Tony Daniel says HBO television show “Barry” is a mostly charming confection, even if it ultimately fails to be as funny as it thinks it is. The show is done by episode eight, the story told, the point hammered home. Season two of “Barry” feels like a gloomy prospect. Read the review here.
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.