Monday, August 10, 2015

Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn Atwood

26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance and Rescue

 
Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. 

Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. 

Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. 

In these pages, readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis. Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history. An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile.

Printing History
Written by Kathryn J Atwood 

Chicago Review Press
ISBN 55652 961 2011 (Hardback)
ISBN 61374 523 2013 (Paperback)


Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Saint to The Rescue by Leslie Charteris

A collection of Six short stories

 

1) The Ever-Loving Spouse: Simon Templar is asked for help by a man who was tricked into being in a compromising position.

2) The Fruitful Land: The man that the Saint has targeted for justice does not believe the Saint really exists.

3) The Percentage Player: The con man that the Saint goes up against does nothing that is not mathematically favorable to him.

4) The Water Merchant: The invention was too good to be believed and the Saint was the chief non-believer.

5) The Gentle Ladies: Two elderly ladies in a small village in England are being preyed upon by a blackmailer.

6) The Element of Doubt: A shady lawyer gets a arsonist acquitted and the Saint wants to see justice is done. 

 Printing History
Written by Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993)

 Crime Club Doubleday
1959

H&S
1961

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Diary Of Anne Frank (The Diary of a Young Girl)

A book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was apprehended on this day in 1944 by the Gestapo. Anne Frank would die of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February 1945.


Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that Anne's diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It has since been translated into many languages. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The diary, which was given to Anne on her thirteenth birthday, chronicles her life from 12 June 1942 until 1 August 1944.



Printing History
Written by Annelies Marie Frank (1929-1945)

as 
Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven 14 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 
(The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944)
Contact Publishing 
Amsterdam 
1947 

as
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 
Doubleday & Company
1952 

Play
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
1955

Movie
1959

Directed by George Stevens
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett 

Cast
Millie Perkins as Anne Frank
Joseph Schildkraut as Otto Frank 
Shelley Winters as Petronella van Daan
Richard Beymer as Peter van Daan
Gusti Huber as Edith Frank
Lou Jacobi as Hans van Daan
Diane Baker as Margot Frank
Douglas Spencer as Kraler
Dodie Heath as Miep
Ed Wynn as Albert Dussell

Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Murder by Walter Wager

It began with mayhem....
 It could end with a massacre 
 
 

Several employees of an electronics factory are gunned down by carloads of gunmen. Hired by the sister of one of the victims, Alison Gordon tracks the killers and finds there is a conspiracy to stage a coup including the assassination of the President.

 

Printing History
Written by Walter Wager (1924-2004)

Arbor House Publishing Company
ISBN 877 95286
May 1981 

Berkley Books
ISBN 425 5444
August 1982

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Thousand Coffins Affair by Michael Avallone

In several towns around the world, a devastating new weapon is being tested by Thrush. Ultra sonic waves make up the killing power of this new device which turns its victims into screaming, mindless shapes babbling incoherent nonsense before dying a very painful death.


In Utangaville, Africa, it took two days. In Spayerwood, Scotland, it happened overnight. In each town, the people suddenly turned into mindless, babbling creatures who thrashed about wildly, uttering weird, half-human cries, then died. Doctors & scientists were baffled as to the cause. A sudden plague, some mysterious virus? But to the members of the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement, there could be only one answer: THRUSH had a deadly new weapon for world conquest.

Printing History
Written by Michael Avallone (1924-1999)

Ace Books
G-553
April 1965 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Origin Of A Vendetta by Jerry Ahern

No one can escape the past
Those who try must pay the price



Even though Dan Track had buried his sister a decade before after she died in a car wreck with her scientist husband. Now an agent for the KGB claims that she is still alive and living in captivity in the Soviet Union. An offer to help find and free her sounds too good and Track has to wonder if it isn't a plot to capture him.

