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Shout At The Devil
Shout At The Devil
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale., 26 July 2014
One of the best from Wilbur Smith, this is a book of two halves. The first is funny, relatively light-hearted and somewhat superficial. The second half is deadly serious under the occasional humour, a tale of revenge set in the mangrove swamps of East Africa which enthralls and holds your attention. Most enjoyable and highly recommended if you like your war stories with a bit of a twist. A brilliant read.


That Kennedy Girl
That Kennedy Girl
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2.0 out of 5 stars A strange book., 19 Jun 2014
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The Kennedys have always been a tragic family, so much promise cut short without fulfilling their destiny, & Kick was no exception. A sad story, not particularly well told. The author writes as if she were there all the time, & the characters make speeches to each other. I don't think I'll be reading this again.


Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
Croissants and Jam (a romantic comedy)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very predictable tosh., 13 Jun 2014
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This story was quite amusing but really predictable from the time Bels met Christian on the plane. The only question was how many stupid situations they would get into before the final chapter, I did start to count but I lost the will to live half way through.
Why do some authors write a whole book in present tense? It's really annoying. I won't be reading any more of her books, and am deleting this one.


One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative & entertaining book., 11 Jun 2014
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Not the norm for Bill Bryson, but a good read nevertheless. I found the wealth of detail on the events of 1927 astonishing -who would have thought that so much happened in that year. I didn't understand a word of the baseball chapters, but I'm sure someone will! However, the story of Babe Ruth's exploits, both on and off the pitch, make today's "sporting heroes" seem a bit tame in comparison. Altogether an interesting, informative book, told with enough tongue in cheek to remind the reader that Bill Bryson reigns supreme. Recommended.


The Cobra
The Cobra
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 18 May 2014
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A very believable book, & a perfect solution to the drug problem. Frederick Forsyth has done it again, in his own inimitable fashion.


To War with Wellington
To War with Wellington
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable history., 10 April 2014
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This book brings a new dimension to the Peninsula War and the lead up to Waterloo by using attributable quotes from the men who were there. This is not a dry history book, nor a collection of facts and figures; this is an account of a period of the early 19th century when almost the whole of Europe was ruled by Napoleon, and the gradual rolling back of his forces in Portugal and Spain masterminded by the brilliant Duke of Wellington, culminating in the great battle which finally routed Napoleon. The life of the soldier, with all its hardships, is simply told without sentiment and is the more compelling for it. A great book. Recommended.


Anything Considered
Anything Considered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Mayle does it again., 31 Mar 2014
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Another most enjoyable book from Peter Mayle, laugh-out-loud funny & a good story. As always the main characters and plot are well described but not over-drawn, leaving plenty to the imagination to keep you interested right to the last page. Another one I'll read again & again. Recommended.


Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Don't Want To Miss A Thing
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit hit & miss, I've read better., 28 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed the story and the convoluted way the pairings developed, but could have done without the unnecessary obscenity on every other page. As a "by the pool" book it works very well, but I probably won't bother to read it again.


Cawnpore
Cawnpore
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me., 26 Mar 2014
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This is a novel set round a disaster of the Indian Mutiny. I believe that the facts of the Cawnpore massacre are more or less as told here, but the poor storytelling detracts from the horror and suffering inflicted on those involved and therefore diminishes it. The gratuitous sex is unnecessary, the writing appalling & the spelling & grammar purely American, even though the narrator is supposed to be English & live in London. Not a book I will be reading again. If you want a story set round the Mutiny, I can recommend "Shadow of the Moon" by M M Kaye, which is infinitely better.


Fist Of God
Fist Of God
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forsyth at his best., 20 Mar 2014
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Another brilliant novel from the master storyteller. In a totally believable tale of modern warfare which grips the imagination from beginning to end, Frederick Forsyth tells the tale of the invasion of Kuwait by the Iraqis and their subsequent defeat by coalition forces. One of my favourite books, I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Recommended.


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