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War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier
War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier
by John F. Ross
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very informative, but not what i was expecting., 17 Mar. 2010
Before you read on you should probably know that I have not finished this book, the end might be fantastic, but I may never find out as i lost intrest before the half way point.

I bought this book after doing a little internet research about Robert Rogers and becoming enchanted, like so many others, by the man who used back-woods skills to create an elite fighting force.

Although this book is crammed with facts about how Rogers rose from living in the wilderness with his family to being the leader of his elite group of men, I must admit that I was searching for of a historical fiction style book than just a chronological list of facts about the mans life. The book does read, in parts, like a story, but it is often stopped whilst the author goes on to describe things which I have little interest in, although I appreciate that others do.

All said and done I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to enhance their knowledge of both the man Robert Rogers, and the 7 years war. But not to someone who is looking for historical fiction based around the man.
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Ray Mears Vanishing World
Ray Mears Vanishing World
by Ray Mears
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not about survival, but still brilliant., 17 Mar. 2010
If you are wanting to buy a book that will teach you how to survive in the wild then this is not the book for you, try "Essential Bushcraft". This is instead a book which looks into the way that bushcraft is used in different countries by the different indigenous peoples and how practice has changed, and sadly even disappeared, (hence the title) in the time that Ray has been working in this field.
The pictures each tell a story which is explained in a small caption on the page, either of what is happening or of a memory that the picture holds for the writer, and the different subjects are grouped into categories similar to those in his other books, eg Fire, Shelter, Water etc.
Over all the book is more a look into Ray Mears' life and experiences than a guide to survival, but this was something that I enjoyed greatly, especially reading the introduction that tells the story of how Ray first got into the work that he does now. It really whetted my appetite for an autobiography. Fingers crossed he will release one at some point.


Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP)
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP)
Price: £15.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints, 24 Oct. 2009
High quality, good price, strong build, sharp blade and very handy weight/size. What more do you need?


Waterproof Fold-Drybag 4 Pack - Classic
Waterproof Fold-Drybag 4 Pack - Classic
Offered by Total Access (UK) Ltd
Price: £26.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did their job well., 24 Oct. 2009
No complaints about these bags. I used them on a trip i did in the lakes and they never let me down. Perfect for organising your gear - spare socks in one, T-shirts in another etc. Makes it a lot easier to get to what you need in a hurry and without having to unpack and then repack all of your kit. If you squeeze all of the air of them before you roll the tops up you will be able to crush them down to a very manageable size and make more space in your pack or even use a smaller rucksack.
I intend to take them on any other outdoorsy trips i do and will also use them for canoeing.


The White Raven (The Oathsworn Series, Book 3)
The White Raven (The Oathsworn Series, Book 3)
by Robert Low
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, i am thinking., 24 Oct. 2009
At last! Finaly an adventure for the Oathsworn which involves the snowy landscape of the North. This book, for me, has the best storyline and is generaly the most well written. you dont loose track of who's who and you dont find yourself realising that you have no idea what's going on.
If you have read the others then you are sure to love this. If you havent, why not?


The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1)
The Last Kingdom (The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the squeamish., 9 Oct. 2009
Having visited Northumberland almost every year of my entire life it was impossible not to enjoy following the stories of Uhtred. The pictures created and the bonds between characters are excellent and, although I do not really enjoy books written in first person as much as third (I have noticed that many Viking type books are written in first) I found that I actually forgot that it was written from Uhtreds point of view.

The only downs sides which I could see are that the book does not seem to like Christianity, or at least the way that priests behaved back then. (This is also true of many other Viking books.) And the faith is constantly bad mouthed and has holes picked in it. This actually opened my eyes a little to the origins of the religion as it seems that many stories, such as Christ being crucified, the festival of Christmas, and Christs healing skills, were ideas used in many other religions such as the Pagan worship of Odin and Thor.
Also the fact that Uhtred seems to change sides when the opposition gain the upper hand is a little hard to follow. It may just be his roots calling to him but, as a reader, it is hard to feel that pull and I found myself thinking that he was a bit of a turncoat at certain points.

