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Slow Train to Guantanamo (A Rail Odyssey through t&hellip by Peter  Millar
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to Cuba..., 11 July 2012
I travelled the length of Cuba in 2004, although only a small distance by train. The images this book conveys are therefore familiar, though things do seem to have changed in the last few years. The book captures the essence of this remarkable country and its wonderful people. The Cuban attitude to the inconveniences of, well, their conveniences for one thing, is something many people of the world could learn from and that would make the world a better place to live. The fact that such a dysfunctional regime has survived longer than many political systems in history is quite fascinating. The book gives an insight into Cuban daily life, Caribbean communism, the food, the beer, the… Read more
Shameful Suicide of Winston Churchill, The by Peter Millar
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather too real..., 10 Feb 2012
Started reading this as fictional history, but quickly got sucked in by the utter plausibility and realism of the plot and the imagery. It gives a real insight into what our lives could have been like, but for a few twists of fate and chance.
The reader is not challenged by insane plot devices all too common in this genre, and the spell is never broken by improbable scenarios or unbelievable characters.
The secrets of the plot are delivered without blatant hints, making each chapter an new discovery and each character develops a depth that is not immediately obvious when they first appear in the narrative.
Just when you think you know what is going on, and you start to feel… Read more
Black Madonna, The by Peter Millar
Black Madonna, The by Peter Millar
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure quite why the publishers allowed a mention of Dan Brown on the cover of this paperback edition, as anyone who finds Dan Brown novels intellectually stimulating is going to have a brain heamorrage reading this. Its not in a different league, its really in a different dimension. The depth of detailed intelligent research that has so obviously gone into this book is immensely gratifying, and whereas some books from this genre insult the intelect in their scant regard for established fact and betray the authors lack of respect for the reader in the assumption that their attempt at a novel is the most lofty tome the reader has yet managed to understand, Peter Millar does not, this… Read more