Jeffrey Swystun

Top Reviewer Ranking: 17
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (536 of 606)
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: 536 of 606
Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) by SCOTT SNYDER
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Detective Reboot, July 23 2014
Batman remains my favourite comic book hero. I began reading his adventures in my youth in the seventies. That era was enjoyable but I was more drawn to the earliest portrayals not because of his brooding and backstory but because Batman was positioned as a detective. He was a street crime fighter not a "superhero" tangling with outlandish villains in increasingly bizarre scenarios. To this day I believe the introduction of Robin as a youthful Watson changed the trajectory of Batman's character and though it increased sales, it created a path leading to satire rather than intelligent gritty action.

I have bought only a handful of graphic novels in my adult years so… Read more
All That Is by James Salter
All That Is by James Salter
The power of the novel in the nations culture had weakened. It had happened gradually. It was something everyone recognized and ignored. All went on exactly as before, that was the beauty of it. The glory had faded but fresh faces kept appearing, wanting to be part of it, to be in publishing which had retained a suggestion of elegance like a pair of beautiful, bone-shined shoes owned by a bankrupt man.

With that line Salter addresses life and his profession skillfully and stealthily within the confines of his tale. There is a lament and melancholy to what he pens that is honestly and starkly delivered. The book opens during World War Two and follows Philip Bowman and his… Read more
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Vol 1 (Escaping the Dead) by W. J. Lundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Commendable Tease, July 21 2014
Throw yourself back a couple of years to when the Afghan conflict had a higher commitment of US and Coalition troops. Now imagine that those forces are challenged not by the Taliban or Al Qaeda but by the dead. Author Lundy sets up a quick and engaging premise with these 79 pages acting as a commendable tease for his ongoing series. The small force tactics and action is fast-paced and fun. So too, is speculating where the next entries will go plot wise. So I have been hooked and will return for more.