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The Field of Swords (Emperor Series, Book 3) by Iggulden, Conn (2011)
The Field of Swords (Emperor Series, Book 3) by Iggulden, Conn (2011)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Roman Legions, 1 May 2014
This is the third book in a series that began with The Gates of Rome (Book 1, 2003) It continues the story of the life of one of the greatest men who ever lived, Julius Caesar. A man whose deeds were legendary and possibly only surpassed by the man he admired so much, Alexander the Great.

The Field of Swords deals with the period in his life when he had amassed his own legion, the Tenth, comprising of men who thought of him as a God and were more than happy to follow him to hell and back.

Caesar take on the unenviable task of trying to quell the fearsome tribes of Gaul with his boyhood friend Brutus by his side. This campaign takes up the major part of the book and gives an insight into the problems Julius would have encountered with the war-like tribes he came across. The book ends with another sortie into Britain.

While Caesar is away from Rome his old rival Pompey is making his own plans for immortality. The two men who have had an uneasy relationship are bound to have a confrontation in the near future, one that could be fatal . . .


The Tinner's Corpse (A Crowner John Mystery)
The Tinner's Corpse (A Crowner John Mystery)
by Bernard Knight
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Book in a Captivating Series, 30 April 2014
Bernard Knight's character Crowner John is certainly one of my favourite characters in medieval mysteries and as there are now ten or eleven books in the series and I have read them all he now seems like an old friend. The series began in 1998 with The Sanctuary Seeker (Crowner John, Book 1)

Sir John de Wolfe, better known to both his friends and enemies as Crowner John, a name that refers to his post as county coroner of Devon, finds himself out on the bleak moors investigating the murder of a tin miner. The moor is a cold and forbidding place, but anything that takes him away from his shrewish wife and her mood swings and constant nagging is a bonus in John's book. The victim worked for one of the most successful mine owner's in the area, Walter Knapman.

The tin miners have their own laws and rough justice and are none too please at the Crowner's interference and then Knapman disappears. Sir John realises that he will get little if any help from the miners. The only assistance he can rely upon is from Gwyn, his right hand man, but when he too gets arrested for murder and put on trial, Sir John's task becomes ever more difficult .

I have already said that Crowner John is one of my favourite characters and as this book is just as good as the rest I enjoyed it tremendously.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Loved Series of Books, 30 April 2014
In this the fourth book in a must read series of Irish mysteries, Sister Fidelma is called to investigate a murder at a remote abbey. But when she arrives there that is not the only mystery that awaits her. There is also the strange disappearance of a ship and all its crew.

These books are consistently good and I always look forward to them with relish. Historical mysteries with a woman taking the leading role are certainly a rarity, if not unique and Fidelma is a well rounded and likeable character. The Sister Fidelma series began in 1994 with Absolution by Murder (Book 1)


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as the First Book, 30 April 2014
The author is a member of the Vikings a re-enactment society and he now spends his summers fighting in helmet and mail in shield walls all over Britain. He lives in Largs, Scotland, where coincidentally the Vikings were finally defeated and expelled from Britain. The Oathsworn series began in 2006 with The Whale Road (The Oathsworn Series, (Book 1)

This is a sequel to the best selling book The Whale Road with Robert Low following in the footsteps of such authors as Cornwell, Iggulden, Scarrow and the like. It tells the story of the men aboard a Viking long ship, drawn together in a single cause and prepared to shed blood or even die for their ship mates.

This is the continuing story of Orm Rurikson and the viking crew he joined as a boy. It is fast paced and exciting reading and is a good read for all those who love books about this period. However on a personal note I did not enjoy it as much as the first book, The Whale Road. I don't know why, all the ingredients are there but it just lacked that vital spark. Having said that I am sure that many people will enjoy it enormously


God's Spy
God's Spy

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut Novel, 30 April 2014
This review is from: God's Spy (Paperback)
Following the death of pope John Paul II Rome and the Vatican City are in turmoil. All of the cardinals have to be called to the Vatican to take part in the Conclave that will ultimately choose a new Pope and Rome itself is bursting at the seams with foreign press, radio and television crews and also the thousands of mourners and pilgrims who feel they need to be as close as possible to the dead Pope. What they did not need in all the turmoil and confusion is a serial killer, but that is exactly what they have got.

Paola Dicanti, a profiler who works with the Italian police has the job of trying to fit a profile to the killer, but all her work has been theoretical, but now she has to hit the ground running. Two cardinals have been found dead within the Vatican state. One has had his eyes destroyed and his hands amputated. The other one was found in similar circumstances. The authorities have not as yet released anything to the media for fear of starting a panic, but if this person is truly a serial killer he or she is bound to strike again . . .


