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The Equalizer [DVD] [2014]
The Equalizer [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: £4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top film from Denzel, 26 Oct. 2015
This review is from: The Equalizer [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
This is an excellent action movie played in typical style by Denzel. Quite violent in parts, especially scene's involving the Russian bad guy, but very slick and enjoyable from start to finish.


Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
by Jonathan Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best football book I've read, 9 Sept. 2013
Inverting the Pyramid will open your eyes about football & how it's actually played. It will spark an even greater interest in the game and help you appreciate it more. Immerse yourself into the history of the great sides, players and manager's who helped change/influence the game. You feel greatful to Mr. Wilson for going to the effort of researching all this and writing it in such a splendid way. Someone with a true love for the game.

One of the great holds football has on me is the history, the fact that every game adds to what went before, the knowledge that the next great manager/team is just around the corner, the next tactical trend, whether it's like Sacchi's Milan or Guardiola's Barca. Someone new always comes along and changes tactics & the way the game is played. It's been like this since the beginning & it continues today. This book takes you all the way through that fascinating journey.

The book is also full of great stories & "myths". A personal favourite was the story of how one manager claimed to have thought up Catenaccio after seeing a fisherman working down the docks.

Fantastic! 5 out of 5.


The Burning Shore (The Courtneys of Africa)
The Burning Shore (The Courtneys of Africa)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The dawn of another Wilbur Classic series, 7 Mar. 2013
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5 out of 5 and yet another brilliant Wilbur Smith story.

A French noblewoman (Centine) meets and falls for Michael Courtney and agrees to accompany him back to his farm and life back in South Africa. However, en route, her ship is torpedoed and she is thrown ashore on the scorching shoreline of the skeleton coast. The story follows her epic journey and how she then begins to build an empire & legacy.

Timeframe: 1917 - 1920 (World War I)

A perfect setting for the books that follow; Power of the Sword and Rage.


River God (Egyptian Novels)
River God (Egyptian Novels)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars JPR, 13 Aug. 2012
Read this book to witness Wilbur Smith at the height of his power. Incredible story telling and characters.

The depth of this book is something special. Just reading the first page is a shock to the system. Gripping work from the best in the business.


A Falcon Flies (The Ballantyne Novels)
A Falcon Flies (The Ballantyne Novels)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Ballantyne adventure, 13 Aug. 2012
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This is a book that takes you in. Takes you on a journey that you will never forget. The first in the series of the Ballantynes. (Men of Men is next, followed by The Angels Weep & A Leopard hunts in Darkness)

The story involves the slave trade and an adventure for a long lost, famous father, a hidden city & all the treasures that Africa holds.

I'd recommend anyone who enjoys a good story to start with A Falcon Flies and experience the brilliance of Wilbur Smith. Without reading it yourself it's hard to understand the depth and beauty of this series.


The Sunbird
The Sunbird
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Hardcover

85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A right little gem, 29 Nov. 2005
This review is from: The Sunbird (Hardcover)
Only the 2nd stand alone i've read of Wilbur. I must admit that when starting this book, i had quite high expectations since i'd heard it was one of his best.
I can say now that i was not disappointed in the slightest. In fact i was even taken aback a little by its brilliance. This is definitely one book not to miss out on.
Split into 2 parts, the 1st is set in the modern era (1970's) in Southern Africa. We follow the gifted, intelligent but physically deformed (Hunchback) Dr. Ben Kazin and his rich and handsome friend Louren. They share a passion for lost civilisations and archietecture. So when the red cliffs of Botswanaland show a potental sectet to an ancient civilisation and culture, Dr. Kazin thinks that this could be the one, the chance of a liftime, to realise his dreams. Both set of to try and uncover any leads. These efforts are constantly disrupted by many things, namely Terrorists, Violence, Greed and Love.
Even if this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, the way Wilbur writes it eventually weaves some kind of magic spell on you and you are swept into the world of these 2 characters and their dreams. The main character Ben is brought to life so well that you begin to share his passions, happiness, weakness and ambitions with him.
The 2nd part of the book goes back 2000 years and introduces us to the civilisation of Opet. Here our main hero is a courageous, well loved priest/war veterain named Huy Ben-Amon. His close friend is the King of Opet, Lannon. Their civilisation rules the southern continent but a potentially hostile enemy is lurking in the North. Due to their cruelty and complaciency overall as a society, Opet comes under threat by a seemingly unstoppable and relentless foe.
I don't want to talk about the 2nd part in any more detail othewise i might give something away. All i can say is that this part of the book is quite sensational. This has to be Wilbur at his very best.
I found the 1st part of the book very good, but its the 2nd part that makes the Sunbird so special, the way it brings both parts together, making this a right classic!


