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H. M. Sykes "Helena" (Granada, España)

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Low Cost High Impact Photography
Low Cost High Impact Photography

2.0 out of 5 stars If you read this book you definitely would not employ the author as a photographer., 15 Jun. 2015
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This is a book that has a number of useful tips such as getting in closer, which is why it gets a second star but it is, on the whole, boring.

The author uses a compact camera for most of his work, a Canon A3100 IS. As this has a tiny sensor and does not record in RAW it is not what I would expect from a professional photographer. He also uses a Nikon D40 and then goes and sticks a wide angle converter over his 35mm lens which I regard as close to sacrilege.

I just don't see the point of purposely degrading your images nor of trying to do things on the cheap, although I very much empathise with the "low cost" part of the title. But low cost can mean buying better equipment which is older or second hand not "cheap". There are some serious lenses available from the film era and adaptors to fit them to almost any interchangable lens camera. He describes building a lightbox/softbox out of a cardboard box. These can be bought for £12 new on Amazon with four different coloured backgrounds and a case thrown in - how "cheap" is that?

He says that his wife anticipates what equipment he needs and buys it for him. Yes..... I suppose you can't get lower cost than that.


Evil Games: A gripping, heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 2)
Evil Games: A gripping, heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, well written, plots within plots, you just have to continue reading until the end., 15 Jun. 2015
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This is the second of Ms Marsons' books that I have read within the last few days.

Another great detective story which does not quite disguise the main cluprit to the inevitable murders but, nevertheless, still induces doubt until the last moment.


The Last Enemy
The Last Enemy
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most human of stories I have ever read, a priviledged man joins up in the RAF to be shot down with terrible injuries., 13 Jun. 2015
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One of the heros of WWII, one of McIndoes's "Guinea Pigs", the author shows no self pity although it is clear that an engineering fault jammed his canopy and stopped him bailing out.

I would almost say the story is too short, I want to know so much more. I trained with his friend Noel Agazarian's sister Monique, who in herself was very gallant as a transport pilot. But I want to know what happened to Dick: Did he marry; did he have children; what about the other operations - did his hands recover?

Incredibly brave in every way, I just thank him and people like him for the fact that we are part of the free world.


The Lie
The Lie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, convincing, spooky, complicated plot that drags you in and compels you to finish the book, a little romance too!, 12 Jun. 2015
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Not for the weak hearted! Excellent thriller carried out in the present with flash backs of five years previously.

I dread to think where the author got the material for this book about the adventures in Nepal, I truly hope it was not from personal experience!

Well put together, minimal spelling errors, absolutely gripping, looking forward to reading another of her works.


Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 1)
Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like police detective stories this is one of the best!, 11 Jun. 2015
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A well written and accomplished detective story.

3 bodies discovered, Kim Stone solves the case. I don't know whether real policing is like this but is seems pretty plausible for a good detective to be guided by her gut feeling rather than the evidence which would put others off the trail.


The Autobiography of a Seaman
The Autobiography of a Seaman
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Naval commander, as audacious as Nelson, who did not achieve the fame due to him because of opposition to the Establishment., 10 Jun. 2015
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Well, this is one of the most remakable books I have ever read.

On the plus side it gives an extremely interesting account of the Royal Navy and even of voting practices in the early 19thC.

However, the entire autobiography is an appeal to its readership to right the wrongs that were done to Lord Cochrane in the Navy, Parliament and the courts during his younger days. They were righted later under Queen Victoria.

The arguments are persuasive and almost certainly true but, after a while, it does become a little wearing and one would prefer more information and less disculpation. It is this that docks a star from an excellent book that should be read by any student of history.


They Have Their Exits: The Best-Selling Escape Memoir of World War Two (Pen and Sword Military Classics)
They Have Their Exits: The Best-Selling Escape Memoir of World War Two (Pen and Sword Military Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars As well written and exciting as only the best novels - but it is all true. I cannot recommend this book more highly., 7 Jun. 2015
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An understated story of incredible heroism, one of the few to escape from Colditz and make a "home run" he ended the war helping try the leading Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg.

The IRA killed this gallant man in cold blood in 1979 in the House of Commons where he had become an MP.


Flying to Norway, Grounded in Burma: A Hudson Pilot in World War II
Flying to Norway, Grounded in Burma: A Hudson Pilot in World War II
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, very personal story of an RAF pilot, only worth reading if you are interested in RAF history, terrible ending!, 6 Jun. 2015
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I have been reading a spate of war books recently and this one is OK.

The best bit is that the author admits readily to the fear of combat flying and describes his various illnesses along the way.

The worst bit is the ending. Having been demobbed he has difficulty finding a job and describes his applications to various organizations, all of which turned him down, and simply ends the book with "But fortunately, better times did lie ahead ......". That's it, as though he was preparing to write a sequel - what better times? Did he run out of time to get the book to his publisher? It would only have needed a couple of pages to bring the story to its conclusion.


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a Kindle Fire regard this as a necessity rather than an option!, 5 Jun. 2015
This came free with my Kindle Fire HDX. We have plenty of other USB chargers around the house and any of them will charge a mobile phone or even my Paperwhite but this is the only one that will bring either of our Fires up to 100% battery in no time at all.


Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy: The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent
Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy: The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have read some remakable books concerning the Second World War but none so remarkable nor so good, nor so modest as this., 5 Jun. 2015
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The autobiography of a remarkable young officer in WWII. Well written, gripping, fascinating, informative. This gentleman was one of the few that managed to buck the system and, with immense courage, basically write his own plan for his war on Nazi Germany. Understated, this man must have had incredible guts to follow his own instincts, risking courts martial all the time, and was proved right at every turn.

He worked under Ian Fleming in the latter part of the war and some say that he was the inspiration for James Bond (although he denied it). The conclusion that I draw from this book is that there is a great deal of Bond mirrored here.

He married his childhood sweetheart after the war and this is the only part where the book falters at all. The postscript is a little fuzzy, he refers to her "unfortunate death" and one thinks she may have met an untimely one but my research says that it was not so, just that, younger than him by many years, she died well before he even wrote this book - there is no evidence of anything other than natural causes.

You will not regret reading this.


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