Simon Scarrow - Traitors of Rome, great Cato and Marco series
So is the third. The first is a fantastic book just for the sheer originality of it, the followups are still very enjoyable but a bit samey samey.View attachment 493795
On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.
As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.
A good book but the characters and plots are too similar to the first book.
Cheers I shall be deleting my copy unreadstarted reading this, gave it up as a waste of reading time, the first opening scene's of two off duty Marines (their most importation identification, ie which Marine Division to which they belonged is not mentioned by the author, a sign of things to come.) they swam and watched as Pearl is attacked, and P38s and Mustangs get up to attack the Japanese aircraft formations. P38's & Mustangs!
what can I take from this book after five pages?
we take WW2 accuracy far more seriously now than they did in the 1950-60s, mainly due to the efforts of those who demand the truth and finally listen to the men who were there. The rest is just crap.
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Yeah I can second this review, I have a copy. It's a great read.And made into the most execrable television drama I have ever had the misfortune to watch.
And now for something completely different.
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. Published in 1998 it follows US attempts to use submarines for spying on Russian activities from its beginning in 1949 to the fall of the Soviet Union and the shift to spying on other nations.
It details some of the triumphs and tragedies along the way; documents all known collisions between US (and one UK) subs and Soviet vessels; the attempt to lift a Golf class sub from the Pacific floor; and the internecine fighting between the CIA and Office of Naval Intelligence over access to funding and resources.
The book also looks in some detail at Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the person who single-mindedly drove the US nuclear submarine program but who could not stand being excluded from knowing what his boats were doing when tasked with intelligence gathering missions. His volatility at being denied information cost the careers of several officers most unfairly. However, I did like one officer's response when being interviewed for a position on one of Rickover's nuclear subs and was told to "Piss me off if you can." Without saying a word the candidate lifted his arm and with one motion swept Rickover's desk clean. He got the job.
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Absolutely agree on Cormac McCarthy. I have most of his works on my bookshelf just waiting for a re-read soon. He is one of the very few novelists I read and keep the book rather than consigning it to an op-shop bin.View attachment 497031
The usual majestic flowing prose from the man I and many others consider to be America's greatest living story teller. This is a beautifully told nihilistic tale the wheres and whens are answered - an American mountainous area?? at the turn of the lat century?? - and the bleakness has a scenery all of its own.
The closest we have is probably Jim Crace, his Arcadia is a stunner.