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.
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.
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
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.
An excellent book, written by an author who obviously knows what he is talking about. Brings to life what is known, in Britain, as the "Forgotten War", very relevant at this time as we remember the 60th Anniversary. The plot and the characters are well developed and make you want to know their stories. The military aspects are brilliantly presented, certainly on a par with other authors such as Coyle or Bond. Keep up the good work Mr McMahon.
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.
My first experience of this series of books and I loved it. What I would call an old-fashioned adventure. Great characters, great plot and the story fairly whizzes along. Will have to look for more of this author's work.
A very well written story of a terrible time in Irish history and a cruel indictment of English politics of the time. I can't think of a single criticism and very much look forward to more of Mr. O'Neill's work.
I have read all of Mr Telegdi's work and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I count his work as one of the many benefits of e-books, it is a treat to find another novel has been released. Long may he continue his good work.
Cheating slightly by using this review to cover all of Mr Jackson's work. Thoroughly enjoyed all of his trooper series, fast paced, well written and keep you engaged all the time. Looking forward to many more.
As with all multi-instalment books I cheat and review a number of books in one go. This is the third instalment of this series that I have read and like the two previous books it is superb. The characters are well drawn and their place in the plot well explained. The plot ingeniously gives a new twist on the old good versus evil tale we have all grown up with. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader hooked and the shifts between locations and timelines works really well. I can't wait for the rest of the series, they are truly books you can't put down.
I do however agree with a review of one of the other books that professional proof reading is preferable to friends "helping out". I make that comment whilst appreciating the time and effort of these authors who do not have major publishing houses behind them.
Long may the author continue writing such marvellous books
Excellent series of books, good story, interesting characters. Plot moves along nicely, I like the quick change of locales. My only criticism is the amount of space devoted to discussions concerning gods and religion, forms of government and ideas of social equality. I accept the author may well have his own views on these matters but I feel they take up too much space in the books.
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, brilliantly written, characters are well drawn and the use of 2 timelines is inventive. , "Proper" historians would probably quibble over some of the facts in the series but Skye has skilfully woven a great tale without straying away from everybody's perceptions of that period. I especially liked the storyline, in a later episode, of killing horses by allowing them to eat onions, something I hadn't realised but confirmed with a friend who is a vet.
Hoping for more in this vein from the author.