HNR Issue 25 (August 2003)

Fire in the Rock

By Joe Martin - Published 2003


Children/Young AdultInspirational

It is 1956 in this coming-of-age story, and Bo Fisher, a white preacher’s kid, begins an idyllic summer with his best friend Pollo, ...Read Review

The Human Pool

By Chris Petit - Published 2002Published 2003 (UK)


Biographical FictionMilitaryTime-slip

If you enjoy assembling really big jigsaw puzzles with really small pieces, you may enjoy this book. Told entirely first person by a ...Read Review

The Wine of Agamemnon

By John McKiernan - Published 2002


“My name is Odysseus…” Yet another retelling of the Trojan War? Yes – by that cleverest of men, Odysseus. So old he has outlived ...Read Review

The Elk-Dog Heritage

By Don Coldsmith - Published 2002



      The third novel written by Coldsmith in his Spanish Bit Saga narrates an episode of the Elk-Dog People of the American Great Plains ...Read Review

The Crime of Father Amaro

By José Maria Eça de Queiroz - By Margaret Jull Costa (trans.) - Published 2002Published 2003



The novelist José Maria Eça de Queiroz is often compared to Dickens, a Dickens refined, without sentimentalism. Born in a small Portuguese ...Read Review

Blue Haze

By Tricia McGill - Published 2000



When Isabella O’Shea is sent to the penal colony in what is now Sydney, Australia, she never dreamed it would be an ...Read Review


By Judith Barnes - Published 2002



Set against the world of horse ranching in mid 20th century British Columbia, this debut novel revolves around people as real as those ...Read Review

I’ll Tell You What: The Life of Elizabeth Inchbald

By Annibel Jenkins - Published 2003


Biographical FictionInspirational

In this comprehensive biography of the late 18th-early 19th century literary luminary, Jenkins charts Inchbald’s transformation from married actress, to widowed playwright ...Read Review

Wintry Night

By Li Qiao - Published 2002


Biographical FictionMilitary

“The way it is? Everyone comes into the world naked. Then why are some born to be called ‘master’ and others born to ...Read Review

The Tribune’s Curse: SPQR VII

By John Maddox Roberts - Published 2003


It is 80 B.C., and Decius Cecilius Metullus the Younger is back again, returned from the war in Gaul to his native Rome, ...Read Review