Jeffrey Swystun

Top Reviewer Ranking: 17
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (551 of 622)
Location: Toronto & Mont Tremblant
In My Own Words:
It is amazing to be able to share reviews. And while it is not possible to award every book I read five stars, I never discount the efforts each author made to get their book written and to market. Please check out my own works: StartUpped (satire), Name It (satire), Nothing is Lost (literary) & What Came Next (post-apocalyptic).

Reading (of course), writing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golf, sailing, military history, business history and the occasional scotch.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 17 - Total Helpful Votes: 551 of 622
World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III (Las&hellip by Ben H. Winters
This final volume of the Last Policeman trilogy follows the former (young and novice) police detective, Hank Palace, as he attempts to find his sister and unravel a mystery before the world literally ends. The series has worked admirably not only because of "the asteroid racing towards earth" premise but because of Hank himself. He strikes me as having a bit of Asberger's. Hank is intensely aware and then seemingly lost. He grips the familiar while everything around him is falling apart. The devotion to duty neared sarcasm in the first two novels with it reaching a melancholy, if not, sad desperation in this outing.

Winters told us from the outset that the world would end… Read more
The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II by Charles Glass
2.0 out of 5 stars Different Impression, Aug. 14 2014
The book's description, cover and reviews provide an impression that is much different than the actual content. Rather than being exposed to a study of desertion we receive verbose accounts of just three deserters. While I can see this is a way to humanize the subject it drastically reduces the scope and impact. It bounces back and forth between these three men with the surprising result being a growing lack of interest (at least that was my experience). While well written it just did not engage on an emotional level nor did it give comfort in the degree of research conducted. The best part were the quotes takes from Psychology for the Fighting Man that appeared at the start of each… Read more
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Earlier this year I read The Goldfinch and was astounded. It was my first novel by the author and I was pleased it won the Pulitzer. So I decided to go back and give her first novel a try. The Secret History is dark and brooding in plot, dense and suffocating in atmosphere. The novel has been called a "whydoit" as it reveals the crime and criminals from the outset. That device and the characters representing modern archetypes makes the book highly engaging. I found the group of college students entirely menacing in their intellectual detachment and arrogant entitlement.

There is more than a bit of Leopold and Loeb throughout. Consider this exchange, But how, said… Read more