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Knife Gun Poison Bomb (Jacquot 8)
Knife Gun Poison Bomb (Jacquot 8)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait. Get it now!, 6 Aug 2014
What starts off looking like a local case for Daniel Jacquot becomes more and more complicated as further grisly events occur casting doubt in his mind as to whether his original lines of enquiry and possible conclusions were going in the right direction.
Could they be connected? - the "impossible" becomes the "improbable" and continues finally towards becoming the "likely".

This brilliant new Jacquot novel covers international gun running, sexually motivated murders, trickery, deception and downright perversity.

Martin O'Brien's writing flows beautifully and as usual evokes the atmosphere and smells of the south of France. The plot is slick, meted out at a fast pace and well constructed.

It has certainly been worth waiting for and will not disappoint any Jacquot fan. This one genuinely is hard to put down!


The Kill List
The Kill List
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Forsyth, 19 Oct 2013
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Those who've enjoyed Frederick Forsyth's novels from the Day of The Jackal to The Cobra will not be disappointed by his latest.

His research and detail of clandestine organisations, and inside knowledge of the structure and make up of governmental departments and their activities continue to impress and thrill.

This is classic Forsyth, fast paced, gritty and set in today's world of Somalia, terrorists, drones, intelligence and winning!!


The Corporal's Wife
The Corporal's Wife
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story, 17 Sep 2013
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The story covers a scenario where a honey trap collects a victim, in this case a corporal in the Revolutionary Guard in Iran, whose job as the driver of a high ranking officer gives him access to high grade intelligence.

Spirited away by the British Intelligence Services, he is blackmailed into giving away Iran's secrets until he digs his toes in and refuses to co-operate any further unless his wife is "brought out" of Iran to join him. The book describes very plausibly the widespread ramfications to all connected people who remain in Iran, regardless of their innocence or guilt. The Iranian authorities are suspicious of everybody and the results catastrophic.

Gerald Seymour's writing is detailed with extensive research enhancing and adding colour to the events, geography and realism of this gripping tale. Nothing can be taken for granted in this book and it ducks and weaves consistently as multiple character's lives are seriously affected by the efforts of the UK government agencies to extract the Corporal's wife.

Hard to put down.


A Delicate Truth
A Delicate Truth
by John le Carré
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story however implausible, 18 May 2013
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I've bought every Le Carre novel and approach them with great anticipation. A Delicate Truth started out beautifully and I found myself loving John Le Carre's inimitable style and descriptive talent. A joy to read.

However the plot is thin and revolves around a botched operation in Gibraltar where an innocent mother and child are killed. This action is supposed to have been sufficient for a Special Forces Soldier to have gone off the rails and for the British Government to be so hell bent on keeping it under wraps that they have private individuals beaten up and use the full forces of the police to arrest the Foreign Office employee who is trying to get to the truth behind it.

Collateral damage is sadly a feature of every day life these days and Special Forces professionals, whilst regretting it, would not be so affected. Much more disgraceful stories have come to light, where either incompetence or greed of government officials have been responsible and they have not been suppressed in the way this one was.

It rather spoils the otherwise well constructed, crafted and beautifully written story. Because of this I've given it 4 stars. Any other writer would have got 2 or maybe 3.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes a long time to get moving, 10 Feb 2013
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Dominion paints a believably accurate but nonetheless depressing scene of 1950's Britain following the UK government's capitulation to Nazi Germany. Shardlake fans, of which I am one, will recognise the detail and thought which has gone into the book, but this is its downfall as the grim and grey scene that CJ Sansom paints becomes dreary in the absence of any real action. It's not until halfway through (a very long book) that things begin to move.

Once going, the plot moves quickly and the reader is dragged in. Any of you reading it, hang in there if you can.

Dominion would have had much more impact if it had been shorter.


Songs With The Bark Still On 'Em
Songs With The Bark Still On 'Em
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful music, 11 Dec 2012
There are some stunning tracks on this album. You could imagine hearing them as easily accompanying TV series like Deadwood as being right in your head through the phones. Beautiful guitar playing, haunting atmosphere and melodies and Mike Edwards' voice evoking memories of whisky, cigarettes and good times! How brilliant that modern technology allows the world access to music like this.

Who arranged it? Who engineered it? I just found out - Mixed and mastered by Mike Pela ( Sade, Maxwell etc) Beautiful.


A Possible Life
A Possible Life
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Imaginative and so Readable, 30 Oct 2012
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I don't usually enjoy short story collections preferring to indulge myself in the full size book from the top authors, but this is the exception and is exceptional.

The five stories that make up A Possible Life are each so different, creative and imaginative that I'm in awe of Sebastian Faulks. His ability to draw you in from the first page is phenomenal and the detail of his research is so convincing that you live in the stories.

Wonderful writing - A Possible Life is up there with his usual display of artistry, craft and imagination. This is a book that you want to read until you reach the last page. The last story is particularly poignant.


The Waterman (Jacquot 1)
The Waterman (Jacquot 1)
Price: £2.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisly, murky and exciting!!, 21 Oct 2012
The Waterman is one of the early Jacquot novels and one of my favourites. Set in steamy Marseilles with its barely concealed undercurrent of violence, drugs, sex and corruption, Jacquot has to wade through an array of conflicting clues, many of them wasting his time down a wrong path. The serial killer is a step ahead of him and enjoying the game.

Finally the truth begins to emerge but it is an extraordinary and unpalatable truth which no-one could have foreseen nor wants to acknowledge. This is last chapter stuff and a book which is annoying to have to put down.

The food, drink, the smells, atmosphere, all trademarks of this descriptive writer who takes you to Marseilles and leaves you there wanting to stay, are all present in The Waterman.

Jacquot at his best - definitely worth downloading!


Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slow and disappointing, 9 Oct 2012
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When I was at school, my English Teacher always said "if you're not enjoying a book, put it down and read something else". I almost did on a few occasions with this book but kept going as I trusted in this particular writer's delivery of something worthwhile.

One of the Amazon reviews said it was worth waiting for the last chapter. Well actually it wasn't and I wished I hadn't bothered.

I found the characters unconvincing, the plot only just short of colourless and the pace extremely slow. Why have I given it three stars? Ian McEwan writes beautifully and I enjoy his turn of phrase and descriptions. But those have to be wrapped around a plot which has enough pace to keep your concentration or even better, to stop you putting it down.

I've got a small pile of books waiting to be read. Now I can go on to them.
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My Animals and Other Family
My Animals and Other Family
by Clare Balding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.42

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touchingly Funny - A must for animal lovers, 17 Sep 2012
This is a very sweet book of memories and funny stories through the eyes of a growing girl brought up by a father whose main interest and success was in training race horses. "Women aren't people" he would claim and Clare would always feel that she needed to do more to gain his attention than her brother Andrew.

The relationship with the many animals will touch everybody - I couldn't help myself "ooing and ahing" - Just delightful.

The anecdotes of the Queen's visit to the stable and house are wonderful. The Queen, amongst many other wealthy and aristocratic horse owners of the day, was entertained by Clare's parents, and the untimely arrival in the dining room of Clare, totally unaware of the fact that were visitors is fabulous. Read on - I won't spoil it.

A fascinating insight into the early years of an emancipated woman who has become a legendary figure on our TV screens and the popular media face of the 2012 summer sports programmes.


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