Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Very Disappointing Read

I thought long and hard before giving this book only two stars. For me the cons far outweighed the pros and made for a frustrating read.

With a title like Blind Descent one would expect the lions share of the book being about the summiting and descent of Everest. This is not the case whilst I did enjoy hearing about his travel to reach Everest it took up way to much of the book for me.

My main issues with this book was the repetitive nature of some of it...yes I got he where a Navy SEAL rescue swimmer but boy did he bang on about it. Also I truly get that he loved his family and missed them but there was not a chapter that went by where it was not mentioned at least twice. The main issue I had with the read was the overt religious nature of this book it was very overpowering and to the determent to the narrative.

Having read numerous books on Mountaineering this book fell well short for me. The author’s arrogance shines through in this book and I would recommend giving it a wide berth.    
2 Stars

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A Twisted Ride

The Damaged is a top notch Thriller/Horror that delivers a gruesome and disturbed story. Like the storm that opens the narrative this story builds up to a violent crescendo that unloads with great ferocity.

 Simon Law has that rare talent in delivering a story that actually made me wince several times. This book is truly a twisted and depraved offering that lulls you into a false sense of security. Even though this story is a late bloomer I feel the first slower part of the book is vitally important in drawing you into this book. This is one author I will watch with interest and look forward into delving into more  of his tales.

As an audiobook production I found the narrator very un-emotive in his reading. His voice whilst pleasant was very flat and it was thanks to the strength of the story that these issues where overcome. A weaker narrative would have suffered from the reading.
4 Headphones

Monday, 13 June 2016

Great Game...Not So The Book

As a devotee of the Football Manager game franchise I opened this book with much excitement. I mean the documentary on Football Manager was top rate so a book on it will be so much better, wont it?

No is the short answer. I could end the review there but what fun is that. The book had some very interesting tales from real life Managers and this I enjoyed immensely. But overall I ended up feeling like the book was more a very fancy instruction book rather than a guide. I feel I never really gained much from this book.

2.5 Stars

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Bullet Riddled

Bullet Riddled gives the reader an inside view into a world very few get to glance. This world is that of being a member of an elite S.W.A.T team. The author takes us along with him through some of his most dangerous jobs.
As the title suggest the author was the first S.W.A.T inside Columbine and whilst this was a very formative event the author does not let this overshadow the rest of the book. I found this book a very interesting read and it gives a great sense of the type of mindset and mental fortitude that is needed to be a member of S.W.A.T.
Being that this is the audio version of the book I have to say that the production value was top notch and the narrator was a great choice for the reading.

The only downside of the story which stopped it being 4 stars was the repetitive nature of some of the phrases and information used throughout the book. This might just be a personal quibble but I feel that a heavier hand with the editing would have increased the readability of the book.
Saying that though the heart of the book is what shines through and I thank the author for his at times brutal honesty. It is this honesty that makes this read a truly memorable one for me.
3.5 Headphones

Friday, 3 June 2016

Hell's Super is a Superb Read

Hells Super is a refreshingly fresh tale from the circles of hell. The author has have had real devilishly fun is writing this book and this is evident on what he delivers on the pages.

The fun starts right off the bat with our hero of the story with the aptly named Steve Minion the Superintendent of Hell. What a job having to keep up with the maintenance of all nine levels of Hell, a real pain in the butt job. From here the story develops into a race to find out the reason behind some recent sabotage and the identity of some revolutionary antagonist.

With a great cast of characters from history including a very interesting love interest Hell's Super is one Hell of a read. This is one series I will definitely be exploring.
4 Stars