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Scottish East Coast Mainline - Add-On for Railworks 3 (PC DVD)
Scottish East Coast Mainline - Add-On for Railworks 3 (PC DVD)
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Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better., 20 July 2014
Giving this three stars because I bought it when it was on offer. Would only give two stars to it if full price.
It is a fun route to drive, however the stations and surroundings only bear a passing resemblance to reality, which is a real disappointment. At times I did wonder if the developers had ever looked at photos of the route at all.
The TS2014 Edinburgh & Glasgow Route has far better depictions of Waverley and Haymarket. Would only recommend buying this if on offer, if full price leave well alone.


The Whale Has Wings Vol 1 - Rebirth
The Whale Has Wings Vol 1 - Rebirth
by Mr David Row
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good entry into the 'what if' genre., 18 Aug 2013
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When the RNAS and RFC had been amalgamated into the RAF in 1918 it did not help the RN in the long-term as the RAF had sought to establish an independent identity and reason for its continued existence - strategic bombing. Naval Aviation was neglected and the result was that in 1939 the majority of the aircraft in the Fleet Air Arm were obsolete in comparison to what the USN and IJN operated. The lack of suitable British built naval aircraft is very well illustrated by the fact that in 1944/45 most of the aircraft operating from the British Pacific Fleet's carriers were American.

But what if things had been different? What if the Admiralty had been able to persuade the government to give it control of the FAA several years earlier? This intriguing possibility is the basis for David Row's book.
Much of Volume 1 is taken up with charting the development of aircraft (mainly fictional, but based on real concepts) and new aircraft carriers. Without giving too much away when September 1939 rolls around the RN has a much different carrier arm to what it had historically.

I first came across this story on the Internet and had looked forward to reading it in book form. I've not been disappointed and read it in the space of an evening. If you are looking for a story with character development this is not the book for you, however the lack of characters does not detract from a good story. Instead it reads very much like a history book.

Now if I enjoyed it so much why have I given it four rather than five stars? Well firstly there are quite a few annoying typos. I don't know if Mr Row used an editor, but I think that the book would have benefited from someone to read over it for such errors. Secondly the barbs against the RAF, Bomber Command especially, get wearing after the fourth, or fifth time one reads them.
However those are the only criticism I have of the book and I would still recommend the book highly.
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Lion Resurgent
Lion Resurgent
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.60

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new addition to the TBO universe., 20 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Lion Resurgent (Paperback)
In Lion Resurgent Stuart Slade brings the universe he created in The Big One into the 1980s with a bang. We see a very different Falklands War and how the UK, brought to its knees by the events of the 1940s rebuilds its self-esteem.
Highly recommended.


Ride Of The Valkyries
Ride Of The Valkyries
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me hooked!, 28 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Ride Of The Valkyries (Paperback)
It's 1972, but not the 1972 we know. Triple sonic B-70 Valkyrie bombers (hence the title) and the backbone of America's Strategic Air Command, India and Japan are heading for war, and in the sidelines an insidious threat looms from the Islamic fundamentalist Caliphate.

In moving the universe of The Big One forward to 1972 Stuart Slade shows us how the world has developed since the events of The Great Game and Crusade!. A new government in India is trying to act independently from its Triple Alliance partners, Thailand and Australia, bringing it into conflict with the Empire of Japan, while the Caliphate is trying to take over French ruled Algeria.

Mr Slade portrays a complex world where there are many problems and no easy solutions. Much like the real one in fact. More than one crisis crowds in to trouble the new inexperienced Nixon administration and when one crisis erupts into a local conflict it looks like a wider war may not be far away.

This book is extremely well written and so enjoyable was it that I read it in one setting. Fans of the 'what if' genre will enjoy it, as probably will aviation enthusiasts since it features the great B-70 bomber, which never entered service in the real world. There also do not seem to be the problem of typos that effected earlier novels in this series.

I would heartily recommend this novel; it is certainly head and shoulders above the rest in this genre. I for one am looking forward to the next novel to be published in this series - 'Winter Warriors', which will be set in 1945.


