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The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Boxset)
The John Milton Series: Books 1-3 (The John Milton Series Boxset)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time, 25 Oct. 2015
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This is a badly written series which I gave up on half way through. Sub-Bond with a plot concerning "saving" a youth from gangland which is completely unbelievable. The usual evil boss and colleagues. Life is too short.....


Buckley vs. Vidal: The Historic 1968 ABC News Debates
Buckley vs. Vidal: The Historic 1968 ABC News Debates
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Giants debate together - so refreshing, 30 Sept. 2015
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This was a debate between two giants of political commentary. It started off very well in Miami when Nixon beat Reagean, and then descended into name-calling in Chicago in the middle of the street fighting and hippie culture.

It is so refreshing to see, or rather read, two brilliant minds from opposite parts of the political spectrum debating together. I this age of sound-bites it is particularly rewarding


The Starbuck Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
The Starbuck Chronicles: The Complete 4-Book Collection
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, 25 April 2015
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Having read almost all of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, the Saxon series and Agincourt, I was looking forward to this American Civil War set - and was sadly disappointed.
It seems difficult to believe it was written by the same author; weak characterisation in parts; very wordy dialogue in others ( right in the middle of battles);not credible motivation for critical life moves in every book. Frankly I would skip the series - by far Cornwell's weakest to date. Admittedly his battle description are as exciting and well done as ever; even so, Sharpe is better in this area too.


Company of Liars
Company of Liars
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 27 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Company of Liars (Kindle Edition)
The idea of having a disparate band of wanderers moving around England trying to stay one step ahead of the plague ("pestilence" as it was then known) was a good one. To make some of them entertainers is another and there could have been many options to make it a great story. Unfortunately the author falls back on mysticism and quite frankly makes the whole story increasingly ridiculous.

The final "twist" is so ludicrous and unnecessary that I just shook my head in disbelief. A pity, it had great prospects


Crowther & Westerman Omnibus: Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones
Crowther & Westerman Omnibus: Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 12 Jun. 2014
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These three books together are a fine collection. They introduce the somewhat curious couple of Mrs. Westerman, a mid-30's wife and mother of two children, but with an independent spirit and a desire to find the truth of things at great personal cost, and Crowther a sort of Georgian coroner with some Sherlock Holmesian characteristics. The plots are fast moving and capture the reader. The historical context is well researched and convincing - all three books set in the mid-to-late eighteenth century.
There are perhaps too many coincidences to be fully convincing, but this weakness is offset by the gradually deeper purely platonic, relationship between the two principals and their respective families and friends.
I recommend this compendium highly


The Queen's Man: John Shakespeare - The Beginning
The Queen's Man: John Shakespeare - The Beginning
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The worst yet, 21 Mar. 2014
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This is an attempt to give a backstory to John and Boltfoot. Frankly I liked it least of all the Clement Shakespeare books. It rambles along at times and the basic premise of why nJohn has been involved is unconvincing, as is the climactic chase and bungled assasination.

Must try harder!


Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580
Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid description of a little known but vital period, 10 Aug. 2013
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Not many readers will be aware of how important this sea war was. Crowley does a good job of describing the battles and the protagonists. Truly a historical book easily read as if it were a novel


The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When is ended it did not make sense, 26 July 2013
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In his latest books Julian Barnes has been, in my view, slightly too clever for his own good. You feel he is playing with you for his own delight rather than in a complicit way.

The protagonist who is looking back at his life, especially the teenage and early twenties years, is now retired and death is closing in. This leaves open many opportunities for reflection, and Barnes makes good use of them.

The problem is that the protagonist is not very likeable a character so there is little empathy for him.

Nice try but can do better


Sin City Homicide - A Thriller (Jon Stanton Mysteries Book 3)
Sin City Homicide - A Thriller (Jon Stanton Mysteries Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hurried, 26 July 2013
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Victor Methos is an interesting writer. Apparently, if you read his blog, he is capable of holding down a full-time job as an attorney AND write four or five books a year.

The result is clear, sloppy plotting and bad editing. He does know how to write page turners and Stanton is a properly filled-out character. However there are gaping plot holes and the other characters are thin cardboard.

He is also writing science fiction and "Game of Thrones" type novels; when he sleeps is a question needing an answer!


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