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- File Size: 4240.0 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470902125
- Publisher: Mackenzie Moulton; 2 edition (17 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CZYKAU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Metropolitan Police Underwater Search Unit 1983 to 1996 Kindle Edition
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I did enjoy the subject matter, as I like all kinds of books about police procedure,forensics and such topics and this one was about a branch of the Force not often written about. The author does say some of the writing is taken from his police notebook and it certainly reads that way. There are quite a lot of technical descriptions (of ships, apparatus and so on). I was disappointed that some of the stories were similar. An example is the description of searching the river Thames for explosives before Price Andrew was to make an appearance. There were 2 long descriptions in minute detail about how these searches were undertaken, Apart from the locations,the stories were essentially the same, with nothing found.
I felt that a good proof-reader would have picked up the many spelling errors -basic ones like leaving one 'f' from the word 'off', and funny ones such as the time when lines were attached to a car (I think it was) that was being raised, and the lines had to be 'taught'!! I was also amused that the he belonged to a 'close nit team' - LOL
There were also a lot of basic grammatical errors that took away the enjoyment of a 'smooth' read, such as the personal pronoun 'that' being used for people when 'who' should have been used. There were many others, this is just an example. Another problem was tautology such as ' it was 3am in the morning'.
As this could be a really interesting book, it would be a good idea for the author to get together with a professional writer to rejig so as to remove the many errors, including large gaps between words, and make it easier to read. I know it might sound nit-picking ( pun intended) but I did enjoy the basic stories and would love to have been able to read them without constantly being brought up by bad spelling, grammar and so on. It probably doesn't bother many readers but having read a lot of reviews on here, I know it does irritate many others to the point where they won't buy a book they know to be full of these problems.
So good luck to the author -do get your book properly proof-read and reissued and you'll get many more readers to learn about the work of the underwater unit, with their many and varied jobs and unique ways of working.
I didn't understand one paragraph and I read it back a few times, even out loud, and still I was baffled regarding dry diving suits. He tells us that "cold and polluted waters are partially solved by the use of dry diving suits" THEN says in the same paragraph-"The frequency with which we dive,including the winter month's (ouch) rule out the use of dry suits". So did they use them or not ? I'm none the wiser.
The was used instead of then and River Thames lost its capital R, then a sentence was started in the wrong place....the Queens birthday lost its apostrophe and then bridge was written as bride and that was my final straw. I'd only done 4%. I saw too late somebody else had mentioned all the awful mistakes but I'd downloaded my copy before she reviewed it or I'd not have bothered.
I expect he has some quite fascinating stories to tell but I've no patience to trawl through it in this state.
Ive very recently read this book about the Police divers, and its a relatively unflowered affair with decent coverage of the jobs assigned..the job described herein is definitely specialist, and the book should appeal to those with an historical interest in the subject of both forencic opportunities and case-solving.
All in all an interesting read, but spot the speelling mistokes!
Written as I imagine the writer would speak - a mix of informal over-the-dinner-table style, insider jargon and formal police-statement-speak. The result feels genuine but makes for slightly stilted reading in places.
The subject matter and the tales he tells are fascinating, and sometimes brutal - a fairly strong stomach is needed.
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