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Body & Soul ( Feat. Kevin Saunders )
Body & Soul ( Feat. Kevin Saunders )
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5.0 out of 5 stars moving, 13 Oct 2012
This is a moving slowed down and more sensitive re-work of the original version of Body and Soul from the album Neither Reality Nor Fiction. Powerful and epic but vulnerable too.

Nine Lives
Nine Lives
by Dan Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAS HE BEEN WATCHING MY LIFE?, 2 Jun 2011
This review is from: Nine Lives (Paperback)
Reading Dan Fox's novel Nine Lives, I felt as though he'd been eavesdropping on my own life, which, like his, seems to have been divided into clear chapters, hopefully with a happy ending! Although it's clearly a love story, I don't find that off putting in the way I do with what's called 'Romantic Fiction. Yes, it's romantic - but in a way that's poetic and sensitive but nevertheless masculine, without being 'macho'. I think that's a rare thing in a writer. Reading between the lines you can feel the author's hurt and sense of regret without it ever becoming cloying; on the contrary, the way he describes his literal and figurative journey through time and space was so compelling I felt I was a fellow traveller - and ironically, just like listening to the greatest Blues music, I found the sense of shared grief, regret and despair enjoyable, entertaining and even uplifting!

The Carter Conspiracy
The Carter Conspiracy
by Paedar MacCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars a rollicking good read, 15 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Carter Conspiracy (Paperback)
If you like your action-thriller fiction rooted in historical truth, The Carter Conspiracy is so far up your street it's already in your living room and on your bookshelf.

It's 1980. The Tehran US Embassy siege is at its height and the hostages' lives hang in the balance - as does Jimmy Carter's presidency. In the dying days of his term, President Carter pins his electoral hopes on the success of a daring rescue mission... But sinister right wing saboteurs are at work. By bringing down the mission's helicopters in the Iranian desert, they intend to bring down the Democratic presidency and reap the profits of the resulting whirlwind. And they succeed until, twenty-nine years later; a monk, Dom Clement, with an incongruously violent past is haunted by a super-rich tycoon's deathbed confession and is driven to expose the sinister conspiracy that has destroyed so many lives, dreams and an entire US administration. The revelation that this gentle monk was once a British Special Forces killing machine leads you to think you're in for an Andy McNabb blood and thunder novel. However, although the Carter Conspiracy contains death and blood aplenty, there's precious little glory - and the romance underpinning the action is described with real tenderness and depth.

Take a man haunted by his own demons and already wrestling with his faith, add the reappearance of his long lost love - whose beauty is a relentless temptation - and an evil global plot and you have a recipe for one man's battle against evil, in the name of his God, in the name of love and in the name of the brave men betrayed by the moneymen. In the style of the great thriller authors such as Ludlum or Maclean, a long and bitter battle ensues that takes our hero across the Atlantic to a desperate fight to the death on an Irish mountain, where the bloody truth is finally revealed.

The Carter Conspiracy is epic in its scope, movingly romantic in the detail - and its protagonist's faith combined with the mystery and paranoia that permeate its pages make it a worthy rival to anything from the Dan Brown canon.

The Paradigm Shift
The Paradigm Shift
by Richard Hollands
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rip-roaring and riveting apocalyptic thriller, 22 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Paradigm Shift (Paperback)
Just when you thought thrillers packed with nightmare visions of Armageddon, cold war-style treachery and undercover agents' derring-do had crumbled along with the Berlin Wall, Richard W Hollands revives the genre with an exciting new angle and a whole new axis of potential evil! The appositely titled Paradigm Shift is exactly what it says on the tin. It moves the diplomatic, political and military intrigue and shenanigans from the traditional Uncle Sam versus the Soviet Bear to Asia - specifically India and Pakistan. What hasn't changed is the nature of the good guys - in this case US President Whiting whose true grit in the face of a sinister conspiracy that threatens to change the world forever is the stuff of every action thriller you ever read.

So what exactly is the titular Paradigm Shift? A plot hatched by a lunatic Indian Prime Minister and China to take India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war, shut off the world's oil supplies and hold the western world to ransom. As the civilised world's brought to its knees, two undercover agents race against time to take out the madman and restore sanity - and here's where Hollands introduces the romantic element by teaming up cynical Special Forces veteran Luke with the dangerously gorgeous Kirin, an American agent of Indian descent. As the chances of success dwindle, a strange and unspoken love grows between the two battle-hardened professionals. But will it ever be consummated? The answer seems to be `only if their mission succeeds'. Read this rip-roaring and riveting apocalyptic thriller and find out!

A packhorse called Rachel
A packhorse called Rachel
by Marcelle Kellermann
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `A fascinating tale and true. Beautifully written'. Fay Weldon, 22 Jan 2009
Going by the title line `A girl's bitter struggle with the enemy in occupied France', you'd think you were in for some pretty grim and bleak reading. Actually that's not the case. Partly because it's autobiographical - so we know she lived, literally, to tell the tale - but also because this story of the eponymous Rachel's quiet desperation and courage is lifted by descriptive passages that are nothing short of exquisite - in fact the rich descriptions of the Auvergne reminded me of D H Lawrence. Kellermann writes in a terse style whose very tightness speaks of repressed emotion, while ironically her dark humour lightens the page with telling acuity, powerfully describing the sharply polished and pressed Gestapo as `coal-black shining crows, their left wings marked with the blood-red insignia, the Devil's swastika well in evidence.' for example.

A talented pianist and a Chemistry student, Rachel volunteers to join the fight against the occupying Nazis and the turncoat Vichy government - and her role is covert surveillance of German troop movements and the supply of provisions to the Resistance fighters. Already fighting illness and malnutrition that's left her covered in painful, suppurating boils, Rachel tremblingly offers up her virginity to a boorish drunk farmer in order to secure the bleak mountainside shelter that will be her operational base and, accompanied only by her faithful dog, Nourse, and a gentle shepherd boy, dedicates her life to the Maquis.

Read it and find out for yourself whether the ending can be said to be a happy one - but there's probably no better summary than that provided, rather impressively, by the author's friend, Fay Weldon: `A fascinating tale and true. Beautifully written'.

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