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Another wonderful book by Robert Harris.

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Reviewed: 25-09-20

An excellent listen. As high a standard as you’d expect from Robert Harris. Full of fascinating detail of the V2s themselves, Although this part may not be entertaining to all. I advise listeners to listen to the Very end of the acknowledgements as the most powerful punch is saved for last.

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Illuminating

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

Compromised is a vey illuminating listen. I came away with a much greater understanding of the events described, the personalities involved and the work of various government agencies in general. Especially the security agencies. It’s quite amazing how much the general public don’t know about the workings of their own government. This book sheds some light on a few sections of those workings and gives and idea of the ethos and principals they aspire to uphold.

Absolutely enthralling listen.

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

Rage is an absolutely enthralling listen. It feels as though the listener has a seat in every room, taking in every conversation and observing the participants. Giving a much clearer picture of the events than we can glean from the news media. All this is done without un necessary comment, judgement or vitriol from the author or others who participated in the events portrayed. I can recommend it to any one who seriously wants to understand the current political decisions being made or not as the case may be without descending to the level of spurious gossip.

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Outstanding debut novel.

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Reviewed: 21-09-20

What an outstanding debut novel this is. A convincing blend of thriller, action/adventure and history of some events in the Second World War. It s exciting and non stop action keeps you absorbed from the very beginning. I listened in two sittings. Only stopping to sleep at the end of a long day. Each section/setting is almost a novel in its own right. Many authors would be grateful to have one of the plots to launch as their own. To complete the enjoyment, Kirsten Athertons’ narration was absolutely perfect! Her range of voices, personalities, accents and genders are amazing. She embodied the main character totally. And I’m sure narrated exactly as Mara Timon would have wanted. This ladies are an author and narrator I will definitely look out for in the future. Well worth 5 stars and your next credit!

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Another delightful thriller

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Reviewed: 02-09-20

Vaseem Khan writes the most entertaining thrillers and mystery novels. This one I consider one of his best. Alongside an intriguing story with India’s first woman detective as the main character, we are given some enlightening history of a dreadful time in India’s history.... partition. Although the subject and references are appalling, this is not a depressing book. On the contrary it highlights the resilience of the Indian character and has a gentle, old fashioned, “Agatha Christie” type of denouement which will knock your socks off!

A stunning political thriller.

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Reviewed: 27-08-20

Wow, buckle up for a fast paced nonstop ride through Ugandan politics and dirty deeds which spill over into London and involve all sorts of people it shouldn’t. Karla Forbes writes with pace and this powerful story is obviously based on good research into some of the most awful organisations struggling for power in Africa and other third world countries. Craig Bowles narrates beautifully and brings the story and colourful characters to life.This would make an excellent film. A Real challenger to the James Bond series. Good old escapism at its best, but with an undercurrent of some dreadful realities.

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An eye opening book.

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Reviewed: 16-08-20

The fascinating story of a mans growth through an unhappy childhood and a tumultuous life in the Spanish ForeignLegion, to the discovery of “The Meaning of Life” for him. It was certainly a very rocky path and undoubtedly the “adventure “ his soul craved . I think it would have broken many a less hardy person and it was an inspiration to make the journey with him. Whether the last section will change your future life is something you alone will decide but I’m sure it will give you food for thought for many years to come.

An intriguing series.

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Reviewed: 04-08-20

The third book in the saga of Chen Su Lin takes place after the Japanese invasion of Singapore. While struggling with life under occupation, Su Lin has to unravel the murder of a neighbour, rescue her uncle from prison and help the resistance. A tall order. But our plucky little heroine tackles it all with her customary intelligence and determination. I found this tale more complex than the previous two and although not my favourite, it gives a clear and terrible picture of life in Singapore during those dark days. Lots of historical facts I was unaware of, so both entertaining and educational. Looking forward to book four now!

Another winner.

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Reviewed: 30-07-20

Written in Blood is up to Chris Carter’s usual standard of excellence, if not even better. His serial killer opponent is arguably Detectives Hunter and Garcias’ most intelligent and accomplished opponent to date. At times loathsome, at others sympathetic and even noble. But always a foe to be reckoned with! Thomas Judd does a sterling job of narration as usual...... except, as usual, I can’t help but picture Batman’s sidekick Robin, when he speaks for Garcia! To me, and it’s a purely personal opinion, Garcia sounds like an over enthusiastic young bumbler who asks simple, obvious questions and bursts out with expletives that are just a step away from “holy moly Batman!l “ But as this is the only negative I can find with this series of books I can truthfully say it’s a humorous one and certainly one I can live with.

What a craik!

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Reviewed: 27-07-20

Wow.....wow, wow, wow! What an amazing book Angels in the Moonlight was. I didn’t know what to expect from a Caimh McDonell book, being a novice at Irish drama/comedy, possibly a bit of a smile, maybe a titter or two, (I’m not the laugh out loud type). Boy was I in for a surprise! I laughed and laughed, out loud. Mr MDonell is a very clever author, both witty and funny. He’s a sharp observer of human nature and conveys pomposity, betrayal, stupidity, pathos and grandeur of spirit in this one story. He also uses old Anglo Saxon language in a colourful and novel way, so if you’re easily offended by “earthy” dialogue you may miss out on a super book. But If you’re not, I’m sure like me you will finish the story with a new, unlikely hero, six foot two with a lazy eye and an accent you could cut with a knife but a heart as wide as the Irish Sea.