Crusade!
Crusade!
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.43

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Slade does it again!, 16 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Crusade! (Paperback)
The world of The Big One has reached the mid 1960s and while it is a very different decade from the one we know it is an equally dangerous world.
While in our world the Johnson Administration was dealing with America's growing involvement in Vietnam in Crusade the new threat to American security comes from the growing fundamentalist regime of the Caliphate, which is seeking to expand its control over as much of the Muslim world as possible.

A collision between the Caliphate and the United States becomes inevitable as the former tries to extend its influence over Egypt. Mistakes and miscalculations on both sides leads to an escalating crisis that looks like it may lead to a new world war.

Away from the Middle East America's allies also face a threat from fundamentalist terrorism in the Philipines, which will be pose a tough challenge for the new Tripple Alliance between Australia, India and Thailand.

Crusade kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I read it in one sitting. I can not recommend it highly enough, get a copy as soon as Amazon.uk gets some more in stock.


Armoured and Heavy Vehicles of The Royal Ulster Constabulary 1922-2001
Armoured and Heavy Vehicles of The Royal Ulster Constabulary 1922-2001
by David Dunne
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the other review., 15 Nov 2008
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This book is an excellent history of the various armoured and heavy vehicles used by the now defunct RUC GC. The force faced a very difficult and dangerous task policing a divided community and had to develop a wide variety of protected vehicles to protect its officers from attacks from both sides.

The RUC did not only face the dangers of terrorism but also the parsimony of the Northern Ireland Government. Many of the vehicles were second-hand, inherited from the RIC and used well past when they should have been replaced, especially unpleasant for winter was the fact that the heater was removed from all RUC vehicles. Apparently the politicians believed that officers would sit in the vehicles to keep warm rather than doing their job.

This book is a must for anybody interested in the recent history of Northern Ireland.


The Great Game
The Great Game
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.51

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More from the TBO universe., 12 Sep 2008
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This review is from: The Great Game (Paperback)
The Great Game takes the universe first seen in The Big One into the late 1950s where the Americans are just begining to operate a new generation of supersonic bombers which they hope will allow SAC to remain effective.
On the other side of the world a confrontation between the new alliance of India, Thailand and Australia, and Japan is building.

As will all of Stuart Slade's work this book stands out head and shoulders above all other 'What if' fiction; recommended reading.


Cold War - British Nuclear Scare Stories [DVD]
Cold War - British Nuclear Scare Stories [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cold War
Price: £12.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cold War PIFs, 29 Feb 2008
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This DVD is a must for any Cold War buffs. These films have been largely unavailable until now and show what would have appeared on TV screens in the '60s had it looked like war was close. While this advice, and later advice on 'Protect and Survive' has often been ridiculed, it was probably the best that the government could give.
The Civil Defence Corps films and 'Sound an Alarm' about the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation are also excellent.

Best viewed alongside the 'Protect and Survive' DVD and its extras, including the '70s version of the UKWMO film.


The Chilling Stars: A Cosmic View of Climate Change
The Chilling Stars: A Cosmic View of Climate Change
by Henrik Svensmark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me think., 16 Feb 2008
I think that much of this book went over my head. However Svensmark and Calder did make a persuasive case for their theory, and perhaps other learned people should examine the idea too.
It was certainly discouraging to lean that others in the field were not receptive or indeed hostile to the idea when Svensmark proposed it. He was almost treated like some medieval heretic at times.

Are scientists who disagree with the orthodoxy that Global Climate change is solely caused by humans the heretics of the modern age, and have the AGW supporters in effect started a new religion? Reading this book might help to make your mind up.

Even if you disagree with Svensmark and Calder this book is well worth reading.
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The Civil Service Rifles in the Great War: 'All Bloody Gentlemen'
The Civil Service Rifles in the Great War: 'All Bloody Gentlemen'
by Jill Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Great War buffs., 17 Dec 2007
As a civil servant myself I felt I had to get a copy of this book to see how my forebears had served their country in uniform, and I was not dissapointed.

Jill Knight's book tells the story of the civil service volunteers from their formation in the mid-19th Century until their amalgamation with another London Territorial Army battalion post-war.
While there is no specific modern TA battalion made up of civil servants, the London Regiment does maintain the lineage of this illustrious unit.


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