Archive for the ‘Books’ Category
Battle Picture Weekly (published from 1975 to 1988) was a giant influence on an entire generation of UK comic artists. The magazine’s war stories aimed for a more true-to-life feel than what Americans saw in comic books like Sgt. Rock.
Titan Books has enlisted contemporary comics author Garth Ennis to put together Garth Ennis Presents Battle Classics, a collection that features several of Ennis’ favorite stories, including “HMS Nightshade“and the never-before-reprinted “The General Dies At Dawn.” +Continue Reading
Quarry, the former Marine, Vietnam veteran and hitman created by author Max Allan Collins, is now the title character in a series pilot commissioned by Cinemax. Previously played by Tom Sizemore in a low-budget movie called The Last Lullaby, the new version casts the much younger and less road-worn Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and features direction by John Hillcoat, who made the excellent movies Lawless and The Road. +Continue Reading
At some point in the late 1950s (and years before the character came to the movie screen), Ian Fleming allowed Britain’s Daily Express newspaper to publish a series of daily comic strips based on his popular novels. Those strips continued in the newspaper through to early 1977 and later off and on in syndication until 1984. +Continue Reading
Now that Battlefield 4 has been out for a couple of weeks, devoted players will be looking for something more. If the game scenarios have invaded your dreams, maybe you’re ready for the behind-the-scenes view offered in the new book The Art of Battlefield 4 .
Since you won’t be focused on avoiding your opponent’s bullets, you can take a moment to appreciate all the detail in the game’s imagery. The book is 100% focused on presenting the images from the game and leaves out a lot of the interview and technical background that clogs up some of these titles. +Continue Reading
Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.
Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading
It’s amazing that Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton became one of the world’s most successful novelists after writing The Andromeda Strain while enrolled at Harvard Medical School. That novel (and subsequent movie) made it easy for him to decide that a career in medicine wasn’t for him.
What’s more amazing is that Crichton managed to find time to write and publish eight novels under a pen name during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Those John Lange books haven’t exactly been a secret, but they’re now being reissued by Hard Case with excellent new artwork. We’ve got an excerpt from Binary, a thriller where a businessman John Wright decides to assassinate the President and decides he needs to steal a U.S. Army shipment that contains the chemicals he needs to make a deadly nerve gas called VZ. Federal agent John Graves must stop Wright before disaster ensues. +Continue Reading
Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading
It’s still hard to make sense of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s tragic death at the hand of a fellow veteran this past January. Following last summer’s posthumous publication of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, we’re presented with American Sniper: Memorial Edition, an expanded version of his 2012 #1 bestselling memoir. +Continue Reading
Bill Fawcett continues his successful How to Lose a War military history series with a fifth book, How to Lose a War at Sea. The book compiles more than 35 essays detailing some of the greatest military disasters in the history of seafaring. +Continue Reading
While Stark Trek: Into Darkness (out this week on DVD & Blu-ray) does a good job of rebooting the Enterprise for a new generation, there’s never really been a substitute for the original. Artist Juan Ortiz loves the original series and created movie poster-style artwork for each of its 80 episodes.
Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is really beautiful book, with large 10 1/2 x 14″ images that look like they should be the covers of Philip K. Dick novels. Check out our slideshow below. +Continue Reading