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Prince of Darkness (The Queen's Man Book 4)
Prince of Darkness (The Queen's Man Book 4)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 23 Nov. 2016
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Too slow and convoluted.


Gate of the Dead (Master of War)
Gate of the Dead (Master of War)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Nov. 2016
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An excellent story well written


The Eagle's Vengeance: Empire VI
The Eagle's Vengeance: Empire VI
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 23 Nov. 2016
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Improves after a slow start.


The Broken Shield
The Broken Shield
by M J Hands
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware reviews by friends, 24 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Broken Shield (Paperback)
As a keen reader of historical novels from the Roman to the Medieval period I read the earlier reviews on this book and sent off for my copy in anticipation.
By the end of the first chapter I could not reconcile the book with those reviews, as it failed to grip me the reader with any sense of suspense or anticipation of what was to follow. It is long, 366 pages, but verbose rather than action packed. I never got to the end as I just didn't care what happened. Next time I will check what other books reviewers have also read first. This review system is all too easily biased by a few friendly reviews.


Warrior of Rome II: King of Kings
Warrior of Rome II: King of Kings
by Harry Sidebottom
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story continues, 18 Aug. 2009
As an enthusiastic reader of historical novels from the Roman to Saxon periods, I rated the first book in the Warrior of Rome series highly, particularly given that it was the work of a new author. Although the book was self contained, it left the prospect of more, and this second book by Harry Sidebottom, King of Kings, largely fulfills this promise. The political and military background to this tempestuous period of history is further developed, as are those characters, family and staff, who move through the story with our hero Ballista. If that is what he is. There is action, political intrigue and a feeling that we are all pawns in a game of declining empire played by others above our heads. My only criticism is that the author becomes too engaged with displaying his knowledge of the details of Roman life and administration, which to some extent detracts from the pace of the book. But when you put it down at the end there is no doubt you will want more.


British Architectural Styles: An Easy Reference Guide (England's Living History)
British Architectural Styles: An Easy Reference Guide (England's Living History)
by Trevor Yorke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dating buildings, 28 Aug. 2008
I have always found old buildings fascinating and wanted to know how to date them and their extensions. British Architectural Styles proved an easy reference guide, helping me to date the wide variety of building we see around us. It covers the immense range of architectural styles from 1500 to 1950, complete with a glossary of architectural terms and a historical time chart. Each chapter covers a distinct period with a background to the social and economic history and details of the styles of architecture in fashion at the time. The result is an invaluable companion when visiting villages or stately homes, or for those who are renovating, tracing the history of their own home.
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Bridges Explained: Viaducts - Aqueducts (Britain's Living History)
Bridges Explained: Viaducts - Aqueducts (Britain's Living History)
by Trevor Yorke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridges for everyone, 28 Aug. 2008
Everyone uses bridges in their day to day lives. But what do we really know about them? How and when were these bridges built? What exactly does a particular part do? And, most importantly, why don't they fall down? `Bridges Explained' answers these and many more questions, using illustrations, diagrams and photographs to explain the basic principals and styles of bridges helping the reader to recognise how they work and from what period they date. The book is divided into four sections. The first gives the background to the subject; the second describes arched bridges; the third explains other forms of bridges and investigates viaducts and aqueducts. The fourth section is a quick reference guide with a list of bridges to visit and a glossary to explain any unfamiliar terms. For the average lay reader like me the book proved fascinating and has made me look at bridges in a whole new light.


Warrior of Rome, Part 1: Fire in the East (Warrior of Rome 1)
Warrior of Rome, Part 1: Fire in the East (Warrior of Rome 1)
by Harry Sidebottom
Edition: Hardcover

78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the East, 10 July 2008
I have always been a keen reader of historical novels, especially covering the Roman to medieval periods. Warrior of Rome by Harry Sidebottom is set in the third century AD, when the Roman Empire had passed it's zenith and follows the character of Ballista, a northern barbarian in the service of the empire, who is sent to defend a border city against a threat from the east. As you would expect from a Fellow of Archaeology and Classical Art at the University of Oxford, this book has been carefully researched and is well written. Set on the borders of the Roman Empire, the story unfolds with irresistible momentum, bringing to life a violent and turbulent period. The characters are skilfully developed against a backdrop of everyday and political life in the period, heightened by the portrayal of exceptionally vivid scenes of siege warfare.
This is an exciting novel by a promising new author, which interweaves history and adventure to recreate a cracking good read in the style and class of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. I found it difficult to put down. Now I can't wait for the next book in this promising series.


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