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"Commando": Bandits at 12 O'clock (Commando for Action and Adventure)
"Commando": Bandits at 12 O'clock (Commando for Action and Adventure)
by George Low
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic trip down memory lane!, 17 May 2010
After many years absence from reading Commando comics, I bought this collection hoping the stories would be as good as I remembered them. And to my delight discovered that they were. Apart from the nostalgia, it was great to read these wonderful stories again which are rooted in fact and pay attention to detail from the time. Ok, political correctness isn't served by these Commando comics but neither are they just "jerry" bashing either.

If you grew up with these and enjoyed them before, then buy them now. If you are new to these and have an interest in war stories or military history, them give them a try. I'd be surprised if you don't enjoy them.

Recommended


Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Commander Sharkey Ward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive account of the aircraft that won the Falklands war!, 18 Feb. 2010
This book tells all you need to know about how the Falklands war was won. If it had not have been for the 20 Sea Harriers(and their pilots)despatched to the conflict zone, the war probably would not have been won. "Sharky" Ward rightly brings to the fore the vital role that the Royal Navy (and the Fleet Air Arm in particular) played in the conflict, and the illogicality of some of the command orders issued. As others have said he does have regular "pops" at the RAF, but bearing in mind their overall role and effectiveness in the war, not unsurprisingly.

Cmdr Ward puts you in the mind of the fighter pilot and explains the attributes and weaknesses of the Sea Harrier and enemy aircraft. His writing conveys the pure professionalism of the man and his determination to defeat the enemy, and is an engaging and seemingly honest account.

A "must read" for those interested in the conflict or the history of the modern Fleet Air Arm.

Recommended


Tears Of The Sun [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Tears Of The Sun [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Bruce Willis
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.66

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Willis action on Blu Ray !, 17 Nov. 2009
Treat this movie as an example of a Bruce Willis "action vehicle" and you'll enjoy the experience. In truth there is a bit more character development and story than in many action movies, but it's appeal will be mainly for the many well done action set pieces.

Picture and sound quality are superb on Blu Ray and are well ahead of the standard definition DVD. If you like this movie and have a Blu Ray player then this is definitely one disc you should upgrade to.


Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Disc Player (discontinued by manufacturer)
Philips BDP3000/05 Blu-ray Disc Player (discontinued by manufacturer)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Budget entry into Blu Ray !, 6 Nov. 2009
After using a PS3 for Blu Ray duties up to now, I wanted to get a "stand alone" player for use in another room in the house. I've looked at all the options, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung et al, but decided upon this as a cheap way to acquire a second player. One big reason for buying this one was the fact that it can be made multi-region on DVD via the simple handset hack listed in one of the other reviews. Whilst other players can be "made" or purchased multi-region for DVD, this is definitely the easiest for owner hacking.

Initial impressions out of the box are good. The unit is quite small and reasonably solid, presented in an attractive matt black finish. Theres no HDMI cable included but these can now be purchased quite cheaply, so no big loss. Connections are adequate with HDMI and component supported at the higher end of the resolution spectrum. Digital audio can be sent via the HDMI cable or using the coaxial output found on the rear of the unit. USB port and internet connectivity are also included for updating the profile on the BDP3000 when newer versions come along.

In use, picture on Blu Ray and DVD will not dissapoint, and I can see no difference in quality between this and the PS3 which is regarded as a good Blu Ray player. Loading times (often a bug bear on Blu Ray players) seem to be not excessive, and certainly quicker than those on my Toshiba HD DVD player from last year. The Philips seems to be as quick in this regard as the PS3, which has been the benchmark up to now. Sound to TV is fine via the HDMI and the coaxial connection to an amplifier presents no problems either. Overall sound is produced accurately and clearly by the player.

As a package this is ideal for those entering into Blu Ray for the first time or like me wanting to add a second player to their collection. The added bonus of easy multi-region DVD and the affordability make this a recommended buy for me.


Draper 40850 70-Piece Screwdriver, Socket and Bit Set
Draper 40850 70-Piece Screwdriver, Socket and Bit Set
Price: £18.59

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the screwdrivers you'll ever need!, 30 April 2009
Got one of these sets recently to replace a mixed bunch of screwdrivers that I had used for years. Not only did I replace everything with this set, but I managed to get some new bits as well. For most home uses you will never need to buy another screwdriver or bit, and these are fairly reasonable quality. For the money these are a "no brainer" and perfectly adequate for the home DIYer. Whilst not a "professional" quality set they are of decent standard and packed in a good robust plastic case for safe storage.

Definitely recommended and I was so impressed with them that I bought a second set for a present for my son!


An Ordinary Soldier: Afghanistan: A Ferocious Enemy. A Bloody Conflict. One Man's Impossible Mission
An Ordinary Soldier: Afghanistan: A Ferocious Enemy. A Bloody Conflict. One Man's Impossible Mission
by Doug Beattie
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the war in Afghanistan, 26 Mar. 2009
A very real and candid account of the war in Afghanistan from a career soldier who has risen from the ranks. Doug Beattie tells his story "warts and all" without any need for unneccesary dramatisation. As well as giving a first hand account of the conditions faced in Afghanistan, he also details his personal journey in the British Army, with all the ups and downs entailed.

Engaging and compelling and certainly recommended.


In Foreign Fields: Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan in Their Own Words
In Foreign Fields: Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan in Their Own Words
by Dan Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary tales of courage and valour, 1 Feb. 2009
I've just finished reading this book and I have to say that it's a fascinating read which will hold the attention of most readers. Essentially this is a collection of true stories of incidents involving British Forces in both Iraq and Afganistan.

The stories of heroism in extreme adversity speak volumes about these individuals and their modesty in telling their stories is extremely impressive. If anyone wants to know what conditions are like for our forces in combat zones,read this book. If you are not left inspired and humbled after reading these accounts,I'd be very surprised.

Very much reccommended to all readers.


Apache
Apache
by Ed Macy
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF WAR IN AFGANISTAN!, 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Apache (Hardcover)
What an incredible true story Ed Macy delivers in "Apache".Detailing the the harsh brutal realities of war in Afganistan and the incredible devotion and bravery our troops display daily.This book is a great read for those not interested in military matters as much as for those that are.Utterly compelling and the "Jugroom Fort" chapters are so engaging you'll not want to put the book down before you finish them.

Absolutely recommended.


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