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 …

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Review: The Polish Officer

The Polish Officer by Alan Furst My rating: 4 of 5 stars The period between the wars, especially the later period (we're of course talking Europe here) in the run-up to World War II especially in Eastern Europe, fascinates me. This is where Alan Furst's excellent novels are set. According to the introduction information, he …

Review: Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ah, Memphis; home of Elvis and the Ancient Greeks...erm... Most people who know anything about anything, know at least a little about the legend of Thermopylae and the 300 Spartans who fought there against overwhelming …

Review: The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality

The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality by Richard Overy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Richard Overy has produced another* superb book here. Not a right lot longer than I imagine the pamphlet it mentions at the end that was produced about the battle - that was the first to coin the phrase 'The …

Review: All Hell Let Loose: The World at War, 1939-1945

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings My rating: 5 of 5 stars A huge and hugely impressive and moving book, All Hell Let Loose is a concise and precise, but detailed and passion-filled history of the war years of the Second World War. The book is a rivetingly fresh look …

Review: The Thieves Of Faith

The Thieves Of Faith by Richard Doetsch My rating: 2 of 5 stars The Thieves of Faith really is just not good enough. It's not entirely in dreadful Clive Kussler territory, but in the foothills of such absurdity, that's for sure. The story is something or other to do with breaking into The Kremlin after …

Review: Gospel Truths

Gospel Truths by J.G. Sandom My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is not your run-of-the-mill religious, historical, chase, search, code-breaking, discovery of some ancient artefact that proves Christianity is based on a myth or a lie, type of thriller. It's quite a step up from that. Passages reminded me of books I've read by Alan Furst or Olen Steinhauer. …

Result!

Found this in our local Netto yesterday morning.At 25 Kroner. That's what I'm calling a bargain.25 Kroner is what you would call £2.78 or $4.26.As the Danish 'You See' TV provider's website so aptly puts it:Quintus er romersk centurion. Sammen med sine mænd er han fanget i fjendeland, omringet af det mystiske stammefolk picterne. Picterne …

What’s in the iPad today, Jim?!

Well, once I'm through all the paperback books I listed earlier (or 'physical', as a book library app I downloaded recently likes to describe books you can actually hold), I'll be not getting any ink on my fingers at all, with this little lot: Redbreast : Jo Nesbo. "... entwines a Second World War ghost …

If I only recommend one book on the Vikings, it would be these three

The Hammer and the Cross : Robert FergusonBrings the history of the Vikings into the 21st Century.After many years away, this is the one that got me back into the Vikings with a bang.The title refers to how the Vikings were actually effectively wiped out by Christianity.The Vikings in America : Graeme Davis I've reviewed this one …