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The Mayor of Lexington Avenue (Jack Tobin Series Book 1)
The Mayor of Lexington Avenue (Jack Tobin Series Book 1)

3.0 out of 5 stars A first novel, that reads like a first novel, 25 Jan. 2014
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Good court room sequences, with a good main character. However too many things fall into place too easily to enable happy endings for all the good guys. The plot was reasonable and just about enabled me to stay with it to the end.


The Lawyer's Lawyer (Jack Tobin Series Book 3)
The Lawyer's Lawyer (Jack Tobin Series Book 3)

4.0 out of 5 stars A big improvement in every way on his first two novels., 25 Jan. 2014
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I bought James Sheehan's first three novels at the same time, having not previously, read anything by him.. Fortunately, I erroneously read them out of sequence, reading this book, his third, after reading "the Mayor of Lexington Avenue" which was a reasonable debut.
This book is a significant improvement in every way on his first two books. The writing, the dialogue (so important in legal thrillers) the plot and the much more rounded, characters are so much better. All in all a very enjoyable read,.

Recommended.


The Law of Second Chances (Jack Tobin Series Book 2)
The Law of Second Chances (Jack Tobin Series Book 2)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Second novel, and a follow up to "The Mayor of Lexington Avenue", 25 Jan. 2014
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I bought James Sheehan's first three novels at the same time, having not read anything by him. This is his second novel and features Jack Tobin as his main character as he did in "The Mayor of Lexington Avenue". Fortunately I read them out of sequence, reading this one third. If I had read it second, then I would not have continued with the series, and read Sheehan's excellent third book "The Lawyer's Lawyer. Reading this one was hard work, a dull book.


Jimmy: My Story
Jimmy: My Story
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3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill autobiography, 24 Jan. 2014
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This book was not as good as I expected it to be, having read various critique's of it.. The most interesting sequence in the book was Jimmy describing in some depth, his feelings of disappointment, and that of the England team when they lost the 2006/7 Ashes series in Australia. I read this, just as England were losing the recent series 5-0 in Australia, and it really gave real meaning as to how the team must have been feeling in Australia.


That's What Happens
That's What Happens
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3.0 out of 5 stars Miserly content, 9 Dec. 2013
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What there is on this CD is good quality, but 12 tracks and just over half an hour is very poor value for money. Why they did not include more tracks is very strange..
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Midnight Special: The Oriole Records Story 1956-'62
Midnight Special: The Oriole Records Story 1956-'62
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4.0 out of 5 stars A number of gems alongside some absolute dross, 9 Dec. 2013
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This is a very interesting compilation by a fairly obscure label and is an accurate reflection of what was available to the record buying public between 1956 and 1962.
It includes three excellent vocals from the distinctive voice of Maureen Evans, why there has not been a retrospective compilation of her career is a complete mystery, and is long overdue.
The early Motown tracks are quality, as are those of Italy's Domenico Mudogno. Oriole's major hits of the time, "Freight train" and "We will make love" are included and have an unusual charm.
The two most interesting tracks for me are "The house of the rising sun", performed at a speed, I have never heard previously, by the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group and "the reprieve of Tom Dooley" written and recorded by Russ Hamilton. Both tracks very unusual, but they grow on you with each playing.
All in all a very good compilation for aficionado's and students of pre Beatles popular music.


Becoming Johnny Vegas
Becoming Johnny Vegas
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too much dull content, 9 Dec. 2013
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His early life covered quickly with some good humour was unusual in the way it was done, was good. In addition the time he spent at the seminary school was okay. From then on in the book became more and more boring, as his teenage years were visited in what seemed like, microscopic detail and it was extremely dull detail. It wasn't long before I started to scan read pages on a regular basis. Later in the book, the account of when he started to find some fame, although more interesting, was fairly hard work. I had read good reviews of the book and had looked forward to reading it, but I have to say I found it very disappointing


Red Card Roy
Red Card Roy

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2.0 out of 5 stars I would describe Roy Mcdonough as "not a nice man", 10 Feb. 2013
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A book from a footballer who trys to make virtues of everything that is wrong with professional football in this country, anf fails miserably. He comes across as arrogant, big headed, and totally ammoral
The most interesting parts of the book are various snippets on other personalities in football such as when he played with David Moyes..


Sacred Hunger
Sacred Hunger
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far too many pages away from the plot, 10 Feb. 2013
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I found this book difficult to get into. There was far too many passages that were not essential to the story. As I got into the book I started to skip these passages. About two thirds of the way through the book, a significant part of the narrative was almost entirely in pidgin english, not only was this difficult to follow, it certainly did not add to my enjoyment of the book. This book had a decent story but was twice the length it needed to be.


Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll
Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None, 9 Jan. 2013
This is a very good book by Patrick Humphries about a man who was a MASSIVE influence on British pop music. Almost single handedly he created the Skiffle boom of the mid 1950's.Skiffle groups proliferated and evolved into the music revolution known as "Merseybeat". He also gave great impetus to the Folk Revival in the U.K. which also took place in the 1950's Like most great performers, and make no mistake, Donegan was an incredible live performer, he was a very complex individual who was not always easy to deal with.
Patrick Humphies has written about the "difficult Donegan" whilst also recognising his many qualities and his MASSIVE contribution to British popular music.


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