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Very Absorbing

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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: 04-04-19

I picked this book up on the off chance and was very glad I did. The characterisation was very good, and this was further enhanced by the excellent narration. You soon grow to loath the lead character, but as the book develops, other things start to become apparent. A good climactic ending too. I won’t say any more as I don’t wish to spoil things, but the book was a very pleasant surprise.

A Story of Epic Proportions

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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: 14-08-18

This really is an epic story reminiscent of classic sci-fi sagas such as Dune. The unfolding fortunes of the two species are explored in parallel down through the ages, and the way the author deals with the alien cognition, societal evolution, and otherworldly technology of the spider group is particularly inspiring. Mel Hudson’s narration is also excellent - in short, I thoroughly recommend this book. An absolute triumph!

A Temperature Drop for Nick Stone

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

I have been an avid consumer of Nick Stone novels, so was keen to snap this new instalment up. I don't know if the temperature got to our protagonist this time, but I found this book very slow. A huge amount of time was spent milling around before the plot really got underway, and the ending was very confusing; relating to some sort of geopolitical subterfuge involving nameless groups from America and the former Soviet Union. I do hope this was a blip, and the next Nick Stone novel gets back to form. On a positive note, Paul Thornley's narration was very good - although as an ex squaddie, I found his pronunciation of REME as 'remy' rather than 'reemy' to be a little irritating!

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Not Just for Young Adults

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

Having enjoyed the BBC Tripods series as a teenager, I couldn't resist trying the audiobooks. As this is a 'young adults ' series, my expectations were not high, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Although not without plot holes, the story moves forward at a pace, and young Will's excitement, enthusiasm, and rashness all make for a very engaging narrative. This is complemented by the excellent narration of William Gaminara. I thought initially to only listen to the first book, but ended up getting the whole trilogy. Highly recommended!

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Brutal but Compelling...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-12

Having listened to a number of Logan McRae books, I decided to take a risk with this standalone novel. The protagonist (Ash Henderson) is markedly different from McRae - a far more visceral and gritty character. At one point he is described as a "Man of Violence", and this is particularly apt. Nevertheless, MacBride provides the reader with a brutal, yet gripping narrative in which we follow Henderson and his quirky psychologist sidekick as they search ever more frantically for the twisted "Birthday Boy". If you're a fan of MacBride and can endure the stark and unflinching descriptions of violence, you'll find this book a compelling and enjoyable read.

5 people found this helpful

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There is Life After Rebus

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-10

Okay, so the die hard Rebus fans may feel a little disappointed, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having read a few other 'non-Rebus' books by Rankin (Witch Hunt, Blood Hunt), I was willing to give this a go and was not disappointed. Rankin presents the reader with an amiable but flawed protagonist in Inspector Malcolm Fox, and sheds some light into the murky world of the Police complaints Department, before moving on to the story proper - a tale of corruption and murder in which no one can seemingly be trusted. Essentially a 'Police Procedural', but none the worse for it. I hope to read more of Malcolm Fox's future adventures. Highly recommended.

7 people found this helpful

Left me wanting more

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-06

Hannibal Rising catalogue's the development of the nascent sociopath we meet in the author's later books. Harris deftly explores the nature vs. nurture debate in the evolution of such a personality type, hinting at a 'certain coldness' in Hannibal's father and a comment that the Lecters' were 'not quite as other men', but also describing in chilling detail, the traumatic events that were the catalyst that set the young Hannibal upon his murderous path. From the first meeting with Hannibal's family in Lithuania, through the traumatic events of his childhood, and his development into an urbane aesthete and intellectual giant one finds themselves routing for Hannibal all the way. As a consequence, the finale proves highly satisfying. My only negative comments are that the book felt slightly truncated, and has left me yearning for the taste of.......more Hannibal Literature! Great narration by the author himself

8 people found this helpful

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Excitement from Start to Finish

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-06

This is the third book I have listened to in the 'Jack Harvey' series, and although I recommend the other two, 'Blood Hunt' is the most exciting. We Join Gordon Reeve, an Ex-SAS trooper with an anger problem and a complex past, as he investigates the mysterious death of his journalist brother. The action spans Europe, USA, and even South America, and reaches a thrilling climax when Reeve meets a nemesis from the past. The audiobook is further enhanced by Christian Rodska's excellent narration in which he brings the books characters to life in all their gritty splendour. Gripping stuff - thoroughly recommended!

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An Immersive Experience

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-05

Although familiar with Sharp, this was the first Cornwell book I had listened to, and I was not disappointed. Set against the backdrop of the 100 years war, Cornwell immerses the reader in the medieval world - where life was often short and brutal. The adventures of Thomas are catalogued in intricate detail, characterisation and storyline are excellent, and I cannot praise enough the first-rate narration by Sean Barrett.

16 people found this helpful

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Non-stop Action

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-05

This was the first work of fiction I had read by McNab, and I was not disappointed. As Stone moves from a foiled kidnapping in Helsinki, to his various dealings with Eastern European warlords, the action is unrelenting, set against the wintry backdrops of Finland and Estonia. Move over Schwartzenegger; Nick Stone is the real Last Action Hero! Thoroughly recommended.

9 people found this helpful