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Classic Clancy

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Reviewed: 09-04-2020

Jack Ryan becomes involved as the main foil of a terrorist plot to assassinate the Prince and Princess of Wales while on holiday in London. He finds himself almost inevitably transitioning from a teacher of history at the Naval Academy to an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency. This is formula Clancy; Ryan is a devoted family man, and many of the characters who feature prominently throughout the Jack Ryan series are introduced. Lots of detail and lively conversation. There is a happy ending - where good triumphs over bad.

A complex case study of racismin South Africa

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2020

A firstperson narrative ofaboy's tragedies and triumphs through childhood up to young adulthood. Pk, the main character learns to survive boarding school, born again christianity and racism and apartheid which was so much a part of South Africa. He finds and looses friends but always triumphs through his own abilities and resilience. We meet inspiration characters, who believe in the potential of this clever, and often lonely boy growing to be a man. Sometimes, the characterisation of a child seems to be lost, as the dialogue is mature and the ideas being described are well developed. Narration is great - Humphrey Bauer's voice is gravelly, and he uses it to create a range of nuanced accents from Zulu through Afrikaans to to English aristocracy.

Classic Clancy

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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: 22-02-2020

A good old fashioned cold war novel, featuring all of Clancy's techniques. Theplot is centrd o9n the Red October, the largest nuclear submarine in the Soviet Union's fleet. The hunters are the Soviets themselves and the Americans. Clancy gives us lots of details on the technology, the nature of cold war tactics and the motivations of all the main characters. Narration does include attempts at national accents - Russian and English in particular, but this doesnot always work. Although perhaps not the best in the Jack Ryan catalogue, still a good read.

Title accurately defines this book.

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Reviewed: 09-02-2020

Simon Winchester is one of those few authors who reads his books as well as he writes them. But this book didn't quite hit the spot for me. Whilst impeccably narrated, it covers just too much and I have needed to read this across several sittings. Winchester covers the Atlantic itself - its geology, literature, trade and much more. It is well researched, and extensively covers the various environmental disasters which have seriously threatened the long term survival of the Atlantic. Winchesterclearly loves the Atlantic and everything about it, and the book is therefore a genuinely thought through attempt to chronicle the Atlantic Ocean's many dimentions in a way which isaccessible and informative.

A topic crime story stretching between cultural an

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Reviewed: 09-02-2020

A practicing Moslem is assigned to asenior police officer as an assistant, and together theyt investigate a murder in a mosque. Tensions between them are palpable, as the islamic beliefs clash with orthodox policing methods. In many of his novels, the Muslems are the terrorists, but in this one, it seems that there is a strong education and awareness perspective designed to positively improve ethnic and religious tolerance.But there are sinister back stories which make this book a good read, but I do not think that it is one of Leather's best.

Great characters shaping a great story.a

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Reviewed: 08-02-2020

A mix of life and death, tragedy and joy, endings and new beginnings. Main characters Hodges and Gidney strive to understand the other-wise unexplainable deaths of children, who take their lives by way of the power of an app, developed by someone thought to have been brain damaged beyond recovery of consciousn ess. And along the way, the main chacters have their own challenges as Hodges seeks to complete his latest assignmentn before the cancer takes him.And holly Gidney becomes morew confident in her own abilities and is ready to take over ownership of Hodge's "Finders Keepers" private investigations business.

Very candid and honest.

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Reviewed: 08-02-2020

Kelly provides his readers with a very personal record of his space career, with this book featuring what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station. Kelly describes the people he has lived and worked with, the challenges of zero gravity, and the dangers of life in space. The book is personable, and mostly removed from nasa's notoriously dense lexicon of its own alphabet soup. Kelly discusses his relationships with frankness. Topics of marriage separation and the arrival of new people in his life reminds us that astronauts are after all, human.

Sinister and terrifying

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Reviewed: 08-02-2020

A thriller which builds slowly and methodicall. Childrens' parents are killed and the sons and daughters of the deceased are abducted to a secret location. All the children have various genius qualities, and all are subject to cruel and unethical experimentation. The children exact revenge on their captors in the most horrifying and destructive of ways. I am a latecomer to the Stephen King catalogue. This is the fifth book that I have purchased, and I have enjoyed all of them. The Insitute is well narrated.

Compelling and tragic!

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Reviewed: 01-08-2019

I have come to enjoy Cordell’s novels on the struggles of the Welsh working classes during the 19th century’s industrial revolution. Cordell’s prose is rich and shows a love of languages, land and the experiences of the people - his characters. Addis’s narration is superb - resonant baritone with the Welsh accents clearly in evidence.

Trials and tribulations of a corporation which succeeded - and then failed!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2019

Whatever happened to Pan Am always interested me, because as a child in New Zealand, they always seemed glamorous from the extensive travel advertising. The book did answer my whatever happened question and in a way which highlighted that regardlss - aviation is about the people. Narration was sometimes stentor`an with strangely emphasised chapter announcements. A superb story line well written, which fell slightly short due to narration quirkiness.