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Lone Survivor [DVD]
Lone Survivor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Wahlberg
Price: £6.20

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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Wings, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Lone Survivor [DVD] (DVD)
A Navy SEAL team behind enemy lines is faced with the choice of killing three locals who stumble upon their position or letting them go. They choose the latter with brings down the wrath of Taliban in the village. There follows a lot of shooting, injuries, and death plus a bit of a SNAFU on the relief all crowned by aid from a, perhaps, surprising source. Decent action film though the title might give the game away.


Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad by Sutcliffe, Rosemary published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2005) Hardcover
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad by Sutcliffe, Rosemary published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2005) Hardcover
by N/A
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Illustrations Clear Text, 12 Nov 2014
The Iliad and the other poems on the Trojan War tell one of the most famous stories in myth (and possibly a good dollop of history). This book is aimed at children so it lightens up on the constant repetition of slaughter (but only relatively) . Sutcliff manages a deliberately semi-archaic hommage to Homeric speech and does pretty well. The illustrations are first rate.


The Body [DVD]
The Body [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oriol Paulo
Price: £7.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Whodunit Thriller, 8 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Body [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very good mystery film, so get out the tea, stocks of cheese and biscuits and settle down for a duel of wits. I got half way there but barely so. Reviewing the events afterwards the clues were all there, avoid them though I might. Is this murder in the morgue (rather than rue Morgue), is it going to go supernatural, is it a revenge film, will it be a gore fest? Paced well, acted well and with a compelling back story this is a fine Spanish film.


Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Training Day [2002] [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better To Reign In Hell Than Serve In Heaven, 5 Nov 2014
Magnificently threatening performance by Denzil as Lucifer, Prince of Detectives, seeking to drag Ethan Hawke down to Hell. The ending may be a bit too pat, but until then it is top work by the whole team from Antoine Fuqua down with some marvellous camera work. Not since Henry Fonda killed the family in Once Upon A Time has a good guy gone bad quite as splendidly.


War Cries on Horseback : The Story of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains
War Cries on Horseback : The Story of the Indian Wars of the Great Plains

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain Speaking Book On Indian Warfare, 4 Nov 2014
In the battle between sounding good or bad clashes of peoples and cultures are never going to be easy to steer in one direction. The citizens of the American Republic with their teeming masses seeking opportunity, with a government pledging its word easily but impermanently and an administration of greater or lesser pork barrel can be portrayed as brutal conquerors. The Indians with their savage warfare (essentially that ascribed to Conan the Barbarian, kill the men, rape and enslave the women and drive off their herds)unstable leadership and dangerous pleasure in drink can be seen as the biker gang from Hell. Yet, of course, both sides had redeeming features or defences for their outrages. The strength of this book is that the author tries to visit both the pluses and the minuses (though with a weary shake of the head as the same cycle kicks off again). He also has an excellent practice of jumping out of the time-line to look at topics that span the subject: the buffalo-based ecosystem, what it was like in the Army, etc etc all help one relate back to the next campaign and the next outrage. Occasionally, he has a rather sanctimonious tone, but carries us onward nonetheless.


WAR CRIES ON HORSEBACK: THE HISTORY OF THE INDIAN WARS OF THE GREAT PLAINS
WAR CRIES ON HORSEBACK: THE HISTORY OF THE INDIAN WARS OF THE GREAT PLAINS
by STEPHEN LONGSTREET
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain Speaking Book On Indian Warfare, 4 Nov 2014
In the battle between sounding good or bad clashes of peoples and cultures are never going to be easy to steer in one direction. The citizens of the American Republic with their teeming masses seeking opportunity, with a government pledging its word easily but impermanently and an administration of greater or lesser pork barrel can be portrayed as brutal conquerors. The Indians with their savage warfare (essentially that ascribed to Conan the Barbarian, kill the men, rape and enslave the women and drive off their herds)unstable leadership and dangerous pleasure in drink can be seen as the biker gang from Hell. Yet, of course, both sides had redeeming features or defences for their outrages. The strength of this book is that the author tries to visit both the pluses and the minuses (though with a weary shake of the head as the same cycle kicks off again). He also has an excellent practice of jumping out of the time-line to look at topics that span the subject: the buffalo-based ecosystem, what it was like in the Army, etc etc all help one relate back to the next campaign and the next outrage. Occasionally, he has a rather sanctimonious tone, but carries us onward nonetheless.


L.627 [DVD]
L.627 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Didier Bezace
Price: £9.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi Diddly Doo, 24 Oct 2014
This review is from: L.627 [DVD] (DVD)
One of French "realist" police films but the realism chiefly concerns the drudgery of the work. The lead detective (who bears an unsettling resemblance to Ned Flanders from the Simpsons) is moved from squad to squad, at all times beset by lack of funding (this was made in 1992) and engaging in the usual low level illegality that made for police work back then. If you are expecting a Gallic Dirty Harry you are going to be disappointed it is more like The Bill with better food and crappier offices. (The "gritty" used in the film description actually translates as "grubby"). The plot is a mish-mash of snitches, raids, bullying, and pranks. The story-line around the lead detective is an unresolved mess with a wife, a whore with a heart of gold, and a sideline in wedding photography - although that's doubtless realistic too it, like real life, reaches no conclusion. There's a whiff of Michael Haneke in the lack of conclusion.


Camp Victory, Afghanistan [DVD]
Camp Victory, Afghanistan [DVD]
Dvd ~ Carol Dysinger
Offered by SOLVITA
Price: £3.35

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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Warfare, 23 Oct 2014
An excellent documentary on US (and later Italian and Spanish) teams supporting an Afghan National Army Corps. The Afghan leader we follow is an ex-Mahsoud man who fought the Russians, he is obviously a hard warrior, but the differences between his troops and their US trainers at so many levels occupies much of the beginning of the film. These are two armies with two very different views of how they should train and fight and why they should train and fight. One soon understood why British Gurkha officers were obliged to learn the language; training in another language is a hard row to hoe. There is a very poignant end to the story.


Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
by Geoffrey Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wider Still And Wider, 18 Oct 2014
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This is a voyage into Braudelian history as a world full (by the contemporary standards) of people collides with climate change. The book's strength is looking not only for the similarities across cultures but the differences. How Japanese rulers reacted compared to the Qing is very informative as is the effect on Latin America where populations were comparatively low after the various post-Conquistador policies and epidemics. The question of whether the plague of revolts, rebellions and revolutions was caused by the Little Ice Age or was already in process is less easy to answer. There was clearly a growing difference between an increasingly educated underclass and a governing class used to rule by fiat (especially where it lacked the apparatus to rule properly). Later in the "long 17th century" after the many bloodlettings the propensity to revolt reduced, was it a Hobbesian reaction to chaos or simply the result of less people sharing the same resource.

This is a book that makes you think and want to discuss, and it will not be the last word.


The Last Ride
The Last Ride
by Thomas Eidson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Out West, 14 Oct 2014
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This review is from: The Last Ride (Paperback)
It may get a bit Mystic Meg in parts but this novel is saved by its picture of the Old West which we can splice onto the landscape that has become so well known. The novel has two main drivers; the capture and pursuit of a young girl by Apache slavers, and the relationship between a father and his deserted daughter (the mother of the captured girl). The sense of murderous threat and of the size and spread of the terrain is well rendered; the tale of the father and daughter perhaps less well so.

This novel was the basis of the film "The Missing"


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