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One Man Crusade : DCI Miller 1: The Serial Killer Nobody Wants Caught
One Man Crusade : DCI Miller 1: The Serial Killer Nobody Wants Caught
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the book was let down badly by poor grammar, spelling and style, 19 Oct. 2014
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The concept was intriguing, and the story was well paced. Unfortunately, the book was let down badly by poor grammar, spelling and style. I found myself deliberately trying to ignore these inadequacies in order to enjoy the story, and failing in the process. I would recommend that the author takes a course in English usage and writing style - then a merely amateur work might become more polished.
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Quiller
Quiller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Hall - the best of Spy thriller writers, 5 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Quiller (Kindle Edition)
Elleston Trevor as Adam Hall was the epitome of sharp, to the point and well researched spy thrillers. I have read all in the Quiller series and each one is as good as any other.


I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller, literally too many words though., 5 Oct. 2014
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Very well researched, meticulously plotted, and a horrifyingly plausible plot. What lets it down is the degree of detail that Hayes decided was necessary to tell the tale. I formed the opinion that it was written by the inch.


Spy Story
Spy Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst attempt at writing I have ever come across., 5 Oct. 2014
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Totally contrived, unbelievable plot line, written in a disjointed, silly style. Add to that the attempt to write in the first person and the result is a book that is not worthy to start a campfire. Utterly boring and time wasting.


Dangerous Visions (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Dangerous Visions (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Self Indulgent, Mr Ellison!, 9 Jun. 2013
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Prepared by the editor with the intention of making Science Fiction (SF - NOT Sci Fi) intellectually on a par with any other form of classical literature, which it is anyway, the stories have been collected not merely for their entertainment value, or as a demonstration of the best of the author's ingenuity, but as a contribution to this "intellectualisation" (sorry!) of the genre. I was disappointed.
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A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity
A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let Down by the Handling of the Mathematics, 9 Jun. 2013
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In common with all attempts to make the subject of Relativity (even Special) easily understood for the layman, the book stumbles on the problem of arming the layman with sufficient mathematics to do so. Euclidian Mathematics is one thing: that is encountered in our everyday surroundings, but step into spacetime and the whole concepts of Minowski space become less logical. That is the point at which the book presses on regardless into Special and General Relativity, leaving this reader floundering with such questions as: "If Time Dilation is observed by BOTH observer A and observer B, and each sees that the other ages at a lower rate than himself, then if B (say) returns to A after some time, who sees what? Who is older?" This paradox was not explained within my understanding.
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Bosch F016800175 Replacement 8 m x 1.6 mm Pro Tap Spool for Easy Trim and Combi Trim Models
Bosch F016800175 Replacement 8 m x 1.6 mm Pro Tap Spool for Easy Trim and Combi Trim Models
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Designed, 9 Jun. 2013
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Though the way in which the product should work is good, the design lets it down.
The plastic band that retains the plastic string is flimsy, and once that string binds, the slot in the band becomes distorted, with the result that the intended limited up and down action of the string is disrupted.
And be careful if you rewind the spool with fresh string: if it crosses over during winding, you can be sure it will seize.
Also, the plastic clips (visible in the illustration) tend to snap off, rendering the spool useless.
Overall conclusion: buy a cheap and cheerful strimmer.


Quiller Meridian
Quiller Meridian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Elleston Trevor!, 9 Jun. 2013
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Having been an Adam Hall (Trevor) enthusiast for years, I was delighed to come across a few of his books I had not read. Meridian did not let me down. Tightly written, without unnecessary verbosity, the author's style is easy to read, and fast moving enough to satisfy anyone interested in reading escapist spy thrillers. Though I enjoy Le Carre too, Hall does not over-characterise his work in the way Le Carre tends to do, and as a result the story develops at a cracking pace. Heartily recommended to anyone.


Maths in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained In An Instant
Maths in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained In An Instant
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Objective, Rather Inadequate Achievement, 9 Jun. 2013
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The concept of the book is good: to introduce everyone to the various branches of mathematics. However, the range covered was so big that only a cursory and largely inadequate introduction was afforded to each topic, with the result that in many instances gaps appreared in the steps of explanation that could leave the reader more confused than enlightened: rather akin to demonstating the beauty of a symphony by jumping from the first to the second movements, and from there to the third, etc. after only a few notes from each one.


The Damascus Letter: A Spy Novel
The Damascus Letter: A Spy Novel
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Damascus Letter - how long?, 17 Jan. 2013
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This is a well researched book which has the characters hopping about between the US and the Middle East. The plot is good, and the opportunity for building tension is ever present.

It is a pity, therefore that Daniel Dick spends so much time on descriptive detail at the expense of keeping the action moving briskly on. By the time the climax of the last few pages is reached, I felt exhausted by the sheer volume of largely unnecessary detail to such a degree that the climax itself was a welcome relief.


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