Profile for Cicero > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Cicero
Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,656,378
Helpful Votes: 7

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Cicero

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
The Maritime Heritage of the Cayman Islands (New Perspectives on Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology)
The Maritime Heritage of the Cayman Islands (New Perspectives on Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology)
by Roger C. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £47.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Read as you cruise!, 4 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very readable and instructive. Must read for any sensible Carnival cruiser, who demands more from the Cayman Islands than a bad rum hangover and tourist rubbish for the fireplace.


Kill Rommel!  Operation Flipper 1941 (Raid 43)
Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941 (Raid 43)
by Gavin Mortimer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Osprey at it`s best., 4 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well researched, objectively and cosice. Bringing the Osprey tradition one gem further.


Killing Bin Laden: Operation Neptune Spear 2011 (Raid)
Killing Bin Laden: Operation Neptune Spear 2011 (Raid)
by Peter Panzeri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the record, 4 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a lesson of filling 80 pages with the simple fact of sniffing out a couple of puzzled camel drivers by professionel soldiers. Not definately letting your adrenaline pump. But it is good for the record how one of mankind's most notorious terrorists ended. Reminds me of Blackbeard being overpowered by two unarmed boats. Though this fight was far more entertaining.


Blohm and Voss: Bv 141  (X Planes of the Third Reich)
Blohm and Voss: Bv 141 (X Planes of the Third Reich)
by David Myhra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled to death by an army cooperation aircraft!, 4 Nov 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This one surpassed expectations by far. It doesn't matter if you are a technical freak or a history buff: This work is fascinating to both, because it captures the heart of the matter. Of course you can go army cooperating in an Auster or Lysander, but you only frighten the enemy to a grown, It`s unlimited cooler going on the prowl in a FW 189 or a BV 141, not to speak of their sibblings, the Bronco or Mohawk. This unchallenged unique coolness by the way this aircraft looked and flew is hit right on the spot by the author. He succeeds to instill the same thrill into the airhistoically minded reader with an army cooperation aircraft as letting a Lightning vertically scramble in the mid sixties. Well done would be an understatement!


Big Gun Monitors: The History of the Design, Construction and Operation of the Royal Navy's Monitors
Big Gun Monitors: The History of the Design, Construction and Operation of the Royal Navy's Monitors
by Ian Buxton
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended without reservation, 9 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
What a most exhillerating experience! Obviously the author is a genious, making one of the most pedestrian themes in naval history into one of the most exiting experienceces I ever read. And I am doing naval history for over 40 years. Recommended without reservation.


British West Indies Style: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond
British West Indies Style: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond
by Michael Connors
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

5.0 out of 5 stars What an exhilarating experience., 5 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A very successful exercise in showing living spaces in historic context. I read it over and over again just for the joy of composition. Most recommendable for the hard working workaholic. Relieve gained in 5 minutes.


Takur Ghar - the SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan, 2002 (Raid)
Takur Ghar - the SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan, 2002 (Raid)
by Leigh Neville
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

2.0 out of 5 stars How to strangle interest with language. Effctive lesson in 48 pages., 5 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It`s a pity. Such an interesting theme, well illustrated spoiled by a dismal command of the language. Even the simplest description are very tedious to read. No enjoyment is derived from this lecture.


Coronel and Falklands 1914 (Campaign)
Coronel and Falklands 1914 (Campaign)
by Michael McNally
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cicero, 23 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A realy apreciated addition to the libery of any expert on the theme. But it`s the artwork accompaniing a well ballanced, thoroughly researched text that is realy stunning: Sheer catastrophy! Thoroughly out of shape and perspective. You realy learn to highly apreciate contemporary German propaganda illustrators. They at least knew how a ship rides in a sea. The best adjective I can find for the artwork in this volumne is "hillarious". The historical value of the artwork is beyond pronounciation as simply nonexistant. This shall not detract us from the work of the author, which is realy recommendable. It`s the artwork accompaniing his work which strikes us like hit in his face absolutly undeserved. I collect Osprey releases since 1974 and can not but wonder how the editor could alowe a research to be devalueated in that way. I hope this is not what we are supposed to expect in the future, because it will only lead to the ban of a much apreciated series of fast to be read books from one of the most comprehensive liberies on military history.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 30, 2013 11:24 PM GMT


USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer (Duel)
USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer (Duel)
by Mark Stille
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.16

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well researched book spoiled by artwork, 23 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This work comes to the heart of the matter in 77 easily read and comprehended pages - the trademark of this otherways much apreciated series. Unfortunatelly the artwork is abismal. One of the worst I've ever seen in non fiction literature. Out of shape and out of perspective. I saw better artwork in childrens`books! The Fletcher-cl. DD on page 37 looks by any standards like a real tincan, the spreadout of Onami on pages 72f leaves the discerning reader speachless for the waste of space, which hits you like a blow of injustice to a realy above average text. I collect Osprey releases since 1974 and am shocked that the editor alowed such a spiralling downfall of quality, I only can remember once in all those years: Christa Hook in "Actium 31 BC" ( Campaign #211 ),which I deemed an unfortunate trespass to church illustration, thankfully immediatly reversed. I hope this is not what we are supposed to expect in the future, because this will only lead to a ban of a well esteemed series of fast read books from one of the most comprehensive liberies on military history.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jan 4, 2013 3:03 PM GMT


Page: 1