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The First Shot (A Caleb Thorn Western Book 1)
The First Shot (A Caleb Thorn Western Book 1)
Price: £1.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Western, 23 Jan. 2013
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As a reader of many westerns over the years, my favourite writers are Charles G West, and Joseph A West. I must now add Charles Coburn to the list. This is a well written and told story which i enjoyed immensely. The back drop of the U.S.Civil War was an added edge to the story. A mans fight for his own vengeance against an army because he feels that enemy has cheated him of his family. But he has also cheated some one of a loved one, who is also out for vengeance against himself. I hope to see follow up books to this one on Kindle.The First Shot (A Caleb Thorn Western)


Last Stand At Majuba Hill (Simon Fonthill)
Last Stand At Majuba Hill (Simon Fonthill)
by John Wilcox
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read., 28 Sept. 2010
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John Wilcox' Last Stand At Majuba Hill is the fourth in the Fonthil series. This time its back to South Africa to fight the Boers in the Transvaal, theres plenty of action for Simon and sidekick 352 Jenkins to get their teeth into. The dastardly German Count is the personal enemy and the love interest is the beautiful Anna Scheel, unfortunately , Simon fails to get to grips with her. Interesting series of books that i have so far enjoyed immensely. A pretty good read.Last Stand at Majuba Hill (Simon Fonthill)


The Diamond Frontier
The Diamond Frontier
by John Wilcox
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read., 24 Sept. 2010
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John Wilcox' third Fonthill novel finds our hero, and faithful sidekick 352 Jenkins, returning to South Africa to rescue Zulu girl Nandi from the clutches of a nasty piece of work, who is also a diamond smuggler,friend of the enemy, and all round bad egg. This is not quite as good as Horns of the Buffalo and The Road to Kandahar but it is still good value entertainment, and a fair page turner. It will pass an evening on for you quite well.


The Road To Kandahar (Simon Fonthill Series)
The Road To Kandahar (Simon Fonthill Series)
by John Wilcox
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read., 24 Sept. 2010
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John Wilcox' second Fonthill Novel is a very good read, centering on the Afghan war. Fonthill and sidekick 352 are sent to join Freddie Roberts forces as scouts and have some interesting adventures. O.K so the plots a bit thin, but if you relax and think " well it might have happened " then this is a good page turner. With the 2nd rate T.V we get nowdays, this will certainly entertain you. Good Stuff.The Road to Kandahar (Simon Fonthill Series)


The Horns of the Buffalo (Simon Fonthill Series)
The Horns of the Buffalo (Simon Fonthill Series)
by John Wilcox
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Stuff., 14 Sept. 2010
John Wilcox' novel Horns Of The Buffalo is a very good read. It is easy enough to slot an imaginary character into the battle of Isanlawana but difficult to fit one in to Roark's Drift, as it is a very well known story. However Wilcox does a good job with Simon Fonthill, with a little effort you can almost see him on the Mealy Bags.

The inclusion of Alice in a story like this is almost impossible, a silly woman in the Zulu Campaign - ridiculous, but he slots her in somehow.

Its a good story the build up to war, and a good page turner.The Horns of the Buffalo (Simon Fonthill Series)


Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-West Frontier
Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-West Frontier
by Charles Allen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldier Sahibs, Betrayal and Passion., 1 Sept. 2010
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Charles ( Charlie ) Allen's Soldier Sahibs is a very readable account of life and death on The Northwest Frontier.

It centre's on a group of young officers,posted there in the 1830s - and early 1840s. The events of which occured and how it effected them.

The central figure being John Nicholson, who even today remains somewhat contraversial, you either loved him or hated him. It all rather depended on your point of view.

Also mentioned is Fred ( kipper ) Roberts,later to be a Field Marshal, managing to make a right mess of the Boer War,in my view.

Anyway this is a good read,and contains many details of the interfactional fighting and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. This being the year that Nicholson was killed at Delhi Ridge.

Reasonably priced, well worth a read.Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-west Frontier


The Travels of Marco Polo (Classics of World Literature)
The Travels of Marco Polo (Classics of World Literature)
by Marco Polo
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Of Wonder., 24 Aug. 2010
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Marco Polo, the name conjers up memories of one's childhood, even now, ( in my 2nd childhood ) i found this one fascinating.

The Venician travellers escapades in the East through Persia , India, Mongolia and of course China are the stuff of legend.

His meeting and subsiquent friendship with the Grand Khan, Khubla, and missions Polo undertook for him are all documented. The Dominions of the Mongol Ruler are also quite evident and breathtaking, given it was 13th century.

There are accounts of the ways of life, trade, and foodstuffs of the variuos peoples of the East, as well as tales of silks, gold, women, possesions of all kinds.

Several battles are also detailed.

A classic tale at a very attractive price. Well worth a read.The Travels of Marco Polo (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature)


Musket & Tomahawk: A Military History of the French & Indian War, 1753-1760: A Military History of the French and Indian War, 1753-1760 (Regiments & Campaigns)
Musket & Tomahawk: A Military History of the French & Indian War, 1753-1760: A Military History of the French and Indian War, 1753-1760 (Regiments & Campaigns)
by Francis Jr. Parkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.18

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War for a Continent., 21 Aug. 2010
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Francis Parkmans Musket and Tomahawk is a fascinating account of the French and Indian War of the 1750s, given its American writer it is surprisingly eloquent.

It certainly is well researched, and full.

Going into the terrain and climate, and including a naval aspect of the campaign, good stuff particularly if you are reseaching the subject.

Unless you concentrate it can be a bit heavy going, and so will not be to everyones taste, but i found it quite good.

Perhaps on the pricey side for a paperback.


Culloden and the '45 (Battles & Campaigns)
Culloden and the '45 (Battles & Campaigns)
by Jeremy Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched., 21 Aug. 2010
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This is a pretty full political and military account of the 1745 Jacobite rising.

Jeremy Black has been very thorough in his research and is very knowlegeable, he also includes some aspects of other rebellions, such as the '15.

A good overall history of the struggle, which is not biased to either side, culminating in the battle of Culloden and the then, shameful pacification of the Highlands, in my view one of the worst stains on Britains long military history.

There are better accounts of the Battle ,and more thrilling reads on the subject, but this one is very complete.

Written on quality paper and mid priced.


Great Military Disasters: From Cannae to Stalingrad
Great Military Disasters: From Cannae to Stalingrad
by Julian Spilsbury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dozen Blunders, Well Presented, 12 Aug. 2010
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Julian Spillsbury presents a very good general account of some of histories real military howlers.

Custer at Little Bighorn, Napoleon in Russia, Chelmsford at Isandlahwana, and several others.

A good book to start off an interest in the subject with, it is well written, and well researched.

This book is also a hardcover at the price of a paperback, so is very good value for money.Great Military Disasters: From Cannae to Stalingrad


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