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The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man who se&hellip by Geoffrey Robertson
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book came to me a Christmas present and would be a period and topic I would have only a fairly passing knowledge of. With the main focus of the book on the man who prosecuted Charles the First of England, the English Civil war(s) get only really a fairly passing acknowledgement, which is fair enough. It covers the run up to, trial of Charles and ten years later that of John Cooke and his terrible death. It is all written in a language that is very accessible. Which is all well done.

My problem however is the authors aren't so much in the subtext, they are shoved center-stage repeatedly. Now there is nothing wrong with having the opinion that Britain should be a republic, but… Read more
Odyssey One by Evan Currie
Odyssey One by Evan Currie
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but not bad., 19 Nov 2011
On the positive An enjoyable romp with adventure and action. One of the most creatively unpleasant FTL systems I've even come across (They discuss sedating as much of the crew as possible for future jumps after the first one!) Definitely some interesting ideas.

On the negative, this could have done with more editing. I don't say that meaning there are mistakes, I mean it could have done with being tightened up. There are too many cases of what I would call data dumps or background information that really wasn't needed. The characters are a little two dimensional but military science fiction really isn't a genre given to deep characterisation. Also on the subject of characters the… Read more