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The Expats
The Expats
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Anti Climax, 17 Oct 2014
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The story was OK, very two dimensional, but readable (an easy novel suitable for reading on an airplane) . However the last dozen pages featured the main characters siting around a table explaining all the fine details of the plot so we the reader could understand. So big fail


Goodbye Soldier (Milligan Memoirs Book 6)
Goodbye Soldier (Milligan Memoirs Book 6)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Book too Far, 15 Jun 2014
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After reading all previous Spike Memoirs this one seems like he has just printed out his dairy. If you want to know what he had for lunch & breakfast on every single day for a year, then this is the book for you


The Racketeer
The Racketeer
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Real Crime is a Lazy Ending, 31 July 2013
This review is from: The Racketeer (Kindle Edition)
Story was OK. An airplane type of book. Basic plot, not too exciting or challenging. However it was let down by a very lazy ending. The logic behind the final sequences was so weak as to leave me feel cheated out of the time I had spent reading this.

I read all Grisham's early books and was a big fan. Time for him to hang up his keyboard.


Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World'
Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 3 Days, 25 Mar 2013
I saw the film on an airplane and immediately bought the book on Kindle.

2 months later I got around to reading it and knocked it off in 3 days. Needless to say, it is a page turner.

It is not exactly like the film. Much more depth


Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy Book 2)
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy Book 2)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Starts flat then plateaus, 23 Mar 2013
This is an attempt to tell the story of the 1930's & 40's using a small group of characters. Individuals are put through convoluted situations & story plots to place them at key events and portray them as key decision makers in this period

So, the Russian woman who developed the Soviet nuclear bomb is married to a Soviet spy who is the illegitimate son of an American Gangster. The Gangster has another illegitimate son working on the development of the US nuclear bomb. That American has an (Black) illegitimate son himself (we get side tracked into early Black Civil rights at this stage).

The Americans half sister is married to an English Socialist MP (who is the illegitimate son of a UK Lord), but not before she was married to her husband's half brother who was a UK fascist.

The English Socialist MP has an Aunt in Germany whose daughter married the man running the Soviet spy ring in Germany during WW2, which was in turn controlled by the Soviet Spy married to the Russian Nuclear scientist

And the War in the pacific is told though the story of 2 gay sailors who, when not hanging out in gay bars at Pearl Harbour, also break the Japanese Naval code that leads to the destruction of Japanese Naval power in the pacific.
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Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Book 7)
Dead Man's Grip (Roy Grace Book 7)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Weak Ending, 16 Jan 2013
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This is the first book I have read from this author and was thoroughly enjoying it. A great and easy holiday read. What was a well constructed, if predictable story was really let down by a very weak ending.

We are supposed to believe that a man on the ground can see someone on a roof at night that a Police helicopter could not, and a cop (because he worked as a bouncer) could better a special forces operative who trained in unarmed combat every day.


Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Start then a Fizzle, 8 Dec 2012
As an avid reader of this type of book I was disappointed that the story became flat rather quickly and stayed flat with small exceptions.

The Authour clearly had a mountain of the facts, but just could not bring them together into a page turner


The Penal Colony
The Penal Colony
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Air Plane or Beach fodder, 5 July 2012
This review is from: The Penal Colony (Kindle Edition)
Suspend some basic beliefs. Allow for a few lapses in the story line, and this becomes a good novel ideal for light reading.

The story flows, the characters are interesting, the plot is never obvious.

A good read that keeps you involved, but can still be picked up & put down easily (eg on a plane).

The author does however seem to like to dwell on Buggery a lot


Suttree
Suttree
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories disguised as a novel, 24 Jun 2012
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I enjoy this writer and his powerful use of language. I bought this book as it came so highly rated. Having read it I looked again at the past reviews to see where I disconnected. As an earlier reviewer (who gave the book 5 stars) says " there is no plot"

Instead there are a series of events based around the central character with interesting clues about him his past & the people he interacts with. However there is no character or plot development. It is rather a series of events or stories.

You could turn open to any chapter and read that without having to read from front to finish.

Many of the stories are funny or though provoking, but a couple are just designed to enable the writer to show off his extensive use of vocabulary. There is a hallucinogenic dream sequence and again a fever dream sequence which are nothing more than extensive word paintings of such experiences and add nothing to the story or the book.


The Istanbul Puzzle
The Istanbul Puzzle
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can not believe that people rated this book more than 1 star, 12 May 2012
This was an amazing book - in just how disjointed it was. In all thrillers we expect to suspend belief, but not common sense.

The key turning point of this story was that during a riot of some 250,000 people the police managed to located & arrest 2 individuals within that crowd within seconds of those 2 people receiving a text message by mobile phone.

There was zero character development and the story was just so flat with go nowhere, achieve nothing dialogue for so long

Well done to the writer for having a go, but the book would have been helped if a proof reader or editor had removed some of the obvious unnecessary events and pruned the chapters


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