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Crusade: Destroyermen, Book II
Crusade: Destroyermen, Book II
by Taylor Anderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great page Turner., Aug. 31 2011
As stated in the reviews of the other books in this series, these are good. The writer is a sure hand that brings you into the pages or turns the pages so that the words appear to be alive in front of you.
Well crafted but don't start this book out of sequence. make sure you start with the first one and then follow along the intervening challenges and battles of the small knot of people in whom you are soon a valued member, or so you think when reading it. Enjoy.

Distant Thunders: Destroyermen
Distant Thunders: Destroyermen
by Taylor Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.80
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure, skillfully written., Aug. 31 2011
Open this book and be prepared to indulge yourself by morphing into the action around you. The writers skill is such that you can smell the smells and hear the pain. The jungle rot will assail your nostrils and make you forget that this is not only a book of fiction but one of fantasy fiction wityh a retro twist unique to that segment.
If you like a good sea story. Buy it. If you like retro history, this one is a winner. If you just want to curl up with a good book skillfully written so as to draw you into the drama of the main characters then you have made the right choice and I wish you pleasant reading.

Victory and Honor
Victory and Honor
by W.E.B. Griffin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.80
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy to be back in Argentina, Aug. 31 2011
This review is from: Victory and Honor (Hardcover)
Now that WEB IV has joined WEB III in this adventure, the books are "slimmer with more filler" (you may quote me).
The story is still there and it is a continuing adventure I subscribe to. However, and i know that I am overtly critical of this process because it has eradicated the genius of Tom Clancy, but there is merit to what has been said. The number of pages have been declined and the content contains more filler, the kind that is simply cut and pasted through the committee process. While that process may be financially rewarding, the same cannot be said for the reader. That Mr. Butterworth is who buys the books that pays for the committee of writers. We however have been buying your books because of you the writer and your style. When that has gone, so are the readers.
You may want to write that down.
This book now sits on the shelf along with the first volumes of this series. But it is not a place of honour. Just to complete the picture. That my friends is not conducive to investing in future novels if this mode of delivery to the consumer continues.

Maelstrom: Destroyermen
Maelstrom: Destroyermen
by Taylor Anderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another adventurous voyage on a smoky "Tin Can"., Aug. 31 2011
Really enjoy this series. A very well crafted storyline with believeable characters. The plot and roughly how many sequels to come becomes fairly evident at the conclusion of each edition buit you are captured by the originality and outright believeability of both plot and characters.
Without the retro twist to the whole story, if you enjoy a sea faring adventure, Mr. Anderson has "Brine" covering his manuscript.
The comparison that comes to mind is the Naval adventures as written by the UK's Douglas Reeman. The characters are very human, not diffcult to arrive at an emphetetic plane with any of them, even those that your are supposed to not like.
Good adventure, skillfully written to produce a page turner along with an eager anticipation for the next edition of the adventure. More "Tin Can" stories like that pleae.

Lion of Macedon
Lion of Macedon
by David Gemmell
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did David Gemmell write this?, Aug. 31 2011
This review is from: Lion of Macedon (Paperback)
I devour David Gemmell Books. Much like I used to devour the Lone Ranger and Wild Bill Hickock comic books. There will be those of the Literary who will purport that this Genre is nothing but a glorified series of comics anyway. So be it. I like to be entertained once in a while without having to "work" my way through a volume of writing and up till now, a Gemmell novel was always the ticket for a ready escape.
This one did not do that and the more I read, the less I came to see the author to whom I had devoted a lot of time/money because all of his books in hard cover stay on my bookshelves.
This one did not read like nor did it feel at all like a Gemmell Novel.
It is not a bad book, it is an OK read and perhaps it's just me or because this series has an altered locale from what we are used to.
Missing, was what I had come to sense in his previous work. Missing was the ingredient that made his work standout from all the others in this genre.
I did not keep this book. It now resides in a hospital library.

