ISSUE 2, July 2002
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Book reviews

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Black Hawk Down
by Mark Bowden
RRP: 6.00 Paperback

An excellent story of Modern War described by Journalist Mark Bowden as he delivers a strikingly detailed account of the 1993 nightmare operation in Mogadishu that left 18 American soldiers dead and many more wounded, including the deaths of more than five hundred Somalis. Bowden does not spend much time considering the context; instead he provides a moment-by-moment chronicle of what happened in the air and on the ground. His gritty narrative tells of how Rangers and elite Delta Force troops embarked on a mission to capture a pair of high-ranking deputies to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid only to find themselves surrounded in a hostile African city. Their high-tech 'MH-60 Black Hawk' helicopters had been shot down and a number of other miscues left them trapped through the night. This story is now a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott, and staring and ensemble cast including Josh Hartnett, Ewen McGregor, Jason Isaacs and Orlando Bloom. It has done very well at the box office as it distinctly examines the rationale behind the disastrous raid.
    The book is more in depth than the film, and extremely gripping. It is ideal for those who do not have an amazing amount of military knowledge.
    Black Hawk Down is an excellent read.

Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones
by R.A. Salvatore
RRP: 16.99 Hardcover

There is a great disturbance in the Force. The Republic is failing, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Pal patine.
    Separatists threaten war, the Senate is divided, unable to determine whether to raise an army for battle or keep the fragile peace. Mischievous and resolved, courageous and reckless, Anakin Skywalker has come of age. The 19 year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to theJedi Council, yet a challenge to hisJedi Master. An attempt on Senator Padme Amidala's life brings them back together and it is clear that time has not dulled Anakin's intense feelings for the beautiful diplomat. Attack on Senator Amidala thrusts the Republic closer to the edge of disaster. Unbeknownst to the Jedi, thousands of soldiers are readying for galactic battle. Anakin will lose himself - and his way - in emotions aJedi is forbidden to have.
    Based on the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales, this intense novel by R. A. Salvatore sheds new light on the legend of Star Wars - and skilfully illuminates one of our most beloved sagas. Every hardcore Star Wars fan will want a copy.

Death's Jest-Book
by Reginald Hill
RRP: 10.00 Hardcover

Latest in the ever-popular Dalziel & Pascoe series; Reginald Hill stands above any other writer of homebred crime fiction. The dead-pan joker, Franny Roote, is working on his dead friend's unfinished biography, and with unfinished business between himself and DCI Pascoe to deal with as well. Three times Pascoe has been wrong about Roote. This time he tries to prove that the excan and aspiring academic is mad, bad and dangerous to know.
    Meanwhile, Edgar Wield, rides to the rescue of a child in danger, and finds he's got a rent-boy under his wing. In return, the boy tips him off about the heist of a pricesless treasure, and soon Wieldy's torn between protecting the boy and doing his duty. His superiors might have worries, but DC Hat Bowler's looking forward to a blissful New Year with the girl of his dreams. The trouble is that the girl is filled with horrors. Over all this activity broods the huge form of Mid-Yorkshire CID's First Mover, DS Andy Dalziel. As trouble builds, the Fat Man discovers that omniscience can be more trouble than its worth, and that sometimes all omnipotence means is that you can have any colour you like, as long as it's black.

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