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Knife Edge (Royal Marines 5)

Knife Edge (Royal Marines 5) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Reeman
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction" (Sunday Times)

Book Description

The fifth novel in the Blackwood series - a must-have for all fans.

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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. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,192 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Knife Edge, rather blunt 1 May 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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