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Enemy in the East: Hitler's Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union
Enemy in the East: Hitler's Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but heavy going, 3 Aug. 2015
Interesting to know more about an important time in our history.

A rather dry writing style made for a heavy going read.


What Milo Saw: A wise and surprising story about families and seeing the world differently
What Milo Saw: A wise and surprising story about families and seeing the world differently
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Confusion and cover ups, 3 Aug. 2015
Milo has major vision problems. Despite this, he looks out for Gran, his great-gran, who is becoming increasingly confused. Milo covers up for her confusion, and as a result much of what she gets up to is never noticed by his Mum.

After a major incident at home, unfortunately not noticed by Milo in time, Milo’s Mum wants Gran to go into a home.

The chosen home is not all it seems on initial inspection, and the behind-the-scenes goings on make for fascinating reading.


Circling the Sun
Circling the Sun
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating life, 3 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Circling the Sun (Kindle Edition)
Beryl Clutterbuck ran wild as a child in Kenya, abandoned by her mother, taken to their hearts by neighbouring Kipsigis families who allowed her to train with Kibii, her friend and soulmate.

Helping with the horses on her father’s farm, Beryl is eventually given her own foal to raise. Later, as a young woman she works for Lord Delamere to gain experience, and becomes a respected trainer.

We follow Beryl through childhood, success as a trainer, and a not always ideal love life.

A fascinating story, full of emotion with all its highs and lows.

Thoroughly recommended.


Early One Morning
Early One Morning
Price: £4.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling memories, 27 July 2015
This review is from: Early One Morning (Kindle Edition)
Chiara Ravello rescues a Jewish boy, Daniele Levi, handed over by his mother from the back of a truck, one of many Jews rounded up by the Nazis to be transported to concentration camps en route to a certain death. Chiara sets out to take her sister, Cecilia, and Daniele to safety, away from the dangers of Rome to her grandmother's farm. Life is tough, avoiding Nazi attention, trying to make a good life for Daniele, and dealing with Cecilia's epileptic fits. Cecilia intensely dislikes Daniele referring to him as 'that horrible boy', 'dirty', 'smelly'.

Decades later Chiara receives an unexpected phone call, followed by a none too welcome visitor, bringing many unsettling memories to the fore.

This was a riveting read


Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Price: £4.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bravery of villagers, 26 July 2015
In wartime occupied France, Jews are being rounded up and packed on to transport to concentration camps and an almost certain death. Villagers of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon took in many Jews, hiding them from the Nazis, and enabling them to escape to safety. The bravery of many is heart-warming. Food supplies decline but somehow the villagers manage to continue to feed all the extra mouths. Helped by the Plateau being snowed in for several months each year and therefore not easily accessible during winter, but with a large influx of visitors during summer months, the villagers hid some of the Jewish children in plain sight, before moving them on.

There are many stories of bravery in the villages, and across France with passeurs who risk everything to bring Jewish children to the Plateau. Also some of those with power became increasingly disillusioned with the Nazis, and therefore at the least turned a blind eye to what they saw, and often gave advance warning of imminent Nazi visits.

The author certainly made this period come alive - thoroughly recommended.


Cooch (The Cooch series of national security thrillers Book 1)
Cooch (The Cooch series of national security thrillers Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable - well worth the read!, 11 April 2015
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Excellent! Interesting characters, well fleshed out so you could understand what made them tick. Alex's father, now disabled, is a war hero, and Alex's mother has Beduoin ancestry - an interesting mixture. Alex is clearly very bright, but not really achieving as expected, and showing all the signs of going off the rails to a bad future. As the story unfolds Alex's terrible past experiences understandably affect his later decision making and behaviour. This was fast paced and exciting, and in some respects worryingly in line with some of today's global concerns.

I will definitely want to read future books by Robert Cook. Highly recommended.


The Alex Crow
The Alex Crow
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a disturbing read!, 11 April 2015
This review is from: The Alex Crow (Paperback)
A disturbing read! Undoubtedly well written, but so disturbing, and sometimes confusing with the several different strands running through the book.

Ariel is the only person to survive an attack on his village. He is taken in by a friendly American soldier, and ends up living with a very strange family in America.

All is not as it seems, and some events seem too far fetched and a bit too sci-fi for comfort.

An interesting read, but not for the faint hearted


Cruel Justice (Justice series Book 1)
Cruel Justice (Justice series Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling thriller, 23 Mar. 2015
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Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is called out to a body found in Chelling Forest. Somewhat decayed, and with missing parts, identification is not immediately possible. The procedures and detective work undertaken to identify the body, and find the killer, is fascinating. Why would anyone want the victim dead? What are the links between this and subsequent murders?

Lorne and Tom's marriage is under stress. After Lorne's latest promotion, Tom gave up work to look after their daughter Charlie, and now he is frustrated by Lorne's long working hours, and impatient to get his life back.

Lots of interesting twists and turns - a good read


The Great Zoo Of China
The Great Zoo Of China
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A very different thriller, 17 Mar. 2015
An entertaining, exciting story.

Journalists and VIPs come to look at China's latest tourist attraction - The Great Zoo of China. Pandas maybe? But no.

One of the specially invited group, CJ Cameron, is an expert on reptiles, and has the scars to show for it. The zoo is full of something far more exciting and dangerous than the alligators and saltwater crocodiles in CJ's past - dragons! There are certain similarities though, so CJ's work on alligator vocalizations helps her to understand the mood of the dragons.

The zoo has several safety systems in place to ensure the safety of visitors, but things go wrong, and the visitors are in extreme danger. What happens next is exciting, thrilling and very scary as visitors and staff alike fight for their lives.

Recommended!


The Purple Heart Detective Agency
The Purple Heart Detective Agency
by Rock Neelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A tense, exciting thriller, 17 Mar. 2015
Roddy O'Malley and Clayton Grace, were both seriously injured during a tour of Iraq. Both amputees, they set themselves up as The Purple Heart Detective Agency. They are called in to find a missing person - an illusionist, who must appear soon for a show at a Vegas casino, or else forfeit a large fee. Trevor Baker, stage name Merlin the Magician, has been missing for more than two weeks, intensely worrying because of the timing, albeit something he has done before.

Trevor/Merlin has mind-reading abilities which seem more than the usual stage illusions. Why?

Roddy and Clayton investigate, and find the answers to this and other questions. Thanks to their activities, their lives are put in danger time and again.

A tense, exciting thriller - highly recommended


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