Review: The Moses Stone

The Moses Stone by James Becker My rating: 2 of 5 stars I'm sure that the 'Moses', linked to the word 'stone', gives you a fair clue as to what this one is about. Unfortunately, this is another one that begins well enough, but which could have been much better. Becker decides to slip into an …

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Review: The Arms Maker of Berlin

The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Spies and the second world war. Who doesn't love stories about one or the other? Spies in the Second World War? Getting better. Spies today and spies in the Second World War - Now that's a match made in some sort …

Review: The Alexander Cipher

The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams My rating: 2 of 5 stars Robert Ludlum, in a tv interview I saw once, said that he always gave his books three word titles. Bang, bang, bang. Was the impression he wanted to give, as I remember. Easy to remember and all unnecessary fat, pared away. Like his …

Review: The Bourne Objective

The Bourne Objective by Eric Van Lustbader My rating: 3 of 5 stars You know what you're getting when you get into a Robert Ludlum book. Fast paced, exciting action, taking place in exotic, globe-trotting locations - a real page-turner, as long as you don't think too much about the intricacies of the plot. And probably …

Review: Sworn Sword: The Bloody Aftermath Of 1066 England’s Fate Hangs In The Balance

Sworn Sword: The Bloody Aftermath Of 1066 England's Fate Hangs In The Balance by James Aitcheson My rating: 4 of 5 stars History is written by the winners. As someone much cleverer (Winston Churchill?) than me once said. Except for the aftermath of the 1066 invasion and conquering of Olde England, by the Normans. All …

Review: A Spy’s Life

A Spy's Life by Henry Porter My rating: 4 of 5 stars A Spy's Life, by Henry Porter is a wonderfully well-paced spy story, that gradually reveals its many intreguing secrets. Both for story's participants and for us, the readers. I hope it doesn't sound strange, but I thought it read like you were constantly wiping …

Review: The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anyone who is in any way interested in spies, spying and the world of espionage in general, has surely read at least one of John le Carré's genre defining classics. Not the later gardening and Panama nonsense, but the unforgettable Cold War, Smiley intrigues. …

Review: Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons

Britain AD: A Quest for Arthur, England and the Anglo-Saxons by Francis Pryor My rating: 4 of 5 stars Just when you thought you had the early history of Britain straight: Celts living peacefully fighting with each other. Romans invade and rule and civilise. Romans go back to Rome, leave some Romanised British and other …

Review: Outlaw

Outlaw by Angus Donald My rating: 4 of 5 stars Outlaw, is an enjoyable, even memorable, re-imagining and re-exploration if you will, of the Robin Hood legend. All our favourite fiends, friends and enemies are here - 'Maid Marion', Friar Tuck, 'Little' John, the Sherrif of Nottingham, and Guy of Gisborne - there's action and …

Review: King’s Man

Viking. King's Man by Tim Severin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is in essence, a different look at the Viking 'swords and shields' books that I like reading so much (Robert Low, Giles Kristian, etc). If you're simply after swords and shields and bucket-loads of bloody raping and pillaging, this isn't for you. This is …