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The Hittite
The Hittite
by Dr Ben Bova
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rewitten Tale of Troy, 22 Oct. 2012
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I find it difficult to write a review for this book as I had read most of it before in Ben Bova's earlier novel The Vengeance Of Orion. That was science fiction with a warrior from the future appearing at Troy and recruiting a Hittite named Lukka to storm the walls of Troy with a siege engine (the Wooden Horse). This version has Lukka take on the role of Orion in a virtual repeat of his adventures, so don't buy it if you have the other.

A Very British Coup [VHS] [1988]
A Very British Coup [VHS] [1988]

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical New Labour, 18 Oct. 2001
Based on a 1970s novel this TV movie shows the son of a steelwoker Harry Perkins as Britain's first Radical, Pro-Communist, Labour Prime Minister. He has to deal with party factions, difficult unions and media moghals as well as a conspiracy of government officals and secret agents who seek his downfall. A very British coup, no blood, no revolution, just constant pressure and obstruction to force his resignation. Slickly made with excellent acting from Ray McAnally as the blunt spoken Perkins who is more devious than he seems. I remember this well from Thatcherite '88 when a socialist goverment was truly in the realms of fiction.

Battle of the Bulge [VHS] [1966]
Battle of the Bulge [VHS] [1966]
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £4.90

15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cliched War Film., 17 Oct. 2001
It is possible that there is a more cliched war film, but I doubt it. Robert Shaw is the blonde, jackbooted, heel-snapping Teutonic SS general. Henry Fonda is the good ol' intelligence officer whose superiors do not believe his hunch of a surprise enemy attack. Also starring chocolate cakes, German staff officers in candeliered bunkers and the common German soldier who just wants to go home.

Eagle in the Snow
Eagle in the Snow
by Wallace Breem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent novel describing the collapse of an empire., 15 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Eagle in the Snow (Paperback)
Narrated by the General Maximus, a Pagan in a Christian world, this is the story of the last legion of Rome as it struggles to save a doomed and corrupt empire from the barbarian invasions that will destroy it. Maximus is ordered by the warlord Stilicho to stop the Germanic tribes from crossing the Rhine at all costs. As he ruthlessly battles tremendous odds he is betrayed and resisted by those he is trying to protect. It tells of the Man with No Hair, the Great Conspiracy beyond the Wall and the Fall of Rome.

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