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The Master Delivers Again

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2016

Robert MacCammon is a living legend and the Wolf's Hour is another top notch read. Take a Werewolf chuck it in the middle of WWII add a Nazi Plot and you have the ingredients for a top notch action packed read full of intrigue and thrills.

The author puts a great spin on the Werewolf genre and the back story of our hero is just as engrossing as the main narrative. The characters are great and I really loved the villains they where straight out of a Indiana Jones flick. So if you are looking for a supernatural World War II read that is entertaining from the get go then this is your books.

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Highly Entertainging Listen

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2016

The Fifth Wave delivers a well written and intelligent tale of the end of the World. I continue to be amazed at the fresh and entertaining books coming out in this well trodden Genre of late.

I have to admit I had mixed feeling when I started reading this book as I though I had stumbled across a booked aimed at the Teen and Tween market. Thoughts of this was quickly pushed aside as the author delivered a well thought out and intelligent narrative. Sure the main characters of the book are teenagers but their is nothing PG about this book.

What I really like about this book was the "wave" concept that is used to spell the end of humanity. This concept was fresh and frightengly did not take to much stretching of the imagination to believe. Looks like the is another series I am going to have to read to the end.

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A promising series

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2016

Storm Front tells the tale of Harry Dresden who is Wizard struggling to make ends meet. With his rent due a a secretive client sets off a serious of events that ends up in a fight for his life.

Jim Butcher places the world of fantasy and wizards smack bang into modern America and melds into seamlessly into the Gumshoe detective genre. He delivers a great narrative and some very interesting and engaging characters that drive the story along at a comfortable pace.

So if you are looking for something that is off the trodden path yet still very entertaining then look no further. The Dresden Files has moved up my list of must read series.

Another Classis From Cline

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2016

Armada is Ernest Clines much anticipated second novel. Like his book Ready Player One, this one is a computer gamers dream. Lucky for me I am a avid gamer and therefore thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Early reviews of this book is split with some calling it rip off of "Enders Game". For me this is like comparing apples and oranges, yes they are both fruit but that is where the resemblance ends.

Armada delivers a fast paced story based around a fictional PC gaming series that is not what all it seems. As before Cline shows us why he is the Gaming Geeks pinup Idol. He seamlessly meshes together a fantastic story mixed with gaming mythology and lore. Here is a man that has raised story telling and gaming to a whole new level.

Good but not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2016

One Year After is the sequel to the excellent One Second after but alas does not rise to its predecessor’s standard. The book settles into a familiar narrative that does not deliver any surprises to the reader.

The book starts off two years after "the day" which is one year after the end of the first book in the series and in that lies the mystery of the title. It is that mystery of the title that lost one star for me straight of the bat as I should not have to spend time deciphering the title of the book. As you might tell this fact annoyed me a tad.

As for the story itself we continue to follow our hero of the last book as he and is town is faced with new challenges to their survival. As I have already mentioned the story line delivers no surprises and is at best a mild pace romp into a America devastated by a strategic EMP blast. The book is entertaining but nowhere near as much as the first book in the series.

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Brain Surgery Is Not Like You Think

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-2015

I went into this book like a expect a lot of readers do knowing not much about Neurosurgery. Dr Marsh delivers a crash course for the layman in a way that engages the reader well. He is brutally honest about the high & lows of his career and I found his self-reflections very engaging. This book managed to bring a tear to my eye and had me laughing at loud, mind you not at the same time.

I was left with a much better understanding of the mysteries of the human brain and those who we rely to care for it. The author gets the mix spot on between the technical and personal sides of his profession.

I do think though the book could have been better structured with it jumping around his long career a bit too much for my liking. I also found that some of the facts were repeated over and over again. Overall an engaging and good read that just could have done with some tweaking.

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Great Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 28-05-2015

I was in two minds when I started reading this book. On one hand I was feeling sceptical as it has just recently bumped out my favourite author John Scalzi’s, to win the Goodreads best Scifi book. On the other hand I was excited because it was the winner of the best Scifi book.

It did not take me long to see why it had got over the line. The books from the get go grabs you and takes you along for the ride. The author has obviously done a lot of research to add a layer of realism to this book and it works so well. The real stand out for me though is the main character. Mark Watney is one of the most realistic characters I have encountered in a book. It does not take long to take shine to this unfortunate botanist.

The book is written in a couple of different styles that work well together. I really enjoyed how the author patiently adds the layers to the story. This layering is very effective in building up the suspense and often had me reading way past my bedtime. But it is the humour of this book that makes truly a great read. I often found myself laughing out loud at the sarcastic comments coming out Watney's mouth. This humour for me is what made the character so realistic.

So well done Mr Weir on a great book. I will definitely be looking out for your next piece of work. This Martian is a well deserved winner of Goodreads best Scifi read for 2014

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2015

I sat before this very daunting audiobook, coming in at over 30 hours, feeling slightly excited as my expectations where high after Dr Roberts last offering. I have read a few books about Napoleons campaigns before but never had I taken a look at the entire life of the man.

I am pleased to write that this book delivers an informative and enthralling read that sees the pages melt away as you are pulled into Napoleons life. This book is very balanced, with the author trying to peel back the stories and legends around the man to tell as best as possible the real story behind the man.

The huge amount of research that went into this book is evident and gave the author some great insights into Napoleon’s characteristics. This book is a must read for anyone that loves history.

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Pure Perfection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

I have had the pleasure of reading some very good books lately. But it has been a long time since a story utterly enveloped like Red Rising did. I found myself completely drawn into the story as the world around me evaporated just like in the scene from the Never-ending Story (that shows my age).

So what is it about this book that elevated it above all the other excellent books I have read recently. For me it was the completeness of the book. From the character development to the world it was set in. The author winds the narrative through it all and as he does the world becomes more and more real.

Red Rising tells a tale that's very essence is as old as time. It is how this tale is delivered that makes this book stand out in the crowd. Halfway through the read I was already planning how I could get my hand on the next book in the series. I have not done this for a long time and that indicated to me just how fantastic a read it was. The narraor adds another level to this book as well delivering one the best audible experiences I have had to date.

So my hat goes off to Pierce Brown for this truly masterful piece of writing. I recommend this book to all that are interested in being thoroughly entertained.

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A Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2015

I was in two minds when I started reading this book. On one hand I was feeling sceptical as it has just recently bumped out my favourite author John Scalzi’s, to win the Goodreads best Sci-fi book. On the other hand I was excited because it was the winner of the best Sci-fi book.

It did not take me long to see why it had got over the line. The books from the get go grabs you and takes you along for the ride. The author has obviously done a lot of research to add a layer of realism to this book and it works so well. The real stand out for me though is the main character. Mark Watney is one of the most realistic characters I have encountered in a book. It does not take long to take shine to this unfortunate botanist.

The book is written in a couple of different styles that work well together. I really enjoyed how the author patiently adds the layers to the story. This layering is very effective in building up the suspense and often had me reading way past my bedtime. But it is the humour of this book that makes truly a great read. I often found myself laughing out loud at the sarcastic comments coming out Watney's mouth. This humour for me is what made the character so realistic.

So well done Mr Weir on a great book. I will definitely be looking out for your next piece of work. This Martian is a well deserved winner of Goodreads best Sci-fi read for 2014.

As an audiobook I can not fault this production. The narrator is the Earphones Award winning R.C Bray and he is perfectly suited as the voice of Mark Watney.

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