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Dare to be Free (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Dare to be Free (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
by W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderous, 24 Dec. 2008
In its time this must have beeen a best seller,

The author writes brilliently with style and emotion

As this is a first review, the story is of an escape from crete after battle and severe wounds

The people he meets along the way and the emotion of the writing go along way.

What a pity thers no epiloge as its clear he does return after the war!

major work in world war 2 combat, escape and evasion
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 12, 2009 11:28 AM BST


One Soldier's War in Chechnya
One Soldier's War in Chechnya
by Arkady Babchenko
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been great, 11 Dec. 2008
This is the most disjointed book I think I've ever read it's so out of sequence its leaves huge gaps and more annoyingly questions!
It left me with a feeling that the author is himself suffering from PTSD
War is a terrible thing. In the book he lost a comrade but tells us nothing of how
A promise to tell us later then delivers nothing
And even possibly leaves the best bit out surly some demons still running around his head. I wonder just how much was written under the influence of vodka
As for a professional journalist it's not so lucid in parts
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 22, 2009 1:46 PM BST


Sole Survivor: A Story of Record Endurance at Sea
Sole Survivor: A Story of Record Endurance at Sea
by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars artistic license invades too much, 22 Nov. 2008
A piece of folklore at sea yes- but the author's insistance of including over dramatising everthing to fill the pages made me skip through section after section addmittadly theres not much conversation when you're the only participant. But a shorter novel would have been more appreciated from me anyway!


Ghosts of Targets Past: The Lives and Losses of a Lancaster Crew in 1944-45
Ghosts of Targets Past: The Lives and Losses of a Lancaster Crew in 1944-45
by Philip Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a touch of realism, 7 Nov. 2008
Iliked the human touch to this book
the preamble gos on a bit too much and some sections seem out of sequence but overall a terrific narritive of life and death over the flak filled skies of enemy occupied europe


To Freedom Through China: Escaping from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong
To Freedom Through China: Escaping from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong
by Tony A. J. Hewitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bemused?, 2 Oct. 2008
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Like so many books the first 100 pages are quite exicting alas after that
The drama ends and a long bit of travel begins alot of it on transport! with no real shortage of food!
By the authors own admission he had no intention of joining a unit that was engaging the Japanese in Assam again after reaching india but opted for the life of a peacetime soldier
It all left me with a feeling of how did this guy get an MC and mentioned in dispatches???
There ifs nothing in the book about his own role in the fall of honkong
It all left more questions than answers for me!!


Cochrane the Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 1775-1860
Cochrane the Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 1775-1860
by David Cordingly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.43

1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars attention to detail???, 19 Sept. 2008
The story has been recovered fron cochranes own autobiography
but lack of detail in the combat zones ,leaves a feeling of glossing over what could have been a great read.

maybe the origonal book was writtn in a stilted style because "real men do not bring attention to thier deeds" attitude
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 13, 2009 2:46 PM BST


Rescued by Mao: World War II, Wake Island, and My Remarkable Escape to Freedom Across Mainland China
Rescued by Mao: World War II, Wake Island, and My Remarkable Escape to Freedom Across Mainland China
by William Taylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars the long way home?, 11 Sept. 2008
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As books go this one is another of those that try's to sell it's self on a title that doesn't have that much to do with the book.
As a reader of many POW books I'm coming to the conclusion POW'S in Thailand had a god awful time and some prisoners in other countries were lucky to have a barely tolerable time
It would seem the author's time in shanghai was of the latter
This gives the book a kind of blandness.
I'm probably doing him a great injustice here but I was left with the feeling that he was a little brainwashed due to the hospitality he received by the Chinese who helped him. Even calling Mao a great leader... hummm..

no maps either!!!


Where the Orange Blooms: One Man's War and Escape in Vietnam
Where the Orange Blooms: One Man's War and Escape in Vietnam
by Thomas Taylor
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars lost me on the oranges, 20 Aug. 2008
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Some books have obscure titles this one could have done much better on sales alone if there'd been something more dynamic in the title
Having said that the story is worth reading unfortunately the books format was kind of strange 1/3 escape 2/3 the war 3/3/ the escape
The middle third the ghost writer took over and seems the just copy the regimental history of the unit more than an individual account

I found myself skipping whole passages till the escape phase came back in
I found the book incomplete with out the Cai being reunited with his wife

Then it all ends in a spat between the sponsor /author and subject over an incident which 2/3 people didn't want included, hmmmmm....
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 13, 2009 1:14 PM BST


No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, a Perilous Climb
No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, a Perilous Climb
by Felice Benuzzi
Edition: Paperback

0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars snoozer, 15 Aug. 2008
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Read this in two nights -yep its a cure for insomnia.
the book is a over detailed discription of a mountain climb wraped up in a lax P.O.W. setting
the introduction even compares it to "the long walk"-belive me this is no long walk


The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways
The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways
by Stephen Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stare death in the face, 13 Aug. 2008
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The set up of the story took too long for me
By page 76 I was no nearer to weighing anchor than page one

By the time the wreck happened it turned into a hell of a tale
The survival instinct kicked in and all sense of comradmanship was abandoned

Wrong decision after wrong decision in the end cost many lives

The epilogue and folk law tales of the assimilation of people who may have survived amongst the natives was great
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 13, 2009 1:18 PM BST


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