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Review - The Sinful ManThe Sinful Man by Keith Rommel
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Nigel has reviewed The Sinful Man by Keith Rommel. Leo needs something... his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more. No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick - despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay. Leo soon learns that everything has a price - not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind... more»»
Nigel 31st July 2014 [8/10]
Review -The Puzzle BoxThe Puzzle Box by The Apocalyptic Four
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Paul has sent in a review for The Puzzle Box by The Apocalyptic Four. An intriguing anthology where reality is transient and the puzzle box holds the key to the meaning of life. Archaeology Professor Albert Mallory understands reality. He knows the way the world works. When he steals an ancient puzzle box to pay off gambling debts, he thinks the only mysterious thing about the artefact is how to get it open. But when a stranger appears at Albert’s door demanding to see the box, Albert is plunged into mysteries he never dreamt possible. Through the tales of four others who succeeded in opening the puzzle box Albert learns that reality is transient and the way the world works is not found in text books.. more»»
Paul Lappen 31st July 2014 [9/10]
Review - Cry of the Fish EagleCry of the Fish Eagle by Peter Rimmer
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Molly has sent in a review for Cry of the Fish Eagle by Peter Rimmer. This is the story of Rupert Pengelly who first heard the Cry of the Fish Eagle when he was stationed in Rhodesia for six months during the Second World War. As he was to find and as the saying goes, once you have heard the Cry of the Fish Eagle, you will always come back to Africa! It is during that first six months, Rupert searches for Sasa, the orphaned daughter of his friend, Rigby Savage. Rupert was honouring a promise made to Rigby to care for Sasa if anything did happen to him. To complicate the search, Sasa's eccentric grandfather, Kobus Loubser, had taken the young orphan into the bush prospecting for emeralds. The search is unsuccessful and Rupert returns to the war, with intentions afterwards of farming the family estate in Cornwall. However a distant cousin, George Geake, conspires to cheat him out of his inheritance and Rupert loses his beloved home... more»»
Molly Martin 31st July 2014 [9/10]
Review - My Teacher Says You’re a WitchMy Teacher Says You’re a Witch by Jane Schaffer
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Chrissi has reviewed the non-fiction My Teacher Says You’re a Witch by Jane Schaffer. A project set up by Ofsted in 1996 trained many new recruits to be inspectors. It was at a time when Chris Woodhead had convinced the government and populace alike that teachers and schools needed to buck up their ideas. Now Ofsted could carry out its dreaded inspections across the length and breadth of the land, but Jane Schaffer’s book asks the question… Did Ofsted Inspections make a difference? For nine-year-old Steven, whose chaotic home life and severe dyslexia make home unpopular. With his teacher, it does. In the four days of the school’s inspection, Steven’s teacher picks up a handful of the much-feared unsatisfactory grades and so passes the point of professional acceptability. She leaves the school, and Steven and his classmates get a new teacher who is good at her job. Outcomes, however, are not always as happy... more»»
Chrissi 30th June 2014 [8/10]
Review - Red Sky RadioRed Sky Radio by Matt Howarth
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Paul has sent in a review for Red Sky Radio by Matt Howarth. Using a converted space hotel as their base, Peri Fairchild and the other freelancers dive into the clouds of Baltuss to mine gases. Their activities are challenged by the extreme capitalists of Harvest Corporation who view them as pirates. With the illegal radio station Red Sky Radio providing free entertainment, follow Peri, her boyfriend Taz and the other miners as the final showdown with Harvest Corporation leads to irrevocable changes, both for the miners and Harvest.. more»»
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Review - Desert SwarmTarizon: Desert Swarm by William Manchee
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Molly has sent in a review for Tarizon: Desert Swarm by William Manchee. Due to a freak auto accident, Jack Carpenter discovers a strange geological formation in the Mojave Desert near Bat Mountain, California. He thinks little about it until he returns out of curiosity and discovers the formation is growing, and doing so at a staggering rate. Fascinated by this he calls in his friend George Parker, a local geology professor, and together they begin to study the Bat Mountain Formation in earnest. George has never seen or heard of a geological formation that is growing nearly six inches a day, so he contacts a friend at the U.S. Park Service to get him to take a look. Eventually the word of the bizarre discovery gets out and people flock to see this miracle in the desert... more»»
Molly Martin 30th June 2014 [9/10]
Review - The Wolf WarriorsThe Wolf Warriors by M J Fleming
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Dave Lett has sent in a review for The Wolf Warriors by M J Fleming. The Dark Ages. The Roman Empire has fallen. The former province of Britannia has lapsed into anarchy. Bandits roam the ruined towns. Feral dog packs prowl the forests. Vikings pillage the coasts. Anglo-Saxon war parties invade from Germania intent on reducing the native Britons to slaves, or severed heads to decorate their encampments. Kady is a Briton, the teenage daughter of Kai, a Druid. Kai is mutilated by a werewolf – a Saxon who had ingested a shape-shifting potion. At the moment of his death Kady inherits her father's mystical powers. As the Germanic hordes conquer all before them, she must utilise her new-found skills, quickly learning how to cast spells, read minds, and receive visions. And fight... more»»
Dave Lett 30th June 2014 [9/10]
Review -CoercionCoercion by Tim Tigner
