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Last Dawn: The Royal Oak Tragedy at Scapa Flow by David Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, 29 July 2014
This book adds only a few snippets to the knowledge of Royal Oak's fate. It is padded out with diversions from the subject such as a list of British battleships, doggerel poems, personal anecdotes and other miscellaneous items. If you are looking for serious history, this is not it. Typos riddle the text. The only good bits are the survivor's experiences but they do not make many pages. I thought the book overpriced and it is not worth the money.
Behind Blue Eyes Book One: Cain's story by DM Wolfenden
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to like Cain, 24 July 2014
It must be very hard to decide whether your vampire character is a villain or a hero. I am sure each author and reader struggles with this question. I can only answer it personally. I like my vampires, if they are the POV character, to have some humanity left. I find it hard to empathise with a murderer unless there is a really good reason for the killing, not just hunger and thirst. I also think that it is hard to like someone who has killed wantonly, reforms, then kills again even if for a better motive. Therefore for all of these reasons, this book fails for me. The sympathetic characters are killed off, with one exception.

The transitions between sections is jerky. Some… Read more
Empire under siege: The Adarna chronicles - Book 1 by Jason K. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 20 July 2014
When I started to read this book I thought I was in Imperial Rome, with the legions fighting the barbarian hordes. Then I realised it could not be. Small things were different such as the colour of the legionaries' cloaks. It was as if history had been jolted out of focus in this new unknown world, like our own but different. The powerful writing of the battle scenes was wonderful. I am envious. The action in the battle, for the moment, was distracting. So many characters acting so fast and forcefully. You did not know who to focus on, which probably is true in the confusion of a real battle.

In many ways, this is an odd book. You feel you are just getting to know the characters… Read more