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20th October 2014

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Review: A Colder War

Review: A Colder War

A Colder War
A Colder War by Charles Cumming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t have enjoyed this book any more if I’d tried. Believe me. If you’ve ever been a fan of, or even ever heard someone say they’ve been a fan of the classic Spy Fiction writers, then this is for you – and them.

I’ll admit I wasn’t totally taken by ‘A Spy By Nature,’ though I thought ‘A Foreign Country’ was much more like…

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20th October 2014

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Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

It is an unwritten law, that hardback covers must be worse than their paperback versions. That’s The Law. Not a lot you and I can do about it.

Some books, however, do skip the trend, sneak past the Book Law Enforcement patrols and make sure their hardback versions have halfway decent covers. I’m thinking of the last two Bernard Cornwell titles here. Both of which, in their muted, autumnal tones…

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19th October 2014

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Review: Rome’s Executioner

Review: Rome’s Executioner

Rome's Executioner
Rome’s Executioner by Robert Fabbri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s action a-plenty in ‘Rome’s Executioner (Vespasian II)’, on and off the pitch. Ranging from the outskirts of the Roman empire in Dacia in AD 30, to the very centre of power and those who hold it or want it, in the eternal city itself. From full-on combat at the point of a sword to daggers in the back in the dark of Roman…

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13th October 2014

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Review: Book Of Souls

Review: Book Of Souls

Book Of Souls
Book Of Souls by Glenn Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, there’s a thing. I’m wondering if I haven’t read ’The Library of The Dead’ by Mr Cooper and thinking not. I know I have read ’The Secret of The Seventh Son,’ when it turned out ‘Library’ and ’Seventh Son’ are one and the same. Somewhere along the line, the title got changed. In which direction, I can’t say. Though a guess would be…

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12th October 2014

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Review: Siege Of Heaven

Review: Siege Of Heaven

Siege Of Heaven
Siege Of Heaven by Tom Harper
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blimey! That took a long time. A long time finishing and a long time starting to do anything. When I was (hurrah!) done, all I could think was- it came, it was there and now it’s gone again. And it felt to like it got longer each time I picked it up.

I really couldn’t see what the point of the book was. I couldn’t see what the aim…

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12th October 2014

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Review: The Bat

The Bat
The Bat by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s one of those that right from the off, makes it very clear that you are, at some point or other, going to be introduced to the murderer. The story never follows the murderer, never tells the story from their point of view – like ‘Dead Men’s Dust,’ for instance. So, at some point along the way, you will guess who it is. Before Harry Hole, in my…

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4th October 2014

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Review: A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History

Review: A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History

A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History
A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History by Joan Mellen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To put it simply; this must surely be the mother and father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and next-door neighbour of all books about the Kennedy assassination cover up. No doubts about it. If there’s a stone still remaining unturned, bush un-peeked…

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21st September 2014

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Review: The Dying Hours

Review: The Dying Hours

The Dying Hours
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one I bought on spec, as I don’t usually read this sort of crime novel. But I’m glad I did. Though it does now mean shelling out on a whole new series of books that two months ago were unknown to me. Oh well, la-di-da.

Sorry to go mentioning it again, but…There are several parallels with Mark Timlin’s (utterly fantastic)…

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21st September 2014

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Review: The Wolf’s Gold

Review: The Wolf’s Gold

The Wolf's Gold
The Wolf’s Gold by Anthony Riches
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

No matter how much I enjoy the ‘Empire’ books, I can’t get away from the fact that Anthony Riches’ Editor is still blind. Like the bat. It’s ok, publishing people, I have bought all the books (so far) in the series (twice, actually, as I have them all in hardback and on Audible) and a decent star count still manages to poke its head…

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20th September 2014

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Review: Dead Men’s Dust

Review: Dead Men’s Dust

Dead Men's Dust
Dead Men’s Dust by Matt Hilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another one that reminds me of Mark Timlin’s ‘Nick Sharman’ thrillers. And that’s (again) a very good thing. Gritty, clear, precise, nuanced.

The story proper starts in Manchester with the main character, Joe Hunter, warning off some local thugs who are terrorising his half-brother’s wife and child. His half brother meanwhile, has…

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