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Attila and the Nomad Hordes (Elite)
Attila and the Nomad Hordes (Elite)
by David Nicolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good costume and Armour Book, with not much diverting material in the text., 28 May 2015
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A useful book, but one that attempts to cover far too much ground. The title, clearly intended to capture the shopper's imagination, is a misnomer, as there is very little in the book about Attila or his Huns, but I guess in the commercial world we live in - that's excusable. What is inexcusable is that the text (and illustrations) jump around all over the place, covering many nations that are not by any stretch of the imagination "Nomad Hordes" - for example Sassanians, Sogdians, Slavs, Finno-Ugrians and Kushanians (and that's just in the colour illustrations). Overall could have been that much better.


God's Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem (General Military)
God's Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem (General Military)
by Helen J. Nicholson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent well researched and written overview., 28 May 2015
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Excellent overview of the Battle of Hattin and the siege and fall of Jerusalem. Also examined and compared and contrasted were the Saracen Faris and the Knights Templar as the warriors elite of the time period. Their training, equipment, tactics, and upbringing are presented. Accompanying these comparisons are first hand accounts of the time period describing both sides of the battle and of the troops themselves. The first hand accounts were extremely interesting. At the end of the book is a handy albeit small guide for traveling to and seeing the places examined in the book. (


The Age of Charlemagne: Warfare in Western Europe, 750-1000 AD (Men-at-Arms)
The Age of Charlemagne: Warfare in Western Europe, 750-1000 AD (Men-at-Arms)
by David Nicolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb overview of a much overlooked epoch., 28 May 2015
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Nicolle discusses Carolingian armies and contemporary politics in 40 pages. Cavalry becomes somewhat more dominant, which leads to societal changes aimed at supporting the expensive equipment and warrior lifestyle. The realm faces viking, saracen and Magyar threats at the same as their centralized power is declining. Increasing local defences invests more political strength in the hands of local lords, and endless petty wars between the magnates and kings ensue.

Like all Osprey titles, the book contains a lot of illustrations and map with an excellent narrative from David Nicolle. Angus McBrides colorful works are great.


A Mist of Prophecies (Roma sub Rosa)
A Mist of Prophecies (Roma sub Rosa)
by Steven Saylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saylor again provides us with an intimate portrayal of Rome at this tumultuous time., 28 May 2015
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Steven Saylor, tells the story of "Cassandra," a beggar woman called by that name because she is given to odd fits in which she foretells the future. All the best women in Rome want to consult her, especially since their various husbands and lovers are either fighting in the Civil War between Pompey and Julius Caesar or are stirring up trouble in the city itself; nobody knows what the outcome might be of so much chaos. When Cassandra appears suddenly in the marketplace, foaming and crying and ultimately dying of poisoning in the arms of Gordianus the Finder, he is compelled to find out what happened, which means he must start to investigate some of the most powerful women Rome has ever seen.

This is the ninth book in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series, all of which feature Gordianus as the main character, a sort-of detective living in ancient Rome and making his way by using his curiosity and intelligence to uncover the truths that others might want to remain buried. What is especially intriguing about this entry in the always-interesting series is how much it focuses on the women of the upper classes, a group about which historians really know next to nothing as the ancient Romans themselves didn't consider women to be important enough to be written about. This gives Saylor much leeway in his depictions of these women, but as he's a scholarly soul as well as a novelist, I think his ideas about their lives are probably quite sound. Indeed, one of my pleasures in reading this series is his end-notes, in which Saylor lays out his research for all the world as if it's a history text, not a novel, that we're reading - and yet, each book works well as a novel too, with compelling and fascinating individuals and real-life complications and problems. Highly recommended!


Emperor: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series Book 2)
Emperor: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series Book 2)
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable fast paced work of historical fiction, 28 May 2015
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I enjoyed this second of Iggulden's Emperor series even more than the first. Caesar has grown up, and with him the story. The Death of Kings picks up right where The Gates of Rome left off, without even a short break in the action. We catch up with Caesar and the naval vessel he crews just as they arrive to clean out a rebelling port city. From then on, the action never stops the whole way through the novel.

What makes this book more enjoyable than the first, I think, is that Caesar is finally old enough to be interacting with the political games going on in Rome. There is a more mature aspect to the writing which fairly reflects the growing maturity of the major players and their entrance into the Roman political scene. We begin to see more of the characters and aspects of Roman history that readers are familiar with, and although Iggulden takes liberty with the sequence of events and who is where, the final product justifies those liberties. Much like the first novel, Death of Kings is non-stop action with little intellectual demand. A great read for a weekend afternoon.


Panzer Divisions 1944-45 (Battle Orders)
Panzer Divisions 1944-45 (Battle Orders)
by Pier Paolo Battistelli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a general overview., 16 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The author gives us a broad insight to the panzer divisions tactics their organisation, and the rolls of the various supporting arms, such as signals engineers etc.

The very informative text is backed up with superb photos and illustrations, highly recommended.


US Airborne Units in the Pacific Theater 1942-45 (Battle Orders)
US Airborne Units in the Pacific Theater 1942-45 (Battle Orders)
by Gordon L. Rottman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good solid overview., 16 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb photos and illustrations, highly recommended.


The Cossacks (Men-at-arms)
The Cossacks (Men-at-arms)
by Albert Seaton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and enjoyable read., 5 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb artwork, illustrations, highly recommended.


Connaught Rangers (Men-at-Arms)
Connaught Rangers (Men-at-Arms)
by Gilbert Alan Shepperd
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value!, 5 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb artwork, illustrations, highly recommended.


Chasseurs of the Guard (Men-at-arms)
Chasseurs of the Guard (Men-at-arms)
by Peter Young
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Napoleonic series., 5 Mar. 2015
The perfect gift for all history buffs is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb artwork, illustrations, highly recommended.


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