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Naked Prey
Naked Prey
by John Sandford
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the usual very high standard of John Sandford, 6 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Naked Prey (Paperback)
The problem when you are a fantastic author like John Sandford is that you end up being judged against the standards of previous work. This book is nowhere near as good as "The Fool's Run" , "The Empress File" or other "Prey" books.
However it is still an pleasant read.
My main critisism is that when reading the book I did not feel it stood up on it's own right , it felt as if the movie rights have already been sold and you are reading the book of the movie instead of the other way around.
Having said that Lucas Davenport still entertains and "Letty" is a great addition to this book.
Overall a slightly better than average read.


Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
by Sam Llewellyn
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars My reckoning , dead loss, 23 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Dead Reckoning (Paperback)
I bought this book hoping to find a good crime thriller with the twist that it involves the world of yachting (admitedly not a subject which I know anything about)
Unfortunately there were no thrills in this below average book.
To write about a large number of characters the author needs to give some detail or to write very skillfully (James Patterson for instance) In this book around 12 -15 "likely suspects" are intorduced in the first thirty pages with scant detail. The book is only 240 pages long so the reader is left constantly trying to keep up with who is who.
The world of yachting may be slightly more interested but for me sorry not good enough


Mystic River
Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lehane is superb, 20 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Mystic River (Paperback)
Yet another fantastic book from the pen of Dennis Lehane. Superbly written , great pace and the characters are wonderfully written. Jimmy , Sean and Dave are fantastically flawed , fully fleashed characters with any actions they take having effects on themselves , their families and others.
A great book. As for thrills the book is also a very good thriller.
The Clint Eastwood film has been critically received and is supposed to be true to the book. READ THE BOOK FIRST


The Surgeon
The Surgeon
by Tess Gerritsen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, Dark, Wonderful stuff, 8 Oct. 2003
This review is from: The Surgeon (Paperback)
My first book by this author and it was great. Similarities with Thomas Harris in that this is dark and violent but what a story.


In Search of the Tiger: A Golfing Odyssey
In Search of the Tiger: A Golfing Odyssey
by Ian Stafford
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 29 Sept. 2003
Not even close to being as good as "Playgrounds of the Gods" but still a worthwhile read . I would think that the appeal of this book would be restricted to golf fans only and therin lies the problem , there are some flaws in golfing terminology particularly regarding the handicap system etc.
Mr Stafford is also of the opinion that if he scores 9 over par on any course this will make him a 9 (single figured) handicap, which is not the case.
However despite these small critisisms this is still a readable book , efforts at the World Ice -golf , indoor putting and mini golf championships all are observed in a very warm, interesting style and the golfing personalities that Mr Stafford meets all come over as fun loving and human.
Worth a read.


Revelation
Revelation
by Bill Napier
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recovers well, 17 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Revelation (Paperback)
The first 50 pages of this book were in my opinion an absolute mess. They were confusing , had no focus and held no real interest. However just as I was about to abandon this book (something I hate to do) it picked up. In the end it was a pretty satisfying read, well paced and exciting.
Overall worth a read but make sure you stick with it to the end.


The Poet : Every Rhyme Means Death
The Poet : Every Rhyme Means Death
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read, 9 Sept. 2003
A very good read indeed. Moves along at a cracking pace and is very well written. I agree with previous comments about the slightly weak ending. However read the book and judge for yourself. It is still worth the effort.


Dangerous Data
Dangerous Data
by Lury.Gibson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 3 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Dangerous Data (Paperback)
As a book it holds some interest. Has an interesting concept and reads well. But as a "detective novel" it is seriously flawed , not of any great interest, nor of any great originality.


A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt
A Face Turned Backward: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt
by Lauren Haney
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not interesting at all, 27 Aug. 2003
Using a setting like Ancient Egypt for a crime novel seems like an interesting premise. However to carry this off the book has to either be historically interesting or a very good crime story or preferably both. Unfortunately this book is neither and does not engage or hold your interest at all. If you like historical thrillers try Lindsey Davis for stories of Ancient Rome instead


The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Da Vinci Code (Hardcover)
Forget any previous negative reviews you may have read. I went into this book with an open mind and no previous knowledge of the subject matter , code breaking , religious iconography etc. This is a fantastic read. Wonderfully paced with short chapters leading to suspense almost all of the time. For a good old fashioned can not put it down thriller this book is great and yet it offers even more in the way of interest and facts. An absolute MUST READ


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