Thursday, March 12, 2015

‘Book Review’ of 2 Short Books by Douglas Misquita

For a change, this is not a book review post in the general sense. Instead it is the review of two short 'books' (each around 40 pages) by Douglas Misquita … and both of these are not even from similar genres. One is a fiction thriller (Know Thy Enemy) while the second is a kind of travel memoir (Impressions of Egypt).


Book: Know Thy Enemy

Author: Douglas Misquita

No. of Pages: 40

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Short Story

Publisher:  Self Published


Know Thy Enemy is a short story which is acts as a prelude to 'The Apocalypse Trigger' which is Douglas Misquita's full length action thriller. You can download it for free from the author's website   

The Book Description reads: An artifact from the Baghdad National Museum could justify the coalition invasion of Iraq. But the artifact is among items looted from the Museum just before the invasion. CIA Analyst, Emma Burrows enlists the help of Captain William Bradford and a small Joint Task Force 2 team to retrieve the artifact. Unknown to them, a mercenary unit led by Luc Fortesque is also after the stolen artifacts intending to sell them on the black market. Know Thy Enemy is an action-short that introduces two key characters from the full length thriller novel, The Apocalypse Trigger.

Review: A nice fast paced short story with CIA, weapons of mass destruction, museum of Baghdad with its priceless artifacts plundered and special-ops and mercenaries. A pretty interesting one … something that gives me confidence of picking up the full length novel and not getting disappointed.

I think Douglas could have made the short story more impactful by having a better climax and of course taking the action a bit further. Nevertheless, the short story was a nice read. It does good work of introducing some interesting characters and now I look forward to reading the full length novel 'The Apocalypse Trigger'.   




Book: Impressions of Egypt

Author: Douglas Misquita

No. of Pages: 40

Genre: Travelogue

Publisher:  Self Published


This one was good. Short sweet travel journal.

It was interesting to read about Egypt and its sights through the eyes and words of a writer. The way things are described is very different. I enjoyed reading this short book and look forward to my own trip to the land of pyramids and mummies (someday)

I have always been fascinated by Egypt and its ancient culture and all the folk lore around its history. The book did a good job of rekindling my desire to make a trip to Egypt. Someday. Surely.


Ratings on Book Review Parameters: I am not rating these two on the different parameters since I use them for full length books/novels and these are like short stories. It will be overkill. I think it is suffice to say that I enjoyed reading both 'short' books and you might enjoy them too.    

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