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Review: The last King of Lydia & The King and the Slave by Tim Leach

The Last King of Lydia After a neighbouring kingdom is conquered by the Persian ruler Cyrus, Croesus the King of Lydia decides to take the fight to him. Both Armies are equally matched and a stalemate is reached and both Armies retreated. Once back in Lydia, Croesus disbands his Army

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Review: Money Tree by Gordon Ferris

Ferris has had books reviewed several times on this website by me and I have found him to be a very good storyteller.  His previous books have been set in Glasgow in the immediate post-war period where crime was taking advantage of the upset caused by the war ending and

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Review: Sheriffmuir 1715: The Jacobite War in Scotland by Stuart Reid

This is a timely book for several reasons and it deserves a longer than usual in-depth review.  It will issue in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, and the 1715 Jacobite Rising was very much concerned with Scottish independence and Scotland’s future. It will also have issued

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Review: Images of War- Great War Fighter Aces 1914-16 by Norman Franks

A bit more detailed than many Images of War books, this one has picked a few outstanding pilots of WW1, from both sides.  While most of the photographs are linked to the book title, there are other pictures of the aircraft, both whole and the aftermath of a crash or

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Review. ‘Sniper in Helmand’ by James Cartwright.

James Cartwright served in the 1st Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment ( The Vikings). He joined this Regiment having tried and failed to join the Royal Marines. The failure was no disgrace, he was just too young and too unprepared at that stage of his life, and he had

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Review: ‘Spark’ by John Twelve Hawks.

Jacob Underwood is dead, but he continues to exist and carry out his duties as an assassin for a mysterious company. Actually, he just thinks and believes that he is dead, in fact he suffers from Cotard’s Syndrome, a peculiar belief that the body is dead. This makes his job

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Review: The Iron Castle – Angus Donald.

This latest book in The Outlaw Chronicles (a series based around the mythical Robin Hood) continues the War between France’s Philip II and England’s hated King John – this time at the infamous ‘Saucy’ Castle Gaillard in Normandy, France. The Castle was built by Richard the Lion heart, and was

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Review: Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guides x 3

 3 Books covering:  Ypres, Western Front – North and D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches As someone who has run Battlefield Studies to various sites around Europe, I know only too well the issues facing those trying to match maps to books to ground.  A decent guide which does all three makes

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Review: WEEP FOR AFRICA by Jeremy Hall

This is a straightforward memoir of the author’s life in apartheid South Africa and three years of fighting the Rhodesian war against FRELIMO, ZANU and ZIPLA. The first third of the book describes growing up in the 60s and 70s in apartheid South Africa.  Although Jeremy’s lifestyle was privileged, with

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Review: Defending Britain’s Skies by Mace and Grehan

This is a book containing four of the Official Despatches written by commanders in the Second World War. The first is Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding’s covering the Battle of Britain. The second is General Sir Frederic Pile’s describing his command of home based anti-aircraft guns for the whole

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