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The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor
The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, 27 Jan. 2015
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One of the best if not the best book written about American involvement in Afghanistan (in my opinion Dead Men Risen by Toby Harnden is the best British account). Three years in the life of a combat outpost in Afghanistan near to the border with Pakistan. It has all the tragedy and drama of a score of novels. The author Jake Tapper has done an excellent job of writing about the lives and deaths of the soldiers involved. He tells a great story.


Dutch Curridge
Dutch Curridge
Price: £2.29

2.0 out of 5 stars ... paragraph of this book and settled in for a good read. About eighty pages later after much meandering ..., 19 July 2014
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I read the first paragraph of this book and settled in for a good read. About eighty pages later after much meandering about, a conversation takes place between two of the characters and I realized I didn't know who one of the characters was and I didn't know what they were talking about and to be honest by this time I didn't really care. I think the author has sacrificed his storytelling skills to try and give the reader some sharp and witty dialogue, big mistake. Shame is, I really wanted to enjoy this. The author has written a further two books with the same main character, maybe the storytelling will get better. Very disappointed.


A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Life's to short, 26 Jun. 2014
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I bought this for my wife, she gave up, said it was unreadable. The only book she has ever given up on. It was the kindle edition and she thought it had not downloaded properly (it had, downloaded properly that is). I gave it a go. I didn't last long either I'm afraid. This author is obviously the new big thing for some and good luck to her. I like to be told a coherent story, not one that has half the words missing and the other half made up, life really is too short. If you want to know what the book's about, ask one of the five star reviewers, because I haven't a clue.


BOOT: An LAPD Officer's Rookie Year in South Central Los Angeles
BOOT: An LAPD Officer's Rookie Year in South Central Los Angeles

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, 7 April 2014
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There are a few grammar and spelling mistakes in this kindle edition, but it does not detract from a very well written memoir which I thoroughly enjoyed. For all fans of the TV show Southland, this is the real deal.


Pleasant Valley War
Pleasant Valley War
Price: £3.08

4.0 out of 5 stars A solid recounting of the Graham Tewksbury feud, 20 Nov. 2013
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Bought this for Kindle, well worth the asking price. Straight forward telling of the Graham-Tewksbury feud in Arizona. It has the plot of just about every western film or book, only it's all real. Could do with a couple of maps for those not familiar with the landscape, like myself. Also I would like to see a cast of characters listed for both factions. Minor quibbles, for those interested in the old west, a good read.


Kidnapped
Kidnapped
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Piracy and Failed States, 9 Nov. 2013
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A very good read. In my opinion good writing should educate or entertain, this book does both in spades. If you have an interest in reading about modern piracy, kidnapping or failed states this book is for you. Mr Freeman plays down the fear and terror of his own kidnap ordeal with the liberal use of one liners and nicknames, to give a very balanced picture of Somalia and Somalians over the past twenty years.


Marching with the Devil: Legends, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion
Marching with the Devil: Legends, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strips away the mystery, 31 Oct. 2013
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Very good read. Strips away the mystery of the legion, not only that, the book is very well written by an obviously intelligent and articulate former member. I read it in conjunction with Life in the French Foreign Legion by Evan McGorman. Both books have the ring of truth. Both authors are critical of their time in the legion, but both saw it through to the end of their enlistments. Informative read.


The Dead Women of Juárez
The Dead Women of Juárez
by Sam Hawken
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill, 21 Oct. 2013
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Fairly run of the mill story, reasonably well written. Don't know what the fuss is about. I think some people get carried away with themselves when they write reviews.If you like this kind of thing,read some Charles Bowden, now that's bleak and all true.


A Spider for Loco Shoat: A Novel
A Spider for Loco Shoat: A Novel
by Douglas C. Jones
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Characters walk off the pages, 18 Sept. 2013
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The third (not the second as one reviewer has stated) and a fitting final outing as US Marshal, for Oscar Schiller. Elements of several genres are covered in this great piece of storytelling. The characters,(in all Mr Jones books)both major and minor are so well written, they walk off the pages. Do yourself a favour and read one of Mr Jones books, any one. I am pretty sure it won't be your last.


The Search for Temperance Moon
The Search for Temperance Moon
by Douglas C Jones
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyteller, 4 Sept. 2013
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I only discovered Douglas C Jones this year and this is the third title of his I have read. He is a fantastic storyteller and I really can't understand why he isn't better known. The book is set in late 1800's Arkansas and Indian Territory and is a murder mystery come courtroom drama. Every single character in the book is well drawn, with some particularly strong women characters. The Temperance Moon of the title is killed on the first page, but haunts the book through to the last page. I can't praise this writer to highly, great read.


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