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The One Man

Overall this is a cracking WWII thriller, set around the concept of an Allies break in into Auschwitz to rescue a specific prisoner who holds information vital to the Manhattan Project. Andrew Gross has done a great job of capturing … Continue reading

Friday, September 30, 2016 in Reviews

All Tide Up

Like it’s predecessor, Man Up!, this is a knock-about farce based around the capable but somewhat cursed sports agent, Patrick Flynn. This time the key protegĂ© is a nymphomaniac Russian tennis player, but otherwise the cast of gangsters, hit-men (& … Continue reading

Monday, April 25, 2016 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World


Daniel Suarez is billed as the new Michael Crichton. While a few of his novels have come onto my radar, this is the first I have read. Based on this showing there’s a great deal of promise, but the fairly … Continue reading

Friday, April 15, 2016 in Reviews

Man Up

This is a comedy thriller very much affecting the style of Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen’s latest, the hilarious Bad Monkey, uses almost exactly the same Floridan and Bahamian locations, and reading this book almost immediately afterwards did feel a bit like … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Reviews


This is a fascinating book, although its title and blurb are rather misleading. I was expecting something along the lines of a Welsh Defiance (the story of the Belorussian Otriads which successfully battled the Nazis behind the Eastern Front), or … Continue reading

Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Reviews

World War Z – The Book

“The World At War” with Zombies! Continue reading

Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Reviews, Thoughts on the World

El Dorado Blues

Like the predecessor novel, Wahoo Rhapsody, this is an enjoyable romp which charges on at an impressive pace. As a complete antidote to all the “Templar Treasure” novels of recent years, while this does feature a long-buried fabled treasure, which … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Reviews

Utter Folly

As good as Tom Sharpe at his best Continue reading

Monday, April 15, 2013 in Reviews

I Do Solemnly Swear

Pedestrian Thriller Continue reading

Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Reviews

The Crusade of Darkness

This is an intense, dark, mediaeval mystery, set in turbulent 13th Century Italy. Giulio Leoni makes Dante Aligheri the central character who travels as Florence’s ambassador to Rome, but who rapidly becomes embroiled in investigating a series of murdered and … Continue reading

Monday, April 30, 2012 in Reviews

Wahoo Rhapsody

Very enjoyable Hiaasen-style romp Continue reading

Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Reviews


A new science fiction tale which bears comparison with the old masters Continue reading

Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Reviews

Deep Six

Rip-roaring yarn, but also an interesting period piece Continue reading

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Reviews

The Templar Salvation

A Rip-Roaring Romp, with Cutting Questions on Christianity Continue reading

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in Reviews

The Eden Legacy

Cracking yarn, even if slightly derivative Continue reading

Friday, April 29, 2011 in Reviews


A great thriller, which probes uncomfortable ideas at the boundaries of science and religion Continue reading

Saturday, April 23, 2011 in Reviews


Murky murder mysteries and complex catholic conspiracies Continue reading

The Nemesis List

Covers light years, but goes nowhere Continue reading

Sunday, April 17, 2011 in Reviews


Ripping Yarn, but Dodgy Details Continue reading

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 in Reviews


Dodgy Dons Done to Death in Troubled Tudor Times Continue reading

Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Reviews

City of the Sun

Well written, but uninspiring Continue reading

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Reviews


A cracking thriller, and an intriguing insight into the world of high finance Continue reading

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 in Reviews

Dark Matter

Brilliant period piece, with a Sherlock Holmes feel Continue reading

Friday, April 27, 2007 in Reviews

Digital Fortress

Mr Brown should stick to what he’s good at Continue reading

Friday, May 7, 2004 in Reviews