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The Sandpit: An Action-Packed Spider Shepherd SAS Novella
The Sandpit: An Action-Packed Spider Shepherd SAS Novella
Price: £2.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable boys own trash, 7 Jun. 2016
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What a shame that all the careful research on standard operating procedure, tactics, weapons and vehicles is wasted on such a feeble plot. Every one of Spider's plans works exactly as intended, while he downs 20 enemy soldiers firing an AK47 one handed. So unrealistic as to be quite annoying.

The story starts well, with a good build up to the mission and strong establishment of the characters and background. However, about half way through it starts to devolve into a series of unlikely happenings that all go exactly the way the hero planned. I might have been reading a Commando comic by the end.


The Thief Taker (The Thief Taker Series Book 1)
The Thief Taker (The Thief Taker Series Book 1)
Price: £3.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Very contrived plot, 1 Feb. 2016
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Enough research done to demonstrate a plausible understanding of what Jacobian London must have been like. However, the plot is so very contrived as to be almost laughable. The level of coincidence and fortunate guesses by the hero make it increasingly unbelievable as the book goes on. Starts well but finishes absurdly. I won't be reading the sequel!


Iron and Rust (Throne of the Caesars, Book 1)
Iron and Rust (Throne of the Caesars, Book 1)
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull and even more dull, 13 July 2014
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No plot, a vast range of unmemorable characters and a multitude of side tracks that added, well, nothing. Don't think I'll be bothering with book two.


1356
1356
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard, 3 July 2013
This review is from: 1356 (Paperback)
I have read every Cornwell book, the Sharpe series several times, so I was disappointed with 1356. It lacked cohesion and the structure of his previous books. Parts the plot (there wasn't much of one) lacked credibility and it is almost as if Cornwell was just filling pages until he could move on to the battle at Poitiers. He does battles scenes and descriptions better than any other author - this book at least is no exception.

Still a good book just not, by Cornwell's standards, one to remember.


Blue Man Falling
Blue Man Falling
by Frank Barnard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and emmotive, 1 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Blue Man Falling (Paperback)
A very absorbing read in which the characters and situation are really bought to life. There is none of the gung-ho / boys-own approach to war, which is a relief. There is no particular plot, just the story of a group of fictional pilots during the early part of WW2 in France, the survival of a few, the faces that come and go all to quickly and the scramble of deafeat and retreat. The descriptions of air-to-air combat will satisfy any war fiction enthusiast and the interaction between the characters means that it is a great novel too. Clearly well researched.


Winterbirth: Book One of the Godless World Series
Winterbirth: Book One of the Godless World Series
by Brian Ruckley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising opening, laborious middle, weak ending..., 15 Nov. 2007
Winterbirth shows a lot of potential and may be the start of a great series. However, even for the first book in a series, it has a very weak ending with a pitiful climax and virtually no suspense. It's as if Brian Ruckley simply got bored with the book and stopped writing. It's almost what I did as a reader - got bored and almost didn't bother reading to the end. This is a shame as, for 75% of the book, it is full of suspense and excitement only to dribble away in the final pages.

If the sequel follows quick on the heels of this book, then momentum may be maintained. There is no sign of the next book yet. But please, Brian, make the series short - I don't think I can summon up the interest in another book only to have it peter out like this one.


A King's Commander (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)
A King's Commander (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)
by Lambdin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good., 12 Nov. 2001
There are so many poor naval fictions around these days that it was a pleasure to come across an author that writes so well while at the same time being at such pains to get his facts and context right. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'A King's Commander', although I would stop short of describing it as 'unputdownable'. Nevertheless, it was full of homour, great action sections and many other elements, blended together in good, reasonably fast moving plot. I was particularly impressed with Lambdin's demonstration, without boring, of his grasp of sailing, the Royal Navy and life in general in the late eighteenth century. I am already looking forward to reading the next one.


Edge of Danger (Sean Dillon Series, Book 9)
Edge of Danger (Sean Dillon Series, Book 9)
by Jack Higgins
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this!, 12 Nov. 2001
Higgins has defnintely lost it. An unlikely plot, performed by the same cardboard and improbable characters with enough immagination and flare to fill and very small thimble. I can hardly believe this book is written by that same Jack Higgins that used to write such brilliant stories, like the Eagle Has Landed. Edge of Danger reads more likely the immature fantasies of a particularly naive twelve year old.


The Shark Mutiny
The Shark Mutiny
by Patrick Robinson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but rapidly becomes unrealistic and absurd., 24 May 2001
This review is from: The Shark Mutiny (Paperback)
Patrick Robinson's rather gung-ho books seem to descend further and further into the bombastic and ridiculous. What, in this case, starts well rapidly descends into a ridiculous display of American aggression and posturing. The plot loses all touch with reality and is full unbelievably macho characters with limited intelligence. However, the action is fast paced and entertaining if you can suspend your belief for a while. Worth a try if you are desparate for a holiday read.


Holding The Zero
Holding The Zero
by Gerald Seymour
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best books., 22 May 2001
This review is from: Holding The Zero (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading this book and was loath to put it down. Seymour's characters always have a gritty reality that makes it easy to identify with them. The action is fast paced and doesn't let up from the first page, but nor does it lack realism and detail.
Make sure that you have plenty of time available when you open the cover - once you start to read, you will not want to put this book down.


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