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February 2024 • Michael Tymniak, Police Captain

Do you have a guilty pleasure book?
Anything by Ernest Hemmingway or Daniel Silva

What is your favorite genre?
Military History, Science, Religious, Fiction

Which do you avoid?

necronomicon book coverWhat is a book that you’re afraid to read?
Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft

What is a book you dislike/hate that everyone loves?
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do you remember the last time you put down a book without finishing?
Last night. I haven’t finished it yet.

What book is currently sitting on your nightstand?portrait of a spy book cover
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva; Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick McManus

What’s the last great book you read?
Men at War by Christopher Coker

Are there any classic novels you read recently for the first time?
No, not recently.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, what, where, how).
On my kayak, anchored in the middle of a river.

desperate journeys book coverDo you have a favorite book no one else has heard of?
Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls by Edward E. Leslie

Which writers – novelists, playwrights, critics, journalists, poets – working today do you admire most?
Ernest Hemmingway, Nathaniel Philbrick, Daniel SilvaPatrick McManus

What’s the last book you read that made you laugh?they shoot canoes book cover
They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? by Patrick McManus

What’s the most interesting thing that you learned from a book recently?
Artists restoring old paintings.

Do you prefer books that reach you emotionally, or intellectually?

wind in the willows book coverWhat book might people be surprised to find on your bookshelf?
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?
Gabriel Allon from Daniel Silva's books.

Which childhood books and authors stick with you the most?
I hated reading as a child. 

Have your reading tastes changed over time?

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Living Ones. But Seriously, Ernest Hemmingway, Matthew (from the Bible), and Oscar Wilde.

What do you plan to read next?
Probably the next Daniel Silva book… at least till I get through them all. 

What book would you most like to see turned into a movie or TV series that hasn’t already been adapted?
Any of the Silva Books.

What’s the last book you read that made you cry?where the red fern grows book dover
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, or Journey of Souls by Michael Newton.

What’s the last book you read that made you furious?
None that I can think of.

Where do you find your books? Where do you look when you’re searching for your next great read?
Friends of the Library, Half Price Books, Amazon, my dad’s bookshelf, my brother’s bookshelves, basically anywhere.