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Caribbee (Thomas Kydd)
Caribbee (Thomas Kydd)
by Julian Stockwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor outing, 8 Nov 2013
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A poor outing by Mr Stockwin. Most of the plot was so obvious it was painful to read. It read like a cut and paste job from previous books in the series with some new names but the same situations/plots. I hope his next book improves or I will conclude he has run out of ideas.


The Corporal's Wife
The Corporal's Wife
by Gerald Seymour
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, poor ending, 31 Aug 2013
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I awaited the next book wish relish as I have always found Gerald Seymour's novels well researched and believable. The Corporal's Wife started off in the usual way with loose threads being brought together at the end of the novel. Experienced MI6 operators agreeing to hand back a major intelligence asset for the bodies of three independents they had hired on the grounds they were 'deniable' in the first place. An army officer of a friendly nation who would gain massive kudos and all that went with it brokering the deal to send the asset back. The ending of the novel was insulting to the intelligence of the reader. I can only assume the publishing house are so in awe of Mr Seymour that they did not mention the absurd ending. I hope that his next novel is back to his usual style.


Empire of the Moghul: The Serpent's Tooth
Empire of the Moghul: The Serpent's Tooth
by Alex Rutherford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.68

2.0 out of 5 stars History lesson, 12 July 2013
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A history lesson about the Moghuls loosely cobbled as a novel. It leaves such large gaps in the major players lives that are explained by one or two sentences that the flow becomes disjointed. It could have been much better and could have spanned a couple of books.


Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines
Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines
by David Blakeley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.03

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, 20 Jun 2013
The Author keeps on going back over the same material several times in the book. There was a story there but whether through lack of material or poor editing it never really takes off.


Shakespeare's Rebel
Shakespeare's Rebel
by C.C. Humphreys
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.19

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars writers obsession, 23 May 2013
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The writer forgets that his obsession may not be that of his customers/readers. There was a good plot there but it was spoiled by the writer's love of actors/players. The modern day phenomenon of viewing the actor as more than just a profession was not matched in history. Patronage may have made some wealthy but patronage was fickle and not widely spread.
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Assassin's Creed: Forsaken
Assassin's Creed: Forsaken
by Oliver Bowden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Story never develops, 21 Dec 2012
Just when you think this 'novel' may develop into something, it disappoints. A vague outline of a story that never develops. Characters are one dimensional. The story ratttles past events and then onto the next setting leaving you wondering what happened. He manages to get out of more tight situations in more unbelievable ways than any comic book hero. The plot has the hero in a tight situation and the next page puts him somewhere else with just a cursory explanation of how it was managed. Poor, poor writing and novel development. I certainly will not waste my money buying any more of this 'novels'.
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Sword and Scimitar
Sword and Scimitar
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 16 Nov 2012
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A poor outing. The plot was telegraphed in advance. It was obvious Richard was going to be his son and Maria was going to be alive. Even his own death was signposted. The speeches were very like the Churchillian versions. A tired outing. The only Scarrow book that took me a week to read. I usually manage to read the book in one day or at most two.


Military Blunders
Military Blunders
by Saul David
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable, 29 Oct 2012
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I expected this to be the usual rehash of standard orthodoxy on battles/campaigns. I am pleased to say it was not and as such a very enjoyable read.


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Small, 25 Oct 2012
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I want to echo the other post about sizing. I also ordered a medium and it was far, far too tight. Order larger sizes. Maybe they are making them to Chinese standard sizes rather than European.


Winter of the World (Century of Giants Trilogy)
Winter of the World (Century of Giants Trilogy)
by Ken Follett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern day historical novel, 24 Sep 2012
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First the bad - This is a novel with characters with 21 century attitudes and mores not the attitudes in the 1930-1940's. Their attitudes towards minorities was way off mark. The adventures of the characters smack of 'Forrest Gump' or 'Boys Own', usually with highly convenient/fairly unbelievable endings. A lot of glossing over, a book could have been written for the characters for each year. This would have required a bit of depth which would have made the book more enjoyable.
The good - Mr Follet somehow still manages to weave tales that made it a page turner.


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