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Gently Does It (Inspector George Gently Series Book 1)
Gently Does It (Inspector George Gently Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mystery for Crime fiction fans, 3 Dec. 2012
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English police procedural set in another era when the pace of life was gentler and everyone smoked! The pace is gentle, Inspector Gently thinks of fishing, sourcing his peppermint creams and filling his pipe, whilst his methodical enquiries inevitably lead him to catch his man/woman, having looked at a few red-herrings along the way. A picture of an England lost forever when things moved at a different pace. A nice way to escape to another place - not to be missed


A Lily of the Field (Inspector Troy series Book 7)
A Lily of the Field (Inspector Troy series Book 7)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller - already ordered another book by this author!, 3 Dec. 2012
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This is the first John Lawton I have read and despite this being being several books into the 'Inspector Troy' series, it was absorbing, intelligent and hard to put down. A book of two halves, an espionage thriller and a detective procedural, the plots are cleverly intertwined over a period from pre WWII Vienna to Cold War London. It is an excellent stand alone novel and when with regret having come to the end of this novel, I have immediately searched for and ordered the first novel in the series 'Black Out,' so I can read more of the back story and more about the characters! The characters are well drawn and the period research is thorough. The kindle version I read has a glossary by the author, where he details fictional variations of true life events for those with more than a passing level of knowledge of the period and who might be irritated by obvious deviation. Excellent and highly recommended.


The Chapel in the Woods
The Chapel in the Woods
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good idea - unfulfilled potential, 30 Nov. 2012
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Being interested in France and history especially the Second World War I downloaded this book as it seemed to tick all the boxes. The story scheme for the book is unusual in outline as it moves between Medieval, 1940's and modern day France. However, in the initial half of the book this isn't totally successful and I can see why other reviewers have stated they found it confusing. The strongest story line is the Modern France one , the other two periods perhaps would have benefited from more in depth research to ground them and make them ring true. As it was I skipped many pages and left the book several times to read others before finally managing to reach the end. In addition changes in formatting of the font style were marked and irritating. This book is an interesting concept, but it's potential hasn't been reached.


The Good Jihadist
The Good Jihadist
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good contemporary page turner -, 25 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Good Jihadist (Kindle Edition)
The depth of knowledge and experience of the author is evident in this very contemporary novel and I certainly effortlessly absorbed information about the politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan and surrounding regions whilst reading. The plot may be intricate but then I like to read books that make my brain work whilst enjoying them. I look forward to reading the next one.


The Viper of Kerman
The Viper of Kerman
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and pacy thriller I was sorry to finish, 25 Nov. 2012
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Excellent well written thriller on contemporary and very credible theme . Once I started reading it was hard to put down and was absorbing. DIfferent strands of plot were very well woven together and well researched, if his next books are of the same quality I look forward to reading more from this author


The Expats
The Expats
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slow start but worth staying with, 18 Sept. 2012
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Story of a wife and mother who is also a CIA operative who leaves her job to follow her husband to Europe and be a full time mum so family can be together. But when she meets someone from her 'previous life' is it coincidence? Or is not all what it seems.?Chic lit crossed with espionage with some surprising plot twists and turns. Chic lit meets espionage thriller. Worth reading and good debut novel.


Om Sapphire
Om Sapphire
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely black and white picture book, 7 July 2012
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I was looking for a calming and thoughtful picture book and I saw this one for free. I am pleased I took the time to download it. The artist's doodle style is very creative and there is enough detail to make the pictures very interesting for closer inspection and there are so many of them.

I have only awarded 4 stars, not because of the quality of the work but because I am viewing on an ipad and the pictures are displayed either as 2 small ones on a double page or if the screen rotate is locked to portrait as one image which then has to be enlarged to view properly. It is worth the effort but just detracts a little from the 'streaming effect."


A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues Books 1-5: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues Books 1-5: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire)
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Kindle version for series with good start but......, 7 July 2012
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Agreeing with several other reviewers, the 5 book Kindle edition is poorly set up and it is very hard to gauge where you are in it. Having read all the books now, I still have no idea what each individual book was called as at the top of each page was" A Game of Thrones : The Story Continues : The Complete 5 Books."( minus 1 star)There are also many unnecessary typos and spelling mistakes for a UK English reader. (Minus 1 star)

The first part of the down load file tells a cracking tale and is hard to put down but in the latter two parts the saga starts to meander and become sluggish. There is some repetition and two chapters covering the same event told from the point of view of two different characters are largely duplicated and incredibly irritating. There are also several repetitions of very similar details almost as if they are cut and pastes from earlier on in the file which are best skim read as they are unecessary and slow the plot development. Whether this is the actual author of part of the poorly produced kindle version it is difficult for me to tell, though having read other reviews where other kindle readers have checked against paper back versions, it seems to be the actual book. (Minus 1 star)

This should have been so good but is badly let down by the poor quality of the kindle edition and the poorer quality of the later book. Hopefully in the next book the author too will resume the form he shows in the earlier books in the series and get to grips with the construction of the story so the tale marches on to the gripping conclusion it promises.
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A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller Book 1)
A Dark Redemption (Carrigan & Miller Book 1)
Price: £1.89

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant daily deal!, 6 Jun. 2012
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So glad I took up this daily deal. Excellent,gritty, well-written and well thought out police procedural/thriller. Some back story of DI Carrigan and DS Miller very carefully fed in over the course of the book .Look forward to reading more. Definitely worth the time reading.


Last Train from Liguria
Last Train from Liguria
Price: £4.72

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written novel - so why didn't it engage me more, 18 May 2012
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This novel flits between 1930's and 1990's. It is well written and the description of life in Fascist era Italy is interesting. Despite all this, for some reason the book failed to engage me, despite the characters being interesting and a a potentiately good basic plot. There is also plenty of description, but sometimes this seemed to be for it's own sake rather than driving the story forward. It is a decent read but one which failed to absorb me, disappointing hence three stars.


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