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D. J. Wilkinson

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  • Earth Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

At long last, Earth has a handful of starships. Surrounded by Rebel Kher, Imperials, and the mysterious Nomads, humanity dares to assert our right to independence. The interstellar community reacts harshly. In the eyes of our neighbors, we’re upstarts, dangerous beings who don’t know our place. For the Kher, freedom can only be won through battle. War fleets arrive to instruct us, and Captain Leo Blake is again sent out to voyage among hostile stars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • And then there is a time to move on....

  • By adele on 18-09-18

I love this series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Real Science Fiction. Space ships, alien species and the earth in peril.... oh and a clever rouge thinker. What is there to dislike? Well read too. Love it. So pleased I found this series and BV Larson.

  • Orion Fleet

  • Rebel Fleet, Book 2
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

A year ago the Kher Empire was forced to retreat, but they were not beaten. In Orion Fleet, they return with a new weapon. A huge ship driven by AI begins methodically grinding inhabited worlds to dust. This unstoppable enemy is without fear or remorse, and the Rebels begin a desperate battle just to slow its advance. Leo Blake takes Earth's first warship into space to find a counter to this deadly new attack. The Imperial Fleets take notice of Earth's interference, and they're intent upon revenge. Even if he wins, Blake might have doomed our homeworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the 1st...

  • By Sully on 08-09-17

Really enjoyable core Sci-Fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-19

I don’t know about you but it is a delight to listen to / read ‘proper’ Sci Fi with space ships, inter-galactic travel, alien races, brilliant enemies, heroes and clever plots.

  • Prisoners of Geography

  • Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701

If you've ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China's power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Step back and look at politics through a new lens

  • By Unique Pseudonym on 25-07-17

Excellent look at the connection between geography and politics

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Part geography- there was a lot I didn’t know about our planet
Part politics - there was a lot I didn’t know about global politics
Part psychology - I’m a psychologist so I’ll stop there...

This is a brilliant and very accessible book that will get you up to date on why the world and its people are in the state it is. I feel ‘educated’.
Fully and highly recommended

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  • Rebel Fleet

  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

They hunt us. They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every thousand years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just good spoiler free review

  • By England fan 1 on 24-12-16

Good but

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I kind of enjoyed this book but it’s not really as engaging as the ‘world’ books. Personally I won’t be bothering with the rest of this series. It’s a bit on the grim/dark side for me.

  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun times in space

  • By Mr Socko on 11-02-17

Unexpected delight

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A friend suggested this and I got it with a little trepidation. A bit like Douglas Adams he said. Yeah right I said. Well to cut a short story shorter - it’s cool and I am a little teensy weensy bit addicted.

  • The Gladiator

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 9
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

The Gladiator is the compelling ninth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell. While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not Spartacus!

  • By Simon on 12-07-17

Scarrow gets better and better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Another excellent book from the master of Roman historical fiction. Weaving his characters through what it must have been like when the tsunami and earthquake hit Crete around 365 AD.

  • The Eagle in the Sand

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Judaea in AD 46. Roman centurions Cato and Macro have been posted to Judaea for a 'hearts and minds' operation. The Empire needs to win over the locals after some of their religious figures have started revolts - and since the Romans crucified the last charismatic Judaean leader, the natives' rebellions have become bolder. Not only are these small villages causing trouble, but there are also thousands of Parthians eager to fight Rome. With the threat of suicide attacks and even all-out war, Cato and Macro have their peace-keeping work cut out....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling read

  • By Mr T C on 22-07-15

Another great book in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I never tire of Simon Scarrow’s books. Well written, interesting and exciting. I love the characters and the scrapes they get into. Recommend

  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story for our times

  • By Patrick on 20-07-16

Astonishing

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Given when this was written (1930’s) this is an astonishing book and is really a reader for today’s ills in many countries, including the US and UK. Actually this would be an interesting book on any political course.

Recommend

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,710

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Great lessons in leadership and humility

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-18

This is an honest look back at his life, mistakes and successes. Lessons we can all learn from. I think some people will be expecting detail from his SF (special forces) days. Given the UK government moratorium on ex-SF operatives divulging *any* information about SF operations the days of ex-SAS/SBS and other SF units ‘tell all’ books are gone.
Given that, this is an excellent book, engaging, interesting and honest. You really get a sense of the man, his demons, and struggles. Well played.

  • The Eagle's Prey

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 5
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 284

It is late summer AD 44, and the battle-weary Roman legions are in their second year of campaigning against the British tribes. The troops' commander, General Plautius, is under pressure from the emperor to crush the natives once and for all. Centurions Macro and Cato are with the crack Second Legion under the precarious leadership of Centurion Maximus, and it's their task to hold a ford across the river Tamesis when the natives are forced into a trap.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pawns Are Important Too!

  • By Simon on 02-06-17

I hadn’t realised

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I hadn’t realised that it was possible for this series to get any better? It just did. I loved this continuing chronicle of Cato and Macro. Top marks ... and so on to the next one!