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Review: Gallowglass by Gordon Ferris

This is the fourth book in this series set in Glasgow in the post WW2 period, late 40s early 50s. The hero as ever is Douglas Brodie (just call me Brodie!), former Glasgow policeman, former soldier who was commissioned in the field, then post war as a journalist and part

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Review – The Great War for Peace by WIlliam Mulligan

A different perspective on the Great War. Not all of it is unique, novel or for that matter perceptive, but Mulligan does provide some valid and interesting points, despite the book meandering through all sorts of concepts, almost like a “stream of consciousness” in quite a bewildering way.

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Review: A Bicycle Ride in Yorkshire by Heather Dawe

This is described, by the author, as an unofficial guide to the first two stages of Tour de France 2014. It’s a useful and attractive guide to the roads and scenery that will be tackled by cyclists on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014.

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Review: Keane’s Challenge by Iain Gale

Set against the backdrop of the Peninsular War, the maverick officer, Captain James Keane, and his band of (not so) reformed rogues cock a snook at one of Napoleons generals and bring the massive French army to battle at a place of Wellingtons choosing. This is a high quality, fast

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Review: God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian

The year is 785 and King Gorm has betrayed an oath and slain Jarl Harald and his village, with the exception of his youngest son, Sigurd, who manages to escape the slaughter. Sigurd is hell bent on revenge and is planning to kill the oath breaker and all those who

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Review: Death on the Don: The Destruction of Germany’s Allies on the Eastern Front Jonathon Trigg.

Nazi Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa, was the largest invasion in history. Almost 3.5 million men smashed into Stalin’s Red Army, reaching the gates of Leningrad, Moscow and Sevastopol. But not all of this vast army was German; indeed, by the summer

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Review; Images of War. Waffen-SS On The Eastern Front By Ian Baxter.

This book is part of the Images of War series by the author. It contains rare and never before published photographs of the Waffen-SS in combat and at rest on the Eastern Front. Now as per the advert I can truthfully say “It does what it says on the tin”.

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Review: Look Who’s Back, A Merciless Satire by Timur Vermes

This mercilessly satirical novel sends up our media-obsessed society in a splendid way, pulling no punches and sparing no-one. It has sold 1.5 million copies in Germany and has been translated into 38 languages. It has already been optioned for film. It has reportedly upset Chancellor Angela Merkel badly, which

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Review: Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law by Aaron Edwards

Subtitled ‘Aden and the End of Empire’, this excellent book describes the Arab insurgency and end of British colonial rule in Aden, and its hinterland, the Radfan.  All aspects are covered, predominantly from the British perspective but the focus of this book is the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, their charismatic

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Review: Hearts of Green – John Marsh

Review brought over from Rum Ration Well, what could possibly go wrong? I read the book over a couple of evenings, sat in my comfy old armchair, with a good slug of finest brandy. It was a fair old yarn, but I failed to warm to the main character at

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