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Mr. Fintan Mcmahon "Fintan Mac." (Wexford, Ireland)

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by Ken Follett
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Whiteout another Ken Follett winner, 23 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Whiteout (Hardcover)
Ken Follett has written lots of books and with lots of different themes. In this one he is delving into the pharmaceutical world of deadly viruses. It is placed in Scotland, not one of Follett's usual stomping grounds. The book and the pace is almost totally believable. The setting is great and opens up all sorts of scenarios that Follett explores to deliver a fast moving, twisting story.

It is a modern twist on the age old problem of sons of fathers with gambling problems and even bigger ego problems. It's not up to the standard of Pillars of the Earth (which I consider to be one of Follett's best books) but it will keep you entertained for as long as you like.

Again you will have trouble putting this one down so don't start it until you have time for a good run at it. Follett will keep you turning the pages way past your sensible bedtime.

Alex Cross's Trial: (Alex Cross 15)
Alex Cross's Trial: (Alex Cross 15)
by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson or Alex Cross?, 23 Jan. 2010
James Patterson is one of those writers that you either love or hate. Here he has another page turner - so I guess that I like him. The story is not his usual line and it is written in the style of telling it through the eyes of someone who stumbles on memoirs.

It's about the blacks in America around the turn of the 20th Century. Some of it is hard to believe, in this day and age, but I'm sure that it is factually correct.

With Patterson you get his trademark short sentences, short chapters and this makes you turn the pages well into the night. The outcome is a good twist but you'll have to read it to find out more.

Barbarians v All Blacks 1973 [DVD] [2005]
Barbarians v All Blacks 1973 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Gareth Edwards

5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Rugby Game Ever Played?, 23 Jan. 2010
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The short answer would have to be - no. But it has some of the best passages of play ever played and is a testimony to how the game was played some 30 years ago. When you consider that none of the players was a professional and that they played purely for the love of the game then you have to love the spirit in which the game was played.

Lets face it in the modern game everyone knows they have to shine. They practise for hours upon hours to get things right. Here were a bunch of players thrown together - the Barbarians of course - and they had never played together before. Lienout calls would have to be made up and perfected. But the likes of Michael Cameron Gibson, David Duckham, Gareth Edwards and the rest put their heart and soul into the game.

Sure it's jerky in places, some of the mauls look awful but if you look at the running game of rugby it was nothing short of magical. I remember listening to the game on the radio because I was in rehearsals and didn't get to see it for years. But the commentary did it justice.

So to sum up. It's one of the Greatest Games of Rugby ever played and it is from an era where true sportsmanship thrived (it wasn't all saintly so don't get me wrong). Considering the times that they lived in it is a joy to watch but don't expect something to be happening every second because it doesn't. But when the magic begins you will want to replay it time and time again.

A Prisoner of Birth
A Prisoner of Birth
by Jeffrey. Archer
Edition: Hardcover

61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Courtroom Scenes Ever, 27 Mar. 2008
This review is from: A Prisoner of Birth (Hardcover)
This is Jeffrey Archer back where he belongs - on top. From the first couple of pages the pace rarely flags. The twists and turns are excellent. The worst thing about this book is it's length!! It's too long and too short all at once.

It will keep you up at night well past your sleeping time and you will want to get back to it first thing the next morning. But beware it leaves a big hole when you are finished. Be sure to have another book to hand because you will still want to read.

Can't wait for his next book.

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