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Personal (Jack Reacher 19)
Personal (Jack Reacher 19)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Reacher novels, 31 Aug 2014
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There is a lot of an Alistiar Maclean hero in Reacher. The calculating mind that predicts what others will do, believably or not, underlines this latest Lee Child novel. Not the best of Reacher novels, this is still very readable, and will still be worth a re read in a couple of years. Taking on and beating, obviously, gangland London under pins the plot, whether the ultimate outcome, no clues, is convincing as always is down to the reader.

I read in 24 hours, enjoyed, the common Reacher template was diverted from, Echo Burning this isn't, but better than some of the recent offerings.


An Officer and a Spy
An Officer and a Spy
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Officer and a Spy, 2 Aug 2014
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Set during late 19th Century France and with the infamous Dreyfus affair as a theme, the plot educates and develops on what might have been learned from the film Pappion.

The names within are those of the time who etched their names for good or evil into what developed into a diplomatic incident unprecidented for its' time. Attitudes towards Jews in France too are highlighted and result in a worthwhile and thought provoking story line.


Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 22)
Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 22)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One, 2 Aug 2014
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Two crimes seemingly unconnected evolve into a wider problem for Banks and his familiar colleagues. A stolen tractor, a pair of missing males of slightly dubious means and a burned out caravan form the basis for strands of investigation to come together and merge into something a who;e lot more wide scale.

Abattoir Blues is typical of the Peter Robinson pen. Plots are plausible, the individuals believable, though the regular tribulations within the personal lives of Banks and Annie Cabbot are not as prominent as previously. However this doesn't detract, and as expected the novel is easy reading and rapidly completed.


The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curious, 5 Feb 2014
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Wanted to like, but ultimately struggled. There was too much which was written as humorous, or set to violently impress that didn't cut.


1000 Yards - A John Milton Short Story
1000 Yards - A John Milton Short Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Hollow Plot, 5 Feb 2014
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Man goes to North Korea, shoots a few folk and goes home. Loved The Black Mile by same author., this shorter offering was disappointing.


48 Hours: A City of London Thriller
48 Hours: A City of London Thriller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed, 15 Oct 2013
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48 Hours started very quickly and slowed down none during the story. While it seemed things were coming to a conclusion early on, the ensuing narrative still captivated and concluded suitably. Recommended.


Stalkers
Stalkers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get into this, but worth it eventually, 22 Sep 2013
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The basic premise of the plot stretches belief a little, but isn't that often the case? The major character, "Heck" develops well as a one of those maverick, flawed Police Detectives, and someone who finds bodily harm with alarming frequency. Scenes are well described, and action suitably paced, as the bloody climax is reached and the body count rockets.


The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 1)
The Last Call (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Plot Which Was Drip Fed Into Story, 22 Sep 2013
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While not necessarily ruling out the possibility of reading sequels to this title, the twists here seemed to rely too much on what the "hero" and good guy, had not been told by the woman who quickly became his partner. The introduction of a young child who had lost her parents into the plot only served to create an unnecessary side track which didn't contribute to the on-going story line. Given more time the characters might develop, but maybe not.


Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)
Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja vu, 13 Sep 2013
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A decent plot underneath is lost in much of what has been written previously in Reacher books. He sorts folk out in well described ways, always comes out on top, but the character doesn't develop.A little more vulnerability required, a little more diversion from the expected template.


Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 21)
Children of the Revolution: The 21st DCI Banks Mystery (Inspector Banks 21)
by Peter Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 19 Aug 2013
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Robinson's DCI Banks novels are inevitably page turners of the top order, Children of the Revolution continues this trend. The scene setting and development of potential false leads takes a while, but the who killed Gavin Miller and why lasts the book out. The maverick associated with Banks is inevitable, the dismissal of 'orders' from above equally so. Whether the death/murder is related to events at a local academic institution, or one in seventies Essex underpins the plot.

Enjoyed very much.


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