrast to the depression and dust bowl America.

A well written and inspiring and moving book, good for all ages and both men and woman.
Brilliance
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Marcus Sakey
The latest novel by Chicago author Marcus Sakey is a great read and totally unlike his past work such as "Good People" and "Amateurs". The story is set in the present but reads like a futuristic science fiction book, it is about the rise of children who are born gifted, called the abnorms. The rate has risen and the government sets up an agency called DAR,Department of Analysis and Response, told through the eyes of agent Cooper who is himself is gifted, the gifts are specific and not of the super power variety like X-Men.
Agent Cooper attitude about the gifted changes when he goes undercover to catch the dangerous abnorm John Smith who the DAR has named the most dangerous terrorist in the country, it's a fast, thrilling story and as I said a complete departure from his other works.
Bad Boy
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Bad Boy
Author:
Peter Robinson
Inspector Alan Banks is on holiday in America resting from the  traumatic conclusion of his last case.
Meanwhile back in Yorkshire a neighbor comes to see him after she finds a gun in her daughters closet, a major offense in England. The girl Erin is roomates with Banks' daughter Tracy and when the police go to retrieve the gun things go very awry.
Tracy warns Erins' boyfriend who is the guns owner and "Jaff" kidnaps her and hooks up with his very unsavory cohorts. Banks' colleague Annie Cabot takes the case and when Alan returns they must race against time to save Tracy from this very Bad Boy.

 
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