A. Duff

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (56 of 67)
Location: Southampton, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,308,175 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 67
The Blood Lance by Craig Smith
The Blood Lance by Craig Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather uninvolving, 15 May 2011
After reading some high praise for this I was a little disappointed. It seems to lack focus somehow, I was never sure which of the characters was the main focus of the story. And the writing held me at a distance: I never felt drawn into the lives of the characters, although the prewar part of the story does work better in this respect.

Overall, the history is interesting, the action is well described, but the emotion is lacking. And the 'twist' at the end is blindingly obvious from about page 5.
The Lady's Slipper (Macmillan New Writing) by Deborah Swift
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 14 Aug 2010
I was riveted to this highly original and evocative novel by the end of the first page, and sorry when it ended. It entertains on many levels; a fascinating insight into a time and place I know little about, stunning attention to detail and most importantly, a vividly drawn cast of characters. Alice Ibbetson is a strong, likeable heroine; you can't help but be drawn into the turbulent, often cruel world she inhabits.

I never noticed, until later, how seamlessly I was passed from plot thread to plot thread, never losing track of the thrust of the story. I did notice the prose - deceptively simple, engaging, memorable. Weeks afterwards, some of the descriptions of characters and… Read more
The Mozart Conspiracy (Ben Hope 2) by Scott Mariani
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I bought this expecting a smart thriller with overtones of conspiracy theory. What I got was a numbingly witless shoot-em-up with not a shred of suspense or subtlety. There is a conspiracy buried in there somewhere, but we never learn much about it because the 'story' is far more concerned with where its next lorryload of bullet-riddled bodies is coming from.

Our hero - ex-SAS soldier helping a damsel in distress who happens to be the great lost love of his life - has potential in theory. But he's so humourless, takes himself so seriously - and kills with such unflinching brutality - that it's very hard to warm to him. Bond does it with the charm that Ben Hope sorely lacks. Our… Read more