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The Parthian by Peter Darman
The Parthian by Peter Darman
The historical narrative is accurate in that it follows what is known of Spartacus and the slave war. However the number of typos just becomes tedious. Also it is as much about the main protagonist's love interest as anything else. Unless you are a Barabara Cartland fan I suggest you try an alternative.
Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell? - He escaped over&hellip by Horace Greasley
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish semi-porn, 12 Nov 2013
I've read a lot of military history books and can forgive poor writing for a good read. But this is very much along the lines that someone would tell their grandchildren rather than expect reasonable adults to read it. The ghost writer takes far too much liberty with dialogue and actions outside of his characters' own experience. I also didn't expect this to be a tale of largely the protagonist's sexual exploits.

I found this so disappointing as to justify my rating the book beyond my normal approach of just giving it stars.
The Secret Speech (Child 44 Trilogy 2) by Tom Rob Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing, 1 Nov 2011
Child 44 was an entertaining read and made accessible some of the more intense books of the period he writes about. It was a good read and made me want to pick up his next book. Which, was a book of two parts. The first two-thirds was OK and worth reading, but the second part of the involvement and instigation of the Hungarian uprising was, quite frankly absurd.

By the time I reached the end I was very disappointed I had invested my time in the book. Will I read another from Tom Rob Smith? Doubtful.