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review 2018-07-28 00:44
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Browne
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

Tells the story that most of us are now familiar with. The artwork uses water colors so nothing is defined, especially people. That makes the work less impactful, as there is very little emotion coming from the pages. The most defined people were the politicians. It felt too emotionally distant and academic for me.

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text 2018-07-23 10:12
24 in 48 Read-a-thon Update #2
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives Book 1) - Amanda Dykes
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano

Update #2

 

I got another 50 minutes of reading in while doing the laundry. I spent it reading Just Mercy as that has been on July's TBR pile for the longest. 

 

Highlights

Books read: 4; 2 graphic novels, 2 ebooks

Time read: 4 hours and 55 minutes

Challenges: 0

 

Next is to review another bunch of books for COYER and get ready for BoB23 (August).

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Update #1

 

I got 30 minutes of reading done yesterday morning (yay kids' swim class!). That was it. So to make an even small dent in this read-a-thon, I cleared my calendar for today so I could read. So far today I have read for 3 hours and 35 minutes and got a lot done. I've read Drowned City: Hurrican Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (graphic novel), Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner (graphic novel), finished Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale by Amanda Dykes (historical romance), and At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd #0.5) by Jen Turano (historical romance).

 

Probably won't get to anymore reading until I go do laundry tonight, so maybe one more update from me. I hope all my fellow participants in 24 in 48 are doing well and getting books off their TBR done.

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review 2018-04-27 05:45
A PILOT'S LIFE IN WAR & PEACE
Hurricane Combat: The Nine Lives of a Fighter Pilot - Kenneth William Mackenzie,Denis Smallwood

Simply put, this is Wing Commander Kenneth William (K.W.) Mackenzie's story of a long, colorful and varied career in aviation in war and peace. 

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mackenzie trained as an engineer and learned to fly while still in his teens. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) in the late 1930s, received rigorous training in the Royal Air Force itself and was posted to 501 Squadron in the later stages of the Battle of Britain in September 1940, flying the Hawker Hurricane, which he came to love "for its ruggedness, stability and relatively light controls with viceless flying characteristics. It could take anything that you could give it and out turn anything flying at the time; well flown, a match for anything." 

Mackenzie writes vividly of his combat experiences with both 501 Squadron and 247 Squadron, where he flew Hurricanes on night fighter operations both over Britain and  Occupied France. He proved to be a daring and resourceful pilot, made ace, and was shot down by flak whilst attacking a small airbase in France on the night of September 29th, 1941. He ended up a prisoner of war for 3 years before being repatriated to Britain. 

Aviation was Mackenzie's life and his book (with photos) amply illustrates how rich a life that was.

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review 2017-10-07 03:53
Drowned City
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is a graphic novel regarding the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. While it's a trite sentiment, I loved how Don Brown's illustrations brought the story to life.  

 

Please excuse the quality of the snapshot, but I wanted to share the page that hit me the hardest.

 

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It was challenging to read this during this fall of life-threatening hurricanes.  And while the immediate aftermath was less deadly, as I read, I couldn't help wondering how high the death tolls from Harvey, Irma and most especially Maria will eventually be.

 

 

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review 2017-09-07 16:41
RELEASE TOUR & REVIEW - My Hurricane by J.A. Owenby
My Hurricane - J. A. Owenby
My Hurricane is the short story of what Walker's life was like before he met Lacey. When we first meet him, he is still with Brittany and certainly not the person we know from the other books. However, things happen which change him, and we as the reader are with him every step of the way.
 
I loved how he changed from Mr Fly High Party Boy into someone to be relied upon, not only by his family but also the school. Now, I've already read the three full-length novels in The Truth series, so knowing what I know now only makes my heart ache for Walker even more.
 
Excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I found this book to be outstanding. Giving just enough for you to learn about Walker, whilst leaving you wanting more.
 
Get this novella, and then lose yourself in The Truth series. I can promise you won't regret it. Highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/09/release-tour-review-my-hurricane-by-ja.html
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