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Devils with Wings: Silk Drop
Devils with Wings: Silk Drop
Price: £4.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 16 Jan 2012
Silk Drop is the second book in Harvey Black's Devils with Wings series. We re-join Paul and Max after their exploits in Poland and Belgium, basking in the glow of a job well done, they are in training for Operation Sealion. The invasion of Britain is to be their most ambitious jump yet. The failure of Gorings Luftwaffe to destroy the RAF puts their plans on hold but the German high command are not going to let the famous Fallschirmjager regiments sit idle.

Following the Italians disastrous invasion of Greece, Paul and Max are sent, with the rest of the Fallschirmjager to help bolster the Italians. After successfully parachuting into Greece, Paul and Max once again distinguish themselves in battle and are given a leading role in the the largest airborne invasion yet, the Invasion of Crete.

As Paul and Max drop onto the hot and dusty island of Crete, a personal tragedy affects the judgement of Paul and strains his relationship with Max. Trusted with a key role but facing a determined and ferocious allied defence, Paul must draw on all of his experience and training to make sure his company survive the onslaught. Despite the tension, Paul and Max must work together if Crete is to be captured.

This book is a cracking read, the story is well paced and the author uses the dialogue to push the story along (a complaint from the last book). The author has developed the characters from book one so they are more rounded and you begin to really care if they live or die (no mean feat, considering they are the enemy!) The battle scenes are one of the authors strengths, fast paced, technical in their execution but never bogged down in too much detail, the authors experience shining through. The author also captures the stress and strain of battle and the doubts that surface as Paul's company starts to suffer casualties.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading book three, as the Fallschirmjager head to the hell of the Russian front.

Hawk Quest
Hawk Quest
by Robert Lyndon
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 4 Jan 2012
This review is from: Hawk Quest (Hardcover)
It is very rare that a debut book causes such a stir before it is even released but Hawk Quest was one of them. When writers as good as Ben Kane and Anthony Riches are extolling the virtues of this book, you know you're in for a real treat.

This is an epic story, covering most of Northern Europe and into the Mediterranean. The descriptions of the various countries are amazing, he describes in stunning detail the ravages of war on the English countryside, the bleakness and harshness of Iceland, the barren and dangerous coast of Greenland and then tough journey to Russia and finally to the heat of Anatolia. He introduces arrogant Norman nobles, downtrodden English peasants, Vicious Vikings, tough and hardy Icelanders, ruthless Lap hunters, Russian Princes and finally the Muslim Seljuks who hold Sir Walter captive.

I have rarely enjoyed a debut novel so much, it is such an ambitious story for the first novel but Robert Lyndon has pulled it off. I can not reccomend this book enough. A true page turner!

Devils with Wings: The Green Devils Assault on Fort Eben Emael
Devils with Wings: The Green Devils Assault on Fort Eben Emael
by Harvey Black
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut book, 30 Oct 2011
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Harvey Blacks Debut novel, `Devils with Wings' follows the fortunes of Paul and Max, members of the elite fallschirmjaeger parachute regiment who in 1940 lead the assault on the fortress Eben Emael in Belgium.

First off we follow Paul, as he completes his training, enduring tough physical exercise and intensive weapon training. He survives everything that his instructors throw at him and after completing his parachute training he is posted as an officer to the famous fallschirmjaeger parachute regiment. Here he meets Max, a tough and experienced NCO who takes Paul under his wing.

They form a close relationship while cutting their teeth in Poland, where Paul comes to the attention of his senior officers and he and his company are selected for a special mission sanctioned by the Furher himself.

Paul and Max find themselves back in training, this time working with gliders and preparing to attack Eben Emael, the formidable Belgium fortress. Paul and Max must use all of their training and experience to guide their company though the mission that is critical to the Furhers plans in the west.

I have always avoided fiction books about the Second World war, a bad experience with them as a teenager had put me off so I approached this book with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I enjoyed the story because even though I had heard of the attack on Eben Emael I didn't really know any details about it.

The story is well paced and very well researched. The authors own military background comes though in his writing especially when it comes to the banter between Max, Paul and the rest of the company. The relationship between Paul and Max is a real strength of the book and I'm looking forward to this developing in further book.

