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The Surgeon's Apprentice
The Surgeon's Apprentice
by John Biggins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently detailed fiction, 26 Aug. 2013
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This is an excellent read, with fascinating historical details for an obscure period in British History (and before that Flemish history)

The characters are human and believavle


The Lion of Midnight (Matthew Quintons Journals 4)
The Lion of Midnight (Matthew Quintons Journals 4)
by J. D. Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - but hated the battle, 26 Aug. 2013
I've enjoyed this series so far and this is a good addition to the biography of Matthew Quinton. The history and intrigue around Gothenburg is interesting and left me with a desire to find out more about Queen Christina.

However - I seriously disliked the big battle at the end. Fourth Rates, even well led British ones are not going to take on a 1st Rate and won (even if they are manned by damned foreigners (Okay Danes). It felt like J.D. Davies decided he needed one good battle in the book and then went way over the top.

It may also be time to pension of Montnoir - he is a bit too one dimensional as an arch enemy.

I'll look forward to the next book - be interesting to see how Matthew fares at the Four Days and St James Fight.

Little Bird Lost: A Rhyming Picture Story
Little Bird Lost: A Rhyming Picture Story
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Then Lttle Bird Found, 8 Aug. 2013
A gentle story, better suited to reading out loud, so, more suited to pre school children rather than 4-7 year olds.
The photographs are charming.

The Blast that Tears the Skies
The Blast that Tears the Skies
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intigue, War and Plagie, 17 July 2012
Book 3 of the series and the much anticipated Second Anglo Dutch war has finally broken out.
This book departs from the previos two by having a number of parrallel threads .

Our hero Matthew is the main protaganist, trying to get an old,decrepit ship to see in time to fight the Dutch at the battle of Lowestoft. There are a few cliched parts to this (trying ti man a ship with the sweepings of the press, problems with a crew of Welsh and Cornish speakers). However the description of the battle is excellent. Unusually for naval fiction, Matthew and his ship play an important part, but they do not do anything unrealistically heroic.

In parallel with this narative, there are hidden conspiracies, instigated by members of the government and the seductive spy Lady Louise, with much of the Quinton family and retainers investigating the different threads. Beware the hidden Lord Percival :-)

There are some sly nods to Dumas and also to history that will happen after Matthews time

I shall look forward to the sequels as the Dutch War progesses - The Medway raid will be interesting !

Field of Glory 1: Rise of Rome: Republican Rome Army List (Field of Glory): Field of Glory Republican Rome Army List
Field of Glory 1: Rise of Rome: Republican Rome Army List (Field of Glory): Field of Glory Republican Rome Army List
by Richard Bodley-Scott
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not many lists for your money, 29 Feb. 2008
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The lists are nicely presented and well structured. However about 18 army lists with a number of additional ally lists is quite a small number for the money. To get the same amount of coverage as the DBM/DBMM lists (70 + per book) will therefore take something like 16 books. The snag with this is that I for one will not buy them all and this means you lose out on the "That army looks fun" you get through browsing through a large number of less prettily presented lists.

It is also dissapointing that the lists that are going to be published are basically focused on post 500 BC Europe and the Near East. This is a shame for those of interested in earlier periods and a wider Geographical area.

The army backgrounds are a good idea for the beginner, possibly a bit passe for the veteran.

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