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 …

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Review: The Lucifer Gospel

The Lucifer Gospel by Paul Christopher My rating: 2 of 5 stars Close, but no cigar. The Lucifer Gospel really could have been good, but wasn't. It was like a Dan Brown wannabe-lite. I gave it every chance, but it failed to deliver and finally, I couldn't get Clive-bloody-Cussler out of my mind. (A Clive …

Early 2011 Reading List

A list of (nearly all of) the books I'm going to be getting on with over the next couple of months.

Review: The Silver Eagle

The Silver Eagle by Ben Kane My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is an excellent read. At least on a par with Harry Sidebottom's 'Warrior of Rome' books. The Silver Eagle, is number two in Ben Kane's Forgotten Legion series.The Forgotten Legion are one of the Roman Legions defeated after the battle of Carrhae. They are …

Review: Warrior of Rome: Lion of the Sun

Warrior of Rome: Lion of the Sun by Harry Sidebottom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now this was an excellent book. Like the first two in the 'Warrior of Rome' series; 'Fire In the East' and 'King Of Kings'; 'Lion of the Sun' again follows our Roman soldier hero Ballista (actually from the north of Europe), who …

Review: Standard of Honour

Standard of Honour by Jack Whyte My rating: 3 of 5 stars Strange, slow, long, but still enjoyable. Though, I'm really not too sure why. On the face of it, not an awful lot happens. It feels like what it of course actually is; number two in a trilogy (I haven't read number three yet); a transition novel, between …

Review: Viking: Sworn Brother

Sworn Brother by Tim Severin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sworn Brother, is number two in the Viking series and is another excellent read. A good story, nicely written and exhaustively researched. I thought at one point that it could perhaps do with having a bit more blood and thunder in it, but then I'm …

The Sanctuary – Raymond Khoury

A rattling good read for the most, though ultimately a disappointment. For four fifths of the book, I was captured, but the final sections did seem to let the previous chapters' side down. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, as it took a while for the book to let on - or was it that I …

Raven: Sons of Thunder – Giles Kristian

This is number two in the Raven series. There are three out (so far), Giles has moved on, but may return. As I have an aversion to hardback books (an environmentally damaging waste of paper, waste of bookshelf space, etc), I'm still waiting for the paperback version of the third, so I don't know if …

The Prophecy – Chris Kuzneski

This one I got cheap from the Porthcawl RNLI second-hand book section. And just as well. I suppose I shouldn't be too harsh on it, as it didn't exactly cost me a whole lot, however...it had been on my Amazon 'Wish List', so it could have been a lot worse. It's a story based around …