Category Archives: Books I Gave Up On

Review: 11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just didn’t like this new outing from Stephen King, don’t get me wrong I love all the King books I have read and I really like Sci-Fi especially time travel, but I did not like this.

It is boring, there’s too much sex (did I just say that?, he doesn’t offer any insight at all into what was happening in the USA and the world at that point in time.

Nothing much else to say, it was not what I expected from Stephen King.

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A Review: Rules of War by Iain Gale

Rules of War
Rules of War by Iain Gale
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

When I read “Four days in June a battle lost, a battle won, June 1815” which I gave 5 stars to, I said “I will unquestionably give Iain Gale’s other stories a go”. I have with “Rules of War” it was as though I was reading a story from a different author and I was so disappointed.

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

In the early 18th century the British army led by John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, were the leaders of a wide-ranging and very successful alliance. Ramilles 1706—one of the great victories of the British army, a battle honour for the regiments who were there. But Captain Jack Steel, maverick gentleman and super soldier, finds himself at odds with his Allied partners and receives contradictory orders; and even after victory, he finds himself mired in further difficulties. The Allies had thought that they were liberating the Low Countries but some preferred their previous masters, the French, who at least were Catholic, and some wanted independence from all powers, while others of his fellow officers wanted out of the war altogether. Far from the battle lines he enjoys, Jack Steel is sent undercover to deal with the traitors and identify the loyal locals who would let British advance troops into the besieged city—a dangerous mission made deadly by an old enemy of his and the brilliant malevolence of the renegade French pirate who is in charge of Ostende.

What Do I Think?

I tried I really tried I had been looking forward to another cracking read from Iain Gale and I didn’t get it!
On the book’s cover it says “if you like Sharpe, Jack Steel is your man”. A smart tactic used by the publishers to induce the fans of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe to go out and buy it, but Iain Gale is no Bernard Cornwell, now don’t get me wrong the Sharpe stories are not without a flaw, however they are a cracking good read. I found Jack Steel a dreary character, and the story itself lacked pace, by the third chapter I had had enough and gave up.

This is a pity as the age in which the Jack Steel stories are set in is a very thrilling one from the point of how England dealt with her enemies and allies in addition to the army and navy, and we don’t have many authors who write about this era.

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Review: Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy

Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy

I have been reading Tom Clancy’s books since 1984 when he brought out his first book “The Hunt for Red October”, and I was hooked not just on his books but the films made from the books.
I have read all of his 12 Jack Ryan Yarns and found them to be some of the most excellent thrillers yet. Bear in mind Tom Clancy is America’s, and the world’s, much-loved worldwide thriller author, and starting with “The Hunt for Red October”, all thirteen of his previous books have reached number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, furthermore his books, “The Hunt for Red October”, “Patriot Games”, “Clear and Present Danger”, and “The Sum of All Fears” have been made into major movies.

That is why I am so disappointed in “Dead or Alive” I just couldn’t believe that Tom Clancy was involved in this book at all, I do read some collaborations but with this yarn I just could not find out what the book was really about.

The characters had all the familiar names but the conversation was so wordy that I just gave up, apparently they planned to be looking for somebody called the Emir but it was never explained why or what he was alleged to have done.
I was expecting a huge Tom Clancy story from this book but I found it difficult to keep going and by the third chapter gave up altogether, it just didn’t flow, it wasn’t what I had come to expect from Tom Clancy.

I will always be a fan of his and will always give him a chance with the next book, but “Dead or Alive” was a big disappointment, not what I was expecting, you of course may think differently, let me know what you think!

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