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Heart of the Patriot
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2008
Having just read "Heart of the Patriot" the World War 2 thriller by Stuart W Reid I have to say this is a must read book. My normal staple reading would be thrillers of the like of Tom Clancy or Frederick Forsyth, however I was recommended to read Stuart W Reid's novel; Heart of The Patriot, by a friend and I'm glad I did. Best book I've read in ages.

Right from the off; "The Prologue", this is one of those that you just can't put down and have to keep your head in until its conclusion. The descriptive style of writing puts you right there like watching a movie and really fleshes out all the key players in what is a superb thriller.

A tremendous amount of research work has obviously gone into this as the accuracy and attention to detail is outstanding.

All in all a superb debut thriller and I look forward to reading Stuart W. Reid's next work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2009
I was reading the introduction to a novel by the world famous author, Ian Rankin in late February 2009. It was his first novel, called The Flood, published in 1985. My edition was much later, published in 2005, and I bought it for only a few pounds. What caught my attention was that copies of the first edition (Polygon Press in Edinburgh), in excellent condition, are worth a lot of money. Signed first editions are for sale on Ebay for up to £1,400!

I am lucky enough to have my own copy (a first edition, I hope) of "Heart of the Patriot" by Stuart W Reid - his first novel. I feel certain that in twenty years, when he too is a household name, I may have a little nest egg if I need it. I just hope that I can meet him, and that he will autograph it for me.

This is a novel with an exciting storyline, and well defined characters. The plot races at breakneck speed - a true page turner. The author has obviously researched his subject in depth, and the historical details add realism to this fictional account of an assassination assignment. If there was a drawback to reading this novel, it was that I didn't get any of my normal jobs done, because I was unable to put it down. When it was finished, I wanted more of the same. Stuart W Reid has the potential to become one of the great thriller writers of the 21st century. When can we expect your next novel, Mr. Reid? Don't keep us waiting too long.

Paul Jordan. Tamworth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2008
'Heart of the Patriot' was recommended by a friend. I was apprehensive at first as my usual literary fodder consists of romance and crime novels.
However it was clear from the first few pages that this was more than your average war novel. The description is vivid and you really feel like you have been drawn into the novel.

I couldn't put this book down. Stuart W. Reid manages to combine this deeply moving thriller with an education into the Dutch war situation. It shocked me to tears and gave me an insight into the worldwide plight of those who fought in the wars. It is a reminder to us all to honour those who should never be forgotten.

Fast-paced, touching and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2008
Heart of a Patriot is one of the best books that I have read for many years. I have read many thrillers about the Second World War but none of them seemed as real and authentic as this one. At times, I felt as I was actually in Holland with the action taking place around me.It is the kind of book where, when you have things to do, you say to yourself I will read one more chapter and then put the book down. However, when you reach the end of that chapter, you just have to know what happens next, so you just have to start the next chapter.

I recommend that this book is bought as it will give the purchaser a great deal of pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2009
I have just finished reading "Heart of the Patriot" by Stuart W Reid and I can't believe that this is the first novel by this young author. The attention to detail, without being long winded, makes you feel as if you are watching a film.

This is the first war story I have read, as I normal read thrillers, but I had this book recommended to me by my husband and I'm glad I took his advice to give it a go.

The facts were woven into the story so well that you ended up with a vivid picture of life during these terrible years.

I look forward to his next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2009
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Reading the other reviews, I realise that I am not alone in my love for this book. Just as someone before has said, this book runs like a movie in your head, you can picture each scene clearly and this can be attributed to the author's perfect descriptions of not only settings and actions, but also the emotions and motivations of the characters. This book never allows its reader to rest; it changes pace and direction constantly, which really hooks you in as a reader, and the twists in the plot are outstanding. As a seasoned reader, who while taking an English degree read several literary 'classics', I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I've ever read. On finishing it, you get a real feeling of contentment. The language is beautiful, the action gripping, the historical accuracy breath-taking and the story is, for want of a better word, perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2009
What a great book! It moved along at a good pace and held your interest with a thilling plot and interesting characters. The authors style of writing, painted a picture in your head that made you feel you were living the story. Hope this young author is working on his next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2009
Once I started reading I just could not stop everything seems so real with lots of details making everything so real so lively.
I was reading but I had the feeling I was watching a movie in my head. As far as the style is concerned I did appreciate very much the rich vocabulary which did help
giving a very unique atmosphere. I do recommend this book as it is so pleasant to read and make you learn from the inside new things about the 2nd world war.
Great book, great writing, great story!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2009
If you like authentic war thrillers then try this one. I must congratulate Stuart Reid who has displayed in his first novel that he is a master of description and historical fact, clevely intertwining believable characters and sub plots and above all keeping up the level of suspense which culminates in a gripping finale. I had difficulty putting the book down and look forward to Stuart's next thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2008
This really is a magnificent read, fast paced, detailed and unputdownable.
From the start you are sucked in, the characters and the action are so believable,that you feel you are witnessing the events as you read the story.
If you are only going to read one book in 2009 make sure it's Stuart W. Reid's Heart of the Patriot.
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