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The Truth Commissioner
The Truth Commissioner
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3.0 out of 5 stars overcooked, 1 Nov 2013
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Good book, generally well written and plotted but let down at times by overcooked prose. Particularly irritating was the repetition of some descriptive terms, 'pin pricks' being one of the author's favourites.

Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman
Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time, 14 May 2013
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I gave up after a couple of chapters as I could no longer cope with the constant use of tenuous links to support a very weak theory. Do yourself a favour and avoid this book or simply construct your own theory and make it fit the evidence.

The Emerald Cancer
The Emerald Cancer
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rough diamond, 20 Jan 2012
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Good story ideas and interesting characters let down by numerous errors throughout the novel - a confusion between the use of 'effect' and 'affect' amongst the more irritating and distracting errors. Poor proof reading may be at fault but Michael Forsythe's future wife's changing name from Jane to Julia, and back again, in one of the initial chapters was an early portent of what was to come.
A great deal of background information was also poorly researched - one example has already been highlighted by a previous reviewer. The organisation required to provide Siobhan's transformation simply would not have been available at that time in Ireland or elsewhere. The notion that those involved in the entertainment industry were free to ply their trade unhindered is hugely insensitive, given some of the events that took place around this time.
The troubles in Northern Ireland were a tragic time and although the novel alludes to the complicated nature of events at the time, these events deserve more than the surface examination of the forces at work employed in this story.
I cannot agree with the other reviewers, although there are hints that greater things are to come from this writer.

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