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A Legacy of Spies
A Legacy of Spies
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LeCarre at his best, 14 Sept. 2017
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This review is from: A Legacy of Spies (Kindle Edition)
Beautifully crafted, tense and very pointed work of Literature (purposefully capitalised). A self-assuredly disdainful dig at the modern world, but with such superb characterisation and such mastery of the English language LeCarre could get away with murder.


Wenseny Windmill Style Fashion Simplicity Wall Lamp ( Not Include The Light Source ) 4 Lamp Holders
Wenseny Windmill Style Fashion Simplicity Wall Lamp ( Not Include The Light Source ) 4 Lamp Holders

1.0 out of 5 stars And that would make you a BAD person., 8 Sept. 2016
Not unless you want a swastika on your wall. And that would make you a BAD person.


The Red Eagles
The Red Eagles
Price: £4.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining thriller, 30 May 2016
This review is from: The Red Eagles (Kindle Edition)
This is a 'fast-moving' spy thriller, which is back-cover code for thin characterisation. But then again when you pick up a book about Communists and Nazis trying to steal the atomic bomb you shouldn't expect Jane Austen. It is cleverly plotted and keeps you guessing until the end, moving swiftly from event to event. Not on the level of the Zoo series or Jack of Spies, but certainly kept me entertained for a flight and a couple of days.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof, 8 Feb. 2014
There's a conflict here between the title and the description. Title says waterproof. Description says not safe for shower, swimming etc. in other words, waterproof as long as you don't get it wet!


A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War
A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War
by Adam Makos
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched but awful prose, 8 Aug. 2013
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Well enough researched to tell the average amateur historian what they already know. But the prose style is like it's wriiten for a college assignment. "Franz walked through the ruined street. Franz was hungry. Franz knew there was no food because Germany had lost the war. Franz had enjoyed flying...."
Comparisons to Ambrose are over-generous. Ambrose can write.


Stones for My Father
Stones for My Father
Price: £5.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily good, 26 Jan. 2012
Can you list the books from your childhood that had a long-lasting impact? I can think of two or three. One was "The Eagle of the Ninth". I remember being very impressed when my teacher told me how well researched were the books by Rosemary Sutcliff and how if it happened in her stories you could believe it happened that way in real life (within reason). That made a real impact.
I think "Stones For My Father" has a similar quality to it. Knowing that it is well researched, knowing that all these events happened and that someone surely had similar experiences to the main character, Corie, makes the story so much more important. I think it will be remembered by children who read it.
The plot is really beautifully developed. The gradual realisation about Corlie's roots is very skilfully played out and the role of a British soldier is axiomatic but is neither unrealistic nor reliant on co-incidence.
Some scenes in this book are hard to read, so it is probably not for younger or more impressionable readers, but the way the author tackles harrowing events neither flinches from reality, nor revels in it; perfect pitch.
Finally, the book takes a very well-balanced stance on the morality of the war. Told from the Boer viewpoint, the English are the enemy (and the English policies were utterly shameful), but the individuals are shown to be decent and human. The Boer farmer are the good guys, but they are also shown to be capable of inhumanity towards their servants. The indigenous people are shown as victims, but not helpless or nameless. A key character is both violent and vengeful.
I have a lot of respect for just about every aspect of this novel, and, perhaps most importantly, I took great satisfaction from being immersed in its world for the few days it took me to finish reading it.


Blackstone's Guide to the Fraud Act 2006
Blackstone's Guide to the Fraud Act 2006
by Simon Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £79.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 4 Dec. 2011
Surprised there are no other reviews for this outstanding reference book. Quite invaluable. It is clear, concise while being comprehensive and very authoritative. An excellent reference work.


TP-LINK TD-W8960N 300 Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for BT Connections
TP-LINK TD-W8960N 300 Mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ Modem Router for BT Connections
Price: £19.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars User guide and cables let it down, but still good, 6 Oct. 2011
I bought this modem/router on the basis that there was enough information in Amazon reviews to be able to set it up myself. I was nervous because I know very little about networks.
Sadly the user-guide is very poor. Typical of such systems, it fails to explain what the fields are that you see on a dialogue box. You want PPPoE, or PPPoA? And what about the encapsulation mode? VC/MUX or LLC? Like you, I have no idea what these settings mean. The user guide provides no information about them at all. It says things like "If you have been given specific settings for this to configuration, type in the correct values assigned by your ISP." Eh?

