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.