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Sphere
Sphere
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4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller, 6 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Sphere (Kindle Edition)
Not for the claustrophobic, or those scared of squid, but better than the film of the same name, a good read


Fatherland: 20th Anniversary Edition
Fatherland: 20th Anniversary Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars The daddy of all alternate history books, 22 Jun. 2014
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One of the best alternate history books, in my opinion the best. The awful reality of Nazi Germany winning the 2nd World War is painted in minute detail, using Hitlers own plans for a rebuilt Berlin. Chilling and fascinating and with a good attention to detail and historical accuracy.


The Holy Thief: Korolev Mysteries Book 1 (The Korolev Series)
The Holy Thief: Korolev Mysteries Book 1 (The Korolev Series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Inspector Pekkala, 22 Jun. 2014
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Very similar to the Inspector Pekkala novels, set during the same time period of late 1930s Russia, good mystery novel


One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryson at his best, 22 Jun. 2014
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Fascinating insight into 1920's America before the Great Depression. While it lacks some of the the droll irony and observational humour of some of his earlier travel related books it more than makes up for it with the detailed and wide ranging examination of America in the roaring twenties. Affectionate and humorous and a little nostalgic for an earlier and simpler age. I was left wanting to know more about the people he introduces us too, I hope he coins idlers writing a sequel.


Great North Road
Great North Road
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read as always, 9 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Great North Road (Kindle Edition)
I am a huge fan of Peter F Hamilton especially the Confederation and Commonwealth books. This stand alone novel doesn't disappoint and contains many of the same ideas. Only one niggle, its peppered with "Geordie" idiom which frankly gets in the way and sometimes comes across as more Glaswegian. Wouldn't stop me reading it though, can't wait for his next book, which is supposed to follow up the original Commonwealth books.


The Palace and the Bunker
The Palace and the Bunker
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop! don't buy it, 9 Dec. 2012
I like WW2 history, I also happen to be a monarchist but this syrupy fawning monologue is a very poor read. For a start the first 50% of the book hardly mentions the royal opponents of Hitler, it's just a long boring rehash of every book you've ever read about the causes of WW2. Then the 2nd half contains a number of very brief bio's of a few royal figures, very light on any detail. You could get more info on Wikipedia.
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The Lost Symbol: (Robert Langdon Book 3)
The Lost Symbol: (Robert Langdon Book 3)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dull repetitive and predictable, 16 Aug. 2011
i dont know why i am suprised having read two of his other books but once again you plow through 670 pages and discover - nothing, someone needs to tell dan brown that the point of a mystery thriller is that you actually find something out at the end of the book, he could have ended up with any number of things but once again we end up with ziltch, dont waste your time reading it


Memory of Eva Ryker
Memory of Eva Ryker
by Donald A. Stanwood
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery thriller with the added allure of the Titanc story, 27 July 2011
One of my favourite books. It is a great mystery thriller and leaves you guessing till the end. Don't watch the dire 1980's film of the same name it is nothing like the book. The author really takes you back, not just to 1912 but to the 1960's where the contemporary action is set.


Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga 1)
Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga 1)
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Sci-Fi element it's a cracking mystery thriller, 27 July 2011
Even if you don't like Sci-Fi you should read this book and its sequels. I'm not a fan of most Sci-Fi but where Peter F Hamilton succeeds is in connecting his future world with our own. With the possible exception of wormholes everything he describes seems tantalisingly close. At a time when the real world is often depressing and introspective it offers a vision of a human civilisation that has finally overcome it's troubles and is at peace with itself. All good stories need a villain and the author doesn't disappoint with his own version of the ultimate enemy the chillingly alien Primes. Throughout the story twists and turns but at no point does the narrative lose it's pace or become confusing. The sequel Judas Unchained is also excellent. Hamitons earlier books the Nights Dawn Trilogy are also excellent and his latest sequels to the commonwealth saga (the Void trilogy) although somewhat more removed from reality, are still a great read.


Silesian Station
Silesian Station
by David Downing
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent evocation of life in Nazi Berlin, 22 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Silesian Station (Paperback)
This atmospheric portrait of life in wartime Germany is a well observed and chilling observation of the depressing reality of life under Nazi rule.


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