With all of this breeding I’ve been doing along with moving the site over from blogger I’ve not delivered you any reviews for some time now for which I apologise.
I’m going to do a big post here in order to try and catch up on some of the books I’ve read in the last month or so. As normal, you can buy these books through Amazon by clicking on the links and I’ll make sure they are also available in my Amazon Shop
I’ll start out with a double review as it was a couple of books from the same series
They were both great easy reads and I can’t wait to get stuck into the third book in the series. They follow the life and adventures of a forensic anthropology professor who runs a body farm and will appeal to fans of Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs with the humour very similar to the TV Series Bones. Certainly worth spending a couple of quid on for some gory entertainment. 5 bones out of 5
Next up was
This is a great if poorly edited read, the first half is set during the Rhodesian bush war with stories of chasing terrorists and attrocities commited by both sides then moving forward to a fictional present day Zimbabwe and farmers (black and white) fighting back against corrupt officials in the current fictional but remarkably familiar sounding government. Definitely worth a read. 3.5 african sunsets out of 5
behind that we have another double review
If you’re a fan of Lee Child these both live up to his usual standards of big bad guy taking on the world against the odds. The Affair (Reacher 16) is Reachers last case as an MP and goes some way towards explaining why he becomes the drifter he does. It’s the usual tale of reacher bedding the local beauty and then taking on the baddies who are ruining her life of course but isn’t that why we read Lee Childs books, there is a comforting similarity to them without being the same story repeated. Second Son is a Kindle only (for now anyway) short story set back when the Reacher brothers were still teenagers and it too gives some great background to all of the later stories and for under a quid definitely worth the read. 5 bad MP’s out of 5.
Next up we have Lost City
This is a terribly written and virtually unedited story but the story itself is brilliant, I’d equate it to the DaVinci Code with an african twist and setting. Such a pity that the author/publisher either could not afford or just chose not to pay a proper editor. This book with the right publicity and some time and money on it could be a huge international bestseller. Sadly as it stands it’s a readable novel with a great story and plot destroyed by irritating spelling mistakes. 4.5 archealogical dramas out of 5
Next we have A Place Called Charlie Tango
In this instance I’m going to plagiarise their own produce description because it works and I feel it’s pretty accurate.
“Set in the late 1970’s during the closing stages of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia’s long and bitter Bush War, this terrifyingly vivid, true-to-life account paints an unforgettable picture of life and death on a remote African outpost, deep in the arid heart of the terrorist-infested bushveld.
This extraordinarily brutal yet ultimately heart-warming real-life drama lays bare the unrelenting horror and constant danger that all those who lived here faced in this chilling cat-and-mouse conflict, the tragic consequences of which still resonate to this day.
Yet behind all the bloodshed, fear and intrigue lies the elemental and starkly beautiful backdrop of the vast African landscape itself, timeless and ever mysterious.”
As described above, I really enjoyed this well priced read and would give it 5 African War Novels out of 5.
and lastly for today we have The Family by Martina Cole.
I always read Martina Cole novels and if I’m honest I’m not sure why, they are all incredibly similar, this one unfortunately is no exception, I’ll describe the plot of this one but it could as easily be pretty much any of her other books. Set in the East end of London, two poor kids fall in love, he becomes the biggest meanest gangster London and Essex have ever seen, she’s a fragile buttlerfly who drinks because she doesn’t like who her husband has become, they have kids, they turn out mean too except one of them is actually fragile like his mum too blah blah blah 2 east end gangsters out of 5 read it if you’ve read her other books and actually liked them. Not sure I’ll be bothering with any more myself.
Well that I think at least has brought you up to date with my current reading.
I will try and do this more regularly and in more depth in future.
As always with love.
Mr Bunny Chow