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First Blood (20-20 Special Edition)
First Blood (20-20 Special Edition)
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Morrell has never been better, 9 Dec 2013
First Blood was David Morrell's first published book. Sadly, it's also his best, by some margin. There is something raw and gritty about this tale of Vietnam vet John Rambo, who lived through hell and was then turfed out of the Special Forces into an uncaring civilian world.

******SPOILERS******

A good hero is nothing without a good anti-hero and the argument exists that it is Teasle, (the Sheriff) that is the good guy and Rambo is the antagonist.

Morrell's major coup here, is that Teasle is every bit as sympathetic as Rambo. He is also a decorated war veteran, albeit from Korea, not Vietnam.

The writing is unflinching and gripping - Rambo shows no mercy in this iteration (unlike the movies) and this, to me, is a more accurate portrayal of how a manhunt for an ex-green beret would likely go.

Trautman doesn't come off particularly well in this novel - he lacks the late Richard Crenna's warmth and empathy.

The book only bears a passing resemblance to the movie and that is to the book's credit. Whilst the movie is plenty exciting, with great performances from all the cast, the book really describes the hunt in graphic detail and has a more realistic tint to it.

Of course, the end is radically different from the movie and that is absolutely fine.

I would say that regardless of what you thought of the film, check out this book and enjoy it. With prices starting at a penny, there really is no risk involved.


TeckNet® iPad 2 Premium Folio Stand Case / Cover For Apple iPad 2 (All Models), With Magnetic Sleep Wake Sensor Feature - Black
TeckNet® iPad 2 Premium Folio Stand Case / Cover For Apple iPad 2 (All Models), With Magnetic Sleep Wake Sensor Feature - Black
Offered by TECKNET

4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been perfect, 10 Nov 2013
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This is my second Tecknet case I have bought for my iPad 2. This is an improved version over my original which I have had for a couple of years and was starting to look a bit dog-eared.

It is a quality product and very very cheap for the amount of protection it provides. It's improved stand system and elastic loop, for hooking around your hand improves its functionality no end.

However, my only grip with it is that it is orientated the wrong way. When viewed in landscape mode, my previous case had the home button on the left and the controls were uppermost.

This reverses things, so that bizarrely, the volume controls are at the bottom of the case, inaccessible when using the iPad that way.

This prevents me giving it full marks, which is a shame, as apart from that, it really is a quality product for an unbelievably low price.


Bruce
Bruce
Price: £6.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lopsided, but still excellent, 1 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Bruce (Kindle Edition)
I have read many Springsteen biographies, especially the Dave Marsh brace. This is a different kettle of fish completely - Bruce is painted here as a meticulous control freak with little respect for his E Street bandmates or his romantic ex-partners. The music comes first, second and third in this warts n' all biography, which pulls no punches.

To my mind, I would prefer some balance in the good things he has done, rather than dwelling on just the bad. Also, for a 436 page book, it spends around 200 pages covering up to and including the "Born to Run" era. This means that the book is terribly lopsided in its focus - the early years are covered exhaustively, but it leaves less than 236 pages to cover the remainder of his career (around 38 years!)

This gives the book a bit of a rushed feel, which is a shame because a biography that took the same care as the early years would be a) multi-part and b) the most indepth biography ever written.

Don't get me wrong, the book almost reads itself, it is so good and it has a lot of anecdotes which are revelatory.

I bought it at its original price and it was well worth the money. At £4.99, it is a steal. Get it quick before they put the price back up!


The Death of Ayrton Senna
The Death of Ayrton Senna
by Richard Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor choice of title, 9 Jun 2011
I bought this book in the vain hope it would shed some light on the actual crash with perhaps telemetry readings and subsequent investigation.

Instead, we get a dull recap of his career, with very few insights and cursory coverage of the Williams trial.

The problem is that the book is so brief (around 200+ pages)it only skims across the subject matter and Senna was a figure who defied such simplicity. If you want to understand him better, this book doesn't have the depth to do the man justice.

The Christopher Hilton book "The Hard Edge of Genius" (which has now been collected into a new book, Senna - The Whole Story)is far superior in every respect.

Don't waste your money when you can buy that book for around the same price


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