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The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence A Hero of the Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns
The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence A Hero of the Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns
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4.0 out of 5 stars Have a go. I found it very interesting, 5 July 2015
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When I started reading this book, I was of a mind to ditch it. However I persevered and found that the thoughts of Sergeant William Lawrence began to command my attention. It is not a story as such, or a detailed history of the British Army from the late 18th century until the battle of Waterloo, but rather an insight not only into the thoughts and actions of an man of these times, but of the times themselves. Very interesting !


The Lost Empress (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 4)
The Lost Empress (Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery Book 4)
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy holiday read., 2 July 2015
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A complicated elaborate plot which becomes an easy read once you have memorised the names of the numerous characters. Although plenty seems to be happening, there are few surprises and the book provides a pleasant way to pass an hour or two.


Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Bernard Cornwell !, 28 Jun. 2015
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A splendid record of the famous battle, describing the sequence of events in great detail. Contemporary letters and written accounts have been used and skilfully married to provide a comprehensive picture of events through the eyes of the participants. There is little reference to the political history which led to the battle, however the book has fired my curiosity to discover more about European history in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Well done Bernard Cornwell.
PS ... Marks to Kindle for microscopic, (non-enlarging) maps .... ! out of 10.


My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1)
My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for murder mysteries fans., 21 Jun. 2015
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A well written book about a young police-woman's twenty year personal crusade to discover the truth behind her sister's disappearance. The characters involved in the story are diverse and interesting and the author has gone to great lengths to present happenings and legal procedures in a credible fashion. Events do evolve to an explicitly brutal conclusion, but it is that kind of story.
If you enjoy reading well written murder mysteries you will enjoy this.


Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River
Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable account of a remarkable adventure. A good read !, 16 Jun. 2015
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A remarkable account of a remarkable adventure. Phil Harwood's story of his canoeing the length of the Congo river not only reveals the enormity of the task he undertook, but also the calibre of the man who faced its challenges. Although setting out alone; in his descriptions of the people he met, he reveals himself to be sympathetic to his fellow man, whilst when necessary, capable of looking after himself. The five months the trip lasted must have been exhausting, dangerous and at times extremely monotonous, but the author keeps our interest by describing the river, its people, present and past, mentioning both Livingstone and Stanley and while describing the rusting wreckage of past colonial development littering parts of the river he outlines the turbulent times which have followed independence in many African countries. The book which is very well written is well worth reading not only as an adventure story but also for the insight it gives on present day Africa.


Swansong (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 4)
Swansong (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A complicated but interesting murder mystery., 16 Jun. 2015
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This convoluted murder mystery was well presented, with the maverick DI Dixon holding to his convictions and pursuing his investigation with great determination, eventually solving the murders of three people and ridding himself of the ghost which had haunted him for many years.


The Traitor (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 3)
The Traitor (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars I cannot by too critical, as I did not finish this book., 12 Jun. 2015
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I cannot be too critical as I did not finish this murder mystery. I felt in the beginning that it was going to be interesting. That is until I was introduced to the mind of Daniele Barbo and his obsession with the mathematical dilemma of P= NP; how to cut your waiting time for popular rides at Disneyworld by devising computer programmes to help you; sorting out seating plans for weddings; the mystery of algorithms and how they might solve life's problems. I discovered that after 357 years Andrew Wiles found proof of Fermat's last theorem and after another hundred Perelman solved the Poincare conjecture. After several pages of this, I was left wondering what this had to do with the price of seed potatoes. So I stopped reading.


The Summer Son
The Summer Son
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting well written story. Worth a read!, 1 Jun. 2015
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A very well written biography describing the relationship between a son and his father. Skipping between youth and adulthood, the author tells of the never easy and at times unpleasant exchanges he had with the 'old man,' when in summer each year he spent several weeks with him in the country. The author's command of language is brilliant and his descriptions of individuals, places and happenings are well defined and interesting.
Not the sort of book to chose if you favour "happy families," but a very real account of how one can live with a person and not really know them. The story has an interesting ending.


The Mistake
The Mistake
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read this one, but will not be back for more., 26 May 2015
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This is not my usual taste in reading. A macabre murder scene is set before the tale spirals downward to finally reveal the sordid details of the crime and the evil identity of the murderer.
I read it to the end but will look in a different direction for my next read.


Snowblind (Dark Iceland)
Snowblind (Dark Iceland)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easily read, interesting book, 25 May 2015
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A different kind of murder mystery. It was necessary to memorise the various Icelandic names in the the story, but having done so I found it easy to follow. The central character Ari Thor, a probationer policeman in a remote northern settlement in Arctic winter throws himself into the task of investigating the circumstances of two murders in a small community. The characters he encounters are diverse and interesting and Ari's enthusiasm to 'get to the bottom of things' leads to assumptions which may not always be valid. The Arctic winter weather and its effect on wellbeing was well (if depressingly) portrayed.
An easily read, interesting book .


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