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Jericho's War
Jericho's War
by Gerald Seymour
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. This is a typical Seymour book with ..., 12 Mar. 2017
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A good read. This is a typical Seymour book with lots of stands that get woven and finally come together. The slow pace of the start of the plot is again typical Seymour, it really only gets going after about the first third of the book. If I was to criticise anything it would be the jumping between the strands every page or two. That seemed to break up the story too much. His earlier work with each strand having about a chapter to develop before switching were better.


This Boy
This Boy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 30 Jun. 2016
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Great read. Timely as it impacts on what is happening today. A good reminder of what life was really like for the ordinary person not the rose tinted middle class view. His and his mothers struggles post war are a great reminder and example to todays generation who naively think they had it all. Powerful stuff.


Conspiracy
Conspiracy
by S. J. Parris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner, 7 Jun. 2016
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Another page turner from Ms Parris. Interesting novel about Bruno as he investigates the death of a monk which leads him into conflict with different regal factions in Paris.


Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences
Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man of Principle, 4 Mar. 2016
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I approached this very open minded. He comes across as one of the last of the principled MPs before this country got into the Corporate Party politics where the main criteria for selection is public school, Oxbridge and Party helper. People who know nothing about ordinary people and their problems. Dennis comes across as a refreshing change to those others and typifies the type of person who should be in Parliament. You may not agree with his politics but at least he puts the people first as every MP should.


Panzer Storm
Panzer Storm
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it., 11 Feb. 2016
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Was this originally written in a foreign language and translated? The plot jumped around a lot there was a lack of continuity. Not worth buying.


No Mortal Thing
No Mortal Thing
by Gerald Seymour
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

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2.0 out of 5 stars One of his poorest offerings, 8 Feb. 2016
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I have read all of Mr Seymours's books and are generally page turners. This offering was one of his poorest to date. An unlikely plot of a banker going to war with the mafia because he saw a woman being assaulted. Supposedly a high-flyer he gives it all up for a chase. OK you could swallow this David as he prepares to hunt Goliath with a pinch of salt but it deteriorates. He magically acquires SAS skills of movement and camouflage because he has attended a couple of bank team building weeks and evades dogs etc. He supposedly has excellent analytical skills but fails to realise that he is out of his depth. The Mafia family is ruthless, killing anyone who might hurt the family business but the daughter who has sussed that the banker was responsible for incidents in Berlin and at the family home as well as being around when her nephew died marries him.

Mr Seymour's books usually have various plot threads which eventually come together, apart from an occasional false trail, with a twist at the end. This twist usually comes out of left field but is entirely believable. In this book after the author continually telling us that the mafia family puts inner family above all else and trusts no one who is not close family, you get the above twist at the end which is totally unbelievable.
This should have been picked up by editors before publishing but this may be that well known literature phenomenon of a successful author not being scrutinised in case he takes his books elsewhere.


Invader
Invader
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.21

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 1 Feb. 2016
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Not one of Scarrow's best books. I am still unsure whether this book is aimed at the youth market as the character is undeveloped but gets into a lot of unbelievable situations and somehow manages to survive. The plot was. at times. very obvious.


The Lion Rampant (The Kingdom Series)
The Lion Rampant (The Kingdom Series)
by Robert Low
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 10 Jan. 2016
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Mr Low continues to impress


Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
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4.0 out of 5 stars short story, 10 Jan. 2016
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Quite a good read for such a short novel


One Hit (Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson Series)
One Hit (Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson Series)
by Jack Coughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 26 Dec. 2015
Rambo meets John Wayne. Cliché ridden. The 'baddie; supposedly a trained assassin, instead of shooting him does a Hollywood fist fight after killing his fiancé. Unbelievable rubbish. Not even a holiday read.


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