FIre and Fury – Michael Wolf Review

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is a non-fiction book that is focused on the first 18 months of Donald Trump’s Presidency.  The book takes on quite a few different points of view and opinions on how the White House under Trump has been run and can be at times quite insightful.  The reason for picking this book up was mainly because of the storm that surrounded it.  The intrigue was there to find out The President didn’t like about the book and to try and understand more about the man whether it is right or not.

First Edition Cover Fire and Fury
First Edition Cover of FIre and Fury by Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury starts from the election campaign and with the notation that:


“President Trump never really wanted to to be President he was just there for the fame a glory and that none of his team really thought he could win the race.”

As events unfold Michael brings in different views of the events and how and why Trump has made the decisions he has and the reasoning perhaps for his behaviour.  The book was narrative as if you were having a conversation with Michael about the events, and the interviews that he had, had with his sources without actually asking the questions.

The book has a nice flow to it, and at some places even feels like fiction.  While this could because the book leads you to wonder why the characters in question have a place in such roles.  However, the analysis of each individual feels really well done.  For all the negative that Michael brings up about the falls within in the Trump administration, it is backed up by theory and examples of why it is happening.

Having read this book as an Audiobook, it was interesting as the narration was done really well and I found myself able to move the speed up 1.5x and then found it even easier to get through without feeling like I was missing something or listening to a chipmunk.

Fire and Fury by Michael was an interest perceptive on the Trump administration. Along with being well structured and thought out.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that has an intrigue or interest of the man that is Donald Trump or even politics.  Although I wouldn’t take this book as fact because it had moments of feeling like fiction but at the same time it seemed to be based on perspective and as such insightful.


Audio-book Thoughts

While out with friends we were discussing Audiobooks as I had been recently been using Podcasts as a way to chill before bed.  The problem being that for some reason I hadn’t been able to sleep properly, but to be honest that isn’t a huge deal as this isn’t uncommon for me to go through stages of not being able to get my full 8 hours even if I do need them.

However what I was finding this time around by listening to Podcasts, I was able to put a sleep timer on the player and it was a good way for me to chill out and what I was actually doing was setting an alarm so that I knew it would be time to stop what I was doing and get ready for bed and get listening to a podcast.  I do like crime relative podcasts and although they were working and I was able to learn while listening and it was allowing me also get myself into a routine and helping my sleep patterns.

So while discussing this with friends, and the topics that the podcasts while interesting they were starting to get heavy and it wasn’t quite what I wanted.  So while we were discussing this we talked about Audible and titles that my friend had listened to and although Sci-Fi related I wasn’t sure The Dresden Files.  I am not a huge fan of Wizards and stuff like that but this book was also a crime based book so I thought why not and signed up for my free audible book and got listening.

A set of Headphones plugged into a plain blue book
Book with Headphones

This was one of the best moves I have made, listening to fiction at night really was helping.  It was having the same effect of podcasts but not being as heavy as real crime and it took me about a week to complete the first book in the series.  This led me to cancel my subscription and reactive it and by doing that I ended up getting another credit to get the second book.  I also got through that within about a week and a half.  Having had a busy few weeks of late has had my routines not quite being there so things have slowed up thankfully because dealing with only having a book a month is not enough at the moment with books that are only 11 hours long.  That does seem strange when you put this in writing because 11 hours does seem quite a long time when you think about it.

In conclusion, I am really glad to have taken the time to give Audiobooks ago and although people will say its not really reading or it’s not the same as reading the book.  I would say there is an obvious difference but at the same time, it’s still the same story. As such I do plan on trying to write book reviews where possible.  I may need to re-listen to the book before writing them however because it’s been ages since I’ve written a book review and as such I want to read some guides to do them justice.

Have you tried Audiobooks however you found them?  Let me know and if you have any recommendations feel free to let me know in the comments below.

One of the Family: 40 Years with The Krays Review

One of the Family: 40 Years with The Krays Book Cover

One of the Family: 40 Years with The Krays by Maureen Flanagan what an assume read, that is why there hasn’t been much happening on the blog because every spare minute I’ve been reading this book.  As a fan of The Krays story as stated in my Legend review, after seeing the movie it reinspired me to see what else was out there because it had been a few years since I had read or watched anything about them.

If I am honest part of the reasoning behind this was that I had thought I’d seen as much as I could about the story, we all know the facts and if I am honest most of the stuff I had read and seen towed the same line.  However this book when I noticed it when searching The Krays on Amazon it had something different reading the description as it wasn’t someone that was part of the firm or someone that was involved in the criminal world, so thought why not could be interesting to see another person’s thought on the legend, myths and all.   Before I get into the book in detail I would just like to say that it was for me refreshing and honest, and a really easy read.

The book itself and the story focused on the relationship between Maureen and Violet Kray, and although it talks about the Twins and Charlie the concentration of the story is Violet Kray and the impact lifestyle and the outcome of the Twins activities had on their mother.  This was huge for me because although it was the same information that I knew about the story, but now they truly put a personal and emotional spin on the whole thing.  Maureen even manages to balance the arguments really well because although she is trying to show another side of The Krays she isn’t trying to defend their antics like other books have.  She on the other toss of the coin doesn’t through them under the bus like others do, it’s just her view as a Krays insider but a shielded insider.   As she put it Violet saw her as the daughter she never had and in some respect that was right by the end of the book you could see that even the Twins did see her as a sister like person in their life.

The book covers how she met The Krays, that she had a stronger and better relationship with Charlie out of the brothers.  The one thing you get from the book is that Violet was the complete opposite to her twins she was warm and welcoming, just wanting to mother her boys and people, she cared about that was the centre of her world and what it did to her when they went away.  The way in which she over compensated for Ronnie and his illness, at the expense of Charlie and to a lesser extent Reggie.  It just gave you an insight, that even Maureen could sense the fear that The Twins could inspire but after making such a good friendship with Violet and making promises she stuck by them until the end.  Another aspect of the book was she touched not only what happened with The Krays, but all the major points in her own life.  Some Kray books although they say it’s me and my association with The Krays, for me the book is all about the Krays.  This book for me just strikes the balance, because she is telling her own story too.

Overall I would give this book 9/10 it might not be for everyone, but as a fan of the story of the Krays and the world of crime you may want to catch this one.  It shows how they hid things from certain people and how their activities had caused problems for the people around them.  I really enjoyed the read and found it really easy going.

The book can be found here: One of the Family on Amazon

The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick

One word amazing, I am not going to pretend I am a huge book worm because I am not.  In fact I would go so far to say I probably hate reading and my range of books tend to be autobiographies but I just couldn’t put this book down.

The story is about a guy that does a job that goes badly wrong and you see both sides, being the law and the criminal world trying to solve the same crime.  The style in which the book is written it gives almost a diary account of the day for both sides and you soon get to grips with how everything is interlocked but without giving away anything.

I felt that it moved at the right pace even to keep me entertained and wanting to read more, no matter where you stop in the book you just compelled to carry on reading wanting to know what happens next.

Would it be a recommended read?  Hell yes.  Why isn’t the review very good?  Because I have left it a bit late to post this review.  Will I be getting another of Simon Kernick’s books? Yes its already in progress

I give this book 10/10 it is a must read.