Again, a two book week, one old, one new, both recommendations from blogs I read, the Secret Service Smith book from Randy Johnson’s blog. Here they are, with – as always – the covers first and the descriptions below. The second book, the Secret Service Smith stories, doesn’t have a dust jacket, so I’ve shown the front cover, title page and spine.
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer [Bantam Books 2005 trade paperback, new] – nonfiction, World War II – though I recnetly heard of it, apparently this was a best seller, Book of the Month Club selection, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. The blurb information says, in part, “this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers, creating a microcosm of the war’s Navy destroyers. Reads like an action novel.”
Mammoth Secret Service Smith Stories by R.T.M. Scott [A.L. Burt & Co., contents (c) 1925, 1926, 1923, no date for omnibus edition, hardcover, used] – spy / adventure, 3 novels (over 800 pages!) – comes highly recommended. I’ve not read anything by Scott, I’m looking forward to doing so.