Book Reviews



The Hot Beat 

Thornical Press Review by Gus Manion, Contributor November 21, 2022 The Hot Beat, first published in 1960 by Robert Silverberg (aka Stan Vincent), we are introduced to Bob McKay, a disgraced Los Angeles musician spending his days fizzling out in dives where the floozies work their magic and bar fights are the only form ofContinue reading “The Hot Beat “

How the Grump Saved Christmas: A Small Town Romance

Thornical Press Review by Rosie W. Banks, Contributor November 20, 2022 Claire Kingsley’s How the Grump Saved Christmas is a heartwarming small town romance story ready to light your heart for the Christmas season.  Set in the farming town of Tilikum we are introduced to Isabelle Cook whose struggling family farm, the traditional site ofContinue reading “How the Grump Saved Christmas: A Small Town Romance”

Gangland: A Novel

Thornical Press Review August 11, 2022 Chuck Hogan’s Gangland is a fictional portrayal of the very real burglary of Chicago’s “Outfit” mob boss Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo’s suburban home in 1978.  The story is told through the point of view of the fictional “Nicky Pins” Passero, a mid-level wiseguy in the Chicago Outfit and bowlingContinue reading “Gangland: A Novel”

Zero Fail: The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Service 

Thornical Press Review May 28, 2021   Carol Leonnig tells the history, scandals, highs, and lows of the United States Secret Service which is responsible for the safety of United States Presidents, government officials, and high-profile political candidates. The origin of the Secret Service began after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln but would become fullyContinue reading “Zero Fail: The Rise And Fall Of The Secret Service “

Antitrust: Taking On Monopoly Power From The Gilded Age To The Digital Age

Thornical Press Review May 25, 2021  Senator Amy Klobuchar presents a detailed history of trustbusting and how the United States government must continue to be vigilant on preventing the formation of powerful monopolies with modern antitrust policies. The free enterprise system provides upward mobility and self-reliance for millions of US citizens.  Yet this freedom isContinue reading “Antitrust: Taking On Monopoly Power From The Gilded Age To The Digital Age”

American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850

Thornical Press Review May 22, 2021 Alan Taylor’s American Republics presents a new look at a young United States boldly marching down a path destined for glory yet also a nation headed for civil war.  The newly formed United States was a small, fragmented union of states that still had to compete with great EuropeanContinue reading “American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850”