Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (25 of 34)


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The Quiet Game (Thorndike Core) by Greg Iles
5.0 out of 5 stars Homecoming Avenger, 24 Mar 2014
This book falls - to my mind - into a category of "homecoming avenger"; the protagonist, usually former military, intelligence or law/enforcement, returns to their childhood home, often scarred emotionally and encounters old friends, loves, lovers and enemies. They have no wish to be a crusader and often want to hang up their gun or bar qualification but something forces them to act to cleanse their home town of the legacy of an act evil which dates from before they were born or occurred as a result of them leaving. Other examples are "Spencerville" by Nelson DeMille and "The Ranger" by Ace Atkins, the Jack Reacher books are NOT examples as they lack the element of… Read more
The Black Country (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad) by Alex Grecian
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs to try harder, 27 Sep 2013
This was a major disappointment and all the goodwill I felt after reading the first book vanished within the first chapter. I think it is the result of slipshod research (the comments above on subsidence have my full support) - I really struggled with the imagery of the area and I finally gave up on the lunacy of Hammersmith as a Welsh surname. A small point but important.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
But I found this book enthralling and thought provoking. I was interested to see that Gen. Hackett was in the acknowledgements; Hackett wrote a scarily real history of the Third World War and its plain that Brooks took a lot of inspiration from that. This is not a gore filled Romero zombie fest (though there are of course elements of that), rather than a provoking analysis of how what could go wrong goes wrong. In a way this is not about zombies, just consider the prospect of, say, HN151 fully hopping the species barrier and leading to "the infected" threatening the survival of the rest; this book sets out some very interesting concepts - you just need to look around and behind the… Read more

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