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John Shoemark

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A cracking good book

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Reviewed: 17-08-2020

This is a great story told in an interesting way. Based on fact, most readers will know the ending but the journey to that end is terrific.

Interesting concept but flawed history

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Reviewed: 07-02-2020

This novel has an interesting concept and the use of three different periods in time was quite good. However the author really needs a better grasp on history to write an alternative history novel. I can accept the characters mixing up history but the several references to the Vikings as a Bronze Age culture are unacceptable. A good performance by the voice actor kept me listening.

A Cracking Read!

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Reviewed: 30-07-2019

What a cracking book! All the adventure, military action and derring do of an action novel but it's all true. As a wargamer I gained many ideas for games.

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I wanted to like this book

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Reviewed: 27-06-2019

This book is set in a very interesting period of history and I really wanted to enjoy it. However the erratic stupidity of the main character, the extraordinarily unlikely escapes and the anachronisms just spoiled it for me. And the narrator on the audio version! I felt like making a drinking game every time he said "grim-aced" pronounced like the world's most serious tennis serve. Oh, and the author needs a thesaurus.

Excellent analysis of the end of the Roman Republi

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Reviewed: 17-05-2019

Mike can always be relied on to present history in an exciting and engaging manner. This is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the use of classical quotations and background analysis.

Well written and read

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Reviewed: 11-04-2019

Another rollicking history based novel from a consistently impressive author. Well imagined early life of Julius Caesar.

Another cracking tale

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Reviewed: 08-02-2019

Loved this book. The story development and the main characters are excellent. The reader is fabulous too.

Interesting if at times dry read

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Reviewed: 28-11-2018

As an autobiography this is a fascinating account of an individual officer's service in the German army on the Eastern Front. Although at times, particularly in the first half of the book, the author regurgitates some dry stats and large quotes from other books, his account of the last year of the war is particularly interesting. Worth pushing past the dry bits.

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Starts strong but plot weakens

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Reviewed: 29-08-2018

I abandoned this 75% through. Plot holes and unlikable main character in the 2nd/3rd book became too much for me.