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Raffles: Playing On
Raffles: Playing On
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun, 29 Jun. 2012
This instalment of Richard Foreman's Raffles series begins with a lonely Bunny who has been deserted by best friend and partner in crime Raffles for a mysterious trip around Europe. Bunny worries about his friend's whereabouts and we get to see his jealous side as he plays with the idea that Raffles may have found a new accomplice. I love that we can relate to Bunny, we are as curious about the small snippets of Raffles' past that we have seen in previous books as he is. The friendship between Raffles and Bunny remains strong and loyal, Raffles soon returns from his endeavours to aid Bunny in quite a different quest - to get permission from the unpleasant Prescott Rosebery to marry his daughter Lucy. It's great to see Raffles the cricketer as well as the crafty thief. Funny as ever, you won't want to put it down.


Augustus: Son of Rome
Augustus: Son of Rome

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Out From The Crowd, 19 Jun. 2012
With the genre being so popular, it is a great achievement that Richard Foreman's book stands out from the crowd. A rich account of history, it packs in action, philosophy, party politics and literature. Great deeds of history are mixed in with scenes of intimacy between Brutus and his wife Porcia or Caesar and Calpurnia. We are reminded that even great men are subject human folly and frailty. From somebody who knows little about the history of ancient Rome, the book is an eye-opener. It appeals to those that love and know about the era as well as those that know nothing. I found myself wanting to keep reading once finishing a chapter, Well worth its introductory price.


La Roja: A Journey Through Spanish Football
La Roja: A Journey Through Spanish Football
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Football Book., 15 May 2012
This book provides a wonderful blend of politics, history and sports journalism. Jimmy Burns weights his material well and has a writing style superior to most other football journalists. La Roja is particularly strong on Real Madrid and Barcelona, which is not to mean that the author ignores other teams. I enjoyed the final third of the book most as Burns gives us a behind the scenes look at how both Barcelona and Spain have triumphed in recent years. One can't help but be touched by Burns' admiration and affection for the likes of Pep Guardiola and Del Bosque.


Raffles: Caught Out
Raffles: Caught Out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sterling Adventure., 13 May 2012
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In the fourth book in the series, Raffles and Bunny encounter the enchanting Iris Adams in a quest to restore a ruby encrusted ring to their friend Ranji. There is a nice twist concerning the smart and seductive Adams, who turns out to be quite a bit more familiar than one might first suspevt. So well researched, the book contains references to literature and history. Another excellent installment, Raffles: Caught Out offers us surprising snippets into the past of Raffles, which leave us intrigued and desperate for more. The comical exchanges between Raffles and Bunny reveal the intricacies and depth of their friendship; it is heartening to think that such friendships exist. This is further shown in Raffles: Stumped in which Bunny blindly trusts his friend to relieve him from his unpleasant debt-ridden situation. I liked the insight into the world of outsourced money lenders.

The Raffles series of books are terrific. Would recommend them to men and women of all ages.


Lords of the Olympics
Lords of the Olympics
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History and Legacy, 10 May 2012
John Bryant has a produced a pacey, yet authoritative, short book on the history of the two Olympic games Britain hosted in the 20th century. His book focuses on Lord Desborough and Lord Exeter, the two men who arranged and shaped the 1908 and 1948 games. He finally brings things up to date by profiling Lord Coe too. Each "Lord" fascinates and earns our admiration, but for different reasons.

Bryant asserts than much has changed over the years in regards to the Olympics, but not always for the better. Commercialism has eroded some of the original purpose and spirit of the games. Bryant is not one to wish that the clock could be turned back to the Edwardian era, but he is right to condemn the cheating and shift that has occurred within the Olympics. The games now belong to sponsors as much as spectators it seems.
Lords of the Olympics is full of anecdotes and argument and, as much as people may talk about Britain's future legacy in regards to the games we should equally shine a light upon our past and feel proud.


Black Ops: Olympics
Black Ops: Olympics
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Class Military Thriller, 8 May 2012
A thriller based on a plot to blow up the Olympic Games is such an obvious idea I am surprised that no one else thought of it. Matt Lynn is a new writer for me, but he has done a first-class job of creating a strong, belivable storyline. Good characters and excellent writing. Almost as exciting as the Olympics themselves.


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