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Posted on Jan 27, 2006 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Robert’s Ridge – Book Review

This story should be made into a movie. Not because it is exciting, or gripping, or powerful, or realistic. It is certainly all of those things, and a real page-turner in book form. Instead, this story needs to find a mass media outlet so that the man on the street knows what allied armed forces are going through in the wastelands of the War on Terror.

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Posted on Dec 16, 2005 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Thieves of Baghdad – Book Review

Thieves of Baghdad is the perfect volume to pick up if your recent reading material has placed you in a bit of a rut. It is one of those rare books that will keep you guessing as to what lies ahead on the next page (or even paragraph). It is a book that will inform, entertain, and make you think. Is there anything more you would want from a book?

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Posted on Oct 25, 2005 in Books and Movies

Unit Pride – A Novel – Book Review

Billy is a street-smart youth from south Boston who convinced his mother to sign the age waiver so he could enlist in the Army. The story begins as his unit calmly ships into the harbor at Inchon. It rapidly evolves into a grueling pressure cooker, as one of the author’s describes in the epilogue “…of men in near primitive conditions, asserting in near primitive terms their right to survive, and turning their wrath on whatever jeopardized that right.” Unit Pride is a gritty and tough Korean War version of All Quiet On The Western Front.

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Posted on Sep 7, 2005 in ACW, Books and Movies

Software Review: BattleVision – Battle of Shiloh – Book Review

The Battle of Shiloh by Battlevision is a product aimed at history buffs and those wanting to get to know the details about this particular battle. It is not a game, but the images and interface are similar to what is seen in some wargames. It has an overview (timeline) portion which gives you a step by step walk-through of the conflict at half-hour increments, but the meat of the program is the detailed chapters which go through the battle as it occurred in various portions of the field.

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Posted on Aug 16, 2005 in Books and Movies, Front Page Features

Trafalgar: The Men, the Battle, the Storm – Book Review

This tremendous fabric gave a deep roll with the swell to leeward, then back to windward; and on her return every mast went by the board, leaving her an unmanageable hulk on the water. Her immense topsails had every reef out, her royals were sheeted home but lowered, and the falling mass of spars, sails and rigging, plunging into the water at the muzzles of our guns, was one of the most magnificent sights I ever beheld.

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