If I had a criticism of the book it would be that every now and then, it felt that you were reading a factual account of the attack, this was especially evident at the beginning of each chapter. This is only a minor criticism as it doesn't interfere in the pace of the story.

This is a great debut book from Harvey Black and I am looking forward to the second book as Paul and Max participate in the invasion of Crete.

Hero of Rome (Gaius Valerius Verrens 1)
Hero of Rome (Gaius Valerius Verrens 1)
by Douglas Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A geat book, 19 Oct 2011
I have always been a fan of the authors previous books. I have always enjoyed the pace of the stories and the level of detail gives you a great insight into the subject.

This book is a step up in my opinion. The plot is well worked out, I liked the build up to the revolt with the Romanized Britons seemingly enjoying their new found wealth while in the background the natives are building up to rebellion. The sub-plot of Valerius and Maeve is clever as it shows the conflict between the two cultures and the growing tensions within the town build up nicely.

When the Rebellion breaks out the authors mastery of the subject really shines. The battle scenes are well written and you really feel for the old soldiers as they face the native onslaught. The temple scene is one of the best pieces of writing I have read this year, absolutely gripping and ghastly it the same time.

In a market already full of great Roman fiction with the likes of Kane, Riches and Iggulden, Doug Jackson certainly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.

The Afrika Reich
The Afrika Reich
by Guy Saville
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut!, 12 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Afrika Reich (Paperback)
It is 1952, and a decade after Hitlers Panzer s destroyed the BEF on the beaches of Dunkirk, Germany and the British Empire are at an uneasy peace. In Africa the two powers have divided the continent between them and the Swastika is now flying over large swathes of Africa. German engineered Autobahns bisect the Jungle, Connecting gleaming new cities of German Africa. Messerschmidt Jets fly overhead and Jack booted SS men patrol the streets. Under the control of Oberstgruppenfuhrer Walter Hochburg the SS is systematically clearing the native population from areas under it control, and attempting to create a new, white Germanic Africa.

Recognize this? No? Well thankfully this is the Alternate world created by Guy Saville in his best selling book `Afrika Reich'.

Our hero is Burton Cole, a grizzled ex-mercenary who takes one last job, the assassination of Hochburg. Burton has a dark history with both Africa and Hochburg and while attempting to fulfill his contract sets of a train of events that could drown the continent in blood.

The attention to detail in this book is outstanding. Using actual German plans, the author has created and brought to life the various departments that control and maintain the different elements of the German State. These include, internal security, labour and racial purity. He has developed new weapons for the SS that have to appear plausible for the 1950's. He has also invented a sensible timeline of events form 1941. These outline what occurred to the various countries after peace was declared. This leaves plenty of material for future books. (book two is going to be set in Madagascar and the German plan to ship the Jews there) Even with this level of detail, the details and facts never get in the way of the story.

The Action scenes throughout the book are well written and of such a pace that they keep you on the edge of your seat. The train journey though the jungle pursued by SS helicopter gunships is a great example of this. The secondary characters have enough flesh on them to make you care for them and Burton Cole is going to be a great action hero.

This is an impressive debut book from Guy Saville and if you enjoyed SS GB or Fatherland then you will love this book.
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Raven 3: Odin's Wolves
Raven 3: Odin's Wolves
by Giles Kristian
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Viking Saga!, 9 May 2011
This review is from: Raven 3: Odin's Wolves (Hardcover)
This is the third book in the Raven saga from Giles Kirstan.
It tells the story of Raven and his band of Vikings visiting the great cities of Rome and Byzantium. Along the way we lose some friends and gain some new ones. I read this book in one sitting, which is always a good sign! I think Giles Kirstan is a brilliant author and I look forward to his next series set in the English Civil war.
I do hope that Raven sails again!

Tribune of Rome (Vespasian 1)
Tribune of Rome (Vespasian 1)
by Robert Fabbri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut, 9 May 2011
This was a cracking debut book from Robert Fabbri. It is a well written and a well paced book which kept me hooked for the whole day.
He has developed the characters and created an interesting partnership between Vespasian and Magnus which I hope he develops further. I look forward to the next book.

Tribune of Rome (Vespasian)

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