The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To use the words of the immortal Curley Howard, “I’m a victim of soicumstances,” and so it was with Buck, from pampered behemoth to a beast of burden. But Buck had a higher calling, and the road to that calling went […]

The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812

The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812 by Ralph D. Paine My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A dizzying array of names, dates, locations, ships, regiments, forts, garrisons, military campaigns and the routine types of military blundering seen even to this day. But this book just glosses over the […]

Miles Wallingford: Sequel to Afloat and Ashore

Miles Wallingford: Sequel to Afloat and Ashore by James Fenimore Cooper My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is presented as the sequel to Afloat and Ashore: A Sea Tale, although in reality it is the same book divided in two. As prolific a writer as James Fenimore Cooper is, you will have to […]

Afloat and Ashore: A Sea Tale

Afloat and Ashore a Sea Tale by James Fenimore Cooper My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The life and times of Miles Wallingford, part one, with the sequel literally picking up where this book leaves off-in the middle of an action sequence. It was a time before safe spaces, clap backs and micro-aggressions. In short, […]

The Pilot

The Pilot by James Fenimore Cooper My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If anybody can spin a tale, it’s Jimmy Cooper, and I mean that with the utmost respect. He can literally put you in the story, in that time period, and given that none of us are from any but this one, can leave […]