A Time to Die
A Time to Die
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilbur has done it again, 5 Oct. 2005
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This review is from: A Time to Die (Paperback)
Lets cut to the chase. This book is fantastic and a must read for any Wilbur Smith fan, or for someone who has not yet had the priviege to read one of his incredible books.
This is now the 6th book i've read by Smith and its one of his best. The way he describes the action and scenery makes you feel like you are actually there yourself, living the events as they unfold. When a character gets killed off you can't help but feel sadness, as if you've lost someone close to you. I now have this urge to visit the beautiful but deadly continent that is Africa and its all thanks the Wilbur's amazing ability as a writer. As i was reading i tried to think of ways in which he could have improved the story but there were none. This was in strict contrast to the books i've read from other authors such as Dan Brown, who's 'good' at what he does, but is simply not in the same league as Smith. This guy is 'simply the best', as the song goes!
'A Time to Die' starts of at a blistering pace, throwing you straight into the action. We follow Sean Courtney Jnr and fellows as they venture into the wilds of Zimbabwe and Mozambique hunting at first a male Lion and then a great Elephant. As events unfold our main character is swept from the thrill of the hunt into the savagery of war, tested to the limit in the wilderness of Africa. With the essential bit of romance thrown into the mix, this is quite simply spellbinding entertainment that will sweep you of your feet. Brilliant stuff!


A Sparrow Falls
A Sparrow Falls
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic & Emotional, 7 Aug. 2005
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Wow, where do I begin!? Just finished reading this book, and it moved me so much that I felt the need to come on here and write a review. I've now completed the Sean Courtney trilogy and what is plain obvious is that all three books are quite exceptional. This, the third book in the series, takes us through the twilight years of our main hero Sean. New to the proceedings is Mark Anders, a young and gifted South African who in every way is brought to life in the same vain as Sean by Wilber Smith's amazing ability to create the most realistic characters you will come across. Such is Wilber's talent, you feel as though you are transported back in time and are actually re-living the events, experiencing them firsr hand. As with all his other books, Smith brings Africa to life. Once I had finished reading the novel and the whole story eventually started to sink in, I found myself swaring out loud at how moving and emotional this story was.
We begin in the first World War where Sean first meets Mark and there is an instant respect and fondness between the two. After coming back to South Africa only to find his grandfather dead, Mark embarks on a path which eventually brings him to the truth about his grandfather, to Sean and his family, to his life long abition protecting the wildlife, and to a girl who he falls in love with. Another string to Wilber Smiths bow is his brilliant description of romance and love. Its incredibly moving the way he describes the intimate scenes between a man and a woman. Without giving away anything, all I will say is that the ending to this book is so poignant and stunning that it will leave you shocked for a long while after you've finished it. Do yourself a favour, read this book, and its two predecessors, 'When the lion feeds' and 'The sound of thunder'. They will awake a new, special emotion within you that you never realised you had.


The Sound of Thunder
The Sound of Thunder
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and moving., 1 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: The Sound of Thunder (Paperback)
Still new to Wilber Smith and enjoying his work enormously. If adventure is your thing then look no further than this guy. In his second novel we pick up a few years after where we left of in 'When the lion feeds' following spontaneous adventurer Sean Courtney. War is rife is South Africa and we travel with Sean into the Boer war. But soon we learn that a far more bitter battle lies ahead for our hero. A deep family hatred is there for all too see. The way Smith draws you into the story is something special, and you find it hard to put the book down. When something happens to the characters involved, you find yourself taking the punches as they take them. The way the book describes the African topology and climate will create a desire to explore the country yourself. It is easy to see why Smith is so highly rated. He is quite a brilliant writer. Emotional and heart-warming, a fantastic sequel, not to be ignored!


When the Lion Feeds
When the Lion Feeds
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Paperback

61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of sensational., 1 July 2005
This review is from: When the Lion Feeds (Paperback)
The first ever novel Wilber wrote, and the first Wilber book I have read. Recommended to me by my father I had doubts since I have never been one for adventure novels. This book has now changed everything. Normally i'm a slow reader, however, I finished 'When the lion feeds' in just 3 days. Putting the book down was simply not an option. As far as page turners go, this takes some beating!
Smith seems to have the ability to suck you into the story and as events unfold, you are drawn deeply to the characters involved. Split into 3 main parts, the story of Sean Courtney is one of courage and daring. The first section follows Sean and his brother Garrick as young boys. I thought it couldn't get any better...until I read the second section of the book where Sean meets 'Duff' who has to be one of the most incredible characters i've read about. When I came to the end of the second section, I was breathless. The third and final section of 'When the lion feeds' continues in the same vain and finishes with one of the most shocking and emotional endings you could imagine.
Possibly the best book i've ever read. Absolutely brilliant. Bring on the next tale in the Sean Courtney trilogy 'The sound of thunder'.


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