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Marius' Mules VI: Caesar's Vow
Marius' Mules VI: Caesar's Vow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurels Well Earned, 29 Jan. 2014
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I came across this series searching generally on my Kindle and bought the first three or four on spec. It began pretty well and book by book just kept getting better. I've read all 6 end to end now and look forward the next. Turney's confidence has grown along with his literary instincts, ability and fine research, which sits lightly on the stories just as it should. He makes wise novelist choices yet stays well within the known history or the logic of the circumstances of what is unknown. His characters are nicely rounded and, simply put, the good guys are good company. Marius' Mules ticks all the boxes for an entertaining, intelligent, fictional military/historical series. It beats the pants off Sharpe and compares well with Patrick O'Brian's wonderful Aubery/Matuirn novels and even George MacDonald Fraser's delightful Flashman. I never thought I'd be saying that of a contemporary writer.


Istanbul
Istanbul
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Safety Catch, 20 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Istanbul (Kindle Edition)
Mr Falconer writes very well, creates atmosphere, describes locations and people nicely and the reader gets a feel of the time and place. He has doubtless thrilled creative writing teachers and conventional editors alike and will do so to for many readers. Call me pedantic though, but if you write this sort of book and do not know that almost no revolvers in all of history have had safety catches and there aren't any 'majors' in the RAF, it undermines all the rest. You suddenly see a slick professional writer who has holidayed perhaps in the locations he writes of with a city map for street names beside him as he works. Okay, one would need to do that, and real spies seldom write novels, but the reader is not confident that he knows his onions, it is harder to enjoy the ride and disbelief is not easy to suspend. That said the story, though slowly unfolding is good, as are his characters. A scene toward the end however well it ties things up is very much out of character though, and highly unlikely to boot, which spoiled things a bit for me just when I was prepared to forgive much. I hate the cover of this book, too. It looks about as 1940s as a mobile phone. There are many errors in the text which tells us once more that even, or especially, with large publishing houses, proof reading is a lost art. Falconer is weak on action and most of it happens off stage, as it were. He is strongest with emotion, loss, longing and love. His efforts would be less lucrative though better used if he wrote about what he knows.


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