Jared M

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (98 of 104)
Location: New Zealand
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I am a 33 year old professional male, living in New Zealand. I have a variety of reading interests, ranging from military history, maritime exploration and voyages of discovery, mountain climbing, and European history. I also have an interest in European interactions with Asia. South Korea and its culture is another subject that I maintain an interest in, having lived and worked in Korea as an … Read more

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Charley's War: Great Mutiny by Pat Mills
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"Charley's War" was a comic strip that featured prominently in the British comic "Battle" (later "Battle Action" and then "Battle Action Force") and evolved into that comic's longest running strip, alongside "Johnny Red". Charley's War is the tale of Charley Bourne, who in 1916, enlists in the British Army at the age of 16, and before long is shipped off to the horrors of the trenches. Through his eyes (and occasionally his family's) the reader experiences the horrors of the war, in the trenches and on the home front. Titan Books began publishing the series of strips in hardback in 2005, releasing a new volume every year around October/November.

This volume, number 7 in the… Read more
Odd Man Out : The Story of the Singapore Traitor by Peter Elphick
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Purportedly the story of Patrick Heenan, disaffected Indian Army officer turned Japanese story, "Odd Man Out: The Story of the Singapore Traitor" is surprisingly light on the detail of the central character of the book, and therein is a major flaw in the book.

While there is reasonable and generally reliable sources regarding Heenan's scholastic career in England (but not much on his birth in New Zealand and early upbringing in Burma), sources supporting the assertions of the authors' regarding the spying exploits of Heenan are unfortunately slim, and perhaps understandably so given the chaos that was Singapore in early 1942. However, some sources apparently didn't want to be… Read more
Japanese Rules: Japan and the Beautiful Game by Sebastian Moffett
Despite being in existence for only 17 odd years, the J-League has firmly established itself as one of the better national leagues, indeed the dominant East Asian league, despite lacking the football pedigree of neighbouring South Korea. After all, South Korea was regularly appearing at the World Cup finals well before Japan, and its own K-League was in place as early as 1983. Now, in 2011, the J-League is placed 27th, two places ahead of the K-League, on the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) list of strongest national leagues (predictably, Spain's La Liga is top, followed by the English Premier League and Italy's Serie A). Sebastian Moffett's "Japanese… Read more

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