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Review: The New Enemy by Andy McNab

Review by muskovardo As this isn’t my usual choice of genre at first it took a little more effort to get into than normal. After the first couple of chapters however you are flung straight into the action and gripped by McNabs writing.

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Review: The Crusader Chronicles by Peter Darman

Having reviewed the five books of The Parthian Chronicles (by Peter Darman) over the last few years, I was excited to see that he had started writing a new series: The Crusader Chronicles.  With Auld Yin’s help, I suggested that I could review this series, being able to compare it

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Review: An Intimate War by Mike Martin review 2 of 2

Review 2 by Cold_Collation Prior to receiving a copy, and to gain a flavour of others’ opinions, I looked at some online reviews of Mike Martin’s An Intimate War. Several highlighted the complexity of the narrative – of the confusing numbers of names, tribes and both official and unofficial organisations involved,

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Review: An Intimate War by Mike Martin review 1 of 2

Review 1 by Alfred-the-Great ‘An Intimate War‘ is a story of Helmand, told through the voices of the Helmandis themselves, from the 1800s onwards.  It charts how the various tribes, and sub-tribes, living and fighting within that Province, have used every external actor – from other Afghan tribes, Soviet, Pakistani

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Review of Rage by Phillip Harben

Since leaving the Army, Chris Mason had been working for a small welding company whose managing director, Peter Jefferson, was only concerned with how much money could be made from it rather than concerning himself with the staff. To that end, he tells Chris to sack Dave, who had been

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Review of Firefall by Peter Watts

At the very beginning Peter Watts gives fair warning that this book called Firefall is actually an omnibus edition of two books. The first book, Blindsight was initially published in 2006 while the second, Echopraxia, was published in 2014.

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Review: Avro Lancaster In Military Service 1945-1965 by Martin Derry and Neil Robinson

If you have ever wondered what the RAF did with all its Lancasters at the end of the Second World War this is the book for you! The authors briefly describe the rationale behind the RAF’s rundown, (no money), and its selection of the Avro Lancaster as the primary bomber to be

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Review – The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean by Raoul McLaughlin

This is a very comprehensive and thorough account of the Roman empire’s economic, not necessarily military actions in the Indian Ocean.Any history book which has “Economy” on it is a sure bet for a serious read, but a heavy one. Not this one. It is serious and detailed,  but not

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Review: World War II a very short introduction by G Weinberg

Small but perfectly written! The Second World War in 125 pages may seem an idea akin to the Reduced Shakespeare Company  but Gerhard L Weinberg has produced a first class overview of the war. Given its publisher (Oxford University Press) this should come as no great surprise

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Review Frontline Medic by Michael Lucas

Frontline Medic: Gallipoli, Somme, Ypres, The Diary of Capt. George Pirie, RAMC 1914-17: Michael Lucas This is interestingly the first time this book has been in print. Michael Lucas has written a previous book on the 9th East Surrey Regiment, to whom Captain Pirie was attached for some time. He

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