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The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII
The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read., 23 Feb. 2014
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A brief stop in Rome gives Marcus the opportunity to attempt revenge on those who his murdered family. Well written and very fast paced, the streets of ancient Rome come to life. A more realistic depiction of life in the ancient world than the overly dangerous and lewd view usually shown on TV.


A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action
A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but heavy going, 15 Feb. 2014
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A superb appraisal of Hoplite warfare, meticulously researched, based on ancient sources and modern reconstruction. Being an accademic work this is somewhat heavy going. Having witnessed several hundred dark age re-enactors fighting in shield walls I believe Mr Mathews conclusions are valid: the Hoplites fought at spear point distance, probably wielding their spears underarm. Highly Recommended; similar treatments on Hellenistic pike and Roman legions would complete the story.


Assassin's Reign: Book 4 of The Civil War Chronicles
Assassin's Reign: Book 4 of The Civil War Chronicles
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant page turner, 1 Feb. 2014
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Mr Arnold gets better and better. Stryker et al are as well rounded as ever. The description of the siege of Gloucester is superbly paced, the details well described. A timely reminder that muddy trenches and attritional battles were around long before the BEF inched their bloody way to Passchendaele. Highly recommended


The Blood Crows (Eagles of the Empire 12): Cato & Macro: Book 12
The Blood Crows (Eagles of the Empire 12): Cato & Macro: Book 12
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cato and Macro refight Rorkes Drift, in Brecon, 24 Jan. 2014
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Cato and Macro fight off hoards of barbarous Welshmen as they attempt to hold an outpost. Well written and entertaining as always.


The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7)
The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, 11 Jan. 2014
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The usual format , an adventure followed by a desperate, superbly described battle. Excellent as always. Can't wait for more.


Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent description of a complex period, 23 Dec. 2013
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A well written account of the first successors and the foundation of the Hellenistic kingdoms that would survive until the coming of Rome. The author mostly succeeds in describing this complex food, there are numerous characters here. One problem with the kindle is it is relatively more difficult to flip back and forth to pages with maps or family trees, this can be an issue with a work like this, covering a vast Geographic area, using archaic names. I only have three criticisms: the author occasional makes preferable to modern recent historical events which can be distracting; the author states that the successors were tolerant of the native populations, then later mentions how several were persecuted; the author uses the BCE / AC dating system which I find very irritating. Overall a good read, recommended.


Coming Home
Coming Home
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well written Rubbish, 13 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Coming Home (Kindle Edition)
Made it four fifths through before I finally gave up. If your going to write historical fiction you should really read some history first. The Lewis gun was air cooled, the Vickers was water cooled. There were few bomb craters on the western front, there were plenty of shell craters. It did not constantly rain, there were often dry periods. No British soldier on the Somme would have been able to reach a German tented encampment and return the same night; there were several well manned German lines in the way. The British did not capture any intact, inhabited villages until late 1918
The ANZACs were not subject to the death penalty for desertion, it was removed after a case in the Boer War. British troops did not continuously serve in the front line for extended periods, they were rotated out of the front line every week or so, one week in the line, one at rest and one in reserve. Junior officers always attacked with their troops, proportionally their casualty rates were higher than the other ranks.
To sum up, entertaining but full of far too many mistakes to count as historical fiction.
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Warlord (Outlaw Chronicles Book 4)
Warlord (Outlaw Chronicles Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read, 3 Nov. 2013
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Another blood stained account of Robin Hood. The book,s backdrop is well chosen and allows the characters to develop in a believable fashion. Looking forward to the next book.


Marius' Mules V: Hades' Gate
Marius' Mules V: Hades' Gate
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keep getting better, 20 Oct. 2013
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Still plenty of battles, but varied enough to keep them interesting. Half the story is set in Rome which allows the author to switch from city to army and thus keep things fresh. Recommended, cant wait for the next book.


Marius' Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles
Marius' Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of fighting and a murder mystery, 5 Sept. 2013
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Another great read, the usual well described battles are spiced up with a murder mystery and a kidnapping. Well written, fast paced and enjoyable, recommended.


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