Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Twisted Ride

The Damaged is a top notch Thriller/Horror that delivers a gruesome and disturbed story. Like the storm that opens the narrative this story builds up to a violent crescendo that unloads with great ferocity.

 Simon Law has that rare talent in delivering a story that actually made me wince several times. This book is truly a twisted and depraved offering that lulls you into a false sense of security. Even though this story is a late bloomer I feel the first slower part of the book is vitally important in drawing you into this book. This is one author I will watch with interest and look forward into delving into more  of his tales.

As an audiobook production I found the narrator very un-emotive in his reading. His voice whilst pleasant was very flat and it was thanks to the strength of the story that these issues where overcome. A weaker narrative would have suffered from the reading.
4 Headphones

Monday, 13 June 2016

Great Game...Not So The Book

As a devotee of the Football Manager game franchise I opened this book with much excitement. I mean the documentary on Football Manager was top rate so a book on it will be so much better, wont it?

No is the short answer. I could end the review there but what fun is that. The book had some very interesting tales from real life Managers and this I enjoyed immensely. But overall I ended up feeling like the book was more a very fancy instruction book rather than a guide. I feel I never really gained much from this book.

2.5 Stars

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Bullet Riddled

Bullet Riddled gives the reader an inside view into a world very few get to glance. This world is that of being a member of an elite S.W.A.T team. The author takes us along with him through some of his most dangerous jobs.
As the title suggest the author was the first S.W.A.T inside Columbine and whilst this was a very formative event the author does not let this overshadow the rest of the book. I found this book a very interesting read and it gives a great sense of the type of mindset and mental fortitude that is needed to be a member of S.W.A.T.
Being that this is the audio version of the book I have to say that the production value was top notch and the narrator was a great choice for the reading.

The only downside of the story which stopped it being 4 stars was the repetitive nature of some of the phrases and information used throughout the book. This might just be a personal quibble but I feel that a heavier hand with the editing would have increased the readability of the book.
Saying that though the heart of the book is what shines through and I thank the author for his at times brutal honesty. It is this honesty that makes this read a truly memorable one for me.
3.5 Headphones

Friday, 3 June 2016

Hell's Super is a Superb Read

Hells Super is a refreshingly fresh tale from the circles of hell. The author has have had real devilishly fun is writing this book and this is evident on what he delivers on the pages.

The fun starts right off the bat with our hero of the story with the aptly named Steve Minion the Superintendent of Hell. What a job having to keep up with the maintenance of all nine levels of Hell, a real pain in the butt job. From here the story develops into a race to find out the reason behind some recent sabotage and the identity of some revolutionary antagonist.

With a great cast of characters from history including a very interesting love interest Hell's Super is one Hell of a read. This is one series I will definitely be exploring.
4 Stars

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Year of the Zombie Begins

Infected Books is celebrating 15 years in the business with a great Novella series called Year of the Zombie. Each month one of their authors will be delivering a short story and to start the ball rolling here is the first two.

A great short read that kicks of a series of Novellas from some great Zombiesque authors from Infected Books. One book a month to celebrate the "Year of the Zombie." It kicks off with Adam Baker of the Output series.

While only a short read it is certainly hits hard. The story takes place in Mogadishu and combines a CIA hit and a mysterious Zombie outbreak. The two story arcs are on a collision course from the outset and provide for a tense and exciting narrative.

A great start from a very promising serious. The Year of the Zombie is looking good and I for one am going along for the ride.

4 Stars

Book two of The Year of the Zombie bring Rich Hawkins to the fore. He delivers a stellar performance packed into a small space.

He paints a picture a survival and despair in a book I can best describe as grey. It is a story of a Grandfather doing the best he can for his only remaining kin. He is doing this while all the time dealing with a chronic alcoholic problem. Be warned the end of this book will not be for everyone's taste.

Infected Books is on to a killer concept and I look forward to reading more offerings. It is fair to say after being in the business for 15 years they now what the reader wants

4.5 Stars

Burglar's Guide to the City

A Burglar's Guide to the City takes an Architects view into breaking into building. In doing this it also touches on City planning and the part it plays in assisting the criminals.

I found this book absolutely fascinating and the research the author put into was evident throughout the entire book. I like the flow of the narrative and the chapters flowed seamlessly into each other. Geoff Manaugh takes great care to not glorify the subject matter and reminds readers of the devastation such crime can cause people.
After reading this book my eyes are open to city design and my spatial awareness is at a new high. The lengths some master burglars go to is truly outstanding and their creativity is equally amazing. A great read that I highly recommend to all.

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Tail Gunner

Tail Gunner is a World War II memoir that was written as it happened. Unfortunately the author died at the end of the war but his story lives on.

I found this a very light and breezy read despite the subject matter. The tone of the narrative is that of a young brash and brave man that has not been tempered by retrospection. This is a very much puts you right there in his mindset and in the thinking of the era.

I did find the book lacking a bit in the emotions that one would expect that comes along with war. I put this down to his young age and the bravado that brings. It did however for me detract from the overall enjoyment of this book. It lacked the overall fullness that can be found in similar memoirs.

3 Stars