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The Narrows
The Narrows
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Tale From Michael Connelly, 28 May 2008
This review is from: The Narrows (Paperback)
I am aware that this book is a sequel to another of Connelly's novels, The Poet. I am working my way through these but came upon The Narrows first and I have to say, despite references to the previous story, it still made good sense and I enjoyed the tale.

Not wishing to give too much away for those wanting to get The Poet under their belts first, the story follows a reawakening of an old adversary to FBI agent Rachael Walling. She is drawn into an investigation by the delivery of a satellite GPS system that has been sent for her attention to FBI head quarters at Quantico which has led the FBI to find a mass grave in the desert outside Las Vegas.

Having fallen from grace with the FBI, Rachael had been out-posted to the 'badlands' of the Dakotas and is asked to come and assist with the case as an observer only.

Simultaneously, our favourite ex-cop Harry Bosch is carrying out PI work on behalf of the wife of a deceased ex-colleague who appears to have died in suspicious circumstances.

Before very long Harry and Rachael are embroiled in the same investigation and end up assisting each other to catch the errant perp despite the FBI's protestations.

It is hard to outline the story without spoiling it but as usual Connelly manages to whip up a storm of a tale, crescendoing the conclusion to a very dramatic close.

Hardened Connelly fans will not be disappointed and if this is your first crack at his work you will most likely want to try more of the novels.

Break No Bones: (Temperance Brennan 9)
Break No Bones: (Temperance Brennan 9)
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Facinating Tale of Forensic Genius, 25 Feb. 2008
I have never read any of Reich's work before and have to say this has sat on the shelf for over a year waiting its turn to be read.

I was intrigued from the start with her natty way of narration and the way she describes the persons mood after they have spoken. She writes in an almost scientific commentary of her lead character's adventures.

The lead character, Tempe Brennan specialises in postmortem study of bones to determine causes of death and what has lead up to that death. In this particular case, she is called to assist an ailing friend who is County Pathologist in a fairly remote part of Southern Carolina, whilst actually supervising an archaeological dig. She discovers a body that doesn't appear to be ancient Native American as would be expected on this dig. The mystery increases around the death of this person and whom it may be and very soon she is unofficially taking the role of assistant to the County Pathologist, who has to be taken into hospital. More bodies turn up and the plot thickens, as they appear to have been killed in the same way but are apparently totally unconnected at the same time.

Tempe feels the investigation is somehow linked to a charitable clinic run by an evangelical church whom her estranged husband (a lawyer)is also investigating simultaneously. He ends up in South Carolina as part of his investigations and they assist one another to solve the case, which turns more and more sinister at every turn.

A gripping and very analytical story that would please anyone interested in the more scientific side to murder investigation.

Saving Faith
Saving Faith
by David Baldacci
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not One His Best, 23 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Saving Faith (Paperback)
I was looking forward to this book but by a third way through nearly gave up. I found the story very slow to get going, with a lot of pre amble and unnecessary description of Washington politics. Baldacci doesn't usually get so wayed down in too finer detail on this, he gives the reader what they need to make sense of the story and lets you get on with the rest. It picked up pace toward the end as you would expect and had a tidy conclusion, so rather saved itself in the end!

We are following the Faith of the title and her involvement with an internal government plot and its subsequent FBI/Secret Service intervention, which leads to her nearly being killed and tracked by these said agencies.

She befrends a PI who has been hired to trail her after he ends up by saving her and getting embroiled in the game of cat and mouse. They have a few scrapes and in all too predictable style, end up in bed together.

The tale does the normal thing of crescendoing into a gun fight and any more would give even this predictable effort away.

I did enjoy it at the end but it wont be one I bother to pick up for a second go.

World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)
World of Warcraft (Mac/PC)

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it, 9 Jan. 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The title says it all - just buy it.

Your social life will end, your partner will leave you, your children and or dog will starve to death - you will be come addicted.

Don't be afraid though because you will be having the best fun you have had since you can remember.

Choose your character, dress em up in the greatest gear and make em look beautiful or down right ugly and then set about bashing and slashing as many creatures as you can whilst doing worthwhile quests and earning more skills and loot.

Thats it. Fantastic graphics and interaction. Easy to use. Did I mention it's addictive?

Making Money (Discworld Novels)
Making Money (Discworld Novels)
by Sir Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr P Never Fails to Hit The Mark..., 27 Dec. 2007
I have now reached the stage where I probably need to get out more,as I find myself waiting the release of each and every new Pratchett tale. Once this little number dropped onto the door mat, I became a social recluse again, as happens whenever i get my hands on these books. The children aren't fed and clothed properly and the dog isn't walked etc etc.

We follow one of our favourites, Moist Von Lipwig (aka Albert Spangler - deceased) on another (mis)adventure filled quest initiated by his nemesis/saviour the Patrician of Ankh Morpork, Lord Havelock Vetinari. The Patrician, this time, felt that having become the 'saviour' of the Post Office, Moist needed another challenge. On this occasion, it is to assist in the restoration the Royal Bank of Ankh Morpork back to some semblance of a financial institution that the city could be proud of - making money too, as the title suggests.

Moist ends up by being acting Chairman of the bank after the sudden death of it's previous Chairman, the widow of Mr. Lavish, member of the founding family of the bank. The real Chairman is in fact the deceased old lady's small (I suspect Pug-like) dog, who inherited the lion share of the interest in the bank. As 'Mr Fusspot's' legal guardian, Moist is then given the challenge of shipping the bank into shape.

He devises a plan to make paper money and remove the city's reliance on gold/stamps for it's currency. Fine in principal but things aren't straight forward. Very soon Moist in embroiled in a hapless series of events and it soon looks like he could end up being hung again for his efforts by the ever looming Patrician.

