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The Emperor's Knives (Empire)
The Emperor's Knives (Empire)
by Anthony Riches
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.79

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riches does the best Roman books for me and many others are excellent,which says it all, 4 May 2014
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I have been reading books about the Romans since schooldays back in 1959 and Rosemary Sutcliffe and to date this author has hit the spot for me above all others around currently-which is a difficult thing to do given the exclllence of the competition. This is the latest in a ine of novels about 'Two Knives' and each story is of the same standard as the previous. If you love this genre that I feel sure you will really come to appreciate Anthony Riches.


The Devil's Pact (Jack Tanner 5)
The Devil's Pact (Jack Tanner 5)
by James Holland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Described by someone as the Sharpe for World War 2-and how very apt., 4 May 2014
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This novel is one of five I have collected to date in hardback and every one has been of the excellent standard of the former. It it time that someone at ITV/BBC ,or even a major film company, sparked and used these books to tell this country about World War Two from a soldiers perspective, in the way of Cornwell's Sharp but with more budget and blue screen combined. Jack Tanner is a very British hero, in the most indiginous/historical/cultural sense, something to be proud of and not shy away from through misguided 'Diversity'and from the the time of our greatest ever and most moral struggle. It is a highly palatable way to get the British young-from all cultures, to take the history they should know inside out-and don't. A great hero but really just your average British/Commonweath Army Sergeant, represenative of so many who had to endure failed campaigns one after another until after El Alamein. A rollicking good and authentic read ,warts and all but with no unneccessary use of foul language, from an author who has produced so much good work.


Boy Meets Girls TV Shows Vol. 1
Boy Meets Girls TV Shows Vol. 1
Price: 10.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential album of pre-Beatles excellence, 4 May 2014
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There was some terrific music before the Beatles and this CD shows how it sometimes was -raw and sometimes wild, with the truly great acts of the time strutting their stuff on a classic show. The CD cover says it all-Marty Wide and Billy Fury-it really does not get much better than this. Although there is some dross on here-as with every musical generation, it's worth the price to hear Wilde and Fury,among others,rock out in a great way. Some of the classic Fury performances once 'escaped' on another label but here they are mastered and in context-the way they should be heard. To hear Fury with Joe Brown on guitar performing Baby,Lets Play House is a revelation-no wonder this guy tore a trail through teenage girls hearts -he had everything and was,as can be heard here,a superb rocker. Marty Wilde had ,and still does have,one of the finest rock'n' roll voices of his generation and his contributions here are also great. If you love rock'n'roll you need this CD. Lack of sales may mean Volume 2 fails to arrive-and that folks,would be a sin!


Betrayal (Thomas Kydd)
Betrayal (Thomas Kydd)
by Julian Stockwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

5.0 out of 5 stars A really good naval series written with good taste and fine detail, 4 May 2014
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I became hooked on this author from the very first hard back outing in this series and I still am collecting every one,despite the regrettable price increases on most hardbacks thses days, and insufficent discounting on some works. This is an excellent story and is on a par with every one published to date-this is a consistently fine author and the absence of unneccessary foul languge is a blessing. I have always found the use of the period vocabulary spoken by Kydd to be a little irritating but the overall excellence in terms of storyline, drawing of characters and the sailing and fightiong detail over rules any misgivings. This book and the others in the series are simply spendid. Julian Stockwin may well be the successor to Alexander Kent.


The Watermen
The Watermen
by Patrick Easter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new top writer of period drama-quite wonderful, 4 May 2014
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This review is from: The Watermen (Hardcover)
This is another author who is new to me but is already there with Rory Clements and others as a producer of work which is an essential read. ITV could make a great seriies out of thses books-a riverborne Jack The Ripper if you like. The plots are good-the action rivetting and the period detail excellent. You need to read this author, and any one of his books in this excellent (and one hopes long-running) series will really whet your appetite for more. A great historical fiction read.


