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Low Town: The Straight Razor Cure: Low Town 1
Low Town: The Straight Razor Cure: Low Town 1
Price: £4.31

3.0 out of 5 stars Tolerable, 20 May 2015
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It had to happen, sword and sorcery meet the private eye and what an archetype he is. An ex-cop turned drug pusher but still with contacts all over the place, dissolute and using his own product but not addicted and still a master of deceit, fighting and brain power but remarkably celibate. Despite that the environs of tale, ie Low Town itself, are well realised and the characters therein well described it is just that the story is not up to much and our hero requires a hefty injection of "reality" to be tolerated. Not sure I want to find out if the next one is better.


Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2)
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch Book 2)
Price: £4.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Less impact than vol 1 but very good, 11 May 2015
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A sequel to the very original Ancillary Justice continuing the story very nicely and exploring more of this unisex society though with less action and more social interaction. The writing is more assured, giving the characters a chance to grow despite the almost complete lack of physical description. Really liked the idea of the Genitalia Festival. It can feel annoying that you do not know what sex the characters are, or does that reflect my attitude, but you can have a good guess which is part of the enjoyment of the book. Looking forward to the third.


The White Sea: A contemporary thriller set in Greece starring private investigator Alex Mavros (An Alex Mavros Mystery)
The White Sea: A contemporary thriller set in Greece starring private investigator Alex Mavros (An Alex Mavros Mystery)
Price: £8.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying if simplistic, 6 May 2015
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In the end a simple if serendipitous tale of a venal Greek shipping family, Russian drug barons, a kidnapping and at last some joy for Alex Mavros taken with his usual poor grace. The survival of the mysterious stranger, being abandoned twice at sea, is improbable at least but gives the plot a bit of mystery. The Son dies hooray! but it would spoil it to say by whom. Cannot believe that a scruffy hippy has enough sex appeal to immediately bed a millionaire and this is not a James Bond novel.


A Quantum Mythology
A Quantum Mythology
Price: £7.32

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 May 2015
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As I was reading this I feared that it was going to suffer from bloated trilogy disease as yet more characters and plot paths were introduced and not a lot was making sense but as it progressed the plot strands began to be pulled together and I cannot wait for the third instalment to arrive. Read it though you must have read the first one or it will not make any sense at all.


The Confessor
The Confessor
by Mark Allen Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I suppose the morally ambiguous must get there just deserts and there must be a happy ending for the boy Ezra, 7 April 2015
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This review is from: The Confessor (Paperback)
More of a continuation of the first book than a second novel involving Geiger a not too believable expert in Information Retrieval, the euphemistic term for torture. You really need to have read the first part for it to make much sense, something which is lacking throughout, especially Zanni whose behaviour is plot manipulation rather in character driven. I suppose the morally ambiguous must get there just deserts and there must be a happy ending for the boy Ezra. I also suppose there will be a third book but I am not sure I will be reading it.


Sassenach
Sassenach
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, not for me but you?, 3 April 2015
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Romantic and romanticised, both under and over researched - Toulouse Lautrec Syndrome indeed! The cast look great and the acting acceptable, the script not too bad but predictable and cliched. Why is our hero the only one that does not have a beard? He surely would not have tolerated a two day cold wet horse ride with a gun-shot wound and a dislocated shoulder quite so well or perhaps not survived it. The much finer material and machine sewing of our heroines clothes is shrugged off as being French. It is very slow moving too which adds to the (my) annoyance. If you can overlook these things then you will enjoy this immensely. I cannot.


War Dogs
War Dogs
Price: £6.02

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but no uplift!, 2 April 2015
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This review is from: War Dogs (Kindle Edition)
Not sure what to make of this. The usual assurance and characterisation with a welcome different slant on alien invasion. Raises lots of questions and we wait with bated breath for the big ending but it fizzles out with the probability of a sequel or two. Has caught the current habit of bloated trilogies when one slightly longer book would have done the job.


The White Van
The White Van
Price: £5.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating but ultimately depressing, 29 Mar. 2015
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Short and sharp. Tightly plotted with the "I's" dotted and "t's"crossed at the end without, thankfully, any moral judgement. The problem I have is that most if not all the characters are unpleasant at best and I do not feel any sympathy or enthusiasm for them which makes the book a hellish portrayal of American life. I also found myself scan reading at the end because I was not interested in the ending as the outcome was telegraphed. True to the life portrayed?


Gun Street Girl: Sean Duffy 4
Gun Street Girl: Sean Duffy 4
Price: £4.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a good thing?, 24 Mar. 2015
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As before a mixture of fact and fictional police procedural from an author who knows his background. Again the hard drinking, drug taking cop almost solves the case but there is a bit too much of the drinking and the drug taking, how can he function let alone drive with that much in him? Also the factual impinges too much on the story and takes too much away from the policing. Be that as it may, the story is still well written, gripping and reasonably exciting; in other words still four stars.


The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Board book
Price: £13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Slight and almost detection free, 22 Mar. 2015
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Is it me or are these stories just getting tiresome. There is so little detective work in this that the "charm" was exposed and I hurried to the end. I have read all the others but this was a disappointment.


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