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The Dangerous World of Tommy Atkins
The Dangerous World of Tommy Atkins
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insider's view of modern warfare and the life of the soldier, 23 May 2016
It's a world we all think we know from a thousand movies and television programs, from the news footage from the front line in Afghanistan. But, as this book reveals, we don't know at all: all we see is the surface. The Dangerous World of Tommy Atkins reveals all the layers that lie beneath, from the nuts and bolts of small arms to the vast trail of logistics that the military machine needs to keep going. When you see commanders briefing their men before an operation it all looks simple; the author, a former tank officer, shows the real complexities and why 'friendly fire' can only be avoided with exquisite coordination and precision.

Other chapters explain simply and lucidly why training budgets are so easy to cut -- and why they never should be -- to the advantages and limitations of tanks compared to infantry and what being an officer actually means. It's a book that really puts you in Tommy Atkins' boots in a way that war stories never well.

It's a great book for anyone who has ever wondered what modern warfare was really like -- and for anyone who thinks they know and may be surprised at how much more there is to it.


Prophecy: The Dreamlands (Brotherhood of the Star Book 2)
Prophecy: The Dreamlands (Brotherhood of the Star Book 2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful paranormal adventure in a surreal setting, 1 May 2016
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In their second outing, Jack Knight and his fiancé Janet continue their struggle against sinister occult forces. The adventure continues through chases, escapades and the unraveling of mysteries, and the plot is thickening nicely. You will need to have read the previous book first though, or risk complete bafflement.

Knight's original assumptions about who is on which side are overturned, and -- as the title suggests -- the pair undertake an expedition to the Dreamlands in search of answers. Naturally the Dreamlands add in a few extra complications as well, with some well-delivered plot twists.

As before, it's a very British adventure, with a nicely understated response to all manner of Lovecraftian horror. There are plenty of nods to the source material , but Lawrenson has his own approach to the Mythos, one rooted in old England and an old-fashioned sense of duty rather than the verging-on-insanity quests of Lovecraft's New Englanders.

In a parallel plot line, Knights reluctant ally Inspector Cross finds herself drawn into a spectacularly bloody case with supernatural elements.

Anyone who enjoyed the first of the series will find this a worthy continuation, and will be looking forward to the next instalment and the resolution of some tantalisingly dangling plot threads.


Revenant
Revenant
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stalking Dead, 24 April 2016
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This review is from: Revenant (Kindle Edition)
Jake and Eddie are stepbrothers living in Providence RI, one an investigative journalist, the other a cop, who team up to take on a supernatural menace. This is a serial killer story in which the killer is a paranormal being whose nature and origin link with dark events in the brothers' past.

Just to make things more interesting, Jake's mother is in a mental institution and he's being hunted by a Mob assassin and hounded by angry ghosts. These may all seem like familiar elements, but thrown into the blender with a degree of gusto they make for a fast-moving and suspenseful story, and the evil Revenant of the title is far more imaginatively realised than your run-of-the-graveyard bloodsucker. The boys' gang is rounded out with a resourceful female detective, and there are some memorable scenes of horror. This could be the start of something...


The Bad Girls' Club
The Bad Girls' Club
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad girls have more fun, 5 April 2016
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Three women whose lives have all taken wrong turnings (with the help of their shared nemesis, Poppy) band together and encourage each other into escalating acts of naughtiness on the path to love, sex, fulfilment and gorgeous shoes. But things are not quite so easy, and while some of the fantasies play out as planned, the heroines here do not get things all their own way as a combination of realism and comedy intrude and not all men are as great as they might seem at first. But will the dreadful Poppy get her comeuppance in the end? You wouldn't to be in her shoes (even if they are nice ones)...


Horror of the Heights: And Other Tales of Suspense
Horror of the Heights: And Other Tales of Suspense
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Arthur Conan "I didn't just write Sherlock bloody Holmes" Doyle has great fun with a selection of short stories and shows .., 3 Jan. 2016
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Monsters! Mysteries! Mayhem! Sir Arthur Conan "I didn't just write Sherlock bloody Holmes" Doyle has great fun with a selection of short stories and shows why we should not just remember him for the irritation 'tec in the deerstalker. This is far from elementary, but inventive and - in it's slightly but charmingly dated style - horrifying.


Ex Machina [DVD] [2015]
Ex Machina [DVD] [2015]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars with a smart, witting and thoughtful set up, 3 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Ex Machina [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Very disappointing -- starts strong, with a smart, witting and thoughtful set up, which degenerates into exactly the sort of clichés you thought it avoided to start off with. Slick, but very hollow, it failed the test for self-consciousness but looks like a clever device for making money.


The Babadook
The Babadook
Dvd
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars After a promising start, this simply nosedives. Slow, lacking in sympathetic characters, humour or any sort of logic. And isn'ti, 19 Dec. 2015
This review is from: The Babadook (DVD)
Terribly disappointed


The Early Adventures of Andrew Doran (The Adventures of Andrew Doran Book 1)
The Early Adventures of Andrew Doran (The Adventures of Andrew Doran Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding fun with a teenage Doran, 19 Nov. 2015
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Andrew Doran, hero of Davenport's other works, here gets an early experience of Lovecraftian horror. Here we are in suburbia and everything seems to be in apple-pie order, until the 13-year-old's neighbour comes to a sudden end...and then the creepiness starts, only this time Doran doesn't have the adult resources of skills, weapons and occult knowledge....

It's short at 26 pages, but a good taste of what the swashbuckling Doran is all about.


Legacy: Shadow Watch (Brotherhood of the Star Book 1)
Legacy: Shadow Watch (Brotherhood of the Star Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action adventure with added tentacles, 10 Nov. 2015
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Journalist Jack Knight inherits a house -- and the secret family mission of battling the ancient evil that threatens humanity.
We're in Lovecraftian adventure territory here, with sleeping alien gods and the unspeakable cults that seek to rouse them. What's different is that the protagonist no square-jawed swashbuckler but a very English ordinary bloke, unarmed and way out of his depth. Luckily Knight's chances of muddling through are boosted by the help of his considerably sharper and tougher girlfriend. The action is intercut with scenes from ninety years before when Knight's ancestor first got embroiled in the affair.

There's a decent pace, and we move through a variety of settings, from Devon to France to New England, with underground tombs and temples aplenty. Lawrenson is clearly a believer in Raymond Chandler's dictum that if things get quiet, you should have a man enter with a gun, and our heroes see their share of action. And the plot, which at first seems rather linear, expands out in unexpected directions. A promising start to the Shadow Watch series.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it is supposed to do, and at ..., 9 Sept. 2015
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