Brian Swinton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (53 of 62)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 28,563 - Total Helpful Votes: 53 of 62
LEVIATHAN by Gordon John Thomson
LEVIATHAN by Gordon John Thomson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A really engaging book. The atmosphere of Victorian London is well imagined and its a very plausible story. The main characters come across as being just slightly superhuman but a very enjoyable read. It made me seek out the facts about the Leviathan - very interesting. I couldn't put it down despite its length.
The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope) by Ann Cleeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story well written, 11 July 2014
Like so many detectives that make it onto tv the books are superior. Don't get me wrong I really like watching Vera but the book is better. Far more atmosphere and many more threads for vera to follow.

Sgt Joe doesn't get as much of a role in this book version as he does on tv
The Templar Agenda by John Paul Davis
The Templar Agenda by John Paul Davis
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I nearly gave this one star and in fact if i had reviewed it at any point up to 50% that would have been it and I would have probably never finished it. Basically up to 50% nothing much happens except a few murders described from a distance and the reader is introduced to a huge group of characters; some who are who they seem to be and some who aren't. The action begins a little in the rest of the book and the ideas are engaging but I never got to the stage where I felt I couldn't put it down. The main protagonists are reasonably well drawn but don't seem quite real. This is particularly surprising when you see the large quantity of description. In fact for me that's the problem with… Read more

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