Ian Horne

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (13 of 18)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 102,718 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 18
Personal (Jack Reacher 19) by Lee Child
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There is a lot of an Alistiar Maclean hero in Reacher. The calculating mind that predicts what others will do, believably or not, underlines this latest Lee Child novel. Not the best of Reacher novels, this is still very readable, and will still be worth a re read in a couple of years. Taking on and beating, obviously, gangland London under pins the plot, whether the ultimate outcome, no clues, is convincing as always is down to the reader.

I read in 24 hours, enjoyed, the common Reacher template was diverted from, Echo Burning this isn't, but better than some of the recent offerings.
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars An Officer and a Spy, 2 Aug 2014
Set during late 19th Century France and with the infamous Dreyfus affair as a theme, the plot educates and develops on what might have been learned from the film Pappion.

The names within are those of the time who etched their names for good or evil into what developed into a diplomatic incident unprecidented for its' time. Attitudes towards Jews in France too are highlighted and result in a worthwhile and thought provoking story line.
Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Inspec&hellip by Peter Robinson
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One, 2 Aug 2014
Two crimes seemingly unconnected evolve into a wider problem for Banks and his familiar colleagues. A stolen tractor, a pair of missing males of slightly dubious means and a burned out caravan form the basis for strands of investigation to come together and merge into something a who;e lot more wide scale.

Abattoir Blues is typical of the Peter Robinson pen. Plots are plausible, the individuals believable, though the regular tribulations within the personal lives of Banks and Annie Cabbot are not as prominent as previously. However this doesn't detract, and as expected the novel is easy reading and rapidly completed.