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The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8)
The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 8)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever..., 12 Dec 2014
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It's unbelievable that Bernard Cornwell can continue to produce such atmospheric and gripping stuff without ever repeating himself... brilliant, as always. Book 9 now please Mr Cornwell...


The Shepherd
The Shepherd
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very haunting story..., 9 Sep 2014
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I read and loved this story in paperback years ago but my copy is in someone's attic and probably lost forever so I finally replaced it with the Kindle version. OK, it's only a shortish story but it carries the atmosphere and tension that graces many full length books, so don't let this deter you. It still haunts me years later...


Piece of Cake (R.A.F. Quartet Book 1)
Piece of Cake (R.A.F. Quartet Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set in France in the Phoney War (I've only reached the middle of the book so far) where the author brilliantly captures the free, 8 Aug 2014
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WW2 fiction is not a genre I generally read, rather than actual historical stuff which I do read occasionally, however... but this is crackin'. Set in France in the Phoney War (I've only reached the middle of the book so far) where the author brilliantly captures the freewheeling and slightly manic spirit of a squadron of Hurricane pilots who live in the knowledge that flying Hurricanes was never going to come with a guaranteed return ticket, neither is contact with the enemy. So far (50% through) there hasn't been much enemy contact but a very believable interweaving of colourful personalities to whom tomorrow is another day, a day which doesn't quite seem to really exist, but we know surrendering their tomorrow was something these extraordinary men were quite willing to do... except of course it wouldn't happen to them. I had the privilege of knowing a celebrated Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot, a man of towering presence and huge humour who still had his RAF moustache and drove extremely fast cars well into his eighties until he finally had to accept enough was enough. These men were there and gave us our today, and were just as reckless and mad but somehow rigidly disciplined at the same time... and they were real. This book is beautifully written, exciting, and opens a little window into a world we can never know. Bless them all.


The Nelson Touch (Ark Royal Book 2)
The Nelson Touch (Ark Royal Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wednesday is here..., 21 July 2014
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I seem to remember that's when the Eagle used to get delivered every week, a joyous day when everything became possible and Dan Dare was seriously heroic. Mr Nuttall is too young to remember that but I bet he's got his dad's copies up in the attic.
Great stuff, proper ripping yarn time. Stuff probability, who needs it, we know the Royal Navy will win in the end. They always do. Just ask the Spanish armada, the Graf Spee and many a greater foe.

With this book an unexpected social angle emerges... Britain is ruled by a monarchistic aristocracy in x-ty years in the future. Ummm... how on earth did that happen? Probability becomes well stuffed at this point but who knows???


The Immortal Circus: Final Act (Cirque des Immortels Book 3)
The Immortal Circus: Final Act (Cirque des Immortels Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...Part three, with sparkling shards..., 14 May 2014
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As a totally beguiled onlooker onto the ravaging turmoil of the earlier story, I got this final episode the moment it was published. Wary of the risk that the author may have lost the thread in a Titus Alone kind of way, my wariness rapidly vapourised in a shower of sunflakes with the dexterity of the storytelling.

Rendered entranced by the possibilities of the sort of Balrog meets Little Miss Muffet scenario, enhanced by wittily left field comments on the lines of 'this isn't Harry Potter y'know', I couldn't help but be captivated yet again as the battle between the Summer Court and the Winter Court reaches its crescendo in a blaze of light and erased memory... obviously, I loved it.

A.R.Kahler's writing drips with a rare mix of energy, invention, vitality, darkness and fun, all draped around the shoulders of beautifully crafted characters in a world only slightly parallel to the one you woke up in this morning.

Read the previous two books first though. I rather suspect I'll continue to read his future stories as well... Great stuff.


Revelations (Extinction Point series Book 3)
Revelations (Extinction Point series Book 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues..., 29 April 2014
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If you read and enjoyed the previous two books in the series, then you'll like this one too, and if the author is good as his word (which I'm sure he will be) the ones that follow on after that. Finally Emily comes across a few new faces, and unusually these are British new faces which is nice because as we know you don't mess with the SAS, or SBS in this case... so the terror of being more or less on her own isn't quite so overwhelming. And, you'll be glad to know, it isn't quite all over for the human race, not yet... read on...


Ark Royal
Ark Royal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Dare eat yer heart out, 3 Mar 2014
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Great fun... think b&w war movies... 'The Yangtze Incident' meets 'Sink The Bismarck' with a dash of ' The Cruel Sea'... clattering steel doors, twisted hull plates and heroes. Now transplant the lot into hyperspace but leave the Royal Navy well alone, no tampering with tradition here... damn right. You'll be glad to know in the 24th century you can still rely on Jack SpaceTar, and his starfighters even have the decency to be called Spitfires ...damn right too. Thoroughly bonkers and thoroughly enjoyable.

The author finishes the book asking if there should be a sequel. Of course there should. Get on with it man...


Operation Kingfisher
Operation Kingfisher
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into resistance to tyranny, 9 Feb 2014
I'm not entirely convinced life in occupied France was quite so straightforward for the Maquis, or the Germans were quite so readily defeated, a friend of my father's having herself been betrayed whilst serving as an SOE agent and subsequently murdered in Dachau. She was young and beautiful.

Nevertheless a good, exciting and uncomplicated fictional story set in a real world background which will give teenage readers an inkling of what the real-life Eliane and her extraordinarily heroic comrades went through, and maybe an inkling of how fortunate they are to be privileged enough to inherit the world they died to save.

The main characters are portrayed with understanding and sympathy, and I would like to know what became of Luke and Christine as their war developed if a sequel were to emerge.


Boggle
Boggle

5.0 out of 5 stars yup, it's boggle alright, 6 Feb 2014
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...and just as much fun as the shake it yourself version. Only thing is, the game accepts words for which its on-boarddictionary offers the enigmatic 'no definition' which is a bit weird and may well lead a few people who are already lost in txtspk right up the garden path into the realms of incomprehensibility.


Aftershock (A Short Story)
Aftershock (A Short Story)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was that it?, 5 Feb 2014
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Disappointingly short... there we were, rattling along with quakes and maybe aliens hot on our heels just about to take a chopper into the rest of the story and... hang on a minute... you mean that's it??? ...like write the rest yourself pal? ...c'mon Roberta, do us a favour and at least finish a book before you flog it. Just when it was getting good too...
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