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Burma Rifles

Bonham, Frank
A novel of Merrill's Marauders. A Nisei joins the army during World War II, is sent to Burma. Small amateur radio mention, his radio is smashed by "patriotic Americans" after Pearl Harbor.

Words I Had To Look Up:

L-4 plane (pg. 112) -- A light military aircraft based on the Piper J-3 "Cub".
they'll have the trails ambuscaded (pg. 123) -- To have ambushes set.
AN-PRC-1 radio (pg. 205) -- PRC-1/RT-30; Suitcase portable, HF, CW transmitter receiver. Built into a common suitcase, the PRC-1 was originally intended for use by the OSS in WW-II. It was however rejected as too heavy. Regardless, it saw extensive service with them and other Intelligence and Guerrilla forces. Ops 2-12mc in two continuously tunable bands, AM or CW (rec). Two bands with Xtal control, CW only (trans). RF power output is 30 watts. Size 18 x 13.25 x 17.25" 32lbs,OD color.From CONDENSED PRC RADIO DATA; by Dennis Starks.
Nambu (pg. 209) -- Sounds like the author is talking about a machine gun, of which Kijirō Nambu designed several. The only weapon I find bearing his name is a pistol.

Quote:

"Let's get some sleep," Jerry said.
Matsumoto rubbed his rifle-stock. "You know, my mother lives in Japan," he said gloomily.
"Be glad she's not a soldier," Jerry tried to joke.
"No, I guess she's all right. She lives a long way from Tokyo--just a little city. I guess she's a lot safer than I am."
"Where does she live?" Jerry asked.
"Hiroshima," Matsumoto said.-- (pg. 218)

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4/2009

Cool Cat

Bonham, Frank
Drugs and gangs snag the plans of four guys plans for making some bucks during the summer in L.A.

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12/2010

The Ghost Front

Bonham, Frank
Juvenile novel about the Battle of the Bulge, as experienced by twin American soldiers during the first days of their time on the front. Pretty good, seems pretty realistic, for a juvenile. Pub. in 1968. A map! A Discarded Book.

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5/2007

War Beneath The Sea

Bonham, Frank
Keith joins the submarine service during World War II. Realistic, pretty good stuff. Author lived in La Jolla.

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5/2008

The Boy Inventors' Radio Telephone

Bonner, Richard
First published in 1912, this may be a later edition, maybe 1929. An e-book from Project Gutenberg. A group of boys go to Yuma to start a search for a valuable mineral. Not a bad story. I wonder that they are going down river to search. Wouldn't that be into Mexico?

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6/2022

Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, And Gangstas In The Public Library

Borchert, Don
An assistant librarian recounts his experiences at a branch of the Bay City Public Library. I've read this book before, don't know why it is not logged. Lots of cussing. Favorite chapter was about Michael and Rebekah. Last paragraph of their chapter, I'm in tears.

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7/2010

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

Bosch, Pseudonymous
The further adventures of Cass and Max-Ernest thwarting the plans of the nefarious Masters Of The Midnight Sun in their search for the homunculus Mr. Cabbage Face.

Quote:

...wending its way through a forest of pale-trunked trees that flickered in and out of the shadows like an old black-and-white filmstrip... (pg. 232)-- Filmstrip? Flickering??

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1/2011

The Name Of This Book Is Secret

Bosch, Pseudonymous
Cass, equipped her backpack full of survival supplies, is constantly predicting doom. With the passing of magician, doom arrives! Good story, some puzzles, some crypto, and a glossary of circus terms. Oh, and a magic trick!

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5/2008

This Book Is Not Good For You

Bosch, Pseudonymous
Cass and her friends investigate a plot to discover The Secret using chocolate.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Curate ut Valeatis (pg. 118) -- Take care that you fare well.

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1/2011

A Treasury of Southern Folklore

Botkin, ed., B. A.
I FINALLY FINISHED this 776 page book! It is NOT a page-turner! I could only read about 10 pages a day. Very interesting, in parts, not so much, in others. I am NOT READING the Western and New England compilations!

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7/2007

Planet of the apes

Boulle, Pierre
A little different than the movie.

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9/2004

Kitchen Confidential

Bourdain, Anthony
Tony recounts the madcap life of a chef: sex, drugs, rock and roll, drugs, alcohol, and more drugs. Interesting, funny in parts, disgusting in others. Will read his other books. Two references to Lou Reed/Velvets.

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11/2002

Moonwar

Bova, Ben
Ok, let's get started: Reminded me of Heinlein's "The Moon Is Harsh Mistress". Page 296, "We should have this kloodge put together...". Shouldn't that be "kludge"? Page 317, "Main buss has cut out." My dictionary sez "bus". "Buss" is a brand name for fuses, I think. Page 296 again, "I've saved this freak for private conversations." I don't like "freak", but I found a dictionary that sez it's ok. I like "freq." instead.

QUOTE:

"Yep, I'm absolutely, positively certain. I might be wrong, but I'm sure."

BONUS QUOTE:

"I remember a professor of mine saying that if something scratches or bites, it's biology; if it stinks or pops, it's chemistry; and if...it doesn't work, it's physics."

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1/1999

Powersat

Bova, Ben
Terrorists eventually use Dan Randolph's power generating satellite in an presedential assa....crap, too many big words. Technothriller. Sort of Clancyish.

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7/2005

Return To Mars

Bova, Ben
Sequel to "Mars". Good story.

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3/2000

Collateral Damage

Bowen, Michael
Richard Michaelson solves another locked-room mystery in Washington, D.C. Excellant story!

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8/2000

Corruptly Procured

Bowen, Michael
Richard Michaelson finds out why German nationalists steal the Library Of Congress's copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

QUOTE:

"I wanted to have what they had even though I wasn't like them. I resented them for having what I didn't. My sin was envy, the most useless sin, the only sin that brings evil without pleasure or satisfaction."

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7/1999

Washington Deceased

Bowen, Michael
Richard Michaelson tries to find out how a prisoner was killed inside a locked room. This series is humorous and interesting!

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8/1999

Breaking Point

Box, C.J.
I wonder if the first of two references to a baked potato was a foreshadowing. Good story. Too many brand names mentioned. Someone has an iPhone? How does that advance the plot. Sure wish my local library had all the series titles so I could read them in order!

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9/2016

Off The Grid

Box, C.J.
Nate and Jack separately end up at a deserted sheep ranch to foil the plans of some terrorists who have take over a patriot's project to incapacitate the NSA installation in Utah. You know, THAT one!

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9/2016
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