The Invasion Year (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)
The Invasion Year (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)
by Dewey Lambdin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than O' Brian,despite the similar wordiness., 4 May 2014
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Whilst acknowledging that Patrick O'Brian was a master of his trade I found his constant dialogue style a trial-always preferring the CS Forester and Alexander Kent,Ellis K Meacham etc. style. Recovering from a heart procedure in 2007 I spotted this author in a local bookshop. Whilst recovering I read the two novels I had taken a chance with and despite the wordy style I actually found myself really enjoying the work-Alan Lewry is such a wonderful, real and frankly lovable rogue, yet a professional at the art of war. All of Dewy Lambdin's books in this series are equally good and they really are a must for anyone who loves reading the Hornblower genre-another master has joined the swelling ranks of great naval fiction writers. In terms of 'Great Yarnes' this author may be the best yet. I love his work.


Prince (John Shakespeare 3)
Prince (John Shakespeare 3)
by Rory Clements
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of several in this wonderful series- a must for lovers of the genre, 4 May 2014
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I have been reading historical fiction ever since discovering Treasure Island in Primary School around 1958 and now I have an author of a series of books I literally cannot put down. I cannot praise Rory Clements work in this series enough and I await each new title with more anticipation,currently,than for any other author, and considering the 'competition' this is really saying somehting. great plots-galloping excitement, believeability -quite wonderful.


Halfway To Paradise
Halfway To Paradise
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Price: 4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Brit rocker and pop singer ever, 4 May 2014
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This album is a must for lovers of early sixties music and athough not as seminal or unique as the Sound of Fury LP it is actually more of an indication of the Billy Fury that most fans became addicted to back then. For a start, although this was just another thrown together budget album to follow the singles collection that was the Billy Fury LP ,it manages to hang together as an album very well. Cross My Heart is a joy that woud have been a massive hit if not hidden away on the reverse of the finest ever version of Halfway To Paradise, Talkin' In My Sleep is superb and the slightly risque Push Push is an excellent cover of the fine Austin Taylor original. No-one else in the UK could have handled Would You Stand By Me in such a superb way and the reworking of the Drifters classic into Your'e Having The Last Dance With Me is atmospheric and works well. The self-penned Fury's Tune is so simplistic yet haunting, made special by Fury's wonderfully emotive vocal style-a style so unique and with such soul in it. The vocal on Stick Around is unfortunately strained but the overall effect is charming, and Billy's ability to so effectively cover so many styles on one album is surprising for one so young. Don't Worry is superb pop-country and deserved to be a bigger hit than it was. This is a classic and essential album for anyone to have in their collection. I came to it late,in 1963 and it's been a life-long favourite ever since.


Elvis Is Back / Something For Everybody (Legacy Edition)
Elvis Is Back / Something For Everybody (Legacy Edition)
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Price: 10.03

5.0 out of 5 stars The King indeed-and here is one reason why, 4 May 2014
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When Elvis recorded this seminal album he was still the 'King of the Whole Wide World.' His stunning ability to formally sing 'The Blues' was finally revealed, although his earlier recordings has shown he had the voice for it. If the buyer only listens to Reconsider Baby this is enough to establish that Elvis could get down and dirty as authentically as anyone. The whole album is a joy with that unique baritone sounding beautiful but switching when required,effortlessly to perfect pop. Along with the King Creole soundtrack, the 1963 Nashville Sessions,His Hand In Mine and From Elvis In Memphis-this is assuredly the best of the best.


In the King's Name
In the King's Name
by Alexander Kent
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars I have read Alexander since his very first Bolitho adventure and he is still a firm favourite., 4 May 2014
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This review is from: In the King's Name (Hardcover)
Back in 1970,as a Cornishman with a great love for Falmouth, I received the first Bolitho story in hardback and as a devotee of Hornblower I was immediately hooked. Unlike the modern tendency to swear needlessly or become too graphic Kent managed to excite but with taste-in the style to which we at the time were accustomed-and liked. We still do. It is such a great shame that this writers forays into Bolitho are now so infrequent.


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