I've tried many times to learn a foreign language. Each time I've failed miserably - I'd stumble over a grammar rule or concept I just couldn't understand, or the textbook moved at too fast a pace.
It is therefore quite remarkable that I've reached Lesson 68 in Mr Linney's book. I usually find that, after a week or so of beginning to learn a language, I lose interest (mainly through frustration, lack of guidance, etc) and have to force myself to pick up the textbook every day. The opposite is true with Mr Linney's book - I have to ration myself otherwise I'd gobble up dozens of lessons at a time. Learning isn't a chore, in fact picking up the book is something of a treat.
There are several good reasons why this book works so well -
a) Each lesson introduces just one new word or grammatical point, and each lesson is followed by ten short exercises in Latin (although I go straight to the answers and translate from English to Latin, which I think is probably more beneficial). The exercises constantly refer back to previous lessons, thus reinforcing what I've learnt;
b) The book doesn't try to do too much. When I've finished this book, I'll know only the present tense, but should have a really sound basis from which to move on to the next stage;
c) Each lesson maintains reader interest with the introduction of the new word. The grammar rules are explained simply and clearly, but without dumbing down. Linney doesn't try to make Latin more difficult than it actually is, but the new words mean that the lessons feel fresh;
d) There is stuff that must be memorised, but Mr Linney doesn't throw everything at the reader at once. So, I learnt all the parts of the verb 'to be' and got them fixed firmly in my head before I was presented with another set to learn (and he introduces concepts rather than tables, only presenting the tables once each part of the verb or noun has been individually practiced);
e) The design of the book - large format, but lots of white space on each page, so the pages don't look overwhelming.
A bonus is the author's downloadable MP3s, available from his website, in which he gives the pronunciation for every word (and every exercise) in the book.
If you've never studied Latin, or only - like me - studied it at school, many years ago - this is the book you should buy. It's brilliant!!