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Ready, Steady, Dig! (The Rooks Ridge Series Book 1) by [Winter, Rosalind]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Rooks Ridge Series (2 Book Series)
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Rosalind Winter; 3 edition (18 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL24XW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
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One thousand six hundred years ago, Cais Verus Pugnax Corvo decided to temporarily leave his beautiful villa until the danger of barbarian invaders had past. Sealing most of his family treasure in a hidden chamber under the floor and praying to his household gods or Lares to protect the treasure he left the villa never to return.

The faithful Lares kept their promises and despite the destruction of the villa and the passing of time, the treasure is still where it was left, waiting for a member of the Corvo family to come to claim it back. That is until the archaeologists from the TV show "Ready, Steady, Dig!" arrive on the site to film an episode of the show.

The premise of this story totally captured my imagination and for the most part was absolutely enchanting. I really liked the way the Lares were brought to life, each with their own individual character, and I absolutely loved the nymph, Stillaria who lives in the nearby woods. I also enjoyed the many variations of names and places based upon crow, rook, raven and other variations on the theme in English and Latin.

Personally I still found a few problems with the book though. In particular, for me, the deliberate use of misspellings to accentuate the speech of some of the characters just didn't work and the same use of misspelling in a note written by Vera really didn't fit in with the rest of her character. Saying that though, I still really rather enjoyed this full length (4200 Kindle locations) story for advanced readers aged around 12 years and up.

Kindle presentation was fine even including a nice little map of the villa at the beginning.

Overall: 4 stars - I was debating to myself as to whether to give this story three or four stars, but then realised that despite its minor faults I spent most of the time reading this book with a smile on my face. Any story that can do that deserves at least four stars no matter what other faults it has.
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My wife picked this one up before me and was frequently laughing out loud while reading it, so I thought I would have a go. I found it really easy to get into the world of the Lares and feel I was there in the middle of it - it helps that I love the Cotswolds. You don't need to know much about archaeology or Latin to appreciate the story, rather just be ready to relax and let yourself be transported into another world that still retains some good old fashioned values.
I've immediately bought the follow up 'Gnome or Mr Nice Guy' but am saving that for a few weeks.
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Yes I do love Time Team and archaeology.. though I think you could read this story without that background and still enjoy it. Loved the little characters and felt involved in the story.

I liked Gnome or Mr Nice Guy (The Rooks Ridge Series) as well, but this one is my favourite that I will read again sometime.
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I downloaded this book when I saw it recommended on a forum. I enjoyed it so much that I have now purchased the other books available from the author. It's very funny, especially if you are a fan of "Time Team".
The story is simple, but very well written. The landscape of Rooks Ridge is beautifully described, and the characters are memorable. Great fun.
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The description of this book made it sound very appealing,and just the thing to try out on my brand new Kindle.
And I was not disappointed in the least.
It is written with warmth,humour and understated academic insight,and I was soon lost in the tale.
I devoured it in two sittings and will certainly be catching up on their next adventure.
I ended up completely believing in the little stone heroes and heroines and the rest of the characters, human and otherwise.
Thank you Rosalind Winter.
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I bought this book having seen a recommendation on the Amazon Kindle Discussion page. It is a lightly disguised skit on the TV series Time Team. At first I was worried that the characters were a bit stereotypical and did not have much life however they grew on me. By the end of the book I can say I had had a good read. Like other reviewers I found the book made me smile and laugh. What holds the book together are the Lares - the small stone statutes of Roman Household Gods who have come to life. It certainly has different take on what a nymph might be like. This book is defiantly one for a cold wet weekend. I am certainly looking forward to reading the one in the series.

I read the Kindle edition and if I have any criticism it is that it doesn't have a contents page. At one point I had thought I had accidentally missed a chapter [in a paper book this would be obvious] and it took me a few minutes to check that I hadn't. It would have been easier if there had been a contents page.
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A good relaxing read. The goodies are good and the baddies are bad - it is that sort of book which is why it is such a pleasant read when something not too demanding is needed. No gratuitous sex, violence or swearing, in fact none at all, well, nothing graphic. Not quite Pratchett but some interesting reflections on modern life when the making of television programmes, the law and public relations are all questioned in a light hearted manner.
I don't know whether it is historically accurate but I rather think it might be given the author's background.
Have bought next book in series.
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