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The Valhalla Prophecy (Wilde/Chase 9)
The Valhalla Prophecy (Wilde/Chase 9)
Price: £3.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Eddie & Nina episode, 2 Aug. 2014
As usual fast paced and entertaining but you can start predicting when the chases and shootouts are going to kick in. Didn't like the 2 parallel stories during the first half, as it broke the pace of both stories. With the Atlantis arc apparently resolved in the previous book, the rather downbeat ending here opens up new avenues to take Eddie and Nina down


Area 51 (Area 51 Series Book 1)
Area 51 (Area 51 Series Book 1)
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, 2 Aug. 2014
Seems to have taken a lot of themes and trends from other books of this genre; conspiracy, UFOs, secret cabals, runes, codes, archeological relics, military hero with emotional backage, unhinged bad guy etc and put them in a big blender and then strained any tension, emotional engagement and surprises out. All rather predictable unfortunately with a very rushed ending and the obligatory tease to the follow ups,which I will pass up reading .


Runner: Sam Dryden Thriller 1
Runner: Sam Dryden Thriller 1
Price: £3.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, 31 July 2014
I'm not usually a fan of thrillers with kids in, it always conjurs up Disney "Escape to witch mountain" images,but based on The Breach trilogy gave it go. Good strong characters, twists that are unexpected and a kid that IS DEFINITELY NOT Disney. I expect to see Sam Dryden again.


Deep Sky (Travis Chase series Book 3)
Deep Sky (Travis Chase series Book 3)
Price: £3.92

3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing finale, 25 July 2014
Some nice inception like ideas employed, and most of the lose ends were tied up , but the final reveal still left a number of questions unanswered and jarred a little with what had gone in the two previous books. I don't know if Lee intends to revisit the Breach world as the downbeat ending leaves it open to him. If he does I hope it addresses the open questkons but i hopt ig doesn't become an entity of the week franchise as overall its been an excellent, intelligent trilogy.


Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, Book 18)
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, Book 18)
Price: £3.66

2.0 out of 5 stars worst Reacher so far, 15 July 2014
Reacher meeting Major Turner has been trailed over the last few books and I'm sure a lot of fans have been waiting for him to walk througb the gates of the 110th and meet the voice that has intrigued him for so long. Well that expectation is dashed when he finallg arrives and the first 200 pages or so have a nice set up and a liitle more intrigue. After that it sort of loses its way with a number of padding set pieces that don't advance the story, a sub plot about a possible daughter that doesn't really stack up and a rather convuluted conspiracy. On the plus side the angle of Reacher having a partner was novel, but I did feel there was not enough pace. Must do better !


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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work, 30 Jun. 2014
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Couldn't get any I-Pads, Mac books or I-Phones to connect. Eventually got 2 Dell lap tops to connect, but then had to reconnect them on subsequent days. To be fair to tecknet, they replied quickly and offered a refund.


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One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history lesson, 3 Jan. 2014
Even though the index suggests the book will be dealing with 5 separate events in isolation, it is actually structured beautifully, weaveing the events into one flowing narrative. The depth of research is incredible as it is packed full of facts and biographies. I found it similar in many ways to his earlier book, Made in America in as much as it de-mythologises the US to a large extent whilst hinting at the cultural and social changes taking place. I found this a compulsive read, and am not sure what the reviewers giving 1 and 2 stars were expecting - didn't title hint at what it might be about, or didn't they read the dust jacket.


Temple of the Gods (Wilde/Chase 8)
Temple of the Gods (Wilde/Chase 8)
by Andy McDermott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A finale, 8 Aug. 2013
This book ties up the over-arching story threads started in the Hunt for Atlantis, but is definitely not the strongest in the series. There has been a trend over the latter books in the series to marginalise the archaeological / exploration elements and focus more on the action set pieces, and whilst they were well written again here, this book highlights that shift in focus. McDermott is writing a new novel with new characters, and while I hope we do see more of Eddie and Nina in the future, I think it would be good for them to have a rest, as I feel that after 8 books the set up and format could be in danger of getting a bit stale. Still worth 4 stars though as Eddie remains a unique hero in this genre.


Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter)
Beneath the Dark Ice (Alex Hunter)
by Greig Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Captain America vs Aliens, 23 July 2013
This book is very much a mash up of ideas from movies and other books; Aliens, The Thing, Journey to the Centre of the Earth among the films with the Atlantean elements reminisent of books by McDermott, Gibbins, Brokow, Pavlou and Greanias, to name a few. The Characters are the standard set of indestructible super soldier(and in this case he pretty much is!), fiesty but flirty love interest, arrogant fellow scientist and "red shirts" who are there to make up the numbers, that you just know will not make it to the end. Never really captures the arctic landscape in the way Rollins or Reilly have in the past. Not sure how many words the book ran too, but each page had very wide margins and a generous font size.


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