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One Summer
One Summer
by David Baldacci
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very different Baldacci, 31 July 2013
This review is from: One Summer (Paperback)
Baldacci's books I usually find just acceptable. When I was recently in Beijing I needed something to read for the long flight back home and the only book I got attracted to was this one due to the Baldacci name. So with some hesitation I bought the book and it turned out to be a wonderful read. I really could not put it down. One get sucked into the story and somehow it does not leave one. It is very emotional, funny and makes one think. Some parts were perhaps a wee bit kitschy but it always remains a great red. Thanks Mr Baldacci for this book!


The Straw Men (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery)
The Straw Men (A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery)
by Paul Doherty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Doherty is back - a great read, 31 July 2013
I am actually a big fan of Paul Doherty and his writing. But I have to admit the last books he published were quite a disappointment. So with quite some hesitation I bought this book, but it turned out to be a great read. This is why Paul Doherty became one of my "pet writers". He is back to his old self. The book recreated medieval times to perfection and of course is a great crime story. I just loved it.


Death on the Holy Mountain (Lord Francis Powerscourt)
Death on the Holy Mountain (Lord Francis Powerscourt)
by David Dickinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too muchof history lesson than a crime story, 31 July 2013
but still an okay read

I like the Lord Powerscourt novels my David Dickinson. This one is may not the best when it comes to the crime aspects. The plot is a bit confusing and does not grab one straight away. There are long parts on Irish history. Well, maybe the wrong place and wrong kind of book for it.

So all in all 3 stars


The King's Deception
The King's Deception
by Steve Berry
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book - page turner of first order, 14 Jun 2013
This review is from: The King's Deception (Paperback)
I have read nearly all of Steve Berry's books. His work is not always convincing, but this one is a real page turner and properly his best book in the Cotton malone series. I enjoyed every page. Great historic story line and good modern action. Loved it!


Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's Favourite Wife
Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's Favourite Wife
by David Loades
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money and time, 14 Mar 2013
This a very, very disappointing biography. One does not learn anything new, gain a new inside or a understanding of this Queen. Most stuff is not about her, but her family and what happened after her death. What's the point of this book? Honestly I wish I had not bought it.


The Hunters (The Hunters 1)
The Hunters (The Hunters 1)
by Chris Kuzneski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

3.0 out of 5 stars as usual, but too violent and too weapon obsessed, 14 Mar 2013
The new series takes on board much from the Payne & Jones series. The last page even links it to the previous series with the appearance of Peter Ulster. So it is action packed, typical US bantering and it makes a good read: Fast paced, quick and entertaining. One it not bored by it.

The core story of Prince Jusupov rescuing Romanov and Romanian treasures is not the most plausible of stories, just because he was involved in the Rasputin murder. Everything is a bit mixed up and does not ring true even as a story of novel. The real Felix Jusupov was a rather hedonistic person who did not much in life, except the Rasputin story and bringing the Romanov treasures into a safe haven.

However, I very much disliked the obsession with weapons, the constant description of one or the other rifle etc..... and I disliked as well amount of violence and the graphic description of it.

All in all, well 3 stars are fine for this one.


For the King
For the King
by Catherine Delors
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a surprise, 7 Mar 2013
This review is from: For the King (Hardcover)
When on a recent trip in Tiblisi I went into a English books desperate for a book for my flight back. I more of less randomly picked this book. And I could not put it down nearly wishing my flight would have been longer. It is amazingly well written, entertaining capturing this extraordinary time very well. It is fast paced, never boring, never too sentimental, giving an inside what history could mean for the individuals living through it.
I enjoyed every page of this book. Pure pleasure to read!


George II: King and Elector (English Monarchs) (Yale English Monarchs Series)
George II: King and Elector (English Monarchs) (Yale English Monarchs Series)
by Andrew C. Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.79

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book of substance, 17 Feb 2013
In modern terms one would properly say: typical second generation immigrants. Not yet fully established in the new home country, but more removed from the country of origin as the first generation.

George II, the second King of the new Dynasty, is not very well known, often more in crosswords when asked who was the last British king taking part in a battle.

Andrew Thompson has written a political biography concentrating on the serious business of monarchy. George II was in the center of it, but with a strong element of a constitutional monarch in Britain, while at the same time being an absolute monarchy in Hannover. The author analysis in great depth and understanding the politics and forms a very balance view of the King-Elector. It is not always an easy read, sometimes pretty boring actually. But it is a book of substance. So if you are willing to take up this challenge, you will not regret it, but it is not a book "of entertainment to be read lightly.


The Templar's Quest
The Templar's Quest
by C.M. Palov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 17 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Templar's Quest (Paperback)
This was my second novel my C.M. Pavlov and it will not be the last. I like his style. It is fast paced, exciting, never boring. A great thriller - simply what do you want more!


Fanny Lear: Love and Scandal in Tsarist Russia
Fanny Lear: Love and Scandal in Tsarist Russia
by Eva And Daniel McDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars overall: disappointment, 8 Feb 2013
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Fanny Lear became notorious when she had an affair with Grandduke Nicholas Constantinovich of Russia . This affair led him into a plot to betray his family, in which he stole three valuable diamonds from an icon that belonged to his mother. He was declared insane and exiled to Tashkent. It was a grandducal exile as he build his own palace there and married and had several children, out of wedlock as well.

The book is in its major part merely the English translation of Fanny Lear's memoirs written in French. So if one does not command French, one would be happy. There are no comments, not even footnotes explaining who the persons are she mentions. Grandduke Nicolas is always just "N". Furthermore, there is no evaluation whether her side of the story is true and what really happened. Reading the 19th century style might be interesting for some, but I felt often very bored. To be frank I expected much more. There are books dealing with the issue and the authors could have made much more of an effort than merely translation. I am reading at present a biography which used the memoirs but adds with own findings and different perspectives. So a more objectives picture of personalities and happenings emerge. Not in this book!

My disappointment was slightly mollified when reading the last chapters on the live after the affair. But even these are not at all deep and did not have any new information. I liked most the photos of Nicolas's palace in Tashkent.

So all in all I am still rather disappointed. The book has not given me more and interesting insides.


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