EDITOR’S NOTE – This is part of a series featuring Salina Public Library staff and guest bloggers’ recommendations for summer reading. We hope these lists will help you find your next book!
- “Cain at Gettysburg” by Ralph Peters
Really good fictional depiction of the famous CW battle — a different perspective in that it focuses on General Meade and his somewhat historically understated (and misunderstood) role. Also, Peters has a new book out — “Hell or Richmond”.
- “Red Planet Blues” by Robert J. Sawyer
Cool SciFi that explores the concept of mind/consciousness transference and the possibility of life on Mars — told in a Dashiell Hammett gumshoe style.
- “The Far Pavilions” by M.M. Kaye
Completely absorbing historical novel set in 19th century India — a LONG book but never boring.
- “Bolt” by Dick Francis
Any book by the ex-jockey and mystery master is awesome. I picked this one up at random and got hooked once again. Francis just pulls you in!
- “Mr. Murder” by Dean Koontz
I hadn’t read Koontz in a while, and this was a nice revisit. Weird and creepy, and just on the edge of possibility.
- “Code to Zero” by Ken Follett
Neat period piece set in the early days of American space exploration, all wrapped up in a fast-paced mystery about a man trying to retrace his steps after losing his memory.
Mark Messenger works in the library’s Acquisitions and Cataloging Department.