The problem is that if you search the BT website for information on how to configure a router/modem, guess what they say? "Sorry we can't provide support for equipment you've bought from other suppliers." Useful eh? Isn't that just typical BT. However, there is some...

GOOD NEWS!

Not the stuff about Jesus, that's all nonsense... no, the Good News is that if you are lucky like me (I'm a BTConnect BTBroadband customer) all you need to do is select "PPPoE" then enter your BTconnect username and password and create a name for your wirless network (PPPoE Service name) and leave everything else alone!

My settings look a lot like this (I've changed network names for obvious reasons):
I only changed the ones with asterisks (*)

Country: UK*
ISP: BT Broadband*
VPI [0-255]: 0
VCI [32-65535]: 38
WAN Link Type: PPPoE*
Encapsulation Mode: LLC/SNAP-Bridging (the Quick Setup system selects this automatically when you choose PPPoE)
PPP Username: VR543765@FL567.btclick.com*
PPP Password: ************
PPPoE Service Name: NeilTheNetwork* I made that up myself)
MTU Size (Ticked)
MTU (Bytes [576-1492]: 1400
DNS Settings: Obtain automatically
Primary DNS: Blank
Secondary DNS: Blank

It worked for me. May not work for you, but who knows? Who can tell?
If they had written the user guide with users in mind, maybe we'd be more likely to know!

Oh and the cables really are a little bit short. Not so much to be impssible, but enough to be annoying.


Integral - Crypto Drive Mac Edition - USB flash drive - 4 GB - Hi-Speed USB
Integral - Crypto Drive Mac Edition - USB flash drive - 4 GB - Hi-Speed USB

2.0 out of 5 stars Software's not that good., 30 April 2011
"Surely you don't have to enter a password for each file you access?"

Hmm-hm. Oh yes you do.

"That must be annoying."

Absolutely hopeless.


The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison
The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison
by Andy Worthington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, measured and devastating, 16 Feb. 2011
It is hard to imagine what it must have been like writing this book. The author is evidently implacably opposed to the practices he writes about, but he has managed to stay cool, distanced and (given the material) amazingly objective.
Worthington very rarely gives in to the temptation to fulminate against the stupidity and cruelty of a process that saw so many innocent individuals incarcerated, tortured and in some cases murdered. Having said that, the text does provide clear narrative pointing out how self-deceiving and irresponsible were the CIA and army intelligence officers in Afghanistan immediately after the invasion. There are occasions when his representation of witness's stories seems a little credulous, but given that he is voicing the stories of men who have been imprisoned and tortured by a bureaucracy that refused to listen for about five years, it would be soulless now to question their word.
From Worthington's reports (gathered from the transcripts of US Tribunals and supplemented with first-hand accounts from prison guards, interrogators and prisoners) it seems as if the ferocious competence of the American military machine is matched only by the ferocious incompetence of the American military machine.
On arrival in Afghanistan the Americans assumed that anyone who was not either European or Afghan was necessarily a terrorist. They didn't recognise that there were many aid agencies and religious groups and just plain innocent individuals who had valid reasons for being in the country and, most importantly, it seems they didn't care.
They were happy to throw "Overwhelming Firepower" at the problem and capture anyone and everyone who had a finger of suspicion pointed at them. This, while understandable as an emotional response to 9/11, displayed a childish lack of discipline. It seems highly likely that members of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban removed local opponents by shopping them to the American authorities. Guileless, the US forces took every accusation at face value and shipped off local mayors, shopkeepers, aid workers and even employees of recognised charities and journalists.
It is understandable that the Americans offered a reward for delivering up foreign fighters, but they paid $5000 per person and then did nothing to check the validity of the accusations. So as a local warlord you could get rid of your opponents (courtesy of overwhelming US firepower) while making a handsome profit.
The people caught in this trap were then assumed to be guilty and they became the subject of US troops' hatred and anger. Their refusal to confess simply provoked more anger and torture inevitably followed. The American high-command believed its own propaganda and having claimed they had captured high-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives, they demanded results from the interrogations and approved increasingly extreme measures. False confessions and mutual false accusations only served to muddy the waters further so that there really could be no telling who in Guantánamo is guilty or of what.
Andy Worthington is to be commended for laying out this whole sorry tale of institutional stupidity and for doing so with remarkable restraint.


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