Altdorf (a novel of the Forest Knights)
on Feb. 02, 2013
Excellent book. Good story set in a region not normally used by authors but well described. Has a certain resonance for British people of a certain age who can remember the old William Tell TV series.
Looking forward to the rest of the series
Black Knights of the Hudson Book I: Shadow of the Flags
on Feb. 06, 2013
Cracking story, well told, well written. Brings to life an era people outside of America can't appreciate. Characters are well formed, the relationships between them are fully explained. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
A cracking novel a good story well written, good characters. For a first novel it certainly ranks alongside some of the established authors I have read. My only reservation, common to most police thrillers, is the tensions between the police characters, bumptious boss, put upon rookie, lazy trainee all so common these days. A pet gripe of mine but it doesn't detract from the book.
Not my normal type of book but enjoyable none the less. I would probably classify it as pure escapism. It is perfect to fill in some time, no deep thinking required, no long, complex list of characters to remember. I hope to read the rest of the series soon.
Excellent read. Good story, reflecting a dark period in the history of the Catholic Church, with well drawn characters. The Italian setting was a nice surprize
on April 25, 2013
Unfortunately not a book I could get into. Possibly a good story but I found it too hard to concentrate. It hints at things to come but no revelations or clues to keep you engaged.
Fair read, an interesting story but has been done better in other books. I agree with Patterson, personal political feelings shouldn't come through in the writing. some of the plot turns seem to be taken more for expediency than narrative reasons
Loved it. A great story,with believable characters, that helps nail the lies and propaganda of the Vietnam War. Men asked to comply with orders that are politically driven, not military, made worse by the incompetence of some of those in command. I would recommend this book to all those who think the military is the answer to everything
I liked the book, the plot and the characters but it was spoiled somewhat by the academic manner everything is explained. Possibly the authors background taking over but I would have preferred the explanations between adults to be more free and easy
Absolutely brilliant book. No criticism at all of any aspect of it. Believable characters well drawn, excellent narrative style keeps the reader involved. Can't wait for the sequel(s). one of the best books I have read.
Loved it. Great story, well told and the historical aspects were well presented. I have read a lot of Scottish history and this book ranks alongside the best of them. I only hope it is the start of a series exploring the lives of the characters.
Good book, maybe a touch simplistic but well written, good characters. A very enjoyable read
Culann, Celtic Warrior Monk
on Sep. 08, 2013
Afraid I couldn't get into the book. A great plot idea, a warrior monk, but it read too much like a school text book. Far too many explanations for me.
My previous review wasn't completed. (Old age & stupidity) Modern authority seem to thing their employers (the public) exist to justify their existence. Police and fire services, council employees, health workers all look down on the public, we are there to enable them to earn a salary, it is not their job to serve us.
The author has raised good points and presented his case well, only time will tell if it is fiction or prophecy.
A great story and one that I would be interested in following to its conclusion.
My only criticism is the amount of religious propaganda in the story. I appreciate people have strongly held beliefs and religion does have a place in this story, but it is given far too much prominence for my liking. We all have our own beliefs, right or wrong, and people should not force their own interpretation on people.
Loved the whole series, from the prequel to this title. Well written, characters well formed and a plot that fairly rips along. My only criticism of the series is that too much time is spent on Conash's lack of emotion. I know it is central to his persona but I feel that in reality cracks would have appeared earlier. On the whole though, brilliant.
A brilliant book. An intriguing story, the use of a battleship, or rather a small part of a battleship, to achieve your aims is one I have not seen before. Bob Neir does it beautifully, well plotted, strong characters, well written. Looking forward to more from the author.
Ty Johnson has told a masterful tale in this trilogy. The plot is well developed holding your interest and the characters are well fleshed out, the combination making it hard to put the book down. Looking forward to more from this author.