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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant

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Read during and just after our trip of the great Civil War battles and this book ends at Vicksburg where our battle sites also ended.An unusual book. Very well written but with relatively small detail on the grand affairs of the Civil War but great detail on the minutiae of the events Grant was involved in. His paths and ours crossed at Fort Donelson and Vicksburg which was very interesting. A valuable book for those interested in this very interesting, and quite compelling, time/
The Holy Qur'an

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I am quite discriminating with my selection of books - I follow book reviews, sites, Amazon reviews, and the NY Times book reviews so I often the books I read I rate highly. Every so often though a book comes along that I find simply outstanding. This is one of that short list. Based on the reviews and the feeling that this book is a lot more than expressed I had been promising for quite some time to myself to read it. So recently I dutifully downloaded it from Ontario's (excellent) download centre to my Kindle.First the prose is exquisite - perhaps, for me, the most appealing since Willa Cather's "Death Comes to the Archbishop". Many times I read a sentence and had to read it again and even posted a few "clippings" on my Kindle. Most of you may have an idea of the story line from the movie of the same name. The plot sounds perhaps childish (undiscovered valley in the mystical mountains, happiness abounding, folk live forever and so on) - but not one ounce of corniness. Clearly the horror of the Great War has a real impact especially as the novel moves on. The predictions of the future are eerily prescient. And one imagines you are there crossing those forbidding mountains to arrive in the magic place of Shangri-La.Exceptional. How can I start my next book? :)
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

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After our recent Civil War major battle sites book I had to read this. It clearly is fiction - Lincoln survives JWB's assassination attempt, and then is tried for impeachment by a hardly objective senate. Not at all unlikely as Lincoln's actual successor was tried. How much fiction, faction, tact - from the epilog it's clear there's a lot of factual basis to this and this added to a great writing style and exciting story makes this eminently readable. Of course we all know that Abe didn't survive and it troubled me throughout the book how the (admittedly fictional) ending would square this and in my mind it was done admirably well. A superb book, about a very important time, and about a great president. Oh and very enjoyable too!As a postscript reading about the US constitutional system then and thinking about today makes me glad I live in a parliamentary system of democracy!
Headhunters

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Wasn't sure at first but took off nicely part way through. Interesting read, unexpected twists, and an unusual role for the central character. I'll read more.
Spoor

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My 2nd Deon Meyer book - I enjoyed the first and really enjoyed this one. One of the key characters Lemmer returns from Blood Safari which is my other Meyers book.Acquired this on impulse as I'd just finished a serious N/F book, wanted an escape, and had enjoyed a spectacular (5 start) trip to S Africa earlier this year.Puzzled me for a while because it is 3 separate books and I wondered what had happened each time one of these stories started. They are connected at the end however, loosely but not inconclusively. Just a loose end that I suspect may arise in another future book.Great ans highly recommended read.
The Panther

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For the first time I can recall I was disappointed with a DeMille book. The narrator didn't help for me. Too bad.
Birdman

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While quite a few moving parts in this story I found it easy to stay in touch and recall the details unlike some books of this ilk. On the one hand it's a pretty plain detective story, policemen, in London. The locale of London I know quite in Greenwich and Lewisham. The crimes being investigated are gruesome in quite a novel (excuse he pun) fashion. It seemed half way through the baddy was found which sort of puzzled me but in a plot development, ore than twist, this was not of course the case. Near the end it seems the perp is caught but surprisingly not so leading to a very gruesome ending. This book as mentioned by someone else is not for sissies!A great and relatively straightforward read.
The Accident: A Novel

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Intentionally chose this book as I wanted something easy to read while on a challenging vacation. Was very easy to read and enjoyable, decent plot, decent characters. One somewhat annoying trait - it seemed eventually everyone was a villain!
Sorry

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Not really sure how to review this. The first half of the book I was tempted to give up on it but didn't. Real readers never do! The second half was engaging and I rushed to finish the last 20% or so. But I'm still not sure what's it's all about! I should read it again but haven't got the energy and too many other books to read. SORRY!
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