Reviews

  1. Confessions of a Cartel Hitman......Martin Corona (with Tony Rafael)

    Corona spent most of his early life stealing and drug dealing, this was interspaced with periods of inprisonment. The first roughly 200 pages of the book seem to be a list of the names of people He had dealings with with very short descriptions of the various crimes that he was involved in. Quite a large proportion of the book covers various correctional institutions that Corona served time in. I was left with a very poor impression of the American prison system, wide scale distribution...
  2. Frost at Midnight (DI Jack Frost Prequel Book 4) - James Henry

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    I had to wrestle this one away from the good lady! I haven’t read any of the original Frost works by RD Wingfield so can’t compare this to them. In fact, my only comparison can be with a couple of TV episodes of A Touch Of Frost starring David Jason that I’ve seen. However, this book does, to my mind, compare favourably. Generally, I prefer to read and create the characters and scenes in my mind rather than see someone else’s interpretation of them. This was a little problematical here as...
  3. Fiddlers and Whores

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    Life in Nelson's navy as told by a ship's surgeon.
  4. Running a Big Ship by Captain Rory O'Conor

    Author Rating:
    5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A very detailed prescription for how a pre-war battleship or cruiser was organised and run.
  5. The Glovemaker's Son by Nick Carter

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    An interesting short biography of Lt Joseph Dewsnap RN, 1776-1837, compiled by his great great great grandson.
  6. 2017 - War With Russia by Richard Shirreff

    Author Rating:
    1/5,
    Average User Rating:
    2.5/5,
    An urgent warning from Senior Military Command (Retired)
  7. The Dog Walker - by Lesley Thomson

    Author Rating:
    2/5,
    Crime novel
  8. The Challenges of Command: The RN’s Executive Branch Officers, 1880-1919 by Robert L Davison

    Author Rating:
    3/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    A disappointing attempt to turn a PhD thesis into a coherent, readable book.
  9. British Warship Recognition Vol.IV by Richard Perkins

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A very elegant rendition of a comprehensive set of detailed watercolours of early Royal Navy cruisers depicting each as she changed throughout her life
  10. Very Special Intelligence by Patrick Beesly

    Author Rating:
    5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A fascinating account of the thinking behind the Royal Navy's war 1939-45
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