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A Time To Kill (Jake Brigance Book 1)
A Time To Kill (Jake Brigance Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting page turner., 18 July 2017
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My first introduction to a Grisham novel and I am now pleased that we met albeit a little late in his career.
The book aptly captured the political and social atmosphere of the time, during which deeply entrenched racism was unearthed to serve as a reminder that we have still a long way to go although progress has been made.
The characters throughout the book were expertly crafted although I felt that one specific character was abandoned in the latter part of the novel ( no spoilers ) and this disappointed me.
Despite the above; the book is a riveting " Page turner" which I found difficult to put down. All in all a great read.


Carcassonne 3 Princess and Dragon (2016 English Edition)
Carcassonne 3 Princess and Dragon (2016 English Edition)
Price: £16.37

5.0 out of 5 stars A great expansion., 23 May 2017
Yes ok, the concept of playing with a " Princess" and a " Dragon" may appear at first to reduce the game to infantile antics. I can however assure you that the introduction of these features does add another dimension of strategy and tactical opportunities to the game. The Fairy may serve to protect the closest Meeple to the nearby Dragon but can also be gainfully employed in adding 3 points to the overall score of a completed structure i.e. City, road or cloister. Otherwise the Fairy when placed on the same tile as a friendly Meeple will add 1 point to your score during the normal course of play. You cannot however both lay a Meeple and a Fairy in the same move. The Dragon threat to your Meeples can sometimes be counteracted by the judicious placement of a tile. Whilst I agree that both of the aforementioned features considerably increase the luck element within the game; skill and foresight do tend to overcome these obstacles and balance the game out.
I have played this version along with the double snow tile expansion on IOS for over 12 months along with the original tile version and found it to be a little frustrating and vexing at first until I persevered and developed my game. I must also add that when playing with children that the Dragon and Fairy features serve to add a significant fun factor.
I highly recommend this expansion with the proviso that players don't give up with frustration in the early stages rather than learn how to train a Dragon and should you believe in Fairies they also have their uses.


Swimming Goggles - Swim in Comfort with i-Swim Pro Originals giving you Anti Fog Crystal Clear Vision and a Watertight Comfortable Fit - Mirrored with UV Protection - Designed for Adults and Kids 10+
Swimming Goggles - Swim in Comfort with i-Swim Pro Originals giving you Anti Fog Crystal Clear Vision and a Watertight Comfortable Fit - Mirrored with UV Protection - Designed for Adults and Kids 10+
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Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolls Royce of Goggles!, 18 Aug. 2016
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These are very high quality Goggles. They seal around the eye without having to over tighten the " Quick Release" strap. The rubber cups around the eye are doubly thick and absorb any discomfort.The overall feel of them in particular with regard to the thickness of the straps exudes quality. I have been involved in Swimming as a competitor and latterly as an ASA coach for many years ( now retired) and readily recommend this item.

A. Marston ( FISC & FIST)


iPhone SE Case, OCASE iPhone 5S Case [Screen Protector Included] Wallet Leather Case For Apple iPhone 5/5S/SE Devices - Brown
iPhone SE Case, OCASE iPhone 5S Case [Screen Protector Included] Wallet Leather Case For Apple iPhone 5/5S/SE Devices - Brown
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Price: £13.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy but not Pricey!, 18 Aug. 2016
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This is a high quality PU leather wallet that my IPhone 5 SE fits perfectly. The stitching is 100%, the colour ( brown) and the overall texture of the PU is pleasing to the eye and looks like the genuine article. The hole in the rear of the case exposing the Apple insignia is a nice touch and gives the wallet a classy look. One word of advice to users of ALL Wallet design phone cases for the IPhone 5S and SE; do not fold the case back when talking on the phone. This will cause your voice to travel up the rear of the phone between the fold and into the background noise suppressor ( the tiny hole between the camera and Flash) causing your voice to be muffled. I have researched this on the Web and it applies to all wallet designs. Despite this I prefer to use a wallet and simply leave it open when communicating on the phone.


Johnny Don't March: a novel
Johnny Don't March: a novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars A recommended read., 21 Jan. 2016
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A well written and informative account of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The author who is an accomplished writer, brings home to the reader the true impact of PTSS. We learn of the various support mechanisms within the USA, of the impact that the condition has on the sufferer and of its impact on close kin and of the longevity of the condition and symptoms.
This novel isn't just about that though, it's about a soldier's relationships with the people he cares for, it's about a soldier's coming home to a world that he feels alien to having experienced the rigours of action in Afghanistan. It's all about getting back to normal and resuming his former life back in Civilization. Read this and discover that the transition from "War Vet" to a civilian existence isn't simply a " Press and Click" procedure like a piece of self assembled furniture, that just doesnt happen.
The next time you take a look at a soldier coming home from War who appears to be fully intact you might consider the hidden consequences of his experiences by looking into his eyes. This book will urge you to do just that.


The Searchers
The Searchers
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and unforgettable read., 20 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Searchers (Kindle Edition)
Please see my review for LeMay's "Unforgiven" I hope you will read both.


The Unforgiven
The Unforgiven
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic must read., 20 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Unforgiven (Kindle Edition)
LeMay brings the dust, sweat, heat and fear of the early West into your hands in a wonderful prose that only the chosen few writers throughout time can emulate. Read this and "The Searchers". Both books are so so different to the films and a damn sight better.
Congratulations to Amazon for rescuing these two great books from the dusty shelves of some unknown Archives and delivering them to a new generation of readers. They will be forever grateful.


Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic fantasy novel that must be read., 20 Jan. 2016
I don't read "Fantasy" never have. I prefer to read "Classics" Dickens, Hardy etc or alternatively Medieval and historic novels Cornwell. Scarrow etc. So you may ask why bother to review " Ship of Magic "
Please permit me to tell you why. It is because I read earlier reviews and followed my instincts and picked it up and didn't put it down. It was because I was drawn into Hobb's world of Gritty reality that was eloquently suffused with a wonderous sparkling of pure magic and places and characters. It was because when I did have to put this rather weighty novel down that my thoughts were still immersed in the novel.
Robin Hobb is a master of her chosen profession. She has the requisite skills to totally absorb a mature man (62) into a world of fantasy that would normally be cast adrift and shelved, had it been perpetrated by a lesser being.
I have now purchased the 3 books in this series and also the Rain River Chronicles which is a sequel to the Liveships series. I'm hooked and owe my thanks to being so to Robin Hobb's outstanding creativity.
If you only ever read one Fantasy novel then read this!


Thundershirt Anxiety Coat for Dog, L, Grey
Thundershirt Anxiety Coat for Dog, L, Grey
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Price: £22.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiety Coat, 20 Jan. 2016
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Prompt delivery and item as described. It is early days yet but the coat does appear to alleviate the separation anxiety that my very spoiled but loved best friend has. He is a 6 yr old Wheaten Terrier who had begun to wet when rarely left alone. Up until now he has remained dry albeit that his periods of separation haven't exceeded 3 hours. He also appears to like wearing it, this is remarkable insofar as he usually does a runner when I get his Raincoat out in preparation for his walk. So all good so far.


The Loom of Battle (The Saxon Tapestry Book 2)
The Loom of Battle (The Saxon Tapestry Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Loom of battle., 20 Jan. 2016
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I am particularly interested in this period of history and thoroughly enjoyed this novel along with the prequel. Sile has an obvious passion for this period and conveys that emotion throughout these two books. I thoroughly recommend them and place them in the top 20 of my favourite books of all time.


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