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Into the Valley of Death (Harry Ryder 1)
Into the Valley of Death (Harry Ryder 1)
by A L Berridge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch stuff, 17 Sep 2012
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A tale of arrogance and folly in the Crimean wars featuring the ill fated charge of the light brigade with some useful insight as to why it was such a disaster.

At first the book seemed a bit boys ownish but it really picked up and developed into a rattling good yarn with some great characters one of whom is corporal Harry Ryder, a Crimean Sharpe if you like who`s tale is to be continued.

The brutality of the battle of Sebastopol and sheer arrogance of officers and NCOs is well described where men were nothing more than cannon fodder fighting in appalling conditions. Although fiction, like any historical novel worth its salt, fact and fiction blend seamlessly thanks to meticulous research.


Hunter's Rage (The Civil War Chronicles)
Hunter's Rage (The Civil War Chronicles)
by Michael Arnold
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rip roaring entertainment, 17 Sep 2012
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The third book about Civil War superhero Captain innocent Stryker and every bit as good as the previous two. This concerns the battle of Stratton (Stamford Hill) and like all good historical novels contains a good mixture of fact and fiction.

Michael Arnold`s battlefield descriptions are so good you can almost smell and taste it, not though you`d want to mind. His avoidance of tedious characterization makes for a fast paced and truly exciting tale. Unputdownable

It will be very interesting to see how the Stryker character develops as he is after all fighting on the losing side.


Traitor
Traitor
by Rory Clements
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Strength to strength, 6 Jun 2012
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This is the fourth book all about Elizabethan sleuth John Shakespeare (fictional brother of Will). This time it involves the dastardly Spanish trying to get hold of England`s new secret weapon - the telescope. Whilst this is the main plot there are plenty of other sub-plots involving lots of political intrigue, murder, torture, Catholic baiting and general skulldugery.

By this fourth novel Rory Clements has created a strong set of characters that have depth and add great credibility to the story. He captures brilliantly life in Elizabethan England - you can almost taste and smell it - yuk. The use of olde English words and expressions are a sheer delight, mind you I think an olde English glossary might be in order or his next book.


Siege: (Scope 1)
Siege: (Scope 1)
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars still on top form, 6 Jun 2012
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You know what to expect with a Simon Kernick book - full on action from the word go and cliff hanger endings to each short chapter. This is all about a hotel siege by a bunch of very nasty bad guys, made to look like a terrorist attack, but all is not what it seems. Certainly shades of `Die hard` here with a good guy hitman on a separate agenda caught up in the action.

Once you start reading it`s damn difficult to stop - making you very unsociable at times.


Prince (John Shakespeare 3)
Prince (John Shakespeare 3)
by Rory Clements
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince, 13 July 2011
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More Elizabethan skullduggery and intrigue from Mr Clements and every bit as good as the other two books. This time we have pensioner QE1 coming to the end of her reign and as the body count increases, the fight is on for her throne with an unknown pretender waiting in the wings.

Rory Clements characters are vibrant and he writes with great authority at an enjoyable pace as the plot evolves, twists and turns as any good thriller should, unlike the plodding narrative and somewhat dull characters of CJ Samsun.

The bawdy olde English is a joy to read - Highly recommended


Ginger Baker: Hellraiser
Ginger Baker: Hellraiser
by Ginger Baker
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The drum god who lost the plot, 19 July 2010
As a drummer myself, Ginger was my hero in the 60s and still was until I read this. He comes across as conceited, egotistical and practically proud of his Junkie status. In fact the "Junkie vocabulary" becomes very tedious as did his constant womanising.

I wanted to read how he developed his unique and brilliant style of playing but it was pretty much glossed over in favour of obsessive rants about jack Bruce and where the next fix would come from.

Ironically he sacked a potential biographer for wanting to write about his sex and drugs episodes. Well that's the prime theme here along with Polo - drumming is very much secondary


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