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The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part One
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part One
by Robert Kirkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.87

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled..., 10 Oct 2013
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I haven't read the book yet, I received it today...I am writing the review to inform other readers that the book advertised is not this one, it is part of it.
When I pre-ordered it stated 345 pages - The Fall of the Governor. This book is 245 pages long and now titled - The Fall of the Governor PART ONE....Perhaps the creators realised at the last minute that we (the readers) would discover the fate of The Governor before Season 4 started or maybe they think we are a bunch of zombies and won't notice the rip off...

Appalling treatment of fans...As for Amazon, they notified me on Wednesday that the original pre-order had been dispatched...Customer service here I come...
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Apocalypse of the Dead
Apocalypse of the Dead
by Joe McKinny
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Getting better..., 24 Sep 2013
The action was frantic from the start and introduced some interesting and complex characters. The story had a strong religious theme with a preacher (Jasper) who was able to walk among the dead without threat, he was also able to arrange transport, building supplies etc in a world that was devastated. He was unconvincing - he had a strong cult following and they set up a village away from the cities. My favourite character Michael Barnes was strong, ruthless and efficient. Nate was immune to a zombie bite and cast as a possible cure for the infection. Ed and Billy's relationship was a highlight of the story.

Several groups make their way to the safety of the Grasslands, each progressing through a series of near misses and losses. Some of the coincidences in the story were less believable than a Zombie Apocalypse but I'll let the reader work those out.

Without trying to spoil the book, the last 100 pages were a let down. Michael Barnes who struck me as independent and sceptical was brainwashed in a sentence. It sort of lost its way a bit.

Overall it was better than Dead City and hopefully Flesheaters will improve the story again. Not great but not bad either.


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Offered by Biggest Discount Ltd
Price: 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, no difference - Price, big difference..., 13 Sep 2013
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The price attracted me to this product...it looks and prints exactly the same as the branded and much more expensive one. I just put it in and it worked straight away. The printing quality is excellent once it settles in after a couple of prints. I will definitely buy again. Also very quick service.


Skyfall [DVD]
Skyfall [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by LuvFilmLuvMusic
Price: 7.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Oscar?, 25 Feb 2013
This review is from: Skyfall [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this movie at the cinema and thought it was good but it seemed distant from the previous two. I watched it again on DVD and without doubt it is the best Bond movie - the acting is superb.

Craig is intense, Dench is detached and Bardem is casual as the villain - all three should be walking away with Oscars. Fiennes, Harris and Finney add extra quality in their cameos.

The story is about M's past returning to haunt her in the shape of arch villain Silva and Bond returning from the dead.

The action is intense, the dialogue sharp and the music atmospheric.

If there was ever a doubt about the Bond franchise - Skyfall puts an end to all doubts.

Watch it, enjoy it and a few days later start the process all over.


The Summer Guest
The Summer Guest
by Justin Cronin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Read..., 11 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Summer Guest (Paperback)
The Summer Guest is not a book I would normally read but I wanted to get a feel for Justin Cronin's writing before I tackle The Passage. I also found the synopsis on the back cover interesting.

*No Spoilers*

The story focuses on a group of people who have a strong attachment to a summer retreat. Joe and Lucy are married, Kate is their daughter, Jordan is the help who is also in love with Kate and then you have Harry. The story is quite pedestrian in the respect it is told with a great deal of precision but never getting out of first gear. It is told from the present day to flashbacks of when all the characters were younger.

It is essentially a love story spread across about three decades (although the story stretches much further) from Joe's birth to the birth of Kate's daughter. It is very much a story of compassion, warmth, loyalty and a special bond between father and daughter.

The dialogue between characters is excellent.

There is a twist but if you follow the story close it becomes apparent halfway through. I don't remember a sentence of bad feeling through the story.

I would have given five stars but for the pace of the storytelling. It is a book that needs perseverance but it is well worth it in the end, that is from a father's point of view.


