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Mr. Neville W. McFarlane "Neville McFarlane" (Lincolnshire Uk)
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Angel
Angel
Price: £10.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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This review is from: Angel (Audio CD)
An excellent recording of some very moving music


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hamburg
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Hamburg
by Gerhard Bruschke
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and informative travel book, 2 Mar. 2014
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This book has good detailed information about places, event, travel etc, and some useful maps. It is however already a little out of date; redevelopment of the dock area has gone beyond what is described and e.g.restaurant/cafe details are no longer accurate. Nevertheless it is still a very handy small guide for a visitor.


The Poison Tide
The Poison Tide
by Andrew Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling tale of espionage, 25 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Poison Tide (Hardcover)
For his third novel Andrew Williams turns successfully to the First World War. He leaves the horror of the trenches and the Battle of the Somme as ever-present background, whilst he explores the murky territory of espionage. Research has been detailed and thorough, and the story is set in the historically accurate context of events leading up to the Easter Rising in Dublin and the struggle of the American authorities to remain neutral. Sir Roger Casement is depicted as an idealist exploited by the Germans but ultimately let down by those whose cause he is fighting.

The hero, Lieutenant Sebastian Wolff, is a thoroughly professional spy whose previous hard knocks have not diminished his ruthless determination and loyalty to the task for which he is engaged; neither have they destroyed his basic humanity and his chagrin when he has to betray the girl he loves and finds he has killed an innocent man. His initial contacts with Casement in Berlin and the study of efforts to harness Irish nationalist fervour in America to sabotage British interests and supplies lead him to uncover a potentially more lethal threat. We follow separately the German research into the uses of germ warfare, and the moral dilemma of Dr Anton Dilger, a German-American reluctantly recruited to the cause, and the climax of the novel comes when this narrative coincides with Wolff's pursuit of the Irish saboteurs.

The complexity of narrative with several simultaneous story lines, and the number of characters, most of them with aliases, doubling the number of names the reader must contend with, does not make The Poison Tide an easy read. The author's craft, however, ensures that it remains compelling and enjoyable, not least because of the skill of characterisation.


To Kill a Tsar
To Kill a Tsar
by Andrew Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Intrigue in Tsarist Russia, 6 July 2010
This review is from: To Kill a Tsar (Hardcover)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can recommend it to anyone who loves a gripping tale of suspense in an authentic historical setting. Andrew Williams has moved from World War II, the focus of his earlier writings, to late 19th century Russia and the events around the assassination of Alexander II in 1881, a period with which many English readers are less familiar than they are with 1917. It tells of the romantic involvement of Frederick Hadfield, a Doctor from a respected Anglo-Russian family, with Anna Kovalenko, a young teacher who is a member of The People's Will, a small but influential band of revolutionaries.

It is a story of conflicting passion and principle, as Frederick's love leads him inexorably, if unwillingly, into association with terrorism. Mixing fiction skilfully with accurate treatment of historical facts and people, Andrew Williams also gives a fascinating insight into the merciless but ultimately inefficient corrupt and informer-led government in St Petersburg at a time of autocratic but creaking imperialism, and into the motivation and activities of early resistance leaders. He also throws light on the situation and influence of the small but powerful Anglo-Russian community.

Once you have assimilated the sheer number of characters met in the early chapters, and despite the plethora of complicated Russian names, this novel deserves the accolade of all the best thrillers -it is just hard to put it down!


Kenwood FP920 3 Litre Multi Pro Food Processor, 1 kW - Brushed Stainless Steel
Kenwood FP920 3 Litre Multi Pro Food Processor, 1 kW - Brushed Stainless Steel

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenwood Multi Pro FP920 Food processor, 21 Jan. 2010
We have found this product excellent. The construction is good,the attachments are easy to assemble and simple to use, covering a wide variety of food preparation needs.


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