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Traitor's Blood: Book 1 of The Civil War Chronicles
Traitor's Blood: Book 1 of The Civil War Chronicles
by Michael Arnold
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable First Outing For Captain Stryker, 31 Oct. 2010
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Captain Stryker is billed in the publishers blurb as a "Sharpe of the English Civil War" which makes it about the third such offering billed as such I have come across, Ian Gales "Jack Steel" set in the times of Marlborough I suppose a "Sharpe for the War of the Spanish Succession" which was poor and James Holland's "Jack Tanner" series a "Sharpe for World War II" which is first rate.
If you enjoy Bernard Cornwell (which I do) you'll enjoy this. As a fan of Arturo Perez-Reverte's "Captain Alatriste" I was pleased to find an English contemporary and will certainly be looking forward to reading more of Captain Stryker's Adventures.


Blood of Honour (Jack Tanner 3)
Blood of Honour (Jack Tanner 3)
by James Holland
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sgt Tanner gets his feet wet again...., 25 Oct. 2010
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Sgt Tanner like the British Army of the Period did a lot of Retreating. I hope by the time Sgt Tanner goes on the offensive this potentially outstanding series improves too!
Mr Holland knows his stuff but something still lacks - he doesn't have the ability to put you there in the story like Bernard Cornwell or John Harris Could.
His Detail regarding Weapons, Equipment and Locales is first rate however does Sgt Tanner really need to get his "Leg Over" with ever tale told?

Still all said and done I will be saving my 'Hard Earned Gelt' to Pre-Order Mr Holland's Next Jack Tanner Novel.


Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics)
Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics)
Price: £5.41

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overjoyed to see this title on Kindle...., 20 Oct. 2010
I was so pleased not only to see this title but a whole host of Mr Shute's work available on Kindle.
For me this is the best of Mr Shute's works and is one of my most favourite reads. If your looking for pleasing uplifting tale of one ordinary chap doing extraordinary things look no further, using quite unwittingly the network of enthusiasts and hobbyists who follow his monthly column is "miniature mechanics" (this is pre-social networking on the tinternet!) he sets out on a trip to the far side of the world to secure his nieces future.


Zombie Apocalypse! (Mammoth Books)
Zombie Apocalypse! (Mammoth Books)
by Stephen Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read But..., 18 Oct. 2010
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If your looking for tales of plucky individuals surviving a Zombie Fest this may not be for you.
Various contributors build up a story within a set frame work based on individual accounts, through emails,diaries and letters to loved ones (who mostly turn out to be long dead already).
It sets a good pace and with the episodic nature of some of the Diaries, blogs and Tweets keeps you turning the page.


The Best of the Victor: The Top Boys' Paper for War, Sport and Adventure!
The Best of the Victor: The Top Boys' Paper for War, Sport and Adventure!
by Andy McNab
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cor, Strewth!, 15 Oct. 2010
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What jaunt down memory lane this was! Alf Tupper, Cadman and Morgan the Mighty all stirling stuff. Though this will only really appeal to those of a certain age who read The Victor in the 60's & 70's. hence the four stars.
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Seelöwe Nord: The Germans Are Coming
Seelöwe Nord: The Germans Are Coming
by Andy Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read, 15 Oct. 2010
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Mr Johnson has presented Fal Seelowe in a fast past blow by blow account as seen through the eye's of both German and British RAF, Luftwaffe, Homeguard, Heer etc. The premise works well and Mr. Johnson's years of service show in the exciting and believable action - stands out from other authors both of alternate history and action war novels who fall over on details such as weapons of the period and basic infantry practice.

I recommend this highly and will be looking out for other titles by Mr. Johnson. If I was a publisher I would grab up this author who has produced this first rate piece of alternate history fiction and gone to the effort of doing so through this "vanity publishing house".


Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1)
by Mira Grant
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this..., 11 Oct. 2010
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BUT it did not grip in the same way as "Day By Day Armageddon" or "World War Z", to much bloggy-doofer stuff and stereotypical-type Bad Guy shenanigans.
Some things regarding Zombies and the shooting of them were just plain silly, the hero Shaun Mason climbs a chain link fence and shoots zombies perched from the top with a crossbow - I suggest the author tries that out, Reloading a crossbow whilst balanced on a fence. Also the hero's logic of climbing the fence to shoot zombies who are on the outside whilst they have a "Zombies in the Wire" situation, his back is watched by his sister the heroine who no too brightly brings a long a pistol with an eight shot capacity and no spare magazines from their armoured RV which is chock full of lethal weapons - this from zombie survival experts? In a later "Zombies in the Wire" scenario the heroic Mr Mason suggests going for a mobility kill by shooting the Zombies in the knees rather than a straight kill head shot, again I suggest the Author takes her self of to Pistol range and sees for herself just how practical that is.
However if you like your technology and unlike me can work a mobile phone without swearing alot, this may be a Zombie Novel you will enjoy. I'll still have look at the second installment due 2011.

And like the Author I sleep with a Machete under the bed, just in case the undead over run Dukinfield.
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Anvil of Necessity
Anvil of Necessity
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable..., 27 Sept. 2010
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After reading "The Big One" I went 'one click mad' and bought the rest (These are not cheap books!). Mr Slade expands on his Alternate History with this post war tale where like in Real History just because the war ends the shooting doesn't follow suit.
The end of this installment does have "Curve Ball" thrown in, this series is one the best Alternate History Novels around - well worth going 'one click mad' over.


The Red Riding Trilogy [DVD] [2009]
The Red Riding Trilogy [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Paddy Considine
Price: £13.50

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 25 Sept. 2010
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It's 99% a top notch cast however Andrew Garfield was miscast, he stamped through 1974 like a bolshie sixth former with comedy sideburns and little in the way of performance. Poor direction with too much "flare" and little content, with no subtitles which were really needed considering the 'atmospheric' therefore barely audiable sound. The only upside to the poor 1974 is that it made 1980 & 1983 look so good. on the whole had this not been strongly recommended to me I would not have thrown my hard earned gelt away.


The Big One
The Big One
by Stuart Slade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Good Read..., 22 Sept. 2010
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Would have reaped five stars but for the F7 errors and an odd format which distracted from what is otherwise a rattling good Alternate History yarn. Mr Slade has researched this well, pitting the post-1945 Luftwaffe against the early Jet age USAAF.


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