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The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
by Mark Bowden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.42

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment, 6 Jun 2013
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Is this the same Mark Bowden who wrote the exemplary classic 'Black Hawk Down', because this book is just plain embarrassing. Given its short length and title I was expecting a second-by-second account of the raid that killed bin Laden, (backed up by an exploration of the manhunt that led to the shoot-out) a la 'Black Hawk...'. Instead he skims over the CIA hunt and the raid itself is relegated to a few scant pages (none based on first hand interviews with the SEAL operators, instead lifted from 'Mark Owen's' definitive 'No Easy Day') - what we do get is an exhaustive account of the politicking in Washington. And guess who the hero of the narrative is? Not the CIA operatives or JSOC operators, no it is the saintly genius hard-man Barak Obabma. Bush is ridiculed while Obama is lionised - only under his auspices was the raid and hit possible. Is he kidding?

Most of this is drawn from face-to-face interviews with Obama and his officials. This is all bunk. OBL was tracked and killed not because of Obama, but in spite of him.

Also little details are wrong, such as basic military nomencalture - Delta Force is never referred to as such but as simply Delta, Seal Team Six is referred to by its personnel as DEVGRU (see 'No Easy Day') - this plus other basic errors add to an account that is just not just ill-informed, but dangerously distorted.

Avoid thia book at all costs, unless it is read as satire. Bowden should be ashamed.


50th Birthday Celebration Volume 8
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 8
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Zorn-tastic, 1 Jun 2013
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Zorn's 50th birthday yielded a goldmine of material, and this is among the best. Spiky, scary and compelling - no one can touch Zorn's genius.


Soft Target
Soft Target
by Stephen Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.82

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Allegory, 6 May 2013
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Not Hunter's finest work (it's alarmingly short) and a disappointment after the excellent 'Dead Zero', but this is still a top notch read. It functions best as action-thriller as allegory, with America, the Mall, obviously the US, and the ghastly, PC African-American Colonel Obobo as President you-know-who - this is a blistering satire that lays bare the current US parlous state.

A second-rate Hunter is still better than many of his contemporaries at their best.


Exercises in Futility
Exercises in Futility
Price: 14.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Avant Garde, 14 April 2013
This review is from: Exercises in Futility (Audio CD)
Probably Ribot's most Avant Garde release as composer. It serves well as a companion piece to Ribot's recording of John Zorn's 'Book of Heads' - stark, angular and strangely compelling - a must for fans of the extreme left-field.


Two Solo Pieces
Two Solo Pieces
Price: 9.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Key early minimalism, 3 April 2013
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This review is from: Two Solo Pieces (Audio CD)
A scintillating collection of early works from Philip Glass collaborator Gibson (originally released on Glass's own first record label, Chatham Square) - this is gripping stuff and a key collection of early minimalism from the underrated and overlooked composer/performer.


In the Line of Fire
In the Line of Fire
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: 8.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 3 April 2013
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This review is from: In the Line of Fire (Audio CD)
One of maestro Morricone's best latter period works. Dark, compelling and strangely evocative, this is often overlooked and underrated, but a must for all fans.


Sinister
Sinister

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and intense, 3 April 2013
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This review is from: Sinister (Audio CD)
Dark and intense, this is horror scoring of the highest order from the master of the genre, Chrstopher Young. Bleak, austere and haunting (reminiscent of Penderecki) - the is unsettling sound-design meets gothic mood piece - terrifying and unforgettable.


Filmworks IX Trembling Before G-d
Filmworks IX Trembling Before G-d
Price: 14.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist, 3 April 2013
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Lush and evocative this often brings to mind a kind of late period Philip Glass with an enhanced Judaic bent a la Zorn's own Masada pieces. Minimalist Klezmer, this is Zorn at his finest.


End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
End of Watch [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Jake Gyllenhaal
Price: 2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 26 Mar 2013
This review is from: End of Watch [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Funny, moving and gut-wrenching this is a definite candidate for film of the year. David Ayer's love-letter to the LAPD is the equal of Joseph Wambaugh's books is a work of impassioned genius.


Filmworks II
Filmworks II
Price: 15.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre in the extreme, 7 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Filmworks II (Audio CD)
Utterly insane, even by Zorn's eccentric standards. Droning, squawking, clattering, this is blues meets avant garde, but somehow it's wildly accessible. A must for all hardcore Zornists.


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