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Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Price: £109.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Great kindle, but let down by poor touch screen control, 7 Oct 2014
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Not for me; impressed by the advanced features, especially the back light which worked well, and was a great benefit. But could not get on with the touch screen. Turn pages by simply touching the screen, or highlight text for - yes, simply touching the screen... Darn thing kept flipping from page to page - LOVE kindle, and am very happy with the basic model, that had good old fashioned buttons, (but sad to see that this has not been replaced by a touch screen version!). Full marks to Amazon customer services, by the way.


Trident (The Fighting Anthonys Book 6)
Trident (The Fighting Anthonys Book 6)
Price: £4.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended, 25 Aug 2014
Full of the action, excitement and larger than life characters we have come to expect from Mr Aye; rousing stuff and an engaging read.


The Alliance
The Alliance
Price: £2.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, 25 Aug 2014
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This review is from: The Alliance (Kindle Edition)
A worthy sequel to The Prodigal although anyone new to the characters and situation should have little difficulty picking up the story. This is good, strong writing with excellent characterisation and a plausible plot. Okay, there is a degree of swashbuckling but, as Pirate Fiction, it owes nothing to a Disney Depp. Highly recommended.


In the Days of the Kings
In the Days of the Kings
by Wilcock Michael
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome explaination, 27 April 2014
After struggling with this section of the Old Testament I was delighted to come across this book. Concise chapters that explain much without patronizing, and written in a light but authoritative style that is rare in works of this type. Highly recommended.


Remember the Raisin
Remember the Raisin
by Michael Aye
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Action both on land and afloat, 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: Remember the Raisin (Paperback)
Aye's hard hitting narrative and gritty dialogue comes into its own in this incident packed story of the war of 1812. A rousing tale, well told - probably his best book to date.


Turn of the Tide
Turn of the Tide
Price: £3.08

5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Historical Fiction, 3 Sep 2013
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Standards in historical fiction are high, but it is rare to find a book written with such feeling for the times. The characters emerge as real people, they can be believed in and felt for, and the whole story just works. Highly recommended.


Have I Got a Story for You
Have I Got a Story for You
by Alex I. Askaroff
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the British countryside., 28 Aug 2013
This is a pleasing romp throughout South Eastern England in company with someone with an eye for a good story and the skill to tell it properly. Askeroff's tales bring out the essential spirit of the countryside; they never fail to interest and entertain.


Captain Blackwell's Prize (Blackwell's Adventures Book 1)
Captain Blackwell's Prize (Blackwell's Adventures Book 1)
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Old Fashioned, Romp, 30 July 2013
I think my title just about sums it up. The author has written a blistering saga of romance set against the rough and often violent world of a Royal Navy frigate. The characters are bold, authentic and owe absolutely nothing to Mr Depp or his associates, while the story is allowed to move forward without unnecessary nautical detail, or the need to educate the reader that some writers find so important.

And it is a fast moving tale; certainly not for the squeamish, or those who might be easily shocked, but for fine, page turning, entertainment Captain Blackwell's Prize is hard to beat.


The Beckoning ice (Wiki Coffin Mysteries Book 5)
The Beckoning ice (Wiki Coffin Mysteries Book 5)
Price: £3.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a sea story, 21 July 2013
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I am always a little wary of starting a series part way through. So often it is assumed that reader is familiar with all, or most, of the preceding work and given scant background information, (along with far too many spoilers). Not so with The Beckoning Ice. Although number five in the Wiki Coffin Mysteries it stands alone extremely well, being engaging and entertaining from the outset, with no prior knowledge required before the reader is hooked into a good, old fashioned, yarn.

And it is a satisfying tale; the characters are well drawn, intriguing and totally believable while, in Wiki Coffin, the author has created a hero to rival most in both nautical fiction and murder mystery. In fact it is in this very merging of genres that the book especially shines. Druett's authoritative and detailed portrayal of the early American navy is fascinating in itself, but when used as a backdrop for what becomes a complex detective story the result is captivating. I enjoyed it greatly and look forward to catching up with others in the series.


Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How our ancestors lived two centuries ago
Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England: How our ancestors lived two centuries ago
Price: £4.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight on every level, 15 July 2013
I have been looking forward to the Adkins' new book for some while: "Jack Tar" is a classic, likewise "The War for all the Oceans". In fact nothing I have read of theirs has ever failed to inform and entertain, (in roughly equal measure), and this study of the world and social history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century is no exception.

Divided into sections covering all manner of civilian life, the narrative flows easily encompassing every aspect. And this is not a laboured trudge: the style is light, without being frivolous, making the mass of information easily digestible. Several grey areas that had previously concerned me were addressed, and an informed and detailed understanding of the period given. Contemporary diarists are quoted extensively, as are newspaper reports, editorials and even advertisements, the latter being a delightful inclusion, giving an insight into the commercial world, as well as conveying the aspirations and expectations of people from all levels of society. And it is in this catholic approach that the book is especially valuable; from nobility, through gentry, middling classes, and down as far as common vagrants, every social group is covered in full and fascinating detail.

The book is illustrated with maps, diagrams and monotone images, and comes with a comprehensive index, bibliography and reference notes - essential in a work of this nature. There is also a chronological overview which in itself brings up some interesting facts: George Stevenson was born a year before the last man was hung drawn and quartered, and The Times had been founded and already a popular newspaper when the last woman was burned at the stake. If there was one thing more I would ask for it would be a few colour plates, but this is perhaps a churlish request: the book is extremely well produced, and would make a welcome present for anyone with a feel for the era, or Jane Austen's novels.

All things considered, a truly excellent work; one that can be read for pleasure as much as research, and certain to cement the authors' position as preeminent historians of this period.


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