The Outlaws: A Presidential Agent Novel
The Outlaws: A Presidential Agent Novel
by W.E.B. Griffin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Firts minor diappointment in series., Aug. 31 2011
I really like the Castillo series although, as stated previously, this series could, with minor adjustments be the natural continuation of the Colonel Frade saga in Argentina and am surprised that this has not been noted by others. I suspect that Colonel Frade and company have a date with destiny in the evntual Peron Era of Argentina and thus would complicate the Presidential series. Since the release of "Victory and Honor" however there is a sense that somehow The Frades of Argentina and the Castillos/von und zu Gossinger wil share some destiny/history in the forthcomming volumes.
The disappointment alluded to in the title is because the format. Committee writing processes have taken over some brilliant individual authors and reduced their output as pure drivel (Tom Clancy is a prime example) The Presidential Agent series is now a Committee project and it shows. Unfortunately.
A lot of useless and unnecessary repitition get in the way of an exciting story line which has millions of us hooked. What is not to like about someone who is filthy rich and able to do the comic book hero routine on a daily basis?
I will continue to subscribe and have the books delivered upon publication dates. Opening the box and settling in to a new griffin Novel is always an unplanned vacation of the mind. A great place to get lost and no one did it better than Mr. Butterworth III.
The arrival of Butterworth Junior on the writing team has not improved the writing however. The plot has less depth, conclusions easily anticipated and the characters have taken on a slimmer dimension. Gone is the heat. Replaced with a sense of daily routine/domestic bliss amongst the protagonists.
There is a perswonal sense of bewilderment as to the final result in this Chapter of the special Presidential team. When you are operated from the top it is a quick and final fall if you stumble. We recognise that. However, if you are working for the number one man in the world, have his protection and your results are very beneficial to your countrymen, then why do you have to be a sacrfificial lamb. That I do not understand, perhaps one has to be an American to do so. Other than the foregoing, pick up a copy, settle in for a good read. A word of caution however; if this is your first copy of the Presidential series, don't read it. Try to get to the first books of the series which will get you into the characters at a far greater depth than the last edition will provide. The very first "By Order of the President" is a great read and the hook to get you to subscribe to the series. It must not be missed. After thatmy friends, you are on your own. Enjoy.
Take this as my personal guarantee, it took a lot of pain out of an economy flight from Toronto to Frankfurt this spring and that is reason a plenty for buying a copy from the Butterworth Storyteller family.

Dark Prince
Dark Prince
by David Gemmell
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Gemmel I am used to reading, July 14 2011
This review is from: Dark Prince (Paperback)
The book is stated to have been written by David gemmel but it sure doesn't read as if it was. I am a great fan of his previous series but this one feels like it was written by a committee using his previous material as filler for a few new concepts. hated it rreally but because of his name I did not want to rate it any lower than the three stars. Out of loyalty I suppose. if you liked his previous sagas, do not buy this serties. You will be disappointed. Feels like the same thing here as has happened to the Tom Clancy franchise.

Hedge Knight
Hedge Knight
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mstake in ordering, July 14 2011
This review is from: Hedge Knight (Paperback)
This was an order that was based on the authors name. Did not check the word "Graphic" so did not think I was bying a comic book. If you like comic books then you won't be reading this review and i will pretend I did not write this thus preventing myself from further emberassment that I bought this comic book in the first place.

Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
by Stephen Hunter
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.72
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this book., Aug. 6 2010
I am or indeed have been a huge fan of Mr. Hunters Novels or should I state that I am a follower of the Bob Swagger character. New book, new adventure for Swagger, no problem automatic purchase and critics be damned. I had been forewarned but could not believe that a book by Mr. Hunter with Bob Swagger playing a lead role could be bad.
It is worse than that. I do not believe Mr. Hunter wrote this book. You cannot destroy a fictional character so severely if you are the creator. No author could live with a figment of their immagination so wonderfully achieved in previous works, being shoddily manouvered through a weaker than weak storyline. Car racing has never been a priority of mine so the whole NASCAR religeon escapes me. After struggling through half of this book, that status will definitely remain. In the garbage where this one truly deserves to be. Half read and disgustedly turfed.That is my inscription on the tomstone of the Bob Swagger story. Such tomstone to be firmly ensconsed in the same cemetery where other authors have gone after achieving noteriety for excellence only to disdainfully produce shoddy format driven work at the expense of the creativity that made their names as well as the characters they created; revered by newbies and followers alike.This cemetery includes of course Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, Dan Brown and a host of others who got to like their wine and cheese appearances far too much to worry about writing again. If at some point the publisher wants another book and one is produced to fulfill a contract without any regard to quality nor the loyal readers who have helped make your millions, then you have sold your talents to the highest bidder. Like so many other professionals who become famously rich very quickly, their quality of performance is adversely affected.
What a shame. Never thought I would scratch Mr. Hunter off my list, even when he "wrote" a few of Mr. Cussler's beach books.
Good Luck Bob Swaggar, I enjoyed knowing you.

Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
by Taylor Anderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative History with a unique retro twist, June 20 2010
I wasn't sure that this would be my kind of story but as it was a new author, gave it a try.
A very very pleasant read, comfortably written and never ever dull. This turned out to be a page turner and made me look up the author to see if there were sequences. Pleasantly surprised to find out that most of the story line is available and have purchased them all (no doubt there will be more).
If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be on an old "Tin Can" than this is the series to read. The last time I had this feeling of being aboard a navy vessel was when reading "Red October".
To go into everything I like about this book would reveal the plot and I never do that. Suffice it to say that this series stands alone as a unique action, thriller combined with retro alternative history. very unique and a very enjoyable read that will have you reach for his next volume.

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