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Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller (Including interviews with Gerald Seymour, Steve Berry, Alan Furst, Stephen Leather, Andy McNab and Chris Ryan)
Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller (Including interviews with Gerald Seymour, Steve Berry, Alan Furst, Stephen Leather, Andy McNab and Chris Ryan)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed and enthusiastic essay about the modern thriller., 19 July 2012
Guns for Hire is clearly written by someone who, firstly, knows pretty much everything there is to know about the modern thriller and secondly, has a genuine passion for both classic and contemporary thrillers in all their guises. This is a really thorough guide to the genre covering every major player in the game from Andy McNab to Lee Child and beyond - but rest assured that Forshaw's genuine enthusiasm for his subject makes it a pleasure to read. The interviews with the who's who of modern thriller writing really give this book a unique edge too. Definitely worth reading, for budding thriller writers or fans of the genre.


The Great Pat Hobby
The Great Pat Hobby

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and elegant..., 5 July 2012
The retro Hollywood feel of this book is just as resonant as that of previous stories but as Pat Hobby continues to struggle for the recognition he deserves as a screenwriter, he drinks more and works less. There's something even more tragic in Pat Hobby's decline since the last instalment but he is somehow as endearing as ever. The sincerity of the character and the elegance of Foreman's writing are sure to be a hit with any F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, again striking the perfect balance between respecting the original stories but writing something new and different.


Ghosts of Geneva: Mary Shelley and The Animatron
Ghosts of Geneva: Mary Shelley and The Animatron
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eerie tale, beautifully written..., 5 July 2012
On a rainy day four highly-gifted writers agree to devise horror stories for each other's entertainment. Tormented by personal tragedy and the dreams it induces, a young and self-effacing Mary Godwin (later to be Mary Shelley) dabbles with the idea and creates a truly creepy tale which eventually goes on to influence her infamous Frankenstein. Without wishing to give anything away, her creation is really worth discovering and the way Hoyland switched between Godwin's account of the weekend and her story-telling portrays a humble and raw talent. A great read, especially on a rainy day...


The Instant Guide To Paris (Including a Free Copy of Blazac's Old Goriot)
The Instant Guide To Paris (Including a Free Copy of Blazac's Old Goriot)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and helpful - won't disappoint, 3 July 2012
The Instant Guide to Paris is a great introduction to a beautiful city. The author is obviously experienced getting around the city and she outlines travel, food and other practicalities in a really simple but helpful way. She gives just enough information on all the big sights to be able to beat the crowds and plan a stress-free trip, without overwhelming. There are lots of different sections to dip into, according to what you need from the guide but whatever the purpose of your stay, the Instant Guide to Paris won't disappoint.


Mycroft Holmes and Murder at the Diogenes Club (The Mycroft Holmes Adventure series Book 5)
Mycroft Holmes and Murder at the Diogenes Club (The Mycroft Holmes Adventure series Book 5)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and atmospheric..., 3 July 2012
In another thrilling instalment of the Mycroft stories, a visitor to the esteemed Diogenes Club is murdered in the detective's beloved sanctuary. The investigation continues in the club as the members are prohibited from leaving, despite the all-important no-speaking rule on the premises. The silence and setting give this story a creepier, more claustrophobic atmosphere than its predecessors but Mycroft and Tobias are as sharp as ever. Dickinson hints at a weary Mycroft's retirement without indulging the reader's doubts, definitely a theme to watch out for.


Great Naval Commanders Of The First World War
Great Naval Commanders Of The First World War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fair and Enjoyable "Greatest", 28 Jun. 2012
Having greatly enjoyed the Greatest Prime Minister and Greatest Naval Battle books, I had high hopes for The Greatest Naval Commander and I was not disappointed. Richard Freeman thoroughly and fairly discusses Jellicoe, Scheer, Beatty and von Hipper considering military and tactical characteristics as well as features of their respective personalities. He is sensitive to their differing contexts and neatly reaches a satisfying conclusion based on a solid set of arguments. For someone who knows slightly less about a couple of the periods considered, I found this book informative and digestible and was able to absorb it fully on the train to work this week.


Raffles: Playing On
Raffles: Playing On
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, crime and cricket., 26 Jun. 2012
It's here, at last. Another delightful Raffles and Bunny adventure. Foreman recognises that the reader is invested in the plight of Bunny as much as in that of Raffles. This instalment celebrates their friendship more than any other. Alarmingly there is a sense that this may well be the last Raffles adventure, but the clever reveals and touching ending should leave readers satisfied. This series has been a joy - blending old fashioned story telling with modern satire - since book one.


The Green Road Into The Trees
The Green Road Into The Trees
by Hugh Thomson
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars England, Our England., 25 Jun. 2012
The Green Road Into The Trees is a refreshing book which rejoices in the spirit of the English countryside. Thomson refers to various other writers' work on the natural history of the Icknield Way as he appreciates the wildlife and scenery along his journey. More impressive though is his knowledge of historic sites - Stonehenge, the horse at Uffington, Avebury and Seahenge and dozens more - as well as the way they have shaped their surroundings. An excellent read for those interested in the increasingly popular 'staycation' and a fabulous way to celebrate the natural beauty and history of England, right on our doorstep. What with the likes of London and other cities becoming global and fragmented, Thomson directly and indirectly argues that there is still an England - of traditions, poetry, eccentricity - in the countryside.


Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes

5.0 out of 5 stars The past and present of storytelling collide..., 20 Jun. 2012
This is such a fun book. All the great characters of traditional and well-loved children's tales - with a twist. A fun look at characters we all know and love. A book you'll enjoy reading aloud to your kids.


Love's Hurdles
Love's Hurdles
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for getting into the Olympic spirit..., 17 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Love's Hurdles (Kindle Edition)
The heart-warming story of a young equestrian competitor at the London 2012 games as she fights for a medal. More enchanting perhaps, is her fiery relationship with dashing fellow competitor and former beau Jack Stone. Mimi as the central character is endearingly positive and I really felt invested in her plight as the competition kicked off but in the romantic scenes this story really shines. It was refreshing to see another side to the games and what might go on behind the scenes. A lovely read.


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