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Chrissi has reviewed Coercion by Tim Tigner. On the eve of Perestroika while investigating his brother’s death, Alex Ferris stumbles onto a KGB General’s scheme to regain Russia’s superpower status. After surviving attempts on his life and assembling bizarre clues, Alex flies from San Francisco to Siberia to find answers and avenge his brother. In the midst of that frozen landscape and those tumultuous times, he survives infiltration, interrogation, and romance only to learn that he too is being manipulated as part of a much grander scheme. Written by a former Green Beret and Soviet Counterintelligence Specialist, Coercion is a Robert Ludlum global conspiracy crossed with a Ken Follett historical drama... more»»
Chrissi 31st May 2014 [8/10]
Review - DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
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Chrissi has reviewed Divergent by Veronica Roth. In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions - Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. Her choice shocks everyone, including herself. During the initiation that follows, Tris and her fellow initiates undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends really are – and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her. Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those she loves… or it might destroy her... more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2014 [8/10]
Review - InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
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Chrissi has reviewed Insurgent by Veronica Roth.Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope. One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. Tris Prior's initiation day should have been marked by victorious celebrations with her chosen faction; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows. War seems inevitable; and in times of war sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge and choices will become ever more irrevocable. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting grief and guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence - even though she cannot know what might be lost in doing so... more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2014 [7/10]
Review - AllegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
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Chrissi has reviewed Allegiant by Veronica Roth.The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love... more»»
Chrissi 30th April 2014 [8/10]
Review - Internal SecurityInternal Security by David Darracott
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Paul has sent in a review for Internal Security by David Darracott. How far would you go to save the nation? Tom Darden is a small-time reporter who needs a hot scoop to save his career, and when opportunity finally knocks, he stops at nothing to get the story of a lifetime. When a hotel bombing in Daytona Beach kills hundreds, a frightening threat to the nation emerges from the rubble. A diabolical plot is afoot that threatens the American way of life, and only he can stop it, even though reporting the truth could cost him his life. The deeper he digs, the more terrifying the threat becomes, but still he tries to untangle a web of secrets, never knowing an even bigger danger awaits him and the country. A mysterious organization is tracking his every move, determined to crush everything he discovers, and they will stop at nothing to shut him up... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th April 2014 [9/10]
Review - Kitchens and Gadgets 1920 to 1950Kitchens and Gadgets 1920 to 1950 by Jane H. Celehar
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Molly has sent in a review for Kitchens and Gadgets 1920 to 1950 by Jane H. Celehar, a comprehensive guide to the identification, history and values of colored handled gadgets and the kitchens in which they were used. Surveys changes in kitchen design from the 1920s through the 1950s, lists housewares manufacturers of the era, and notes the value of kitchen utensils, from can openers to measuring tools and strainers. As the character of the kitchen and use of the room and its trappings began to transform came a need for contraptions used for preparing foods and garnishes. The kitchen developed into a pivotal arena of the home providing a locale for rallying and dining and conversation. Where a knife for cutting and a large spoon for beating once epitomized much of the tool ware found in kitchens suddenly there were Baking Tools and Knife Sharpeners, Bottle Openers and Mixing Tools. And, there was colour... more»»
Molly Martin 30th April 2014 [8/10]
Review - Betting on the MuseBetting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski, a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it. In these new poems and stories Bukowski, the erstwhile street brawler, battles on until his last breath, punching away at hypocrisy and fakery to lay bare essential truths. Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th April 2014 [8/10]
Review - September WindSeptember Wind by Kathleen Anderson
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Molly has sent in a review for September Wind by Kathleen Anderson. Orphaned at birth in 1940, Emily lives the next eighteen years on her grandfather’s farm with four thankless men and an indifferent aunt nearby. When the school board forces Grandfather’s hand and allows her to attend school, she experiences a beautiful friendship, and the thrill and pain of an innocent young love. Still, there is an underlying loneliness, and a secret she bears alone. In 1958, the day finally arrives when she prepares to leave the farm forever. Then a tragic mistake thrusts her into a harrowing run for her life. She escapes the horror and hops a train to San Francisco. With a stout heart and a fire in her belly, she fights for her sanity and welcomes the stirrings of a grown-up love. She arrives in San Francisco wide-eyed and filled with hope. Alone in a strange town, she is vulnerable to a world of crime and those who take advantage of her. Yet, with no one to count on but the rebel inside her, she never gives up even when each turn and every door opened greets her with another unwelcome surprise... more»»
Molly Martin 31st March 2014 [9/10]
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