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Nexus
Nexus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a set of new ideas., 10 Jun 2014
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Connect ecstasy, nano technology, club culture, add 20 years to the date.

Add hints of morpho-genetics and the buddhist idea of interdependence.

Final ingredient a very very paranoid government.

Cannabis is destabilising for the government well the blend of new technologies will have them panicking. And they do.

At times a little loose with human life - but a good book.


The Soul of a New Machine
The Soul of a New Machine
by Tracy Kidder
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Qn: How to develop a new computer system?, 12 Oct 2013
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Answer: Hire all the very smart computer kids from all the top American Universities. Lock them away in the country side. Pay them peanuts and give them leading-edge tasks. Extraordinary.

Full of excellent descriptions of 'how a computer works'. Spot on.

And very readable.


Ocean Gladiator
Ocean Gladiator
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sub aqua tales, 12 Oct 2013
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A very good read, endless tales of daring do and enough technology to keep you hooked.

Written by a very experienced diver.


The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy
The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lewis a cold desolate island, 12 Oct 2013
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For me a little wordy and flowery, but a good solid story line with strong and entrapping characters.

Will buy the next 2 instalments in due course.......


Red Star Falling (Agent Temporal #1) (The Agents Temporal Series)
Red Star Falling (Agent Temporal #1) (The Agents Temporal Series)

5.0 out of 5 stars Saskia returns, 12 Oct 2013
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Just an excellent addition to Saskia's tales.

Not telling you the story line, buy it and enjoy.

Waiting for the next instalment.


The Deep Zone: A Novel (with bonus short story Lethal Expedition): A Novel
The Deep Zone: A Novel (with bonus short story Lethal Expedition): A Novel
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 12 Oct 2013
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he should stay with documentaries.

maybe he is on the pulse but but but..

It's okay a beach read with a drink


Blind Descent
Blind Descent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the world's deepest cave, extraordinary, 25 Sep 2013
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We all know what a ‘super cave’ is, well wrong. A supercave is something else, a vast geological monster miles long and many thousands of feet deep. Their exploration requires huge, costly expeditions, multiple subterranean camps and weeks spent underground.

‘Blind Descent’ chronicles two teams both aiming for the deepest cave system in the world. Bill Stone in Mexico with American money and Alexander Klimchouk with Russian. 20 years of exploration reach a finale (of sorts) in 2004. Bill Stone was looking at a Mexican cave called Cheve (limestone and massive chambers), Klimchouk at Krubera in Abkhazia, south eastern Georgia (vertical, tight and harsh). These were driven men and a few women, all of whom pulled their own weight.

Tabor, a writer with National Geographic, describes the work of these two teams. They dig, they drill and bolt, they crawl, they live underground for weeks, they sump dive at 6,500 ft with out oxygen, they haul 40 lbs loads in batches of 16 (that what it says on the photo ☹). 99% of the work supports the 1 % at the sharp end. And they die. In one passage alone a team laid 120 explosive charges to clear a squeeze for a litter to pass through.

The campsites are numbered upwards, so Camp 6 is the very deepest. At the end of a month’s exploration two people passed through a sump, using re-breathers, and did not exit that sump for 6 days. Then three days ascent to sunlight. There was no-one else in the cave system, for the whole of those nine days. They were over 5 miles from the entrance and nearly 5,000 feet down. Margin of error?

Tabor is writing for the mass market and his technical descriptions are a little fuzzy. Some 40% of the book is taken with his references. But the stories are stunning and the descriptions are excellent, the writing carries you deeper. The power of obsession is very impressive.

A must read book.


Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series Book Two)
Flashback (The Saskia Brandt Series Book Two)

4.0 out of 5 stars Vol 2 and v good, 31 May 2013
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More fun with Saskia - good stuff - well done Mr Hocking.

he pays attention to historical context - adds a fine feel


Jagged Red Line
Jagged Red Line
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 'Touching the void' - made me laugh though, 31 May 2013
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One incident in hierarchical obsessed old USSR - hilarious consequences..... Still loved the climbing bits and the strange strange country.

Good read


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