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How Firm a Foundation (Safehold 5)
How Firm a Foundation (Safehold 5)
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too convoluted - this story needs to move along, 19 Nov. 2011
I'm a big fan of David Weber and loved the early books of this series, but for me its now becoming a bit like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Huge books where nothing really happens except the faithful followers dish up some more money. The concept of the Safehold story is great, and the challenge of changing a society on its head is something that should happen of a number of years or generations. Instead the author has concentrated on a huge and bewildering array of characters and countries which you quickly start to flick past. Something needs to happen in this series or number 6 will be my last.


Bearers Of The Black Staff: Legends of Shannara: Book One
Bearers Of The Black Staff: Legends of Shannara: Book One
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for fans but not his best work, 18 Sept. 2010
I've read all of Terry Brooks work and generally enjoy his books. The original Shannara series was great and as with other reviews I've also enjoyed how he linked the series to the later Knights of the Word books. However his latest instalment just felt a bit tired. The plot is pretty much repetitive of earlier work, the elven characters have the same traits and it just feels formulaic. If you are a fan you will probably buy it and it will pass away a few hours, if you are new to Mr Brooks' work try an earlier book, they are much stronger.


Victorious (Lost Fleet)
Victorious (Lost Fleet)
by Jack Campbell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitting end to a great series, 25 April 2010
I've really liked the Lost Fleet series. They are really easy reads, great escapism, not too deep just lots of big battles with a simple sub plot. In the last book Black Jack and the fleet got home safely and now they are going back to finish the job. Without giving too much a way the story is all in the title as Jack goes back and kicks some more Syndic butt and then some alien butt for good measure. Overall I was a little disappointed with the book as it wasn't the best in the series. The battle scenes were a bit too easy and simple and it felt like the series had run its course with the author trying to wrap everything up quickly and neatly. However its still a good read which I demolished in a few hours, so fully recommend.
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Ice Station
Ice Station
by Matthew Reilly
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a love it or hate it book - I'm a love it, 4 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Ice Station (Paperback)
Wow I've read lots of the different reviews on Ice Station and some people have really slated Matthew Reilly's style. For me I loved the book, the fast non stop action and I mean non stop, made the book one of the best airport reads ever. Yes the plot is totally unbelievable, yes he kills more bad guys then anyone else out of an Arnie movie and yes the bad guys are the British, the French, the United States, you name it they are all bad, even the whales! If you are looking for character development, deep plots and accurate science well sorry the book isn't for you. If you want a roller coaster action movie in a book where you can lose yourself for a couple of hours, give it a try.


Invasion (Thomas Kydd 10)
Invasion (Thomas Kydd 10)
by Julian Stockwin
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing addition to a great series, 18 Oct. 2009
First of all, I love these books so maybe a bit harsh only giving 3 stars. As with the rest of the series the book is well written tells an interesting story, however for me didn't really advance the story along at all. Essentially the first half of the book is fine Kydd gets transferred from the Channel Islands to the Downs squadron and fights in several ship actions, however after that gets attached to an inventor of a submarine and the rest of the book apart from one action covers the machinations of various parties to support, build or destroy the sub. So overall whilst interesting, it just feels the book didn't really move anything on. I'd really like to see Kydd making a bit more progress in the next book.


To the Death
To the Death
by Patrick Robinson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but getting a little bit too jingoistic, 18 Oct. 2009
I've really enjoyed some of Patrick Robinson's early books and whilst some of the later ones are rehashes of the same idea they are normally a great airplane read. However this book left me feeling a little bit lectured to about the extreme right wing views of the author. I know its a good guys vs bad guys plot but come on, make it a good thriller not a party polictical broadcast. So if you can stand the rhetoric it is actually one of Patrick Robinsons better ones and would recommend.


Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1)
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1)
by Jack Campbell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is - a quick bit of light entertainment, 31 Mar. 2009
Having read all the mixed reviews here, have to say I'm on the positive side. If you are expecting a deep thought out story with complicated plot it's not for you. If you want a quick light read, with entertaining battle scenes, reasonable character development and a few cliff hanger endings this series delivers in spades. Actually the first book is probably the worst but every book is improving and I think is worth the investment. Overall I'm enjoying the adventures of Black Jack's march home.


The Clone Elite
The Clone Elite
by Steven L. Kent
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good entertaining read, 29 Mar. 2009
Really like these books. Good military scifi - excellent battles, a likeable main character developed nicely but not overdone. This is a shoot-en-up book for the holidays or a plane. Fully recoomend the whoe series of you like David Weber, John Scalzi etc.


Rides a Dread Legion (The Demonwar Saga): The Demonwar Saga Bk. 1
Rides a Dread Legion (The Demonwar Saga): The Demonwar Saga Bk. 1
by Raymond E. Feist
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old Feist needs to move on, 29 Mar. 2009
I've been a massive fan of Raymond Feist since Magician and can honestly say I've bought every book he's ever written and will probably continue to. Saying that his books are really in a downward spiral as he pushes out the same formula again and again. Rides a Demon Legion adds very little to the ongoing saga, so I really hope this is the end of Pugs adventures and Midkemia. Come on Raymond write something new


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