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ELECTRIC SHADOWS (International Thriller)
ELECTRIC SHADOWS (International Thriller)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving but odd., 21 Sept. 2013
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I did make to it to the end of the book but mainly out of curiosity. Apart from the swear words and references to sex it could have been written for pre-adolescent children. It does move fast and the English is OK but the basic premise that it is possible to create a video-camera which can record events and conversation within an enclosed area up to 24 hours after they have occurred is too ludicrous to entertain. The only character with any depth whatsoever was the inventor and that wasn't much. It read like a comic book and I wasn't surprised to learn that the author also writes children's books. Despite the technological inventions it must have been written some time ago as the agents and journalists had to rely on public phone boxes and the camera used tape rather than a disc or a card Not only was the main invention unbelievable so was the idea of a British public school educated secret agent with Jefferson as a Christian name, using expressions like "shmuck!" and eating in elite restaurants whilst only ever drinking port with his meals. It passed the time but it also made me feel that to finish it I must have had too much time on my hands.

Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Boxing Book, 9 Nov. 2012
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I have read numerous boxing books since I first took an interest in the sport over 50 years ago and this ranks alongside the very best. It is in the same league as the writings of Jose Torres and Hugh Mclivanny. Schulberg is a great writer but also has a deep-seated knowledge of the sport and an understanding of the men who take part in it, as well as of the pariah-like creatures who feed off them. Many of the boxing books I have read fall down because the research is sketchy and contains, basic factual errors. Two I read recently about Sonny Liston are a case in point, demonstrating that the writers really knew very little about the subject. Schulberg's facts are spot on which lends credibility to the entire book.

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