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Mokee Joe is Coming: Bk. 1
Mokee Joe is Coming: Bk. 1
by Peter J. Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books, 18 Feb. 2013
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The author recently visited my son's school and inspired my son (11yrs) to want to write! We got this book to see whether he would like it and ended up buying the rest of the Mokee Joe books. He loved them.


Addison Ross, Photo Frame, 3.5x5, Silver Plate 15mm  Double, 3.5 x 5 Inches
Addison Ross, Photo Frame, 3.5x5, Silver Plate 15mm Double, 3.5 x 5 Inches
Price: £12.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for school photos, 18 Feb. 2013
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Had to change the frames for school photos as all the sizes have been reduced from 6x4! This is perfect for the desk at work. Nice finish, packaged well and prompt delivery. Got another for Grandma as she liked it too!


Killing Rommel
Killing Rommel
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alexander to Alexandria, 24 April 2008
This review is from: Killing Rommel (Hardcover)
Steven Pressfield once again demonstrates his skill at weaving historical fact with gripping fiction. Although this is a move away from his normal territory of Alexander the Great, the author shows great skill in relaying once again the unimaginable tension of conflict, the futility of war and the comradeship such conditions can create in its participants. Its mid-way through the Second World War and British, Australian and New Zealand troops are locked in a deadly battle with Rommels's Afrika Korps for control of North Africa. The novel follows the gripping and heroic exploits of a small group of Allied men as they battle the heat, terrain and enemy troops in an attempt to locate and kill the talismanic German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. But this novel does more than just recount the details of the dangers they faced (many of which are based in fact) - it also demonstrates the incredible bond that human nature evokes when placed in inhumane surroundings. The ending is emotional, beautifully written and reinforces the sacrifices that so many made on both sides of the conflict. A terrific book and a reminder that bravery, determination and honour can deliver a moment of beauty in even the most horrific situations.


The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 6)
The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 6)
by Boris Akunin
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Akunin Ace, 28 Feb. 2008
Its hard to think of yet more superlatives for Akunin - either in his Fandorin novels or those featuring the equally mesmerising Sister Pelagia. Here, once again, Fandoring is thrown into the melting pot of a plot to topple the existing Tsarist monarchy in White Russia. Akunin weaves the plot in a masterful manner, letting Fandorin drift slightly from the centre of proceedings just long enough to make the reader wonder how he will re-establish himself. If some of the Russian names are slightly confusing on occasions this is more than compensated for by the wonderful slight, almost impeceptable, touches that Akunin builds into the storyline that provide the insights into Fandorins character that make him such an enigma. A terrific read. Such a shame we have to wait a whole year for the next one. But Sister P will be with us in June..... Can't wait.


The Snake Stone (Yashim the Ottoman Detective)
The Snake Stone (Yashim the Ottoman Detective)
by Jason Goodwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Eunuch with balls !, 1 Aug. 2007
This is the second in the series of novels featuring the eunuch Yashmin - the first being the equally good introduction "The Jannissary Tree". Set in the mid 1800's in Turkey at the height of the Ottaman Empire this is a detective novel with a slight quirky nature. Anyone who likes Boris Akunin will, I am sure, take just as kindly to this hero as they have done to Erast Fandorin or Sister Pelugia. Jason Goodwin carefully weaves colourful portraits of Istanbul, life within a Sultans palace, political intrigue and historical drama into the storyline (as well as some good cooking tips!) and, as with all good detective novels, the ending has a surprise or two in store. A very enjoyable book and one I thoroughly recommend.


Pelagia And The Black Monk: The Second Sister Pelagia Mystery
Pelagia And The Black Monk: The Second Sister Pelagia Mystery
by Boris Akunin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever...with a hint of a smile, 9 July 2007
I started reading the Akunin novels a year or so ago and have been totally hooked on all of them. I was delighted when Sister Pelagia came along to add to the outstanding Fandorin novels. Althought The White Bulldog opener was a little slow to get going it introduced the foundations on which The Black Monk grows and grows. Akunin has a way of enticing you into the novel and the structure of this one is no different - cleverly conceived with a slight "off the wall" feel that keeps you turning that extra page. Although some of the Russian names can take a while to become accustomed to this in no way detracts from the plot and the strength of the characters involved. Here's hoping the next UK publication of either Fandorin or Sister Pelagia is not far away.


The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by Erskine Childers
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riddle Of The Sands, 14 July 2006
This is just a beautifully crafted book. Although its espionage is old fashioned (no e-mails or computer codes here) the descriptive writing that Childers uses to depict the growing German menace that existed just before WWI is quite exquisite. The story is told at a pace that on occcasions you can stop and feel the Friesan salt spray on your face whilst never wanting to linger too long in case you miss something. I read this as a teenager and again as I turned 30. Having just read it again it has lost none of its charm. A great story of espionage and intrigue that is extremely well told. And not a dry Martini in sight....


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