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Detonator: (Nick Stone Thriller 17)
Detonator: (Nick Stone Thriller 17)
by Andy McNab
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Get Stone..., 4 Feb. 2016
We start this a bit confused, but then so does Nick Stone. He is injured in an alpine pass, people are trying to kill him and he doesn't know why and his injuries have caused memory loss. As Stone tries to figure out who he is and why he is in his situation, he is forced you take a young boy under his wing and protect him while working out who is after them both.

Author McNab is fond of giving Stone a very hard time but also likes to take him in different directions. Here we find out what is going on at the same time as Stone as he travels around the middle of Europe (interesting setting by the way). One of his better ones.


The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.73

2.0 out of 5 stars Everything in it's place, 4 Feb. 2016
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Patrick Rothfuss makes it very clear that this is no standard fantasy novel, nor is it tied into his current trilogy. It is an expression of writing, dealing with the waif like character Auri who lives out of sight and likes life to be in balance, and this includes the objects she finds.

So my two star review is a PERSONAL view based on my taste of standard fantasy and having ignored the clear warning that this was 'different'. I take full responsibility but be very sure to read the reviews and make sure that this book is for you. It wasn't for me.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Special Edition) [DVD] [1969]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Special Edition) [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ George Lazenby

5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great Bond film, 30 Jan. 2016
An under-rated entry into the Bond series. Lazenby was no Sean Connery, but the film had everything else. The best Bond girl in Diana Rigg, the best theme music and a proper plot that mixed the action with making it personal for Bond. A number of great scenes, a car chase, THE ski chase, the helicopter attack and that brilliant ending.
Okay, no Connery, but still pretty brilliant. My favourite Bond film.


The Arena (A gripping short story in the bestselling Eagles of Rome series)
The Arena (A gripping short story in the bestselling Eagles of Rome series)
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A great taster, 28 Jan. 2016
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A gift from Ben Kane, a freebie short story in advance of his new book "Hunting the Eagles" The focus of the current series is Tullus, but this short story fleshes out some of the other characters, mainly Piso but with the German Dagmar also making an appearing.
It's pay day and the Roman soldiers are keen to spend on wine, women and...in the case of Piso....to bet on the gladiator fights at the local arena. So we get a glimpse of the ordinary life of a legionary and a little drama relating to the arena. It's short but it is fun and helps us to emphasise more with the characters supporting Tullus.
A sample chapter of the new book is also included, have to confess I didn't read this as I like to read books as a complete entity, but nice for those who want an early glimpse.
And this for free? How can we not be grateful. Thanks Ben.


Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2016
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful, 26 Jan. 2016
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Really useful book. It goes country by country and lists the many growers and marks them. I have used it a few times before going out to eat to have a look at a wine list on-line, checking it against this book and deciding my wine before I even leave the house. This has saved me money and pointed me towards some good discoveries. It is the size of an oversize pocket diary so technically you could carry it with you, but it is small and in restaurant lighting you may be squinting to read the detail, best to plan ahead.
There is more to this than a country by country guide but what differentiates it is actually the country/winery writes ups, the rest is fairly standard stuff, but I have found the write ups invaluable.


Z-Minus: A Post-Apocalypse Trilogy (Book 1)
Z-Minus: A Post-Apocalypse Trilogy (Book 1)
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided, 21 Jan. 2016
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Just doesn't work at all. Poor dialogue and utterly illogical behaviour. Lost me within minutes, father arrives home to find wife and one daughter dead. Not overly bothered or concerned and, when attacked, accuses (zombie) daughter of wanting more allowance! Then tries to get rid of surviving daughter on the basis that everyone has to look after themselves!
So poor I wondered if it was supposed to be ironic or funny, sadly it just ain't great.


New York Night: The 7th Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
New York Night: The 7th Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
by Stephen Leather
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return to the dark side, 19 Jan. 2016
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As a long-time fan of Stephen Leather it is always a joy to have a new book to devour. Alongside his standard thrillers we have the Jack Nightingale series with an English ex-detective looking into cases that have a super-natural element. The series should be read in order as Nightingale has had an interesting journey to where we now find him, New York. Nightingale knows a bit about the supernatural and the nature on the daemons who look upon our world as a potential playground. He knows enough to give him more confidence than he should have and part of the joy of these books is that we can identify with him but we know he is always slightly out of his death.
Here he is asked to look into the deaths of some teenagers because there may be more to them than is obvious. Of course, with the aid of a local private investigator, Jack finds himself up against some very bad people and may be forced to enlist help from the one individual best avoided.
Stephen Leather is the master of the twists and the unexpected and this is a little more straightforward than usual but still full of great characters and a dark sense of unease. Great to see Nightingale back, hope we see him again in the not too distant future.


Bend It Like Bullard
Bend It Like Bullard
by Jimmy Bullard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Full On, 13 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Bend It Like Bullard (Paperback)
This was never going to be a deep analysis of football. Jimmy Bullard was the guy that had a real job but his talent and hard workd helped him make it as a professional football and through to cup finals and the Premier League. His career was cut short due to injury.
But this is no tale of rags to riches, Mr Bullard appears to be as mad as a box of frogs with a desire to enjoy life to the full and create havoc wherever he went. Never in a nasty way, this was a guy who loved playing the game and having a laugh. Easy to relate to that. He is honest and funny in his telling, direct when it comes to some managers and tactics (and again it sounded honest and accurate) and his own injuries.
But don't read this to increase your knowledge of football, read this like Jimmy is your mate telling you stories in the pub and will probably set a fire hose on you before the evening is out.


Queen of Fire: Book 3 of Raven's Shadow
Queen of Fire: Book 3 of Raven's Shadow
by Anthony Ryan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Final book in very good trilogy, 12 Jan. 2016
Overall I very much enjoyed this series but this was perhaps the weakest in the trilogy. This was the payback story as a new Queen comes to know what it is to rule and to take a war to an enemy. As with the previous book there is no pre-amble or summary, you jump straight in and it would have been of benefit to have a little reminder. This takes a while to warm up as the initial pace is slow and you are trying to remember who is who. Again we follow a number of different elements and people before it all comes together. Some interesting aspects are explored but not quite followed through, one minute Her Magesty is ruthless and the next all soft and understanding. There were hints that she was turning into what she was fighting against, but that is not realy followed through either.
We have moved a long way from the Warrior Monks of the first book, through conspiracy and exposure of those with 'gifts' but the story is resolved and most characters change during the final book and we leave them with the consequences of what they have done and endured.
Like I said, I really enjoyed the series, but this final book perhaps tried to do too much and in the end didn't quite do enough.


Garnier Pure 2-in-1 Wipes
Garnier Pure 2-in-1 Wipes
Offered by Kiara World
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job very well, 12 Jan. 2016
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The wife was impressed with these, wetter than her usual wipes and she advises that her face felt like it had been properly cleaned. There is no smell to the wipes and one was sufficient to clean off any make-up, so good quality and good value. They felt pliable but robust as well.
Nice product I am advised!


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