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Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
Sovereign: 3 (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Shardlake addiction, 3 Oct. 2011
The Shardlake series are rightly praised for the impressive interpretation of the Tudor times. The characters are vivid and here in the third of the series the reader has a feeling that fully knows the main character as if he was a friend. I especially like the way the historic events are used to provide a scene for the medieval detective stories. In this particular one the details of the historic background is especially interesting. The final chapters of Sovereign are so compulsive that I needed to reschedule certain tasks in order to finish it asap. Looking forward to the next one...


The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict 431-404 BC
The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict 431-404 BC
by Donald Kagan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling, 3 Dec. 2010
It is amazing how thoroughly it is possible to interpret a sequence of events that happened well over two thousand years ago. Besides the antique references a lot is provided by Prof. Kagan whose great narrative makes the book really enjoyable. The storyline is well built and I have not felt any unnecessarily jump neither in timescale nor in the level of the details. It is really positive that he adds clear explanation to the key events, what could have been the motivation of certain characters or group of people. There are great maps included in the book, however some of the mentioned places are not indicated on any of them. I wish this book would be a standard for history books.


Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
by Colleen McCullough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars for McCullough funs, 3 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Antony and Cleopatra (Paperback)
Those who know the Rome series of McCullough will not be disappointed at all. Again the author took the historical events and the main characters of the period and mixed it with fiction. The result is a story where you get an insight into the main characters' personality. The storyline is sometime too detailed but as I said, this is fully in line with McCullough style.


Dawn of Empire
Dawn of Empire
by Sam Barone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice effort, 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Dawn of Empire (Paperback)
I selected this book because of the period of time it is concentrating on. There is always a fun to find novels which allow us to have an insight to a historical period which is not otherwise well understood and described. My original expectations were partly fulfilled, though some comments are necessary. Sam Barone has a defenite capability to construct high standard novels but in this work the difference in speed between the first half and the second half is huge. The first part is overloaded with sex schemes and long conversations between the two main characters upon the same topic (ie. boring). Most of the events are predictable. The second part is lot more enjoyable. The description of the siege is carefully constructed and well paced.

We all know that this is not a historical book but some facts do not seem to be well settled (or at least questionable), including the extended use of bronze and the use of mineral oil.

After all this is an enjoyable work and is above average.


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