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No Write To Die
No Write To Die
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1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to read with such lousy punctuation., 7 April 2015
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Can't read this. Five minutes in and two missing apostrophes already, one in the fourth paragraph of the book - "...a sickening thud onto the cars bonnet" and "Right then, lets try again"


Sonic Highways
Sonic Highways
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 4 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Sonic Highways (Audio CD)
Mixed reviews on here. I recommend that the doubters watch the TV series then listen to the album again. It's fascinating to see and hear how the songs evolve according to where they were written and recorded. There are only 8 tracks. So what? 7 of them are very, very good. Highlights are Someting From Nothing and Congregation, but every track apart from Subterranean is an absolute belter. Foos best album? Possibly. Album of the year? By a mile.


Zero Day (John Puller Series Book 1)
Zero Day (John Puller Series Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels Familiar, 28 Nov. 2013
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Baldacci's a good writer and this is a good story with a strong lead character. The only problem is that the lead character is Jack Reacher.

This is a complete rip off of the Reacher series but isn't as good.

Worth a read, but read Lee Child instead. Baldacci needs to take a long hard look at himself for creating a character so obviously plagiarised from a current best seller.


Windigo Soul
Windigo Soul
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Tale, 9 Feb. 2013
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This is set in the future but somehow doesn't feel like sci-fi.
It's a world where citizens are retired upon reaching their sixtieth birthday, the retirement being a euphemism for euthanasia. To the outside world, the bodies are cremated and returned to their kin, but on the inside is a far more sinister state-run power plant where the retiree's bodies are put to use.
The story involves a worker at the plant escaping and racing against time to save his wife before she is admitted to the plant.
I read this in a couple of hours and enjoyed the story but can't help thinking it could so easily have become a really good full length novel. There is plenty of scope within the story for subplots and offshoots, and the characters could have been developed much more.
I'd rate this overall at 3 stars since I did really enjoy the story but was left feeling somewhat short-changed because it ended up being a throw-away novella when it could have been a top class novel.
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Chasing Innocence
Chasing Innocence
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Silly, 4 July 2012
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There are too many unlikely events in the story to hold my interest, beginning with a woman (Sarah) chasing a man she believes has abducted a 10 year old girl on the street outside Boots on a Saturday afternoon in broad daylight. Instead of calling the police, she calls her husband, gives chase, then loses her phone.
The main police character in the story then allows Sarah's husband and the father of the abducted child free reign to investigate the crime rather than following police procedure.
I finally gave up about 65% of the way through when the sexually repressed lead character suddenly lets her kidnapper do whatever he wants to her in order to protect the young girl.
I'm perfectly prepared to suspend disbelief up to a point in thrillers like this but there were so many of these contradictions that I found myself not caring what happened to the characters. Sorry but only 2 stars.


Viper Trail (Playing The Game Book 2)
Viper Trail (Playing The Game Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sequel, 6 April 2012
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This continues the story 6 months after the end of Playing The Game, when two serial killers begin to terrorise Washington. The first victim is a former partner of Detective Patton and he is drawn into the investigation when his name is found engraved on the bullet.
The story moves along swiftly - very much in the mould of James Patterson - with two or three plotlines coming together nicely during the course of the novel and tying the killers together with a former adversary of Patton.
I found the jumping back and forth into numerous time frames (present day, 4 years ago, 5 months ago, etc) a little overdone by the end, especially since many of the characters feature in several of said time frames. This to-ing and fro-ing, drip feeding the reader little plot twists here and there became irritating and unnecessary at times.
Despite this, there is a decent story running through the book and the ending leaves the door gaping wide for a third book in the series.


HOSTILE WITNESS (Thriller/legal thriller): A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1)
HOSTILE WITNESS (Thriller/legal thriller): A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 2 Mar. 2012
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This is a decent legal thriller with the main character (Josie) defending the troubled 16 year old daughter of an old friend (Hannah)charged with the murder of her step-grandfather.

The dialogue is good, especially in some of the court scenes, and the characters strong. As the tale progresses, the whole cast seem more and more convinced of Hannah's guilt but headstrong Josie stands by her beliefs and continues to defend the girl despite the protestations of all around her.

The climax is rather telegraphed in the final third of the story, but the author manages to maintain a level of tension through to the end of what was an enjoyable free read.


The Wages of Sin (Parish & Richards Book 2)
The Wages of Sin (Parish & Richards Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading, 22 Feb. 2012
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Another enjoyable look into the world of Parish and Richards. The book has a very similar feel to the first in the series but again is an easy and enjoyable read.
The story itself is fairly standard fodder in this genre, but is lifted by the pure likeability of the main characters.
One or two typos (I particularly liked the reference to the rotting shed) are evident and some of the plot is a little far-fetched in places but the whole package is a decent read and I have bought the next two in the series.


At Home: A short history of private life
At Home: A short history of private life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 11 Jan. 2012
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This is like an episode of QI in writing - lots of facts presented in an interesting and enjoyable format and this week's theme is Bryson's home in Norfolk. Bill wanders from room to room and supplies dozens of interesting anecdotes and facts loosely connected to the home and surrounding area (I emphasise "loosely" as we get data on such diverse areas as locust infestations in the USA to Italian architecture).
The real attraction, as always with Bryson, is his whimsical writing style. I can picture him in a tweed jacket sitting in a worn armchair actually telling the stories as I'm reading them. A small criticism is that there are no laugh out loud bits in here, unlike most of his previous works, but that is a small detraction from another excellent read.
One final point regarding the Kindle edition is that the percentage indicator seems to crawl along very slowly whilst reading but don't be put off by this as the main body of the book ends around the 70% mark with the remainder taken up by indices.


Murder on The Mind (The Jeff Resnick Mystery Series Book 1)
Murder on The Mind (The Jeff Resnick Mystery Series Book 1)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read, 11 Jan. 2012
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Jeff is mugged and the bash on the head releases some latent psychic ability leading him to try and solve a murder he has seen in his visions.
This is pretty standard stuff for this genre but the characters are strong and likeable, giving the reader a genuine interest in what happens to them. The attraction of the story in many ways is the relationship between Jeff and his brother, Richard, and how this impacts upon Richard's own relationship with his partner. This seems to be an intentional thing by the author, since the reader knows who the killer is pretty early on in the piece.
The psychic stuff is generally believable during the story apart from the slightly ridiculous scene where Jeff has a chat and a hot chocolate with an old woman who had actually died years ago. This whole scene was unnecessary and actually undid some of the good work the author had done earlier in getting my buy-in to the whole psychic premise central to the story.
I will probably get more in this series when they're in the bargain bucket just to see how the characters develop, but wouldn't pay full price for them.


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