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  1. rebbonk

    Blood Forest - Geraint Jones

    When I unpacked this, the good lady and kids extracted the urine unmercifully. “Bet you don’t read it,” “you’re not interested in ancient history,” and “not your usual style,” were three of the more polite comments. And it’s true: the book, certainly on face value, appeared not to be to my usual...
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    Airborne (The Airborne Trilogy) - Robert Radcliffe

    The first book in a trilogy. A physically attractive and heavy book, but one with one of my favourite little touches. – A built in bookmark. It’s so much better than my usual method of using old rail tickets, or bits of newspaper which fall out when the good lady drops the book when cleaning...
  3. rebbonk

    The One Man by Andrew Gross – To be published September 2016.

    The author comes highly recommended and with a very good pedigree: he’s co-authored 5 books with James Patterson and his own previous 9 books are all reviewed positively. When this book arrived I was incredibly impressed with the presentation for a proof copy. It really looked the business. A...
  4. janner

    The Last Legionnaire.

    The Last Legionnaire…..Author Paul Fraser Collard. This is the second novel I have read by Paul Fraser Collard featuring his hero Jack Lark. The author weaves history and fiction together in an easy to read format and the book flows along at a good rate. This time Jack returns to his...
  5. Seaweed

    ‘The Voyage of the Golden Handshake’ by Terry Waite

    I was going to dismiss this narrative of a calamitous cruise ship voyage as entirely silly and preposterous but after reading of the ‘Harmony of the Seas’ maiden voyage I’m not so sure. What one has here is a watered-down cross between Fawlty Towers, Doctor at Sea and Carry on Cruising, in which...
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    Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem

    My Christmas came early, thanks A.G. The first thing you notice about this book is its physical presence: it’s over 550 pages long and comes with its very own built in woven bookmark, a nice feature I’ve not seen for quite a while. The original book was written in Swedish, but has been...
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    Friends of the Dusk (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) - Phil Rickman (Released 3 Dec 2015)

    An author I’d never heard of, despite this book being the 14th in the series. Before writing my review I had to look the author up and see what others were saying. Words like ‘Compassionate’, ‘original’ and ‘contemporary’ seem to be used a lot: phrases like ‘few writers blend the ancient and...
  8. janner

    The Lone Warrior.

    One of a series of books by Paul Fraser Collard featuring Jack Lark. (A Scarlet Thief, The Maharajahs General and The Devils Assassin) I hadn't read the other books in the series but it reads well as a stand a lone novel. It uses a mixture of fictional and actual characters which have been...
  9. (granny)

    The Ghosts of Altona by Craig Russell

    A Jan Fabel thriller. Jan Fabel is the Head of Polizei Hamburg’s Murder Commission. One of his first cases was that of a missing girl. Though there were various suspects for a possible abduction and murder the case was never solved. The girl, Monika Krone, a student at the time, is never found...
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    Border Angels

    I was disappointed with this novel, whilst it has all of the ingredients by way of plot, storyline and characters it somehow didn't totally gel. Part of the problem seems to be that the characters, in particular Inspector Celcius Daly, the main character, seem to be lacking in depth. Having...

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