Review: The Prow Beast

The Prow Beast by Robert Low My rating: 5 of 5 stars An outstanding sequel to the other 'Oathsworn' sequels (the series is now up to number four). It's a good, gripping story, rich in detail and with plenty going on, both outwardly and inwardly. Many of the characters, especially our hero, get their personalities …

Review: Knights of the Black and White

Knights of the Black and White by Jack Whyte My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is quite probably the first in a trilogy, here dealing with the origins of the Knights Templar and the book takes us from France, via England, to the Holy Land around the time of the Crusades. Overall a good …

Review: Warrior of Rome: King of Kings

Warrior of Rome: King of Kings by Harry Sidebottom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Number two in the trilogy (?) and a really enjoyable read. Sorry to have finished it, looking forward to ordering the third any time i have a birthday soon. He certainly knows his Roman-period onions, does Harry. He's clearly done …

Review: Vienna Assignment

Vienna Assignment by Olen Steinhauer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've previously read 'The Tourist', which was also excellent, though probably more of a mainstream spy novel. 'The Vienna Assignment' is particularly good because it doesn't do, as in the main character doesn't do, what you probably expect it/him to. …

Review: The Last Testament

The Last Disappointment

Review: The Paris Option

The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum My rating: 3 of 5 stars A decent story, but could have been better. And by 'better', I'm thinking better told. According to the cover, it's a collaboration, and I think it shows. It's a fair bit longer than it really should be (it follows the premise of the …

Review: Warrior of Rome: Fire in the East

Warrior of Rome: Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom My rating: 3 of 5 stars It's good, but you could argue that not an awful lot happens over a lot of pages. But, once I got over that, I really enjoyed the developing character of the main man, and began to care about his, …

Review: The Foreign Correspondent

The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst My rating: 2 of 5 stars Promised much, delivered little. It felt a little like he was avoiding telling the story he should have, maybe even really wanted to. A huge missed opportunity, no matter how languid, evocative and well-written it was. I'll give some of his others a …

Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum My rating: 3 of 5 stars It's good, not great. It's probably too long, all in all, and can't keep up the tension at a consistent level. Possibly would have been better to have condensed a couple of the possible endings into one almighty, cataclysmic ending. I'd still recommend …

Review: The Vikings and America

The Vikings and America by Erik Wahlgren I learned from this book; that the author is a bit of a know-it-all. He's clearly a very educated, and educated in all things Norse and Viking, man. He clearly knows his Viking onions. He has his opinions and his opinions are the right ones. His opinions are …