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Peter MacLeod

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Complete break made before the Rebus series

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Reviewed: 2020-01-25

It is interesting hearing Rankin in his early stages of mastering the art of writing. The tale is well told but with less grittiness than expected for a novel of spies and power struggles, but there is grit to be sure. Although originally written several decades ago, the plot is not out of place as bits and pieces remind one of that time. Technology wedded with political ambition and the struggle for control of the forces of the western world seems plausible in today's world of megalomania and drones sent on extinction missions.
Not profound but good entertainment.

Takes you out to the ball game, Cub's way.

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Reviewed: 2019-12-21

An expert making the seemingly complex business of Major League Baseball human, real and understandable. Recommend you listen to the progress of Game 7 then watch the segment on YouTube and know the background. Now that the core of those Cubs have moved on, it is interesting to use the background here on into how those Cubs changed baseball. Madden is now back with the Angels.

Both sides of the event

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Reviewed: 2019-10-21

While this is about retribution, the response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, it gives a sense of both combatants and their understanding of the events as they took place and the repercussions after the event, the bombing raid on Tokyo. Both the Americans and Japanese are presented in time-typical fashion and it becomes clear there were atrocities on both sides. Wars do not have just The Good Guys and there is no attempt here to portray either. It is exciting, intriguing and well presented.

About as current as one might get

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Reviewed: 2019-08-24

Building on the circumstances in Turkey and the routhlessness of the Saudis, one allows the the narrative to flow toward the inevitable conclusion with inevitable twists and turns.

believeable

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Reviewed: 2019-07-28

Works on many levels and adds a strong sense of compassion to the work of a detective

This in its way, gets it right, so to speak

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Reviewed: 2019-04-08

Perfection is elusive in many ways unless you explain its drive in some to make what we produce and how we know how well we have done, as explained by Simon Winchester. The book is not an account of the obsessions of a few but how the drive for perfection has become such an integral part of our everyday lives. As technology continues to evolve so does our ability to make improvements in our lives in ways this book makes fascinatingly clear. There is a pleasant blend of "I never realized that!" to well, most of the cornerstones of our lives from production to the measurement of time. You will never see or speak of a Rolls the same way again, or a Ford for that matter. It makes enlightenment a pleasure.

Weak and contrived

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-28

Seems a tale built on the reading of a number of WWII biographys.
The title about thrills is mistaken.

Highly detailed review of the POW experience

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Reviewed: 2019-01-18

Lots of detailed personal accounts. The book covers many outstanding and brave experiences. Exciting and tragic.

Finally the remarkable truth is revealed, sort of...

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Reviewed: 2018-11-17

This is a detailed factual and thoroughly enjoyable account of the key spy and counter spy who accepted most of the lives of those living in the free world as well as those in Russia. You can decide the moral dilemma yourself.

Just how horrendous were conditions in Nazi Paris?

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Reviewed: 2018-10-07

This account is of a very brave family's opposition to the terror imposed on the population of Paris and beyond during the height of WWII. They avoided the Nazi influx then began to oppose it within resistance networks. Living just down the street from Gestapo and other enforcement operations was filled with enormous risk. Their devotion to those they shared life in wartime Paris as a revered surgeon, nurse and young student. To say more would reduce the impact their true story accounts. Inspiring!