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Star Wars: Chewbacca in Chains 12 Inch Figure
Star Wars: Chewbacca in Chains 12 Inch Figure
Offered by theactionstation
Price: £32.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting version of Chewbacca (from the Return of the ..., 31 Mar. 2015
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An interesting version of Chewbacca (from the Return of the Jedi) for collectors, though it is not as articulate or poseable as the other Star Wars 12" action figures.

Offered by Smartphonez UK
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Smart choice, 13 Mar. 2014
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Despite having a bit of a problem when I placed my order, my overall impression of this wallet is very good because it provides good protection, it looks very smart and it's good value for money.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good service!, 16 Dec. 2011
It was the set I was looking for and it arrived on time. And its price was good too. Many thanks.

The Dancer Upstairs
The Dancer Upstairs
by Nicholas Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fact turned into fiction: review of "The dancer upstairs" by Nicholas Shakespeare (1995), 20 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Dancer Upstairs (Paperback)
This is basically Nicholas Shakespeare's own dramatised version of the capture in 1992 of Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the Shining Path (or Sendero Luminoso), the Maoist terrorist group which had been waging a bloody war against the Peruvian state since 1980. Known by the local media as the "capture of the century", it caught everybody by surprise that Chairman Gonzalo, as his followers called him, had been hiding at the house of Maritza Garrido Lecca, a ballet instructor, in one of Lima's middle-class districts and that a small special anti-terrorist police unit (DIRCOTE), lead by Colonel Benedicto Jiménez and General Antonio Ketín Vidal, had used meticulous - and old fashioned but effective - methods to track him.

Anybody familiar with this event will be able to understand and follow Shakespeare's story of Agustín Rejas (Jiménez/Ketín Vidal), the police detective in charge of finding the elusive and messianic Ezequiel (Guzmán), who has been leading a terror campaign to bring down the government of a South American country. The only difference is that Rejas - "bars" in Spanish, what a fitting name for a policeman! - falls in love with a woman called Yolanda (Garrido Lecca), who happens to be his daughter's ballet teacher and who will eventually lead him to Ezequiel.

Though I believe that this is a very fascinating novel that John Malkovich eventually turned into a movie in 2002 (I even had the chance to meet the author himself during a talk he gave in London back in February 2011), I am still waiting to see a film about the real capture. Shakespeare did write an excellent and extensive article about the fall of Guzmán for the Sunday Telegraph in 1994. But, so far, all I can recall is a mini-series made for Peruvian television four years after the event but I was not very impressed - well, at least it was not as bad as Aces: Iron eagle III (1992) or Lima, breaking the silence (1997)!
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by Charles Whiting
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Skorzeny by Charles Whiting, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Skorzeny (Paperback)
This is Charles Whiting's original first edition published in 1972 of what later became known as Skorzeny: The Most Dangerous Man in Europe. Written before Otto Skorzeny died in 1975, Whiting portrays the life and exploits of one of the most interesting and fascinating military figures that came out of the Second World War and whose legend went beyond the daring rescue of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the Gran Sasso, the kidnapping of Admiral Horthy's son Miklós in Budapest and the sending of English-speaking troops in GI uniforms behind Allied lines during the Battle of the Bulge, besides the unusual closeness to Adolf Hitler. Skorzeny's determination to challenge conventional military thinking, by emulating British commando and partisan-style tactics, had a profound effect on modern warfare in the use of small units to fight the enemy when and where it would be least expected.

This book is essential for all those interested in German elite and special forces during the Second World War and the impact of their operations in both the Western and Eastern fronts. I would recommend it as an excellent addition to other titles such as John Foley's Commando Extraordinary: Otto Skorzeny (1954) and James Lucas's Kommando: German Special Forces of World War Two (1985).

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