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Britain's Future Navy
Britain's Future Navy
by Nick Childs
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Future Navy, 7 July 2012
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This author really knows his stuff and all sea blind British politicians should read this book. We are an island nation with around 96 % of all we consume coming by sea. Britain's sea lanes need to be protected as theres choke points around the world. When the Straits of Hormuz are blockaded, probably by Iran and the price of petrol goes through the roof, the British people will complain. We won't be able to do anything about it acting independently as the sea blind politicians have gotten rid of Britain's naval capabilities like sufficient hull numbers in escorts. We can't rely on America either as they're now looking towards the Pacific because of the Pacific rim economies and the rise of China. This book is very thoroughly researched and is well written. It gives an interesting account of Britain's sea power, or lack of it with practical solutions for future maritime defence needs. I thoroughly recommend it.


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

4.0 out of 5 stars The Eagle's Prey, 7 July 2012
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Excellent, and up to the usual high standard of this author. The two Roman Centurians, Macro and Cato fighting pirates this time. The level of detail in Simon Scarrow's Roman novels give a real flavour of the ancient world.


The Sea Painter's World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010
The Sea Painter's World: The New Marine Art of Geoff Hunt, 2003-2010
by Geoff Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion, 29 April 2012
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Geoff Hunt's paintings as well as his books are a delight to look at. In this book he describes the illustrative process from placing wooden "ships" on a board in positions in a certain battle, to explaining that the colour, viridian can somehow envelop a painting when using it to render sea. Instead he recommends cobalt blue and raw sienna. I tried using these colours with white and it works. Geoff Hunt is a master in his field, being expert in things like ship's rigging etc. I have no reservations in recommending this book.


The Lantern Bearers (Eagle of the Ninth)
The Lantern Bearers (Eagle of the Ninth)
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars My opinion, 18 April 2012
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The third book in Mary Suttcliff's trilogy about Roman Britain. It takes place at the time of the Anglo Saxon invasions at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain with the replacement of the Romano British culture, just after the last legion has left Britain's shores. As usual, the tale is told in an appealing child like manner with references to the natural unspoilt world at the time before the pollution of the modern era. The book, in my opinion is not quite as good as her first book in the trilogy, "Legion of the Ninth", but it does give the flavour of the period with the barbarian hordes attacking coastal villages. Buy the trilogy together.....


The War For All The Oceans : From Nelson At The Nile To Napoleon At Waterloo
The War For All The Oceans : From Nelson At The Nile To Napoleon At Waterloo
by Roy Adkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion, 12 April 2012
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As usual, Roy and Lesley Adkins have produced a work that is thoroughly interesting, educational and readable. It details the various late 18th, early 19th century conflicts which lead to Britain's naval supremacy and the world's foremost industrial power. Individual character stories and experiences are recounted, along with in depth analysis of conflicts such as the War of 1812 with America. Of course, running throughout the book is the endless confrontations with France who also tried to establish an empire. Excellent, but not quite as good as their previous book, "Trafalgar"....


HMS Surprise
HMS Surprise
by Patrick O'Brian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My opinion, 25 Feb. 2012
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This is the first Patrick O'Brien novel I'v read, although I'v seen the great film, "Master and Commander". I thought I'd try him out as I'v read so many good reviews about his books, including one by Charlton Heston who was enthralled by his series. I personally was disappointed though as HMS Surprise didn't live up to my expectations. His writing style is brilliant and no one can portray the Georgian navy like O' Brien with his encyclopaedic knowledge of sailing ships of the period and their handling procedures and nautical jargon. His description of the sea fight with the French was exciting and believable but I expected more action throughout the book, as in this novel he has a lot of personal interactions between the characters and it took a long time for the action to take off. I do like his writing style though and I really should have started the series with the first novel so that I'd know more about the characters. I will continue to read them as I'm sure his other works will live up to his second to none reputation in this genre.


What it is Like to Go to War
What it is Like to Go to War
by Karl Marlantes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.54

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What is it like to go to war. My opinion., 4 Feb. 2012
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Having read Carl Marlates's Vietnam novel, "Matterhorn" based on his own combat experience as a front line Marine, this book now looks at and analyses those experiences not from the view of a young man when he was there, but from a middle aged man's point of view who's had years to think about his Vietnam experiences and behaviour, some of which he regrets. He appeals to soldiers anticipating being involved in combat to think and question who sent them there and for what purpose and their own moral behaviour as well as a respect for the enemy. I found the book thought provocing and interesting with detailed accounts of the combat he experienced....Worth a read.


Jack Tar: Life in Nelson's Navy
Jack Tar: Life in Nelson's Navy
by Roy & Lesley Adkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Tar, 30 Dec. 2011
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A very impressive and comprehensive account of life for ordinary seamen in Nelson's Navy. In my opinion its not as riveting as their last book, "Trafalgar" but is really worth a read.


Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle
Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle
by Roy Adkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trafalgar. My opinion, 30 Dec. 2011
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This book is excellent. It gives a lot of information about life in Nelson's Navy as well as going into great detail about the battle itself. Its details what happened at various times of the fateful day as well as giving diagrams as to where the changing ship positions were. Theres information about the French admiral Vielneuve and what subsequently happened after the battle in a storm. It also describes Nelson's funeral. I really enjoyed this book and thoroughly recommend it.


Arrows of Fury: II (Empire)
Arrows of Fury: II (Empire)
by Anthony Riches
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrows of Fury, 4 Oct. 2011
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Second book in the trilogy. This book gives a taste of what it must have been like for Roman legionaries posted to the northern border of the Empire along the forts of Hadrian's Wall during the latter half of the second century AD. The harsh life of a soldier with the ever present threat of brutal hand to hand fighting with the local tribes is expressed. The only thing I found as bit off putting was some of the trivial dialogue between the characters with the use of modern day language and expressions although no doubt, they probably spoke like that during the second century only in latin. I would have also prefered words like "Primus Pilus" instead of First Spear. The combat was powerful writing though and gave a taste of the sheer terror of fighting for one's life against a six foot Brigante tribesman wealding an axe.


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