Reviews

  1. Denim to Khaki: The Trilogy - Overview - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    3/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    On the Amazon pages the author says that he started writing then realised that what he was doing broke naturally up into three parts for a trilogy. I only partly agree. The trilogy we are presented with doesn’t (IMO) work at all. Running to almost 1000 pages this trilogy is repetitive and contains more than its fair share of irrelevant minutiae. Equally, it misses out plenty of things that would be of great interest. However, it could be so much more. There is a good solid story in here and...
  2. Denim to Khaki: Volume 3 (Quis Separabit) - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    Richard Hunter continues his military career. Sadly, the text is still plagued by rogue grammar, but putting that aside this is a very good volume. It’s far above the level of the first two volumes, far grittier, but oddly shorter. Again, there are laugh out loud moments but the underlying tone is far darker. This volume caused me to stop and reflect on what I’d just read on more than one occasion. Richard progresses via a slightly unusual route from Corporal to Captain. As usual he gets...
  3. Denim to Khaki: Volume 2 (Fare Thee Well) - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    2.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    The continuing career of Richard Hunter. This volume started well, but rapidly descended into the difficult to read prose of the first volume. The grammar is suspect and words appear to be missing from sentences. This makes it a very difficult (and long) read; which is a real shame as there is a worthwhile continuing story here. In this volume, Richard returns to Germany, goes on more training courses, gets married and continues to do the typical squaddie type of things, usually involving...
  4. Denim to Khaki: Volume 1 (From Denim to Khaki) - Ian S Varty

    Author Rating:
    2.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    The story of a likeable chap called Richard Hunter who joins the army at 16 and follows in his father’s footsteps. Although billed as fiction, I suspect that there is rather a large portion of the author’s own biography in here. This volume sees Richard join the Junior Leaders Regiment, see service in Germany and finally see a tour of Northern Ireland. In between, Richard attends a variety of training courses and has the usual squaddie type of experiences. I will admit here and now I did...
  5. In Good Company by The Hon. William Fraser.

    Author Rating:
    3/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    The letters and diaries of Lt Col The Hon William Fraser edited by his son.
  6. Nelson's Right Hand Man by EJ Hounslow

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    A biography of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle GCB, 1765-1819
  7. Navies in the 21st Century

    Author Rating:
    5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    A global review of current and future trends in maritime warfare.
  8. SAS Rogue Heroes (The Authorised Wartime History) – Ben Macintyre

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4.5/5,
    The SAS WW2 history told by those that were there.
  9. The Reykjavik Assignment ... Author Adam Lebor.

    Author Rating:
    2/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    Spy fiction
  10. Battleships of the World (1820-1945) by John Fidler

    Author Rating:
    3/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    An entry-level primer into the history of the batteship
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