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Lamentation (The Shardlake series Book 6)
Lamentation (The Shardlake series Book 6)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 Jan. 2015
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Excellent as always.


Blomefylde and the Necromancer (Myles Blomefylde, the Cunning Man Book 1)
Blomefylde and the Necromancer (Myles Blomefylde, the Cunning Man Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Literary Gem, 20 Jan. 2013
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A most enjoyable tale of an Elizabethan physician who dabbles in Alchemy but is accused of necromancy.The irrational, suspicion and fear which lurked everywhere in the times are subtly captured as are other period details. The writing is full of imagery and the research into the subject matter seems exhaustive.The plot is cleverly structured and well paced holding the interest of the reader right to its exciting conclusion.


Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
by Tom Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable ramble through Roman History up to Augustus' principate, 25 Oct. 2007
Narrative History usually gives a one dimensional view of events and eschews argument or controversy in the interests of clarity and readability. This volume following the history of the Roman Republic from the Gracci brothers to the elevation of Octavian (Augustus) as the first emperor is no exception. As an example of popular history it is superb, it achieves what it sets out to do ,which is to give a clear and above all extremely entertaining account of that period. It also achieves a nice balance of detail and narrative clarity. It covers quite an expanse of time and returns frequently to an exposition of the values and ideals of the Republic' putting the sucession of momentus events into that context.Highly recommended as an introduction to the period. For a more traditionally scholarly but possibly less detailed account of the period see Scullard's "From the Gracchi to Nero".


The Religion
The Religion
by Tim Willocks
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of the fanatics, 1 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Religion (Paperback)
The siege of Malta is the backdrop for a monumental struggle of Muslim and Christian fanatics for possession of the strategic island.The suicidal attacks of the Muslim warriors and the implacable defence of the Knights of St John, AKA'The Religion', has great resonance given the current world political situation.
This is a superbly written (if slightly overlong for one volume) epic tale. The characters are real, the hero Matthias Tannhauser (a nom de Guerre) is capable of fearsome brutality yet harbours great sensitivity simultaneously. He alone eschews the fanaticism of his brother Knights and brother Jannisaries, since he has served with both, and is able to detatch himself from religious fervour and views it with modern cynicism.
He loves sex and war, they sharpen his senses make him feel alive and he lives through them to the full but taking time out with a dose of opium when things get unbearably rough as they often do.
The descriptions of battle and torture and murder are harrowing yet exciting.We really can experience the long drawn out siege but the book is never boring. The subsidiary characters include a dark Catholic inquisitorial priest, rival for one of Tannhauser's paramours, a sensual viol playing countess and her equally alluring confidant both of whom who excite his passion. Do they make their get away before the Turks ovwerwhelm the fortress? You must read and find out.


The Walled Orchard
The Walled Orchard
by Tom Holt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Athens without the rose tint!, 16 April 2007
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Amalgamating both the military and literary events of the Peloponnesian war period of Classical Athens this witty and surprising novel is a very satisfying read. The playwrite Eupolis, the books narrator, has experience of the politics of both war and drama and pointedly exposes the all to human falibility of the Athenians in both. 'Democracy' in its birth place is far from eulogised but on the contrary is savaged and portrayed as a ravenous beast devouring its own creators.

A long book, two in one almost, but nicely structured with enough pace and variety to keep the reader interested.


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