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Knife Edge (Blackwood Family Book 5)

Knife Edge (Blackwood Family Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Reeman
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"'One of our foremost writers of naval fiction' - Sunday Times"

"Masterly storytelling." (The Times)

Book Description

The new novel from Douglas Reeman - our greatest living naval writer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590130995
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rare poor offering 6 Mar 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Douglas Reeman has given us some great tales over the years and he has certainly evolved and changed as a writer, his early works are very different to his later ones.
So I hope I have established that I am a fan and in that context I was very disappointed with this one. This is the latest in the author’s theme of the Blackwood family, a ‘Marine’ family involved in most conflicts since the Marines were first formed. This one has Ross Blackwood as the lead and we see him from the 1970’s through to the Falkland’s conflict.
My problem was that the narrative was dis-jointed and on many occasions I had to re-read things to understand them. Things that Reeman normally handles well do not work in this one and on more then one occasion just as the action hots up, the story jumps to the aftermath. Many threads of plot are presented and then sadly not followed up, an example being the lead character and his relationship with the sergeant who is also a relative.
I hope the author gets back on track with his next one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge. Douglas Reeman 9 Mar 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read and enjoyed many of the books by Douglas Reeman, this book has been very disappointing. There has been little flow to the narrative and the action is very disjointed. Too much use of flashback,too much having need to backtrack for clarity. Characters not developed as in other books. Too much chopping and changing prevented enjoyable reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not accurate 16 Sep 2007
I am a fan of many years standing of both the Reeman and Kent books and am very aware that the author must now be 'getting on in years'. Another reviewer says that this book is disjointed and jumps backwards and forwards too much. To some extent I must agree with this assessment but I did find the book very enjoyable on the second reading. I am not sure if two readings should be necessary but I find that the author is using a more abbreviated style than usual in this book. My feelings about this book are that the author has written it based on previous knowledge and research but has not researched the specialist areas of this book at all well or at all. A major section is based in Derry (Londonderry) for example but the city is not in the least recognisable to someone who is familiar with it.
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By gixxer
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I know the strapline should refer to the title, or something, but no one-liners spring to mind that don't involve references to wrist slashing.

This was an utterly dreadful book.

As usual, I got the series and worked my way through it. If it's any help, the first 2 of the 5 books are reasonably OK. The third one (WW1? see? I can't even be bothered to check) is probably a good place to stop, although even by then you could sense that he was bored with the whole idea.

Even from the start I always found the battle scenes were curiously uninvolving. You never got much of a feel for the surroundings, or participants, or opponents, or anything, really. The Blackwoods were reasonably good characters, but generally one dimensional stiff upper lip heroic, and completely uncharismatic types. Sure, he threw in Ralf as a bad apple, but it was so obviously a ploy to suggest that not everyone with the name was a worthy.

Completely implausible how hel would have become an officer at all, let alone be related.

But back to this book. Location. All over the shop. Characters. Same as usual, but even more faceless, with the sergeant cousin's narrative crossing over with the main officer's story as if there might have been some sort of a payoff. Nothing of the sort ever materialised. Or maybe it did, but I never noticed. The sergeant just hooked up with a random woman and faded out.

Inevitably the officer met the love interest, but there were at least a couple of them and a sister chucked in too that were all similar and very unremarkable. Difficult to tell who was who, and even more difficult to care. Luckily it isn't even annoying. You just sort of discard them, and it does not make the slightest difference to the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge, rather blunt 1 May 2006
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This book is a great disappointment, too "bitty" to follow with the usual ease and enjoyment of a Douglas Reeman tale, it almost seems to be a copy of the author's early notes of ideas for another book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge 19 Feb 2014
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Preferred the first couple of Blackwood family books, this one brought them upto date,but in a war I served in.
I have every book published by Douglas/Alexander. Personally I think he is the best war fiction writer bar non.
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4.0 out of 5 stars . 13 Nov 2013
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Not one of his best, written about more recent than most of his stories, but still a book with a good story line and believable characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read 26 Jun 2013
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Another romping good yarn by my favourite author. The only trouble is when I start reading, its hard to put it down :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by Tracey Ann Tozer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
arrived safe
Published 3 months ago by ian russell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
Great story written in good English. Good portrayal of marine life and recent events. Human aspects good as well excellent
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer no 4
5.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge
It is still on my Kindle and I havent read it yet, but I will get aroundto it vrey soon.
Published 22 months ago by Gordon Derek Winterburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Has the ink run dry?
Knife Edge (Royal Marines 5)

Sadly, if the author whom I have followed with great pleasure for all my adult life, intends this to be his "swan song" it should never have... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Ian Deans Mckinnon
1.0 out of 5 stars Marine fatigue
I've read a lot of Douglas Reeman and usually really enjoyed it - "The Volunteers" in particular left me with a distinct sense of exhausted, empathic "oh no, not another mission"... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by MasterChef
1.0 out of 5 stars Boy's Own Rubbish!
Well, as the late Magnus Magnussen of Mastermind would have said, "Iv'e started so i'll finish". That was the case for me. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2009 by B. D. Rayner
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
I have been a fan of his previous books and also his books under the name of Alexander Kent. This book appears to be a series of notes. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2007 by Mr. Michael H. S. Watney
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