Printing History
Written by Jerry Ahern (1946-2012)

Harlequin Books
Gold Eagle Books
ISBN 373 62005
January 1985

Monday, July 27, 2015

On The Secret Service Of His Majesty, The Queen by Sol Weinstein

OY-OY-7 Strikes Again


It’s dire times for Israeli intelligence agency M 33 and 1/3. Auntie Sem-Heidt and her sinister agents of TUSH have been killing off Hebrew agents, as part of a devious plan to eradicate Jewish culture at its base. And in the midst of this, turmoil, super agent Israel Bond finds himself stuck with the job of protecting Baldroi LeFagel, the half-arab and all-fabulous new King of Sahd Sakistan. Will the Star of David-lovin’ Agent Oy-Oy-7 be willing to handle all of the crosses needed for this assignment crossing physical boundaries, moral boundaries, and even cross-dressing, or will all this mishugas leave him cross-eyed and just plain cross?

Printing History
Written by Sol Weinstein

Playboy Magazine
July and August 1966

Pocket Books
September 1966

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

Before she is given the chance to avenge her family's murder, Stephanie Patrick must become a trained assassin named Petra.



Stephanie Patrick is an agent with Magenta House.She was a willful teenager just entering college, full of rebellion and wanting little to do with her family. She knew there was still a lot of love but she could not bring herself to admit it. When they planned a trip to Europe and she was expected to go, she fought and used any excuse to avoid it. This made the trauma of learning the plane had exploded in flight, killing her entire family, leaving her alone and with tremendous guilt. She suffered a complete breakdown. To cope, Stephanie turned to booze and when the money ran out and she needed some way to buy the liquor to drown the memories, she turned to turning tricks to survive. It was not long before she no longer really cared if she lived or died. That was when a man named Proctor showed up and told her plainly and bluntly that he had proof the explosion, and thus the deaths, was no accident. Proctor, a freelance writer who wrote travelogues and reviews and the occasional news article, was kind to her and took her in. He treated her well, helped her sober up, and did not expect anything in return. When he was murdered, she suddenly had something to live for......revenge. That is when she was approached by Magenta House, an ultra-secret government agency that does not exist. There is no official record of it nor is there any listing of the agents. The name its people call their organization is not official, either, as the name refers to the first building they used when they were established, a run-down forty-year old leading building that was an anonymous as the people inside. The purpose of this group is to take the intelligence other departments come up with. Given a chance to find the truth and exact revenge, she agrees to work for Magenta House though their methods seem hardly better than the people she wants to find.

Printing History
Written by Mark Burnell (1964- ) 

Harper-Collins
January 2000

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Licence Renewed by John Gardner

James Bond is Back


Anton Murik is a nuclear physicist with a major chip on his shoulder. Having had his design for a safe nuclear power plant ignored by the industry and his ideas ridiculed by the academic community, he is out to prove he is right. This will need the meltdown of six different reactors across Europe. With the 00 service mothballed due to budget restraints, MI6 has only one agent still around to send, so James Bond, who now has his license to kill renewed.

 Printing History
Written by John Gardner (1926-2007)

Jonathan Cape (UK)
ISBN 0 224 01941
May 1981

GP Putnam's Sons
April 1981

Coronet Books
1982

Berkley Books
May 1982

Bonus Covers


Germany




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

No Biz Like Showbiz by Julie Moffett

A Lexi Carmichael Mystery 





 Geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael is back for a fun and engaging story. As Director of Information Security for X-Corp, a cyber intelligence firm, Lexi uses her vast skills and knowledge to solve whatever problems are sent her way. Lexi’s latest case has her traveling to Hollywood to join the crew of the newest and hottest reality show “Geeks Get Some”. A hacker with malicious intent has infiltrated the show’s computer system and is manipulating the audience vote as to who gets sent home each week. Since Lexi is appalled by the show’s premise, she has some sympathy for the hacker but has a job to do. She must find out who is doing this and stop him or her. Things go from bad to worse when the hacker causes Lexi a great deal of stress and personal embarrassment. Lexi makes it her mission to find the hacker no matter the cost.

 
Printing History
Written by 

Harlequin Digital Sales Corp
Carina Press
July 2014