Only Time Will Tell

Jeffrey Archer

This is the first of a series of novels about a rich and poor family who are, possibly, secretly related. Set in the Britain of the 1920′s and 1930′s, it has all the elements of a classic family saga. I had a hard time putting it down, though it does seem a little thin and there are a few jarring anachronisms that should have been caught by Archer’s editor.

A Sailor Of Austria

John Biggins

Otto Prohaska stands with Jack Crabb in the ranks of fictional centarians telling the stories of their adventuresome lives. Like Crabb’s tale, Prohaska’s story is humorous, albeit less satirical. Prohaska is a submarine commander in the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy fighting a hopeless war against its much stronger Great War opponents and the navy bureaucracy. He has the luck of Harry Flashman but that can’t avert the inevitable tragedy of his nations’s defeat and the personal losses that accompany it.

This alternately funny and moving book with an interesting setting is an unusual and entertaining naval adventure. It’s the first in a [series about Prohaska(http://www.johnbigginsfiction.com/prohaska).

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis’ non-fiction is as hard to put down as an exciting novel. While “Flash Boys”, the story of high-frequency trading told through a few well-chosen characters, is good, it isn’t as good as “The Big Short“, which had a broader scope. “Flash Boys” is very entertaining, though Scott Patterson’s “Dark Pools” is a more comprehensive look about the same topic.