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Star Strike (The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)
Star Strike (The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 23 Jun. 2014
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Do you want to read about how the glorious US marines bravely invade Muslim worlds to being peace, freedom and the American way to ignorant savages?

If so this book is for you.

Throw in some insulting names – muzzies is one of the more polite, explaining how Islam allows slavery as long as it is white, American slaves, pages explaining about how Islam holds back human civilisation and the Americans are the only people willing to fight in defence of humanity. I can only assume this book was written by someone who believed the correct response to 9/11 was nuking the Middle East.


Sanctus
Sanctus
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1.0 out of 5 stars Commical, 25 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Sanctus (Kindle Edition)
Have you ever read a book on the Christian Church?
Do you have the faintest idea about the history of the Christian Church?
Do you know anything about the history of Anatolia?

If you have answered any of these questions with a yes then this book is not for you.

Because apparently there is this world famous fortress in Anatolia that the Mongols never managed to take, despite never reaching that far, that secretly controlled the Catholic Church despite the whole Eastern Orthodox and Muslim this the region has going, and where even the slightest odd thing happening becomes breaking news through the world in minutes, despite having so much power.

There are a couple of interesting hints, but not enough to make it worth continuing to be honest.


The Kills
The Kills
by Richard House
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 25 Mar. 2014
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The first two parts of this novel are interesting. Corruption, Iraq, corporate greed and backstabbing, what isn’t there to love? Except occasionally the characters stand around to discuss this really great series of books, murders and “real life events”, and guess what? The remainder of this novel turn out to be this really great series of books, murders and “real life events”.

Now if I was being cynical I would say the author had written the second half of this novel years ago, the publishing world was not impressed as to be frank the whole Italian murderer thing has been done to death and even the worst hack is better than this, so added some chapter on Iraq to fire things up a bit.


The Scourge (The Scourge series Book 1)
The Scourge (The Scourge series Book 1)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Oportunity, 25 Mar. 2014
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A battle weary agnostic knight.
A wise cracking atheist knight.
A devout knight.
All go out to fight a zombie apocalypse in medieval England.

Ok, this should be great but is somehow lacking. Maybe it’s the characters calling each other by the modern shortenings of their names, maybe it’s the modern ideas of sickness the hero develops or perhaps the “I don’t know the country but I googled a map” sense of geography but this book can best be described as disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot worse zombie novel out there. But this has the potential to be so much better.


Apocalypse Cow
Apocalypse Cow
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1.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy laughing at rape?, 7 July 2013
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A couple of questions to ask yourself before buying this book.

Do you like books where rape scenes are played for laughs?
Have you ever read a book and thought, yeah this really needs some bestiality rape to really liven things up a bit?

Personally, no and I find it rather sad that Sir Terry Pratchett is having his name associated with such "humour".


Entombed
Entombed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped., 27 Jan. 2013
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A study of madness and how people react, and respond, when they are trapped in an underground environment when the world goes to hell. To be honest I think most people would react in the same way in the situation examined in this book, and without any spoilers I'm talking about all of the factions.

Still it loses a star because Hamlien's revenge is such a great idea, and unique amongst the zombie genre, that any novel avoiding this focus is disappointing.

A must read for zombie fans though.


Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse
Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic., 23 Sept. 2012
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The main thing I love about this book is the sense of a working society. Straight off you get the idea that this world (or rather system) works. People are trading, people are doing what is required to make a living, thousands of ships that are not kilometre long behemoths with some dull attempt at post scarcity society. These people work to stay alive. The time and place may have changed but the struggles are recognisable.

The main character is annoying and does what most us would probably do in his situation. But you know what? He manages to be annoying but you look forward to his scenes and he is likeable, you can see why people work with him. That is a rare writing talent.

The plot dances between various topics with the really important stuff overwhelmed by the standard power grabs and politics you'd expect when something major happens. Which makes a fantastic difference compared to so much Sci-fi. You really get the sense of wheels within wheels.

Overall, great fun.


The Night Eternal
The Night Eternal
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the effort., 23 Sept. 2012
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Ok I managed to get through the first couple of books thanks to the promise of this one (an Amazon email had a preview despite not buying the previous books). Vampires in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland with a major Nazi German theme, what's not to love? Well for starters authors that have never read a book on totalitarian states, this is comic book evil not the drudgery of human spirit history has shown.

-Sorry, trying demanding to a historical Camp Commandant that you must see your mother and see how well it goes.
-Years on the run, starving in a city that can barely supply water and you have perfectly groomed hair and are shocked it gets cut.
-The whole world is under vampire control with human soldiers and nuclear weapons, but the UK is vampire free.
-Sloppy mistakes, the Master won't take a body under 13 because his 15 year old body wasn't strong enough. So a 14 year old is ok?
-Vampire abilities seem confused, some can barely open a door whilst others can drive and carry out complicated activities. A half breed can survive sunlight long enough to forge a career in the Legions but 20 minutes in the sun is enough, tens of thousands of warriors refuse to fight someone who can't fight on a cloudy day. In northern Europe.

But perhaps most annoying of all, the lack of historical depth. The Master was only a few centuries old in 40 AD, but Sumerian tablets tell of him and his birth. Right, there is a slight time gap between the two there. Especially if you want to tie in Sodom and Gomorrah.

On the positive side a couple of characters get a decent run, not enough to deal with the annoyance of others. But you really need to look for the positives.


Outpost
Outpost
by Adam Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally - A good prequel, 21 July 2012
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Good Fun.

Characters have a reason to be proficient with weapons rather than the rather mundane, and usual, zombie novel excuse of being a "survivalist". So, not being the usual zombie novel characters, they have personalities and are capable of thinking "let's use this weapon without recounting the entire Wikipedia entry for it" and are capable of acting like normal human beings. There are relationships between people, characters are able to interact even if they are not best of friends or will help their survival. Basically I wasn't rooting for the un-dead and that makes a change.

They only downsides, for a bunch of ex-squaddies and non US soldiers they tend to use American slang. The second would be a spoiler.


The Return Man
The Return Man
by V. M. Zito
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant, 11 Jun. 2012
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Things to love :-

-The world moves on, the zombies don't win and you get to see how humanity copes when the dead just won't die.
-The hero isn't some great survivor whose only real relationship is with his large selection of guns, he survived the initial outbreak by luck and has been learning.
-No multipage downloads from Wikipedia describing guns, almost miracle in the zombie genre.

All in all, one of those rare books zombie books where you'd rather be with the survivors, normally becoming a zombie is the better option when confronted with the hero, not this time.


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