Book Review – They Called us Enemy

images (2)By George Takei

A thought provoking and distressing autobiographical account of George Takei’s (Sulu in Star Trek, author of several books, human rights and LGBTQ rights activist) time spent growing up internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans during World War II. This graphic novel should be a must read for everyone to understand how legalized racism tore families apart, caused their homes to be taken from them, their possessions stripped, and lives uprooted just for having Japanese heritage after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. A timely reminder of how fast people can become the enemy just because they look different.

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Author Review – David Downing

For spy and thriller novels set in 1930’s and 1940’s Germany, it is hard to find a better series than those featuring John Russell, written by David Downing.

Named after each Berlin train station during the period, the stories have a backdrop of peace, war and the aftermath that enveloped the city. The evolution and destruction of Berlin is interwoven with fast-paced plots and interesting recurring characters. Really enjoyable reads.

I read all six in succession and I am still disappointed that the series ended.

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