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Rod Baxter

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Wordy

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-2019

Not one of his best. I found at times it was a bit lengthy in getting to the point.

A Good Account.

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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: 30-03-2019


The Gordon Riots of 1780 were several days of rioting based on anti-Catholic feeling. They began with a massive and orderly protest in London against the Papists Act of 1778, which was intended to reduce official discrimination against British Catholics.
Dickens retells the story of these riots in a fictional account that centers itself around the life of Barnaby Rudge and others who live in and around The Maypole Inn. It tells of a romantic involvement of an upper class protestant and a working class catholic. It tells of how the two fathers conspire to end the relationship. The story gets into the feelings, the anger, the prejudices, the hatred as and the violent behavior that lead to the riots.
Barnaby Rudge, a simpleton, was coerced into taking part in these riots.The story follows Barnaby to the various sites where the violence took place.
All in all, Dickens covers the times and events, the people and the places and gives us a good account of what happened from all points of view.

Informative

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-2019

A lot of history books can be very dry, full of facts and dates and laboured and difficult to plough through. Homosapiens, is different. It gives the history in a way that is entertaining and informative. it speaks to the reader in a contemporary and often humorous way.
Considering that this is a Brief History, it is very detailed. Scientific and technical terms are used in a way that lay persons can understand. That way you can keep up and follow along easily. I was a bit hesitant about reading this initially, but after a few pages, found myself involved in the history. I became involved, a participant. Not just a distant and future observer.

Very Impressed

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-2019

To coin a phrase, this really is a case of the truth being stranger than fiction. Well, not necessarily strange, but more impressive. It is difficult not to be impressed with Genghis Kahn. Arguably, the greatest conqueror the world has known.
I must admit to not knowing very much about, the great Kahn. Not many of us do, or did. This History was put together over many years, by quite a few people and in some cases, at great risk. I think the story of the writing, the research, the digging up of the facts, the hardships, to get it written, is maybe as interesting, as Genghis Kahn's own story and the history of the Mongolian Empire.
while reading this book. I kept having this internal wow. This awe. Not just at the battles and conquests, impressive as they were. It was the achievements and the innovations that were set in place, to put the modern world on track, that are truly spectacular.
Without the contributions that came from the Mongolian Empire, the modern world may still be in the Middle Ages.

Totally Engrossing

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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: 06-07-2018

The 4th installment of The Thief Taker series has lived up to the standard set by the 1st 3 books in the series. What politically, socially and morally explosive times the Jacobin era must have been. Tyrannical rule, Gunpowder plots, feverish religious extremism, social and political unrest, cruel living standards, for the commoners, set against the excesses of the ruling classes and you have the basis for a powerful engaging series of novels. Consider, also, Cromwell's Republican civil war, add to that the backdrop of the worst plague, in living memory, to be shortly followed by a fire that devastated London. I doubt C.S.Quinn could have imagined a better setting for these novels.
We get a guided tour of the times and places as seen through the eyes of the Thief taker, Charlie Tuesday. What an adventure it is. Charlie races through London, finding clues, avoiding villains, avoiding plague and fire, putting the puzzles together. All the time, against the clock.
The plot is exceptionally well put together. There is nothing left unexplained. There are no gaping holes. The Characters are multi dimensional. Even the historical figures seem to be true representations. I found myself doing a lot of research, during and after reading. So enthralling was this story. Steve West must take some of the credit for his brilliant performance of this tale.
I suspect there will be further volumes of this series. I hope so, anyhow.

Thoroughly Enjoyable.

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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: 30-07-2017

The Lumatere Chronicles, are right up there with some of the best books that I have read. Marchetta's characters are three dimensional, distinctive, diverse and believable. Her narrative is entertaining and her plot exceptional. This is a totally entertaining story, from start to finish.

Colossal, Epic Story.

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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: 01-06-2017

Assassin's Fate is a truly wonderfully writen tale that started 9 books ago. A story of a bastard prince, a prescient jester and a wolf, who go on, to put the world on a better path.
This final installment lived up to all expectations. As far as conclusions go, this one was excellent. I was more than happy to see many characters make appearances and a lot of loose ends tied up, as Hobbs managed to combine and weave together some of her other tales.