This aside I would say that the book is brilliant. If you are caught in indecision over this and Cornwells' Arthurian trilogy then I would say read these first as the others seem to just be a practice run for Uhtreds' story which is the others superior in every respect.


The Wolf Sea  (Oathsworn)
The Wolf Sea (Oathsworn)
by Robert Low
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first., 6 Oct. 2009
Having not really enjoyed the first book, but caught with nothing to read, I picked up this second book of the Oathsworn series. I did not have high hopes for the book and struggled through the first half of the first chapter, I was unsure whether to continue. All I can say is that I am glad I did.

The characters, and the banter between them, is much improved, making the whole book more believable. The plot also was far easier to follow and seemed much more involving than that of the first book. One of the great things about these books is that Low is not afraid to kill off characters. You feel so involved in the crew that when a member is killed you really do feel it and you are on the edge of your seat as you read the battle scenes (which seem more frequent and better written), hoping that nothing will happen to Fin, Kvasir, Hookeye or any of the other favourites.

There are still a few little wrinkles here and there the fact that the vast use of words which are in either Latin, Greek or old Norse make it seem like the author is just showing off, the excessive use of the phrase "I am thinking" and the fact that I think that the Oathsworn should have stayed up in the cold vastness of their homeland are the only things which, for me, hold this book back.


Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege
Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege
by Sgt. Dan Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality "Lads Book"., 4 Oct. 2009
This is not the type of book that I would read normally. However it caught my eye and seemed to pop up everywhere so I decided to give it a go.

It is packed full of funny incidents such as the soldiers setting up an internet dating profile of a "Perfect woman" and tricking on of the other lads into falling for her. Genius. But there are also the reminders of just how dangerous and serious it is out there, people getting shell shocked and the obvious threat of attack from the enemy.

The photos within the book and the map of the city help the reader to see just how real this story actually is, and also how important it may become as a first hand account of this modern war.

Combining barrack room banter with life or death action and incredible acts of bravery and skill, it is impossible not to get into this book. There is no heavy political questioning for the need or reasoning for the war. And why would there be? This is a book written by a man who is simply sent there and as to deal with that. This is the story of how he, and his team, does it.


When the Eagle Hunts
When the Eagle Hunts
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the fourth, 4 Oct. 2009
This review is from: When the Eagle Hunts (Paperback)
Having read the first two books in the series this one was eagerly anticipated. I was slightly disappointed with the previous book, I badly wanted more characters like Pyrax and Nisus so that Macro and Cato could go off and talk to other people. Just as my hopes had been raise both of the characters were mercilessly killed off. Such is life with the Eagles.

The last few lines of the previous book had also set this one up to be full of historical clichés; Macros new girlfriend is none other than the warrior-queen Boudicca herself. However I found that I rather liked her character and Scarrow managed to make me forget that she would go on to lead the Iceni against the Romans. The only clichéd parts were when soldiers talk of how they would retire to live on the slopes of Pompeii if they could. But you can't blame Scarrow for that as I am sure that most people writing about the Romans have a huge urge to mention something about Pompeii.

All in all, the story tells well and, after the almost embarrassingly slap-stick events of the first few chapters, I found myself really enjoying the book. Cant wait for more, though hopefully there will be a few more characters to accompany it.


The Eagle's Conquest
The Eagle's Conquest
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues., 4 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Eagle's Conquest (Paperback)
This, the second book in the series, of which I home there are many more, continues on from where the first book finished. Macro and Cato continue to battle against the Britons and manage to get drawn into a few private adventures of their own.

Although everything is relatively the same as in the first book, it feels like the story has slackened off and that the events of this book are really just a bridge to the third. Macro and Cato continues to entertain and you can see the character of Cato grow as he becomes more accustomed to his job and the men around him.

The story continues to be rather unrealistic in that if anything important happens it always seems to involve the two protagonists. Nothing dramatic ever seems when they are off doing something else.


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