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Confidential Source Ninety-Six by Roman Caribe, Rob Cea

Confidential Source Ninety-Six is the tale of Roman Caribe – a former drug dealer who – after being arrested with a truckload of drugs decided to turn into a confidential informant, and would go on to work as an undercover agent taking down other drug operations. It provides an insight into the operations of both... Read More »

Bounty Hunter 4/3 by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin

Bounty Hunter 4/3 is the latest in a string of personal accounts written by special forces soldiers, and other military personnel recounting their experiences in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the tale of Jason Delgado, a Marine sniper who was involved in the thick of some of the deadly warfare which... Read More »

The Desert Air War by Richard Townshend Bickers

The Desert Air War is the story of the fighting men who took part in the North Africa, and to a lesser extent the Mediterranean and Italian campaigns during the Second World War. Some time ago I read another of Bickers’ books, which covered the First World War, and I was very impressed with how... Read More »

Hunted by Philip McCutchan

Hunted is a fictional story set in World War 2, pitting the hero of the story and his tiny destroyer against the might of the German navy in the form of its brand new battleship which is threatening to disrupt the convoys that form the lifeline of the allied powers. I came across this book... Read More »

Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith

In the realm of detective novels, there are hard-bitten, heavy-drinking, trenchcoat-wearing characters… and then there is Arkady Renko, the star of novels by Martin Cruz Smith, and a staple of the genre for the last 30+ years. In Smith’s latest offering, our erstwhile detective must face down the ghosts of the past – both his... Read More »

Australia’s Most Murderous Prison by James Phelps

Few of us have a particularly good idea about what goes on behind the walls of the average prison – and most of us would like to keep it that way. In Australia’s Most Murderous Prison, James Phelps takes the reader behind the walls of Goulburn Jail, through the eyes of the officers who stand... Read More »

Trojan by Alan McDermott

Trojan is a well-crafted thriller which has the underpinnings of reality, as the plotline feels like things we often hear about in the news. British intelligence is charged with tracking down a terrorist group who have used a rather ingenious method to smuggle a dangerous biological weapon into the UK. I’ll be honest, I didn’t... Read More »

Star Wars: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

I’m not going to lie, this book left me wanting more. And not always in a good way either. Empire’s End is the third book in a sort of literary game of join the dots by Chuck Wendig which seeks to explain some of the events which took place between the end of Return of the... Read More »

Attack on Nantucket by Thad Dupper

Attack on Nantucket is a military thriller set predominantly in the island community of Nantucket, and involves a well-coordinated attack on the family of the President of the United States. The attack is carried out by some extremely well-funded and organised generic brand terrorists, who seem to be sponsored by the Apple company. There are... Read More »

Klaus Barbie by Tom Bower

I think that most people who have even a minimum of knowledge about the second world war know who Klaus Barbie is, at least at an intellectual level. One of the most notorious, or infamous Nazi figures, with a nickname like The Butcher of Lyons, he instantly evokes a certain image and emotion. As a student... Read More »

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