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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Xbox 360)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £8.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 13 Mar. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
As a longtime enthusiast for the R6 game in its various gusies, I felt slightly apprehensive when ordering this. Apprehensuve that it might not be as good, a la "Ghost Recon 2" or it would be too multiplayer focused. Thankfully both were unsubstantiated; the game is splendid, beautiful garphics and difficult enough to keep it interesting. A natural next step for R6. My only gripe is the absence of a bit more backstory about the changes in R6 team, given the the "Critical Hour" game never made it over to the UK


Mission Impossible 3 (2 Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD]
Mission Impossible 3 (2 Disc Collectors Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.18

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable improvement, 1 Mar. 2007
I approached this without too much enthusiasm after MI2 whihc was far too self important. This however is splendid. Good pace, good set pieces and well filmed. A top action movie. I have taken apoint off because - well, I won't spoil anything....


The Third World War: August 1985
The Third World War: August 1985
by John Hackett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well constructed but too partisan, 2 Feb. 2007
This was a very enjoyable "what if" look at how a conflict may have gone, and very well contructed. While hindsight shows some the propositions were total nonsense -the efficiency of the Soviet forces for example, it stands up reasonably well.

It's main drawbakc for me is the overtly conservative background to Hackett's writing, his yearning for a return to so called "traditional values", and like so many of his compadres from the eighties ignoring the hardship they often cause.

Still, worth looking at if you enjoy alternate history.


Unit: Season 1 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Unit: Season 1 [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dennis Haysbert
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.14

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Force in the USA, 4 Oct. 2006
Although written by the wonderful David Mamet, I am not convinced that this series wasn't the result of someone seeing "Ultimate Force" and thinking - let's do one for the USA! Same team, same walk out graphics and one or two similar sub plots alongside the standard scenarios (hijackings, undercover ops etc)

Overall very watchable


Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [DVD] [1962]
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: £4.85

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Entertaining, 5 Sept. 2006
This is, as other reviewers have stated, one of the greatest westerns ever. It can make this claim not through any blistering action sequences, but through its tension, its thoughtfulness and an awarness of time and place which is unmatched in the genre.

An example is the scene when the delegates crowd into the hall for the statehood vote - a nicely observed piece -while ignoring the black man sitting at the foot of the steps. A wonderful counterbalance to the talk of freedom inside the hall.

It is also, as I say extremely tense, and the scenes between Wayne and Marvin are as taut as anything either has appeared in elsewhere

Wonderful film


Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987
Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987
by Bob Woodward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.66

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The CIA , warts and all., 3 Aug. 2006
This remains the best one-volume analysis of the CIA. Although focusing on the particular period of the Casey era, it gives enough of a conetxt to get an idea of what the CIA is involed with -and the political underpinning of it.

If you are looking for a hagiography of the wonderful work done by the CIA look away. Likewise, if you are looking for a damning picture of a conspiratorial behemoth you will not find it.

There are some shocking moments, such as the statement that to men like Casey, human rights and justice were an irrelevance. Similarly, the sheer inward looking nature of the organisation is frightening and, given the post 9/11 world, unforgiveable.

However, one cannot help but admire how Casey looked at the organisation and felt that it need to be made much more effective in waht it was doing. His relationship with Reagan obviously helped, but it was this political overlap that perhaps caused more problems than answers.

An engrossing read, done very much in Woodward's usual highly readable style


Settling Accounts: Drive to the East
Settling Accounts: Drive to the East
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition, 18 July 2006
A wonderful step in the long settling accounts sequence. I accept other reviewer's points about some of the storytelling, but this is dwarved by the sheer vision. His reasoning is ,on the whole, precise and the fact that fascism can arise anywhere - CSA, UK, France is quietly compelling -and worrying.


Rebus: Black And Blue/The Hanging Garden/Dead Souls [DVD]
Rebus: Black And Blue/The Hanging Garden/Dead Souls [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Hannah
Offered by music-a-plenty
Price: £18.89

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows in comparison with later versions, 10 July 2006
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Like many reviwers, I wasn't entirely convinced by having John Hannah as Rebus, though he was to an extent, pressured to do them. However, I must say that these are far superior to the later adaptations with Ken Stott. They take a more authentic look at the character, and spend more time working through the complexities of the stories, than the 70 mionute Stott versions;in the last of these,"The Falls" and "Fleshmarket Close", the stories were so changed that the titles didn't make any sense!


Gods And Generals/Gettysburg [DVD] [2003]
Gods And Generals/Gettysburg [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Tom Berenger

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing, 6 Jun. 2006
I agree with the reviewer below on the aspects of characteristaion and the overwhelming pro-South bias in this flawed prequel.

The constant harping of Jackson to God to bless his cause gets tedious in the extreme, with not even a dissenting note to lighten the burden. Very disappointing after the magnificence of Gettysburg, which presented both sides of the war in a more elqoquent and engaging tone.


London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £24.73

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 1 Jun. 2006
This was the album that brought the Clash to a world wide audience, and showed that lyrically they were up there with Townshend, Davies and Dylan.

Musically, it is incredible in the range of styles artfully mastered, from rock to reggae, pop to rockabilly. A lot of the credit goes to Mick Jones for this; something he showed a great flare for after the Clash, with his work in Big Audio Dynamite.

I would also recommend the live album -"From Here to Eternity" released a few years ago which ahs excellent live versions of "London Calling" and "Train in Vain" amongst others.

As for the reviewer who says this is overarted -he should have been there in 1982 when Townshend joined the Clash onstage for a glorious version of the title track. As for The Jam, yes a great live band and good singles but very, very limited both musically and lyrically compared to The Clash.


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