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Mr. Jp Sledmere "James Sledmere" (Hertfordshire, UK)

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by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, 22 Jun. 2007
This review is from: It (Paperback)
What a book! Having only flirted with a couple of Kings previous books I was dubious as to weather I'd even finish "IT" but as it turned out, I couldn't put it down.

Stephen Kings' writing style is unique. He combines huge character detail, with raw almost blasé accounts of how they meet a sticky end, and the outcome is extraordinary. As you read this story you can almost mentally reach out and touch the people and buildings that make up the long-suffering town of Derry.

As the novel unfolds it weaves the past and present together, jumping around rather at first, but further on becoming seamless. From the seven original members of the Losers Club having their first, one on ones, with "IT" through to the later re-union as adults, each detailed account is beautifully written creating some wonderfully unique personalities along with some spine chilling events.

This is a hefty tome however, and demands stamina from the reader. Early on in the book the horror is almost drip-fed but stick with it and you'll find yourself being drawn further and further into the eerie town of Derry, and brilliant mind of King.

This is proper, undiluted Theatre Of The Mind. Buy IT today!

Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia
by Joseph D Pistone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Journey, 24 Sept. 2006
This honest, real and at times touching account of an FBI agent's under-cover life in the most powerful New York mafia family is truly fascinating. Joseph D Pistone leads the reader through his six year investigation as Donnie Brascoe, jewel thief, starting with his first encounters of small time crooks in Manhattan social clubs, manipulating his already street-wise personality to convince his peers of his good fella status all the way through to being lined up as a made man, a "Wise Guy" buy some of the most powerful mafia bosses in history.

If you have seen the movie and think you know the story, think again. Having only used snippets of information and portraying the main characters with some heavy poetic license, Donnie Brascoe the film doesn't even get close to the gritty realism you'll encounter in this book. Pistones' life was permanently changed as a result of his time as an agent and only his quick thinking, sharp wit and tough mentality kept him alive.

An amazing fly on the wall account that the Mafia themselves have, if not approved of, then certainly enjoyed reading. As real and satisfying as Meatballs, sausage and peppers........ Read It!

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