Tony Daniel argues that, while Spymaster and the Harvath series may be fast food reading, you can think of Brad Thor books as the Chick-fil-A sandwiches of thrillers. Thor always turns out a nicely researched quality product with a hero who is not going to suddenly take a dark turn and start questioning whether a country like the United States deserves to exist—or especially whether it deserves him to defend it. If you root for the triumph of the West, Scot Harvath is a hero who is always going to have your back.
Read the review here.
Tony Daniel’s tribute to the late Tom Wolfe, who was one of Tony’s favorite writers and a big influence, appears at The Federalist. Read the essay here.
Tony Daniel reviews CNN host Jake Tapper’s new novel, ‘The Hellfire Club,’ and finds it a regrettable Washington thriller full of cardboard characters, absurd plotting, and relentless historical exposition. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel says Dave Eggers’s new nonfiction offering The Monk of Mokha delivers an entertaining tale weakened by identity politics and economic nonsense. It’s a mostly compelling book about immigrants and American entrepreneurship that gets sidetracked by a pointless desire to affirm liberal politics. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel has a piece up now at The Federalist, “Your Kids Don’t Want To Read? Make Them Miserable Until They Do!”
“I hope people realize it’s a humor piece,” Tony says. “But of course it’s also completely serious!”
Read the essay here.
Tony Daniel reviews Bernard Cornwell’s latest historical novel, Fools and Mortals, at The Federalist. Tony says the books is a wry and tough-minded take on Shakespeare’s time, featuring Shakespeare’s younger brother, Richard, as the hero. Lots of historical theater stuff, but also some good sword fighting and heists. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Clint-Eastwood-directed film ‘The 15:17 to Paris,” which is based on the true experiences of three American men who took on and overcame an Islamic terrorist on a French train in 2015. Eastwood took the unusual step of casting the men as themselves in the film. Tony says it mostly works. The review is here.
Tony writes: “Looking back, it turns out that no book I ever read was about me. None of that matters when reading fiction. But celebrated author Junot Díaz just doesn’t get it.”
The essay is here.
Initial copies of Star Destroyers, an anthology edited by Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio, are in at the Baen office. The book will be at booksellers in March. Star Destroyers has some great stories by many Baen-Books-related authors.
The basic idea of the anthology is there on the cover. Big ships. Blowing things up. It’s about large spaceships and starships, enormous and enormously powerful, in big futures where contention is rife. Will the future have anything like this? Who the heck knows. But the stories are fun.
Star Destroyers has an introduction by Tony Daniel on the idea of the battleship in science fiction. You can read it for free here.