‘Hitler in Los Angeles’ is the Wake-Up Call America Needs Now [REVIEW]

Nazis in Los Angeles celebrate Hitler's birthday

The Nazi-based Friends of the New Germany hold a party in Los Angeles to mark Adolph Hitler’s birthday in 1935. (Photo courtesy Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection, Part 2, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.)

Radicalized hate groups. Political conspiracies. Undercover spies. The Hollywood elite. These may sound like elements taken from today’s news headlines, but in fact they are aspects of a little-known story that unfolded more than 80 years ago in the the City of Angels. Now historian Steven J. Ross reveals this compelling tale in his Pulitzer-Prize nominated book, Hitler in Los Angeles.  Read more of this post

‘Claiming My Place’ is a Sobering and Courageous Account of What it Takes to Survive Intolerant Mankind [REVIEW]

Barbara and Sabina in Munich

Barbara (center) and Sabina with other survivors at the Jewish Relief Center at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, fall 1945. (Photo courtesy Farrar Straus Giroux)

Diamond Review BannerA young woman with a bright future ahead of her finds herself trapped at the epicenter of the Holocaust. Using her wits as her only weapon, she is compelled to make a choice that will become her most closely guarded secret, one that will change the very trajectory of her life. Who is Barbara Reichmann? Find out in the unforgettable true story, Claiming My Place. Read more of this post

Ken Follett’s Classic ‘The Key to Rebecca’ Remains One of the Best Espionage Books Ever Written [REVIEW]

WWII Egypt

In the midst of World War II, a Nazi spy plots the downfall of the British in Egypt in Ken Follett’s classic thriller, The Key to Rebecca. (Photo by Tom Beazley/courtesy aussiejeff, Flickr)

Although we primarily feature new fiction on our site, every now and again we like to revisit a classic. Pulling an oldie but a goodie off the shelf and dusting it off to re-read it is akin to having brunch with an old friend to reminisce about cherished memories. And sometimes we simply feel like digging into a favorite author’s past works, ones me may have missed the first time around. That is what happened with Ken Follett’s classic, The Key to Rebecca.  Read more of this post

‘Beneath A Scarlet Sky’ is the Story Mark Sullivan Was Born to Write [REVIEW]

Duomo di Milano

When World War II arrives in Italy, not even the Duomo di Milano is safe. (Photo by Roberto Guerrini, Flickr)

World War II is one of those unique periods in time which seems to generate an unending supply of powerful stories. Partly, I think, it is because the atrocities people endured and the horrors they witnessed were so outrageous they are still difficult for us to fully comprehend at times. The flip side of the coin, however, is that these stories often celebrate the fortitude of the human spirit and mankind’s tenacious desire to survive even the most dire of circumstances. That is definitely true in Mark Sullivan’s new novel, Beneath A Scarlet Sky. Read more of this post