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The Last Taboo
The Last Taboo
by David Kerby-Kendall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a debut!, 5 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Last Taboo (Paperback)
I usually read action thrillers by authors such as Matthew Reilly, Andy McDermott and Boyd Morrison, but stumbled upon this whilst browsing Amazon's books. I'm a football fan and the story seemed an intriguing one, so I took the plunge and I am so pleased that I did.

This is, without doubt, one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading.

We follow our hero, Sam, from an early age where we watch him struggle with girls, an abusive father and the unusual combination of footballing talent and intelligence. Sorry if that last one offends, but there are far more David Beckhams than Graham le Sauxs out there.

Sam's footballing ability is noticed by some talent scouts and his rise to the top of English football is expertly linked with all aspects of his social life by author David Kerby-Kendall to bring us a ridiculously good debut novel.

With wit, warmth, charm and a skill not expected from a first time author, Sam's story is joyous, tragic, uplifting and brutal and should have you turning those pages long into the night.

David Kerby-Kendall has created something outstanding here and I urge you to read this book. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you, David. I've no idea how you will top this book, but I look forward to your next.


Judas
Judas
by Roy Bright
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly good debut thriller., 5 July 2014
This review is from: Judas (Paperback)
What a fantastic read!

Think you know Judas Iscariot? Think again as Roy Bright gives us a thoroughly entertaining action / adventure super-natural page turner.

Cursed by God himself, Judas is forced to roam the world for eternity doing the odd job for the Big Man upstairs. Charged with protecting a little girl (who just happens to be the Second Coming) from the clutches of Lucifer and his Demons, Judas uses his considerable talents to ensure this doesn't happen. Reluctantly teaming up with an unlikely pair of helpers, Roy Bright skilfully puts his twist on the classic good versus evil battle.

Wit, set-pieces and a colourful ensemble of characters all collide in a joyous romp.

An explosive debut novel, and one that whets the appetite perfectly for a sequel. Bravo, Roy! I look forward to your next book.

@MrBenPeyton


The Time Hunters and the Sword of Ages
The Time Hunters and the Sword of Ages
Price: 1.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime., 24 April 2014
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The fourth of Carl Ashmore's superb series has a darker feel to it than the previous books.

This time our heroes are searching for the fabled Sword Of Ages hoping to find it before the hideous Drake, Kruger and The Associates.

With wit, style and grace Carl Ashmore has crafted his best book yet. The dialogue between Percy, Becky and Joe during scenes of frivolity or duress is so believable and heartfelt it's a joy to read.

I can't wait for the fifth and final book to see how it ends. Up there with Ms Rowling for a book to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Oh, and Carl? HOW COULD YOU???!!!!
Not going to lie, I shed a little tear.


The Tournament
The Tournament
by Matthew Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A break from Reilly's norm., 20 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Tournament (Hardcover)
The King of the action novel takes his foot off the accelerator to bring us a Medieval whodunit.

Seen through the eyes of a young Elizabeth I we journey to Constantinople for the world's largest chess tournament. Players from around the globe come together to see who will be crowned champion, with various religions competing against each other threatening to develop existing tensions and bring about a war on an epic scale.

Whilst this is happening Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's tutor and guardian, is commissioned to investigate a series of grizzly murders that are plaguing the tournament and straining the delicate political situation. Can Roger unveil the culprit before it's too late..?

A huge departure for Matthew Reilly, this book is a brave new direction for him and shows that he is definitely more than a one genre writer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though the huge action pieces from Matthew's previous books are missing, the pace is still brisk enough to keep you turning the pages well into the night.

Ignore the negative reviews. Matthew has earned the rite to experiment and this gamble has more than paid off. Personally, I hope Roger, and indeed Bess, return.


The Chamber
The Chamber
by Howard Gordon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good political thriller, 27 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Chamber (Paperback)
Bloke with a grudge against the US Government plans to kill the nation's leaders in a homegrown terrorist attack.

Two "disgraced" former soldiers are the only ones able to stop him when the FBI refuse to believe their fears of the imminent attack.

Coming from the guy that gave us 24 and Homeland, The Chamber is a speedy page turner leading to a race against time climax.

Not quite as good as Vince Flynn, Brad Thor or Ben Coes but a highly enjoyable read nonetheless.


The Time Hunters and the Spear of Fate
The Time Hunters and the Spear of Fate
Price: 1.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spear Of Great! (Sorry), 24 Feb 2014
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I can't tell you how much I love Carl Ashmore's books. The joyous atmosphere created by Carl is right up there with J K Rowling for sheer enjoyment.

Slightly darker than the previous books, The Spear Of Fate sees our heroes up against that evil Emerson Drake and a hideously evil Nazi doctor, Aribert Heim. The fact that this guy actually existed makes for slightly uncomfortable reading at times.

Humour, action and unadulterated pleasure combine to make this another outstanding read. Can't wait to see what Carl has up his sleeve for the next book.

Simply outstanding!


Red, White, and Blood (The President's Vampire)
Red, White, and Blood (The President's Vampire)
by Christopher Farnsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, Liked and Good! (Sorry), 22 Feb 2014
The third book in the Nathaniel Cade series sees everyone's favourite vampire squaring off against the Boogeyman. What's not to like?
Cade and Zach are up against their toughest opponent yet and the President himself is in grave danger. Can Our heroes stop the baddies before it's too late?
Blistering pace, action, violence and humour come together in a ludicrously fun romp that will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
It'll be very interesting to see where the excellent Chris Farnsworth takes Cade and Zach next and how they'll cope with the upheaval in their lives.


Baptized (Deluxe Version)
Baptized (Deluxe Version)
Price: 8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too lightweight, 6 Jan 2014
Why do we love Daughtry?

Because he makes damn good rock songs. Big guitars, heavy drums, raw vocals and cracking melodies.

This fourth album, sadly, doesn't have all of the above.

Some of the tunes are very good, but the whole album feels over produced, synthesised and lacks punch.

The drums sound as if someone is playing them from a keyboard and a lot of the harmonies would be more suited to One Direction. It's just too "bubblegum".

Similar to Bon Jovi's Lost Highway (sold well, few good tunes but left most people cold) it's a brave move to make the band more accessible. It might work but, personally, I'll be hoping for a return to a rockier sound on album five.


The Pirate Cruncher
The Pirate Cruncher
by Jonny Duddle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment, 19 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Pirate Cruncher (Paperback)
Bought as my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed The Pirates Next Door, Jonny Duddle's The Pirate Cruncher is a massive let down. My main issues are with the text and prose.

The text is incredibly difficult to read even in bright light. Black print on a dark background means you have to squint to read it. The font used also doesn't help. It does change to a lighter background eventually but by then the damage is done.

The prose is inconsistent. Rhyming on one page and then back to normal the next means you can't establish a consistent rhythm.

Also, if you like to put on voices for the characters the constant singing of one of them will drive you insane and test your improvisation skills!

On a positive note, the book looks beautiful. Cracking illustrations.

Oh, and this is definitely not a bedtime book due to the content and conclusion. This is a thoroughly frustrating book to read and one that I regret buying.


The Iscariot Agenda (Vatican Knights Book 3)
The Iscariot Agenda (Vatican Knights Book 3)
Price: 1.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking read., 21 Oct 2013
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The third book in the Vatican Knights series is another page-turning joyride.

Kimball Hayden is such a brilliant character. Complex and confused, he's still struggling to find out who he really is. His past catches up with him in this rip-roaring yarn.

A tad predictable, but ultimately a fun diversion from reality.


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