The Lavish family's surviving members are also constantly looming, in the background, trying to get back what they deem to be rightfully theirs, killing anyone they feel might assist their quest. The main player, Cosmo Lavish, has a Vetinari Obsession and is gradually stealing (or at least he thinks he is stealing) Vetinari's trade mark accessories one by one to assist in his metamorphosis into the infamous Patrician.

All this is occurring while an Igor is in the basement with another lavish family member doing what Igors do best - assisting with something insane; The bank's long serving chief cashier has a breakdown and runs off with his personal assistant and possibly with all the gold in the bank's vault; and several hundred very ancient and special Golems are discovered by Moist's girlfriend, Adora.....

Only on the Disc World....

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.62

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Potter Film So Far, 19 Nov. 2007
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I sat down to watch this last night and was gripped from beginning to end. It captured all the book for me and managed to fill in the gaps that would be left up to your imagination when reading the story, with style.

It follows Harry and his return to Hogwarts under a cloud of suspicion having been caught doing underage magic by the ministry. He was in fact just fighting off a pair of dementors who were attacking him and his cousin Dudley.

After the furore of this event, he returns to school to find one of those trying him has taken over as defence against the dark arts teacher. The sickly sweet, pink clad Delores Umbridge is the ministry's plant to ensure that no child from Hogwarts believes that Voldemort has returned.

She puts the children under a regime of tyranny to prevent them straying from the Ministry's rules. Soon Dumbeldore's Army is revived and those children who become members seek every opportunity to learn the defense against the dark arts magic that Ms. Umbridge prevents them learning in class.

Once she becomes head mistress when Dumbeldore is sent away disgraced, taking the blame for Dumbeldore's Army, her tyrranical rule worsens. The story goes a t avery fast pace from this point on to the point where is climaxes in a fantastic cloud of CGI that blew me away!

Imelda Staunton is classic as the sweet smiling but heartlessly cruel Ms. Umbridge. Her casting was a stroke of genius.

I loved the interpretation of the Thestrals - they matched my minds eye image perfectly. The story flowed effortlessly and each character was given a good input to the film as in the book, no one was left out.

I can't wait for the next one.

I recommend it to all! Even my 6 year old loved it!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Climax to the Series - much better than the last book, 4 Nov. 2007
I was worried about this book before I read it. The previous installment had left me cold and I felt that maybe JK had lost her way a bit. I was very wrong.

The final book has a much more adult theme - almost a parallel with Nazi Germany and the persecution of Jews. The relentless hatred and persuance of the muggles and their sympathisers has reached a crescendo. It seems now that Harry Potter's death would be a bonus to the Death Eaters' cause instead of its main reason for being.

Whilst his companions are killing and torturing the muggles and their wizzard born helpers, Lord Voldemort is working his way around the world, desperately trying to gather his soul, which has been secretley stashed in various objects. He knows the fight with Potter isn't going to easy and it seems he may have worked out the boy's plan to gather the Horcruxes to defeat him.

After arguments separate Ron from the trio of Hermione and Harry and himself, it seems that all is lost. Harry is desperate to go on but relations with Hermione are deteriorating rapidly... will he be able to get to the final Horcrux and destroy it before Voldemort gets to him?

This book has more pace than the last couple of attempts and restores the tale to an excellent conclusion. It wont disappoint.

The Last Testament
The Last Testament
by Sam Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Book two is great!, 31 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Last Testament (Paperback)
I thought this book was going to be boring, bogged down in the politics of the Iraq war - WRONG! It charts the tale of a piece of apparently worthless antique clay and the ramifications of it's true meaning in the modern day Middle Eastern peace process.

Our heroine is a peace negotiator, brought out of retirement by the American government to help bring a swift conclusion to the Israli-Palestinian crisis. She soon finds herself caught up in something far more sinister. A catalogue of murders of apparently innocent Isralis and Palestinians brings her into very grave danger.

She is soon trying to outrun invisible attackers to solve the mystery and resolve the crisis before it brings the peace process into a violent and bloody chapter, that might not be reversible.

This is a fast paced and snappy adventure, set in the middle of Israel and the very current political situation of Iraq/Middle Eastern conflict.

Spilling the Beans
Spilling the Beans
by Clarissa Dickson Wright
Edition: Hardcover

53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight into a facinating personality, 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Spilling the Beans (Hardcover)
I have always loved Clarissa Dickson Wright's TV programs and books. I followed the Two Fat Ladies and Clarissa and the Countryman avidly. When I caught a preview of this book in the Sunday Mail, I preordered it there and then.

It was from the beginning an very matter of fact tale of a person who has led an incredible life of ups and downs and then when it seemed all was lost, turned it around when so many may have just given up.

From being violently abused by her famous father, becomming a barrister just to spite him, to falling into the abyss of alcoholism and then digging herself out again, this story had me enthralled and amazed from the first page to the last.

I recommend it to anyone who is facinated by the human being's ability to survive against the odds.

Darkness and Light: (Frank Elder)
Darkness and Light: (Frank Elder)
by John Harvey
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sinister tale of sexual frustration and murder, 17 July 2007
I have to say that I wasn't sure about this book when I read the first few pages. It made me wonder if perhaps it might be riding a little close to the bone to be comfortable reading.

It follows an ex copper's return to crime solving. He is a man who obviously has some issues in his past relating to his daughter and her kidnapping a few years before the story is set. After an initial investigation into a womans' disappearance on behalf of his estranged wife, the missing woman is found dead and he is then lead into an full blown police investigation as a consultant that takes him into a seedy world of internet dating, stalking & oedipus syndrome.

I will say that the kidnapping of his daughter was only briefly touched on and could have been part of the story that was developed a bit more but it didn't detract from the overall strength of writing style and character development.

Well worth reading.

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