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Date Night on Union Station (EarthCent Ambassador Book 1)
Date Night on Union Station (EarthCent Ambassador Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 22 Jun. 2016
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I bought it because it was cheap, but thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns to the inevitable outcome. Not high brow hard science fiction, but a likeable diversion.


A Bridge Too Far (Hodder Great Reads)
A Bridge Too Far (Hodder Great Reads)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the film, 11 Mar. 2016
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A researched and detailed study of disaster. Great courage and honour shown by both sides but ultimately a waste of some of our toughest troops.


The Valley
The Valley
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery within a hellish backdrop, 12 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: The Valley (Kindle Edition)
A nicely evolving story which kept me guessing to the end. Interesting and believable characters. As the mystery builds, so does the action. The author portrays well the confusion and horror of a unit trapped under relentless fire, not understanding why this is happening to them. And we see this through the eyes of a man trying to piece it together. I look forward to his next book.


Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare (PS3)
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare (PS3)
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Price: £18.47

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget the rating - THIS IS FOR OVER 13s ONLY, 12 April 2015
This game is multiplayer and requires connection to EA servers. Quite sensibly these are restricted to over 13, however the PEGI rating is 7. This is not clear. The game looks excellent, but if your child is over 7 but under 13, you have to choose between lying to the service providers (Sony & EA) about the age of the user or using a separate 13+ account. I totally understand the reasoning, but this needs to be clear in Amazons product info and on the packaging.


Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld series)
Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld series)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas and flat caps, 21 Mar. 2015
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Diskworld suffers an industrial revolution with a magical twist. Very funny ideas and in jokes for the fans. RIP Sir Terry


Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, 21 Mar. 2015
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I've always liked the concept of Jack Reacher and really enjoyed the novels, but this one isn't great. There's a great (and classic) idea here; a shadowy organisation hell bent on disruption and only one man can save the world, but the story felt rushed and unsatisfying. It lacks some of the drama of the previous books and other novels in the genre. Reacher gets in some sticky situations but extricates himself far too easily. The rest characters are cookie cutter cliches. There's just not the flare and inventiveness of the previous novels though a nice twist at the end. I really hope the next ones better.


Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to Earth
Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to Earth
by Al Worden
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better astronaut auto-biographies, 28 Oct. 2012
NASA of the 60's and 70's was a political and unforgiving environment to work in, and Al Worden was one of several Astronauts to come unstuck. Finally he has told the story about his fall and rise in a very honest and candid way. He stands up and takes the blame where it is warranted, (for example his first marriage), but there is a sense of being let down by those round him over the whole postal covers incident. He intentionally does not go on to talk about his later business career but does discuss the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a very important and worthy cause.

All in all, This is one of the better biographies, very readable, packed with detail and anecdotes.


Renault Laguna Petrol and Diesel Service and Repair Manual: 01 to 05 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals)
Renault Laguna Petrol and Diesel Service and Repair Manual: 01 to 05 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals)
by Peter T. Gill
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all models, 3 Feb. 2008
Before buying this book, I had a quick look at in a major motor parts chain store. Unfortunately it doesn't cover all the models including the V6 3Litre. So check first! It looks like it's up to Haynes normal good standard but was no use to me.
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Return To Tibet
Return To Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work but informative, 11 April 2006
This review is from: Return To Tibet (Paperback)
To understand this book, you need to have read "Seven Years in the Tibet". It is not strong on narative but rather a comparison of the present (at the time of writing) with his past memories - and in general Tibet doesn't compare well. He is obviously horrified by the damage done in an attempt to eradicate it's past but heartened by the tenacity of the people in maintaining the memory (if not the practices) of their culture and religion.
Harrer has a strong love for this enigmatic country and it's people which comes across in every page, however this book is hard work compared to his other works.


The Beckoning Silence
The Beckoning Silence
by Joe Simpson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.68

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fear, tragedy and addiction, 9 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Beckoning Silence (Paperback)
This is a book of two halves; the first deals with why he wants to stop climbing and the second about his one last big climb...the North Face of the Eiger. It opens with the most frightening writing I've ever read. Joe Simpson lucidly describes the fears and pressures of being in a bad position and not being able to escape from it. Forget your horror writers, this is the real deal. Having convinced himself to give up the mountains, he goes for one last classic route - full circle to the books that brought him to mountaineering in the first place.
Will this be his last climb? I somehow doubt it.
Well worth the read.


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