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Ash
Ash
by James Herbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok horror story., 16 May 2013
This review is from: Ash (Paperback)
Ghost Hunter David Ash is requested by a secret organisation to investigate strange, unexplainable events in secluded castle in Scotland. When he arrives there, he finds that the ghostly 'goings on' are starting to spiral out of control.

This horror story had quite a lot of action in it and it kept me interested for the most part. It is quite gory in places, and there are a few shocking scenes, as one would expect from this author. However, I did not think the character development was anything fantastic. I also felt the ending was rushed and a bit 'flat'.


The Janson Directive
The Janson Directive
by Robert Ludlum
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A meandering thriller., 5 April 2013
This review is from: The Janson Directive (Paperback)
I thought this book got off to a great start, with the main protagonist, Paul Janson, rescuing hostages from the clutches of evil terrorists, on a small island in the Indian Ocean. However, as the book progressed the story did not hold my interest quite as much. The action is sporadic throughout, but I felt, Janson, had too many lucky breaks, and was able to anticipate his enemies moves, too much for my liking. Overall, not too bad a story, but not really a page turner.


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit drawn out., 6 Mar. 2013
This book is in the final one in the 'Millenium' series. The story continues on, straight after the explosive events, at the end of the earlier book, The Girl Who Played With Fire. However, like the previous book, I felt the story was a bit drawn out, and there were periods in the story were there was not much happening. Overall, the series is quite good, though. The first book was my favourite.


Settling Accounts: The Grapple
Settling Accounts: The Grapple
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The U.S. starting to gather momentum., 15 Jan. 2013
This is the third book in the 'Return Engagements' series. The U.S.A., has, finally, found some fighting form, and starts to push the Confederate troops out of its territory. Meanwhile, in the Confederate States, President Jake Featherston is still trying to wipe out the Black population, even though it takes men and material from the war effort. For this reason, The U.S., the good guys in this series, although, at times they can be brutal too.

There is a lot of action in this installment, probably more so, than the other two earlier books. A long standing character gets killed off, which came as a shock, too. One flaw, in this and many other of this author's books is, as other reviewers have mentioned, a lot of repetition in the dialogue. Tell me I'm wrong!!


Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Novels)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher Novels)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller!, 23 Nov. 2012
In this the first Reacher book, Jack is passing through the small southern U.S. town of Margrove. However, the town has had its first murder in years, just the night before, and being a stranger in town, Reacher is arrested by the local police. He soon realises someone is trying to frame him for the murder.

I read this book years ago, but decided to read it again, as I seemed to recall it being a good story. I was not disappointed! It is a very exciting story, with good plot and some particularly nasty villians in it. A great start to the series!


Blood Harvest
Blood Harvest
by Sharon Bolton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good chiller., 26 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Blood Harvest (Paperback)
This story centres around a small, isolated, rural village called Heptonclough, in Lancashire. The Fletcher family are new to the village, having moved into their new house, beside the local graveyard. Soon their oldest child, Tom, starts seeing the figure of a young girl in the graveyard.

I found this book a decent enough read. There are some creepy moments in it, and it did shock in places, particularly towards the end.


Coup D'Etat (War That Came Early (Del Rey Hardcover))
Coup D'Etat (War That Came Early (Del Rey Hardcover))
by Harry Turtledove
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing the plot?, 16 Oct. 2012
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Coup D'etat is the fourth book, in the 'War That Came Early' series. At the start of this book, Japan has just attacked Manila,and Hawaii to bring the USA into the conflict. France and Britain are still fighting in the Soviet Union, alongside Nazi Germany. In Spain the Civil War between the Nationalists and Republicans still drags on.

While I found the book quite enjoyable for the most part, there are a few bits that are monotonous, particularly the scenes set on the Eastern Front, where a lot of the characters are based. I felt the 'big switch' that occured in the previous book hard to swallow, and that reduced my interest in the parts of the story set in the Soviet Union, also.

I felt the parts of the book set in the Pacific the best, as it had more of an alternate history 'feel' to it. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, in upcoming books.


Winter of the World (Century of Giants Trilogy)
Winter of the World (Century of Giants Trilogy)
by Ken Follett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Series getting better!, 16 Oct. 2012
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Winter of the World, is the sequel to Fall of Giants. These book continues the story of the five families, featured in the earlier book. This book starts in early 1933, when Hitler comes to power, in Germany, and the story takes in this pre war period, the Second World War, and the immediate post war age.

I found the story captivating from the start, with fascinating characters! The tumultous era is vividly recreated in this book. The parts set in Germany under the brutal Nazi regime,are particularly sad. I would highly recommend this series, and look forward to reading the final book, when it comes out.


Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder series)
Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder series)
by Linda Castillo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel., 26 Sept. 2012
An Amish family is brutally murdered on a farm, in rural Ohio. The local police chief, Kate Burkenholder, once a member of the Amish community herself, is investigating the awful crime. The manner of the murders leads her to believe that the killer is from the area.

I found this thriller a good read, and the plot and characters kept me interested throughout. I did find the book very sad in parts, and is probably not for the squeamish. On balance I thought it was better than the first book in the series.


The Flight (Coroner Jenny Cooper series)
The Flight (Coroner Jenny Cooper series)
by Matthew Hall
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A good thriller., 21 Sept. 2012
An Airbus A380 aeroplane crash lands on the Severn Estuary killing all on board. When the body of a sailor is washed up, near the wreckage of the plane, local coroner, Jenny Cooper, is asked to investigate, that particular death. However, as soon as the investigation starts, it appears that there are people in powerful places, that don't want the truth to be dug up.

This is the first novel that I have read in the Jenny Cooper series. Overall, I found the story a decent enough read. The characterisation was good, and I thought the plot was interesting throughout.


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