S. Morris

Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (113 of 129)
Location: Kent, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 203,691 - Total Helpful Votes: 113 of 129
Beat the Drums Slowly (Napoleonic War 2) by Adrian Goldsworthy
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please pay attention, 21 Jan 2012
There are only six reviews to date. The reason for adding this one is that I firmly believe this series of novels deserves more attention. This is far from simply a 'me too' novel, many of which frankly cannot hold a candle to well known authors such as Bernard Cornwell.

Book 1 was good; this was better. Perhaps I just prefer my heroes to be under-stated and far from perfect, but it's allied with decent measures of drama, history and sparkling dialogue. I hope that formula will win people over.
The Caspian Gates (Warrior of Rome 4) by Harry Sidebottom
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
To be clear, I have read the other reviews, all of which make fair comment, I think. My stance is that I turn to Harry Sidebottom for something different - a depth of history and place, I suppose. I get that in spades. If that is what you want too, then I believe this series of books to be unbeatable.
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
77 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want a proper ending, 25 Sep 2010
For a time it felt like we were back in the happy days of Tinker Tailor and I was absorbed into this novel and very happy that the author seemed about to deliver a similar experience to his Smiley novels.

Then, the larger than life Dima began to be irritating and something began to wane. Even Hector - a very different kind of Smiley - began to let me down too.

I accept that the author has moved on and the villains of today are not the old Cold War warriors so I may be making an unfair comparison with the past. I think that I do appreciate the author has become cynical about institutions - government, the Service,the Swiss, the City - that we once relied upon, naively… Read more