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Crimestopper: Fighting Crime on Scotland's Streets
Crimestopper: Fighting Crime on Scotland's Streets
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting stories but needed more grit, 19 May 2013
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It's very anecdotal and I think would have benefitted from concentrating on some of the more serious stories and including a bit more insight. Interesting stories though,


Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Book 1)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of things to come, 19 May 2013
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Jack Reacher is a good lead character, the story makes you want to keep on to the next page, and I look forward to continuing through the series.


World War Z
World War Z
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 19 May 2013
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Really enjoyable - i blasted through it in a couple of days on holiday. Really believable and to echo another reviewer, it would make a great mini-series.


Absolute Power
Absolute Power
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Not quite 'thrilling', 20 Jan 2013
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Enjoyed this but didn't quite fall into the 'can't put down' category. It can feel a bit formulaic and can feel a bit Grisham-esque, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and whilst not necessarily being deeply engaging, it's a good tale with well-portrayed characters who are easy to picture and it does keep your interest. Not quite sure the pacing of the story is as great as it could have been, particularly at the end, but I enjoyed reading it.


Boulle's Jewels: The Business of Life
Boulle's Jewels: The Business of Life
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sucked in by the sample, 20 Jan 2013
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I read the sample and found it pretty amusing, so figured it was worth a shot. However, as it goes on, it loses some of the initial spark and it's all just a bit mindless. If anyone genuinely buys this hoping for a mantra on life, you're screwed, but there's a few chuckle moments, it's light-hearted, but definitely runs out of some initally promising material.


SECRET DIARY of a LIVERPOOL SCOUT
SECRET DIARY of a LIVERPOOL SCOUT
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good account, 20 Jan 2013
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Zipped through this on holiday recently. An interesting insight but reading it makes you wish it was autobiographical rather than another person's account. Would have been nice to have more detail/stories from players involved in the club. An enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in the club and a nice reminder of some of the old fashioned values of LFC and buying/developing emerging talents rather than finished articles.


SAS Heroes: Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men (General Military)
SAS Heroes: Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men (General Military)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs more detail but interesting stories, 20 Jan 2013
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I picked this up as I love real life stories of what special forces and similar actually get up to. This book doesn't disappoint in that regard and the stories come across as honest and authentic. However, to push it on to the next level, the stories and missions recounted who'd have benefitted from more detail and insight to further draw you in. Instead, it can see a bit like it's relying on hearsay but with gaps filled in using the author's experience/imagination to paint the picture.

However, there are some fascinating insights and some great real heroic characters and I've enjoyed reading about them. As said by a previous reviewer, the chapters can be a samey as they follow a similar trend. However, I have found this can also be a strength, as you can finish a chapter and go back into the next one at your leisure when you fancy another chunk of it, so it's good for periodic reading.

Personally, I'd like to have been drawn into the battles/missions a bit more, rather than feeling like I was reading an account, but it's still a good read and respect to the author for all he and his mates encountered, which was pretty darn intense.


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