HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Blood Alone by James R. Benn
Loading...
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1087158,182 (3.63)9

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 9 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
Entirely solid mystery ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
Entirely solid mystery ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Entirely solid mystery ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Entirely solid mystery ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
I'm just now catching up on this series; volume 4 is already out, but this is volume 3. Although each novel can stand alone, I'd advise going back to the first in the series, [b:Billy Boyle|345007|Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II, #1)|James R. Benn|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1173918560s/345007.jpg|335333] if you haven't read any of them yet.

Billy Boyle, a wet-behind-the-ears Boston cop who happens to have a distant family connection to General Eisenhower, was assigned to Eisenhower's staff shortly after Pearl Harbor. His family thought he'd be safe in Washington, but history had other plans. By the time [b:Blood Alone|1115217|By Blood Alone (Legion of the Damned #3)|William C. Dietz|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1181118655s/1115217.jpg|1102224] opens, Billy's already had adventures in the waters off Norway and in North Africa, as a special investigator for "Ike." [b:Blood Alone|1115217|By Blood Alone (Legion of the Damned #3)|William C. Dietz|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1181118655s/1115217.jpg|1102224] finds Billy in Sicily at the beginning of the U.S. invasion -- wounded and suffering from partial amnesia. By the book's end, he will know who he is on an existential level, and will have tangled with American and Sicilian mafiosi in support of the war effort.

[a:James R. Benn|197933|James R. Benn|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg]'s books are at the top of my must-read list for a number of reasons. I enjoy novels about World War II, and Benn, as befits a librarian, researches his books carefully -- but weaves the facts in so seamlessly with the narrative that one never feels that a lecture is in progress. Too, Benn's books are what I call Ripping Yarns, full of daredevil exploits and hair's-breadth escapes. But what really sets them apart is the character development, particularly the character of Billy. In [b:Billy Boyle|345007|Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II, #1)|James R. Benn|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1173918560s/345007.jpg|335333], he was hardly more than a child being sent to do a man's work. Through love, loss, and war, Billy is becoming a man, and in [b:Blood Alone|1115217|By Blood Alone (Legion of the Damned #3)|William C. Dietz|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1181118655s/1115217.jpg|1102224] he quite clearly learns who and what kind of man he is. I can hardly wait to see how his experiences in Ireland will change him in Benn's latest book, [b:Evil for Evil|386187|Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil|John Berendt|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174355740s/386187.jpg|300461]. I recommend the whole series very highly indeed. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Blood alone moves the wheels of history. - Benito Mussolini, December 12, 1914
Dedication
For Debbie, "Love goes toward love." - William Shakespeare
First words
I was hot, And my head hurt.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Billy Boyle awakens in a field hospital in Sicily with amnesia. In his pocket is a yellow silk handkerchief embroidered with the initial L. Gradually he remembers: he has been sent ashore in advance of the troops with this token from Lucky Luciano to contact the head of the Sicilian Mafia. But he must also thwart a murderous band of counterfeiters of Army scrip led by Vito Genovese.… (more)

» see all 2 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.63)
0.5
1
1.5 1
2
2.5 2
3 6
3.5 8
4 8
4.5 1
5 4

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 128,161,890 books! | Top bar: Always visible