Exit Kingdom
Exit Kingdom
by Alden Bell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Prequel than Sequel, 20 Jan 2013
This review is from: Exit Kingdom (Hardcover)
Set in the same world as The Reapers are the Angels and told by Moses Todd, the man from The Reapers. The tale is told while Todd sits by a camp-fire of travellers. He tells the story of him and his brother Abe (the same brother Temple killed in The Reapers). Along their way they pick up a female, she is a complex character but very much a female Moses Todd. The story is based around a journey or purpose the three set out on, Moses is very aware of the threat his brother carries amongst female survivors, at times he almost despises his brother but he feels a sibling duty to protect him. The Vestal Amata, the female of the group has a unique ability, she is immune to the dead, they have no inclination to eat her.

The story has traces of originality but it was never in danger of surpassing the original. Religion or belief or simple faith are themes that run consistently through the story. For me as in the first book, the interactions and conversations between the characters are what make this another superb read.

In my review of The Reapers, I mentioned a prequel and sequel would be welcomed - Bell has delivered the prequel, I look forward to the conclusion of Moses Todd.


The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (Walking Dead Book 2)
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury (Walking Dead Book 2)
by Robert Kirkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.93

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a drab sequel, 22 Dec 2012
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I expected this book to follow on from the last introducing some great characters and developing 'The Governor' - it didn't. I have not read the graphic novels but I have read the Governor is supposed to be a tyrant - I have to admit I like his style of authority.

*Again no spoilers*

The story revolves around Lily and a group of people making their way through the zombie infested world. The opening chapters were quite brutal and intense with lots of action and emotion. Once the small group leave the tent city the story became less dramatic.

The biggest disappointment was the lack of effort with the Governors story. The rest of the story was quite predictable and repetitive.

Hope the third book puts more effort into character development.


Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Killing Floor POOR, 25 Nov 2012
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I bought this book because I thought the movie looked lots of fun (still do) however if I thought the books would aid in my pleasure I was wrong. Obviously with seventeen books involving Jack Reacher I knew before I read the book that his mortality was never in danger, considering the title and his reputation I thought he may get banged up a bit unfortunately the only injury he received was a bruised forehead from a head-butt he initiated. He was so indestructible he could give The Avengers a run for their money.

The story was wrong from the first coincidence, his brother dead in the same town he just wandered into (c'mon please give the reader some credit). After that it just got silly especially the tramp talking about spaceships. Lots of driving to and fro only for the journey to be wasted for one reason or another. More absurdly it took Reacher a couple of hours of reading to discover the criminal activity what his dead brother (treasury agent) and a couple of professors couldn't figure out in a year.

The writing is a mess and often lazy, the plot is very predictable and the characters are out of place.- I understand this was the first novel and maybe further along the series all have got better but I am not sure I want to invest any more money or time.

My own fault for expecting too much but never expected it to come close to being poor.
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Prototype 2: Amazon Exclusive Wrecking Ball Radnet Edition (Xbox 360)
Prototype 2: Amazon Exclusive Wrecking Ball Radnet Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by SelectGames
Price: 4.97

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action..., 19 Aug 2012
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You are Sgt James Heller (created by Alex Mercer)a former soldier rampaging through three zones. The weapons are excellent - Hammerfists, Claws, Blade, Tendrils and Whipfist. The Bio Bomb is excellent.

The story follows Heller turning against Mercer, he has to infiltrate various labs, army bases etc. Plenty of side missions that become a little repetitive after the second zone. The fun part of the game is all the carnage and imaginative ways to destroy. The game is free roam and it really allows the player to immerse themselves in several hours of adult fun.

By the final third of the game Heller is all powered up with his weapons, he can fly helicopters and drive tanks - 44 of the 46 achievements are available through the first play.

Overall lots of action, superb weapons and a lot of fun for a weekend.


Cleanskin [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Cleanskin [DVD + UV Copy] [2012]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by CP UK And Global LTD
Price: 2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sean's back, 13 Aug 2012
Sean Bean plays a British agent assigned for dirty work. He is on the trail of a group of suicide bombers. It is a great British thriller with some superb acting, mostly from Bean who is moody, unshaven and ruthless. It had a Bourne feel to it with lots of fist fights and action.

No special effects needed here but full of grit and good dialogue.

Well recommended.


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