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Conquest (The Making of England Quartet)
Conquest (The Making of England Quartet)
by Stewart Binns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, 17 Mar. 2011
If you are reading these reviews and thinking of purchasing this novel, then please don't be put off by the few negative one star reviews. This story may not be 100% historically accurate, but then neither is our understanding of the time during which it is set. I thought that the Prologue was very whimsical and lacked credulity, but was an interesting way to narrate the story. Likewise, the Epilogue tied things off neatly along with the Postscript. What is important is the fact that the battle scenes and descriptions of the Norman conquest and colonization of England are very believable and moving. Hereward's character and attributes have almost certainly been exaggerated in this account in order to really punch home his exploits and life to the reader, but to be honest I didn't really mind this. I like my historical fiction to be bold and heroic, and this certainly is that. Hereward then and now enjoys a myth like status and there is something very mythical in the way this book has been written. For a debut novel this book is very impressive, not quite as good as Bernard Cornwell's Alfred the Great series, nor up to Elizabeth Chadwick's standard, but certainly not that far off. I bought this book rather than borrowing it from my local library, and after reading it would happily buy another novel by him, and that is as good a recommendation as anyone can really give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase, very pleased, 9 April 2010
Got my HTC Desire a week ago and as was to be expected no mobile phone shops were stocking cases yet. Like the reviewer above took a bit of a gamble as there were no reviews for this case. However, the description and price seemed very agreeable. Received the case in the post today (3 days from order to delivery) and am very impressed. Quick to deliver and well wrapped. The case seems well made, good snug fit, entire phone fits inside so nothing sticks out. The clever internal strap means its very easy to slide out, while the magnetic clasp is slick to use. Quality of the leather seems pretty good as well and looks two be about 2mm thick. It should provide some shock protection if you drop it from hand height, but more importantly the screen and camera are well protected from scratches and dirt when in your pocket. For the price and free delivery I think this case is exceptional value. I could see this selling for double the price in a mobile phone shop.

The Forgotten Legion: (The Forgotten Legion Chronicles No. 1)
The Forgotten Legion: (The Forgotten Legion Chronicles No. 1)
by Ben Kane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding debut novel, 25 Jun. 2008
Anyone who enjoys historical fiction cannot go wrong with this book. As already mentioned there have been a number of novels published recently that have used or been based on Roman history. Up till now my favourite has been Of Merchants & Heroes by Paul Waters, and while this novel is set further along in Roman history, it is of the same quality. There is a raw energy in the description of Roman life and rule not unlike that of the mini series ROME, while the four main characters are equally engrossing. This is without a doubt one of the best debut novels I have ever read and I am greatly anticipating any further work.

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