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Dark Voyage
Dark Voyage
by Alan Furst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dark voyage, 2 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Dark Voyage (Paperback)
This is a very ordinary book. Perfectly readable, but not really engaging. I found it almost a chore to bother to get to the end. The author wrote it - but no one makes you read it.
I have read other books by Furst and have found them all a bit like this - OK, but nothing special.
The other amateur reviews appear to bear this out.
In fact I find most of the new books I read (movies too) very flat, formulaic and predictable. Perhaps written with half an eye on a TV or movie script offshoot?? As if they were written by someone with no talent but a reasonable diploma in creative writing from an average college. Nothing wrong with them but you do think - why did he or she bother. I think money is the answer.
My main point is - professional reviews - looking at them you'd expect a book of exceptional quality - unputdownable - a cornucopia of wonderfulness. Do the pro reviewers have some other agenda, or are they simply incompetant?
My view is - both.
P Graham

The Double Agents (A Men at War Novel)
The Double Agents (A Men at War Novel)
by W. E. B. Griffin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sub-contracted?, 14 Aug. 2009
This book is an insult to the reader.
I can only imagine that it's writing was sub-contracted to Griffin's accomplice.
The other reviews have it right.
The American "hero" talks of "klicks" for distance - in WW2 - really!!!
Utter rubbish.
For realism of WW1/WW2 try Derek Robinson.

Birdsong (Vintage War)
Birdsong (Vintage War)
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback

9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Under - welming, 11 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Birdsong (Vintage War) (Paperback)
Took this book on a recent 7 day holiday - it looked my sort of stuff.
Read about 40% of it then tossed it onto the holiday home library shelf and selected the best of what had been left.
Birdsong is tedious and poorly written. The characters are not engaging - it's just not worth the eye power in reading it.
A bit like the movie "Atonement" - it's not unpleasant, you could watch it, it will do no harm but there are many far far better films.
Birdsong is touted as a modern classic - it is no such thing.

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