Reaper Man: (A Discworld Novel) by Pratchett, Terry New edition (1992)
Reaper Man: (A Discworld Novel) by Pratchett, Terry New edition (1992)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Eleven in the Discworld Series, 30 April 2014
There is just no other author about who writes like Terry Pratchett. His humour is second to none. There are one or two writers who are trying to get close to him, but failing miserably. The Discworld started way back in 1983 with The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1)

When the dustbin men or the bus driver's go on strike you know what chaos is caused to the infrastructure of society, so imagine what it must be like when Death goes missing, after all he is probably the Number One Public Service. For all his rough manner, Death was a likeable guy who will be sadly missed.

Death's disappearance is the key to all sort of mayhem and laughter on the Discworld as Terry Pratchett weaves his magic yet again. (Perhaps he went to the Unseen University as well). Anyone who has read a Discworld book will know what to expect in spades. Anyone who hasn't, you don't know what you are missing.


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3.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting but Complicated Plot, 30 April 2014
The synopsis for the book is printed for all to see and needs little addition from me. Suffice to say that the plot of the book revolves around a modern day serial killer re-enacting some of Shakespeare's finest scenes. But why is he killing and why in such a grotesque and unique fashion? Is there is a method in his madness? and how can he be stopped?

The book is well written and combines modern day murders and true revelations from the life of Shakespeare himself. An interest in the bard may help some with the enjoyment of the book, but it is by no means compulsory. The book judging by other reviews may not be everybody's cup of tea but I found it an anjoyable read. It is however one of those books where you need to give it your full attention and keep your concentration, not as sometimes happens with me, one eye on the book the other on the television.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Eleven in the Discworld Series, 30 April 2014
Terry Pratchett was born in 1948 and is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series that started way back in 1983 with The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1

There is just no other author about who writes like Terry Pratchett. His humour is second to none. There are one or two writers who are trying to get close to him, but failing miserably.

When the dustbin men or the bus driver's go on strike you know what chaos is caused to the infrastructure of society, so imagine what it must be like when Death goes missing, after all he is probably the Number One Public Service. For all his rough manner, Death was a likeable guy who will be sadly missed.

Death's disappearance is the key to all sort of mayhem and laughter on the Discworld as Terry Pratchett weaves his magic yet again. (Perhaps he went to the Unseen University as well). Anyone who has read a Discworld book will know what to expect in spades. Anyone who hasn't, you don't know what you are missing.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in the Series, 30 April 2014
Dr. David Hunter, familiar to some reader's from Simon Beckett's Chemistry of Death is on a remote Hebridean island called Runa to inspect a gruesome discovery. He is there as a favour to an old colleague although at the moment he is wishing with all his heart that he was back at home in London with the woman he loves.

Dr. Hunter has seen death in all its forms, both to young and old. Death is no respecter of such mundane things as age or its victims place in society. However in this case even he is shocked by a body that has been almost totally incinerated but for the feet and a single hand. The possibilities of how this has happened are endless. Could it be a case of spontaneous combustion? Something often thought of as impossible but in fact there is very real evidence to prove that it can happen.

The local police have pigeon holed the case as one of accidental death, but Hunter is far from convinced. After a close examination of the body it becomes clear to him that this was certainly no accident. Almost as soon as Dr. Hunter releases his findings an enormous storm hits the island isolating the community from all contact with the outside world and then the killings begin in earnest . . .


Relentless: A Thriller
Relentless: A Thriller
by Simon Kernick
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good British Thriller Writing, 30 April 2014
This review is from: Relentless: A Thriller (Paperback)
There is little doubt that Simon Kernick is one of the best of the new wave of British thriller writers. He now has several novels behind him and although I have up to this point only read a couple of them, I will now be on the look-out for the others. The author lives near London with his wife and young daughter.

It is very refreshing to have some good British thriller writers coming through, I suppose that Lee Child was one of the first of this new wave. Good crime has always seemed to come from American authors in the past (perhaps because they have more of it than we do, although we are trying very hard to catch up with them). However that is no longer the case and this book proves my point.

John Meron is a father of two and happily married. He has everything he ever wanted, but one phone call is going to change his life forever. Jack Calley, a top city lawyer and long time friend of John is screaming down the phone line for help. As John listens he realises that wherever Calley is at that moment, he isn't going to get out of there alive and what is far worse his last words spoken to his killer are the first two lines of John's address.

Not knowing what to do John Meron scoops up his kids and runs out of the house and not a moment too soon. Within minutes a car with three men in it pulls up outside the house. John has no idea what is happening but he is shrewd enough to know that the idyllic life that he had a few moments before has suddenly taken a turn for the worse . . .


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