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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
The 47th Samurai - Stephen Hunter I like the Bob Lee Swagger saga and all things of the Orient, so this should have been a slam dunk. I enjoyed it enough to finish and Hunter almost does for the katana, what he's done for rifles in previous Swagger stories. Women of the Orient are fascinating, so I was disappointed the only one featured is an American of Japanese descent. The action with swords is graphic enough but hard to see old Bob Lee swinging one around like a pro with so little prep time. I kept expecting "Pork" to show up and take a shot from a mile away. Not bad but most of the Swagger novels are better.