D. Cooke

Helpful votes received on reviews: 63% (5 of 8)
Location: Kent, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 192,273 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 8
Operation Red Wings: The Untold Story Behind Lone &hellip by Peter Nealen
I was pleased to read that the author stated from the off that he didn't want to comment on the Marcus Luttrell account of events and only referred to them solely to tie up what he knew about the rescue ops that were going on simultaneously. He was 'gentle' when identifying the problems in trying to coordinate the search/rescue attempts when dealing with very strong willed, determined, very capable and very individually minded teams of people, who very possibly, were allowing unit pride/ego to initially limit communication/cooperation. Why I like to read these written accounts of extreme activities is because it often shows why these men (and on certain operations, women) are indeed special… Read more
Think Like A Horse by Sylvia Loch
Think Like A Horse by Sylvia Loch
For anyone who has an interest in making their riding a little bit special each ride, try this book out. Nothing in the book necessarily stood out as being particularly spectacular, brand new or unattainable to all but highly gifted jockeys but the read was made easy due to the simple straightforward writing of the author. I found it was so simply and 'matter of factly' explained, it was almost as if you were in conversation with the author and these were all throwaway comments. Trying out what she advised, I found I not only understood her advice but could remember what to do and even attempted to refine some of the practices, with pleasing results and less stress for both this particular… Read more
Kiwi Magic: Andrew Nicholson Rides Cross-country by Kate Green
An older narration from Andrew Nicholson but still a font of knowledge from one of the most successful event riders worldwide. The book had some great photos and those of him making near vertical drops with no reins or stirrups and THAT gravity defying 'stay on' after a jump was worth buying the book for alone. It was interesting inasmuch as his 'biography' was long enough to be interesting, his analysis of his horses and their confirmation again long enough to be interesting, as was his training ideas etc. The whole book I found readable. Only wished it was an updated version, that would be 5 stars as a minimum.

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