Review: The Splintered Kingdom

The Splintered Kingdom by James Aitcheson My rating: 4 of 5 stars If I read a better, more satisfying book, of the Historical Fiction (or any other) genre this next year - I'll be astounded. Or for many years to come. Or at least until the next in the 'Bloody Aftermath' series. The 'Splintered Kingdom' …

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Review: Red Inferno: 1945

Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy My rating: 3 of 5 stars The 'What if?' premiss of Red Inferno is a good one and given the state of affairs in the final months of WWII, one that was entirely possible. What if, Conroy wonders, while they rushed to capture Berlin, hopefully capture Hitler alive and …

The Splintered Kingdom-come.

Amazing. Huge publishing House (that I've even heard of) sends me a pre-release, review copy of a book I would have bought anyway.

Forged in Fury – Michael Elkins

I was recently having a hyggelig old time cataloging books to my new Book Keeper application, when I came across this one. I remember Michael Elkins, as I was growing up in the UK, as the BBC's Jerusalem correspondent. I can still picture him reporting on, or after, the 1967 war and all the various …

Review: Hawk Quest

Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is without doubt a big, glorious, involving book. One you can get totally lost in. It's a rich, twisting, and thoroughly absorbing tale. One that travels through Spain, France, England, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland (I think), what is now Russia and all the …

Review: Holy Warrior

Holy Warrior by Angus Donald My rating: 4 of 5 stars A powerful, provocative and thought-provoking read, this is the second installment in Angus Donald's re-interpretation of the Robin Hood myth. Even though you are prepared for this not being your usual Robin Hood story, Angus Donald still keeps you gripped and surprises you at …

Review: Hereward

Hereward by James Wilde My rating: 4 of 5 stars Superb. Nothing less. Hereward gripped me and held me at sword-point from page one. (That was my attempt at writing something they might want to use on a future Hereward book jacket). I can't remember being so impressed by a historical novel for a long, …

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 …

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 …