Thursday, 31 December 2015

First Review for 2016


Callsign Hades simply did not live up to my expectations. After reading all the glowing reviews I was expecting a book I could not put down. What I found instead was a rather pedestrian read which was way too easy to put down.

There was nothing really wrong in the writing or narrative it just simply failed to elevate itself above the plethora of biographies on this conflict for me. If you have not read to many books on the Afghanistan conflict, then this book might hold your interest more than it did for me. Overall this was an average read nothing wrong with it but nothing outstanding about it either.
 
3 Stars

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Thats All For the Year

I wold like to thank everyone for your support this year and for taking the time to share my love of books. I hope that you got a good book recommendation or two from me.





So as I sign off the year I wish all the best for the end of year and hope to see you in 2016 for more great reads.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Go Like Hell



I'm not normally one for reading motoring history books but this caught my eye and boy I am glad it did. Going Like Hell tells the tale of one of  the most famous car manufacturers battle for supremacy during the golden age of car racing. In doing this it also tells of two of the most Iconic personalities in the auto business that being Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford the II.

A.J Baime covers a lot of subject matter in this book whilst keeping the reader thoroughly entertained as the narrative speeds along. We are shown the inner workings of both companies as well as getting a candid look at those who gambled with their lives in the pursuit of speed. The attrition rate of drivers from this era was something that truly shocked me and gave me a whole new perspective on the brave and daring young men that drove these missiles.

Yet again I was reminded of why I love reading so much. I came into this book  with little knowledge of the subject or era and walked away thirsting for more information. This book will suit a wide variety readers as it has a bit of something to suit most tastes.

4.5 Stars

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Dead Wake


Erik Larson has delivered yet another slice of History that reads like a novel. His talent lies in the details he gives the readers details that most would gloss over. This leads to a read in which history leaps of the page right into the readers imagination.

Dead Wake tells the story of the sinking of a neutral US ocean liner the Lusitania full of passengers, by a German U-Boat in 1915. It tells the tale of both Captains, crews and passengers as they set of on their their respective journeys. It was a journey that would be remembered in history for all the wrong reasons.

The parallel narratives fill the reader with anticipation as the inevitable event draws closer. Erik Larson has triumphed again in this excellent piece of Historic writing.


5 Big Stars

Thursday, 3 December 2015

A Gritty Urban Fantasy Read


Storm Front tells the tale of Harry Dresden who is Wizard struggling to make ends meet. With his rent due a a secretive client sets off a serious of events that ends up in a fight for his life.

Jim Butcher places the world of fantasy and wizards smack bang into modern America and melds into seamlessly into the Gumshoe detective genre. He delivers a great narrative and some very interesting and engaging characters that drive the story along at a comfortable pace.

So if you are looking for something that is off the trodden path yet still very entertaining then look no further. The Dresden Files has moved up my list of must read series.
4 Stars