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  • Devil’s Battalion - Himmler’s Gold on July 31, 2011

    I liked the concept, story and main characters, but ultimately I felt a little distant from them; I think that some parts could have been dramatised more so I'd feel more that I was experiencing the war with the characters instead of, at times, being told about those experiences. I also felt there were a couple too many lucky escapes, so I didn't feel that the Soviet soldiers were as much of a threat as I should have; I didn't really believe that the Germans' mission would fail at any point.
  • Bunnies on July 31, 2011

    Pretty good for a horror short about kids; my only real issue was that I didn't really understand the 'rules' of how the bunnies worked (I don't want to say much more to avoid spoilers).
  • The Marine Memoirs on July 31, 2011

    An interesting look at the life of Marines protecting convoys and searching for IEDs in Afghanistan.
  • The Royal Navy & Me on July 31, 2011

    Enthralling, often funny and sometimes sad story of life in the Royal Navy in the 1950s; a well-written memoir, I started it this afternoon and had to keep reading until I'd finished.
  • When the Mob Ran Vegas: Stories of Money, Mayhem and Murder on Aug. 11, 2011

    Although this is a pretty interesting look at the history of Vegas, the formatting is strange with a mix of bold and normal text for no obvious reason (at least in the Kindle version) and overall it feels a little disjointed as one story doesn't necessarily lead into the next. Still worth a read despite those problems.
  • SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat on Oct. 09, 2011

    Interesting and often hilarious look at the life of a Pershing missile guard in cold war Germany. One of the few military memoirs I've read where I'm glad the war never happened!
  • Being an account by Ernest Lycette of his life as a young man and soldier in the years between 1911 and 1921 on May 15, 2015

    A really interesting autobiography. Not just for his experiences in WWI, but particularly those in the post-war army of occupation, and service in Ireland, which I've never read about anywhere else.