Profile for Dr Adams > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Dr Adams
Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,272,201
Helpful Votes: 42

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Dr Adams (UK)

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
October Skies
October Skies
by Alex Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but flawed..., 24 Jan. 2010
This review is from: October Skies (Paperback)
The book is split between present day (2008) and 1856. Our modern day protagonist, finds a diary from 1856 chronicling the journey through the Rockies by a group of settlers. A mixed bunch (Mormons, Irish etc) the diary of English Gentleman, Ben Lambert tells of the stresses and strains as the different groups struggle to pull together through the harsh journey and the tragedy that befalls them all.

The book reads fantastically well, is gripping and suspenseful. However, for me personally, the inclusion of the Presidential candidate in the present day time-line completely ruined it for me, it was clumsy and unnecessary and actually detracts from the book as a whole.

So for that 2 stars....disappointing as the idea was fantastic and started off so well!


The Secret Speech
The Secret Speech
by Tom Rob Smith
Edition: Hardcover

31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly disappointing sequel to the fantastic Child 44. - Don't waste your money., 23 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Secret Speech (Hardcover)
Bitterly disappointing sequel to the fantastic Child 44.

This book is awful. Simple as that. What Tom Rob Smith achieved with Child 44 has been wiped out by this poor follow up. Whilst there are interesting ideas in the book, it's a mish-mash of scenes and doesn't flow particularly well...one wonders if the words 'film rights' have been mentioned to the author and he's thinking movie adaptation.

I truly wanted to love this book as I did Child 44, but alas there is no substance. Will give great consideration to ever reading this author again.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 7, 2014 4:05 AM BST


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book from a fantastic author, 1 Oct. 2009
I loved this book. Simple as that. Complex, yet beautifully written plot with engaging characters, some you love, some you hate.

The main character, Mikael Blomqvist, a journalist, is hired to write about the Vanger family history. His investigations reveal the many skeletons in the Wanger family closet and the disappearance of Vanger's niece some 40 years earlier.

It's a highly enjoyable thriller with a gentle turn of prose which contrasts with the subject matter written. My only criticism is in the choice of name in English, the original Swedish title, Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who hate women), makes more sense.

Well worth reading as is the follow up, The girl who played with fire. The third instalment, The girl who kicked the hornet's nest is released today and can't wait to read it tomorrow!!


The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth wasting your time reading it, 1 Oct. 2009
OK so previous Dan Brown outings have provided us with fast paced action with plot twists and plenty of excitement, characters that you believe and find their actions credible....sadly that's all missing in his latest book. The similarities between The Lost Symbol and Nicholas Cage's lack lustre National Treasure are glaringly obvious in both the plot and the fact they are both awful.

The characters in this novel are unrealistic and almost pantomime like. The plot twists and puzzles we come to expect from Brown are few and far between and the story lines present aren't cohesive. Overall the book is a total let down and has obviously been written with the movie version in mind. Ultimately this book left me feeling what was the point in the plot and why had I bothered buying/reading it. Very disappointing and won't bother reading this author again.


Page: 1