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Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.07

4.0 out of 5 stars Could it have happened, 13 Nov 2013
This review is from: Dominion (Paperback)
A fantastically well written book focusing on how the world could have looked had we surrendered to the Nazi's in 1940. The book focuses on a troubled scientist who learns something the German's want, his old friend from university who is a civil servant and a resistance member, his family and resistance comrades and the German officer attempting to find out what the scientist knows. Its incredibly well researched and written and manages to take you along for the journey especially in the later stages once the fog sets in.


Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut, 21 Feb 2013
This review is from: Sharp Objects (Paperback)
This is a fantastic debut that shows great promise that Flynn clearly lives up to with Gone girl. Cammile is a reporter in Chicago, who is forced to go back to her small home town of Wind Gap to cover a story of a suspected serial killer. The book very cleverly weaves her relationship with her mother, step-sister, old friends and the hunt for the killer. It is an exceptionally tense read with all the major characters seeming to be on the edge of doing something dangerous, whilst nowhere near as polished as Gone girl it is still a fantastic book with plenty of twists and turns that stays with you for days after you have finished it.


Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise
by William Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 21 Feb 2013
This review is from: Waiting for Sunrise (Paperback)
A really gripping book that is basically split into 2 parts, the lead character Lysander Reif is an actor who is spending some time in Vienna visiting a therapist to help with a problem of a personal nature. He meets a young English girl and begins an affair with her where his life suddenly spirals out of control. As the war begins he is back home and some of his old contacts from Vienna enlist his help and his life as a spy begins, the book does a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere of distrust as you (the reader) attempt to figure out what is going on and who is behind it.


A Foreign Country
A Foreign Country
by Charles Cumming
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent spy thriller, 24 Jan 2013
This review is from: A Foreign Country (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this book about disgraced spy Thomas Kell who is offered a way back in by finding his boss Amelia who has suddenly gone missing in France before taking on the top job. It managed to weave together events from recent history, political battles and a family story all within the covert world of spying. It is very well written, the characters are well crafted and the story twists around enough to keep you interested.


The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes Novel 1)
The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes Novel 1)
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted but a little simple, 24 Jan 2013
I think Horowitz has done an excellent job of getting into the conan doyle mindset and writing these books in a way that seems almost as if they could have been written by him. He manages the settings and general characters really well and I found myself racing through the story. I guess my one issue would be that about 3/4 of the way through is a great bit around prison (trying not to give anything away here) however once this is resolved the story loses it's way and seems to finish more with a whimper. Maybe it is because he is used to writing kids books but I just felt it didnt quite come together as I would have hoped and all the early story promise wasn't fulfilled


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 14 Jan 2013
This review is from: Gone Girl (Paperback)
It's quite difficult to properly review this without wanting to give anything away, I would just suggest that you get it and read it. The books focuses on Amy who has gone missing and her husband Nick who seems to be the main suspect. It's written in alternating chapters, her diary from before she went missing and then his real time discoveries, dealings with the police etc. The book twists and turns all over the place and as soon as you think you have something figured out or have an idea what will happen it changes. I read the whole thing really quickly, its seriously addictive and would recommend to all. One thing I would say in case they put you off is that the tube adverts make it seem bland, boring and like any other slightly chick lit relationship drama - it is nothing like that.


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adidas Hand Wraps
Price: 4.74 - 8.89

3.0 out of 5 stars small, 14 Jan 2013
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This review is from: adidas Hand Wraps (Sports)
The wraps themselves are pretty good but they are really small so you wont get that much protection. Fine for light training or if you are doing more fitness and less punching but wouldnt recommend if you are going to be concentrating on bags, pads, sparring


The Yard
The Yard
by Alex Grecian
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great, 10 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Yard (Paperback)
I did enjoy this book which is about detectives attempting to solve a particularly brutal murder of a policeman around a year after the Ripper killings. It does a fantastic job of setting the scene and introducing the various characters, although I thought some of the dialogue wasn't that well written. I think this has the makings of a fantastic book and I would read the author again but I think the story loses it's way at times and he doesnt manage to capture the threat and dread of the situations. I also felt that the way he brought everything to conclusion was as if he was holding the reader's hand and not thus I found it forgettable after I finished it


The Fear Index
The Fear Index
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite work, 10 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Fear Index (Paperback)
It's a really interesting concept, a hedge fund making money from fear and the reclusive man behind it seemingly being harrassed by someone but he doesn't know who. The book starts strongly and really builds up the sense of thrills in the middle part which kept me reading, however I was a very disappointed by the final third. Without wishing to ruin it I was very disappointed with the conclusion to the book and how it all came together.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 10 Jan 2013
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Paperback)
Brilliant book focusing on the rise of Thomas Cromwell against the backdrop of Anne Boleyn becoming the queen. It seems like quite a few people have found it difficult to get in to and at first it is a little daunting however 95% of the time she uses the word 'he' it is Cromwell she is talking about so once you get this in your head it's much easier to follow. The characters are believable and engaging and Mantel brilliantly weaves the political and emotional, it's long but it's well worth it


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