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The Oligarch: A Thriller
The Oligarch: A Thriller

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Struggle for power in Russia, 5 Oct 2012
The struggle for power, control and riches in Russia are the main themes of this very exciting thriller by an author who knows, at first-hand, what he is writing about. Having lived and worked in Russia for more than 15 years, he knows full well the battlegrounds of this story. I am surprised that Amazon only offers the 'book' on its Kindle service, what no hard copy?


Agent 6 (Child 44 Trilogy 3)
Agent 6 (Child 44 Trilogy 3)
by Tom Rob Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.86

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not pass by this book, 20 Feb 2012
If you are a crime fiction/thriller reader do not pass by this book. It is excellent in any or all aspects. Historically it gives the reader incites into life in the 1950's, 60's and 80's in both post-Stalin Russia and the McCarthy-era in the U.S.A., but the most interesting sequences in the book occur in Afghanistan at the time of the soviet invasion which can give the reader some idea of the country, its political landscape and its geography. As Tom Rob Smith rightly states "Don't forget, Afghanistan has never lost a war". I doubt that I will find another novel of its kind in 2012. Brilliant.


Black Water Rising
Black Water Rising
by Attica Locke
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Harvey to thank for this, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Black Water Rising (Paperback)
I bought this book because John Harvey indicated that he had found it helpful whilst writing his latest novel "Good Bait" - I can see why. A gripping story covering one of the darker periods in American's history - the time of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. A very good read.


Serpent Pool, The (Lake District Mysteries)
Serpent Pool, The (Lake District Mysteries)
by Martin Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars More, please, from a Crime buff, 16 Dec 2011
I must write to congratulate the publishers of the Lake District Mysteries by Martin Edwards. Each of the four that I have read so far are stand-alone mysteries but read as a series. Readers become very familiar with the main characters and one can easily feel part of their world. It matters not whether or not you know the Lake District in the NW of England, Millions of vistors go there for the natural beauty of the area, seeing the various lakes and the mountains which at any time of the year look magnificent - even in the rain. Martin Edwards is able to bring the whole area to life and includes along the way, in each book, aspects of daily life and also the history of the area and its villages. Criminal activity seems alien to the area but Martin Edwards has created occurences of different kinds that fit well in each book. Bravo! I hope this series continues and continues in the same manner as the DI Banks series of Peter Robinson.


Firewall: Kurt Wallander
Firewall: Kurt Wallander
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best, 22 April 2011
This was the third Henning Mankell read for me. 'The Man from Beijing' was masterful; 'Italian Shoes' was a bore; and am also a bit disappointed with 'Beyond the Frost' though admittedly I am only 2/3rds through the book.


Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography
by William Shawcross
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.60

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating life and story, 5 Aug 2010
Too large a book to take on holiday or the beach but have it close to hand. Mr Shawcross has written the definitive biography and well done, sir. The behind the scenes look at the time of the abdication of Edward VIII is gripping stuff.


The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
The Coroner (Coroner Jenny Cooper Series)
by M. R. Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no favours from the publishers, 3 Sep 2009
I cannot understand why an eminent firm of paperback publishers would only use 'Blah-Blah' from two females to promote this book. Men would steer clear - sexism does rule - ok? I hesitated before buying this book but being desperate for a change, Grisham = I got the lot (US edition, 1st edition), I bought this book. BRAVO! This is a great read and, I would add, that as I read two/three crime thrillers etc per week, I am not just an amateur. I have been one of the best customers of specialist bookshops in London and Paris for more than 35 years so I can claim to know what I am writing about. BRAVO, Mr Hall - more please! Anyone reading this review and does not know Peter Robinson - look out for him as well, apart from storyline, watch for descriptions of vicinity; but M.R.Hall does takes a lot of beating.


Bruckner: Symphony No.00, Volkfest
Bruckner: Symphony No.00, Volkfest
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: 5.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is it known as 00?, 22 Aug 2009
Whilst the quality of recording is not the same as DGG or EMI, this is a mature performance. Why this Symphony is known as 00 beats me. This should be known as Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 1 should be No.2 and the number 0 should be Number 3 - all the others advance two, this meaning Bruckner wrote 11 Symphonies. The fill-in, "Volkfest" (one of the three versions of the finale of the "4th Symphony") is an interesting addition to the recorded repertoire.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting for fans of the Big Bands, 22 Aug 2009
Basie combined with Albert Murray when obviously his memory was failing and there is a lot of "I seem to remember" or "I think ...". Still it is a good glimpse into what drove The Count and his ambitions. Thank Heavens a lot of his music lives on today on CDs.


Warlock (New York Review Books Classics)
Warlock (New York Review Books Classics)
by Oakley Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST!, 1 Jun 2009
I have waited 50 years to relocate this book and thank most sincerely the New York Review Books for the re-issue. Atmosphere is one of the features of this Western novel. The likes of Wyatt Earp, Ike Clanton, the O.K. Corral, gun fights, lawlessness, Tombstone, Arizona, all come together in Warlock. You can feel it as you read on and on and on. Super stuff. I am so glad to have found the book again.


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