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Review - The Cellist of Sarajevo The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Snipers in the hills overlook the shattered streets of Sarajevo. Knowing that the next bullet could strike at any moment, the ordinary men and women below strive to go about their daily lives as best they can. Kenan faces the agonizing dilemma of crossing the city to get water for his family. Dragan, gripped by fear, does not know who among his friends he can trust. And Arrow, a young woman counter-sniper must push herself to the limits - of body and soul, fear and humanity. Told with immediacy, grace and harrowing emotional accuracy, The Cellist of Sarajevo shows how, when the everyday act of crossing the street can risk lives, the human spirit is revealed in all its fortitude - and frailty... more»»
Ben Macnair 4th February 2017 [8/10]
Review - Cell 7 Cell 7
by Kerry Drewery

Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Nigel has reviewed Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery. A world where justice and the fate of those accused of murder is decided by the public, but has moved on from the Roman Gladiator 'thumbs up or thumbs down' public vote, to a public vote by telephone. If you are voted innocent you are set free; if you are voted guilty you are committed to death by electric chair. Those awaiting their sentence reside in ever decreasing cells, getting smaller each day, until Day 7 and Cell 7, where they hear their fate. Sixteen year old Martha has confessed to killing a famous celebrity. But has she done it? And if not, why has she claimed the murder? Perhaps she wants to show up the flawed and brutal system by sacrificing herself in the hope of a better world.... Or perhaps she is protecting somebody else... A heart-rending, thought-provoking tale of doomed romance... more»»
Nigel 31st December 2016 [8/10]
Review - Even Dogs in the WildEven Dogs in the Wild
by Ian Rankin

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin. Retirement doesn't suit John Rebus. He wasn't made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn't need long to consider his options. Clarke's been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty - Rebus's long-time nemesis - has received an identical note and a bullet through his window. Now it's up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer. Even Dogs in the Wild brings back Ian Rankin's greatest characters in a story exploring the darkest corners of our instincts and desires... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st December 2016 [7/10]
Review - Tesseracts NineteenTesseracts Ninehteen:
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by Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum, Editors
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe by Claude Lalumiere and Mark Shainblum, Editors. Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes! Mad scientists! Adventurers into the unknown. Detectives of the dark night. Costumed crimefighters. Steampunk armoured avengers. Brave and bold supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories. Pulp action. Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe features all of these permutations of the superhero genre and many others besides! Featuring stories by: Patrick T. Goddard, D.K. Latta, Alex C. Renwick, Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere, Geoff Hart, Marcelle Dube, Kevin Cockle, John Bell, Evelyn Deshane, A.C. Wise, Jennifer Rahn, Bevan Thoma, Bernard E. Mireault, Sacha A. Howells, Kim Goldberg, Luke Murphy, Corey Redekop, Brent Nichols, Jason Sharp, Arun Jiwa, Chadwick Ginther, Leigh Wallace, David Perlmutter, P.E. Bolivar, Michael Matheson... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st December 2016 [9/10]
Review - Safe at HomeSafe at Home
by C. Dennis Moore

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
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Molly Martin 31st December 2016 [9/10]
Review - The Recruit The Recruit
by Robert Muchamore

Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (5 Reviews)
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For those that are interested this review has moved The Recruit to number two in the BookLore Top 10.
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Review -  The RetributionThe Retribution
by Val McDermid

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
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Ben Macnair 30th November 2016 [7/10]
Review - The Last AutumnThe Last Autumn
by Ophelia Juliet
Average Review Rating Average Rating [8/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for The Last Autumn by Ophelia Juliet.One piece of music. One boy, one girl. Music brings them together, or maybe not? For years, the piano prodigy, Richard Roberton, avoided the piano. He never dared to play in front of people nor dared to join any completion. His life wasn’t perfect but he had Elizabeth – his best friend. He realized that he was in love with her. But it was too cliché and he didn’t want to sacrifice their eleven-year-long friendship for something he was unsure of. High school was supposed to be most enjoyable times. But for Richard, it is the complete opposite. His best friend started dating another guy, which broke his heart. He envied people who could play the instrument they love. Unfortunately, life doesn't go as planned for Elizabeth. This changed the life of both Richard and Elizabeth... Would they be together at the end? Would Elizabeth able to get out of her life situation? This is a romantic, enthralling and very uplifting story about memory, pain, living, music, loving and dying – simultaneously tragic and promising. Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th November 2016 [8/10]
Review - Whispers through a Megaphone Whispers through a Megaphone
by Rachel Elliott

Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Whispers through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott. Miriam hasn't left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. She still lives in the shadow of her dead mother... But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world. Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover that his wife Sadie doesn't love him... And so he decides to leave his home. Miriam and Ralph's chance meeting in a wood during stormy weather marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship, while Sadie takes a break from Twitter to embark on an intriguing adventure of her own. As their collective story unfolds, each of them seeks to better understand the objects of their affection, and their own hearts, timidly refusing to stand still and accept the chaos life throws at them. Rachel Elliott's loveable characters confront the hardest things in life with delicious humour and steady courage. Because sometimes, our over-connected world can seem too much for just one person... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st October 2016 [7/10]
Review - Expiration Date Expiration Date
by Nancy Kilpatrick (Editor)
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Paul Lappen 31st October 2016 [9/10]
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