If it's 2015, it must be time for – Book of the Year 2014!

I thought I'd actually wait until the year was over (2014, just in case you...) before putting my heads together and seeing what I'd read that was worthy of The Speesh Golden Bookmark* for best book/read I read in 2014. As usual, I don't seem to have read any of other places' 'Books of the Year.' Partly … Continue reading If it's 2015, it must be time for – Book of the Year 2014!

Review: A Colder War

A Colder War by Charles Cumming My rating: 5 of 5 stars I couldn’t have enjoyed this book any more if I’d tried. Believe me. If you’ve ever been a fan of, or even ever heard someone say they’ve been a fan of the classic Spy Fiction writers, then this is for you - and … Continue reading Review: A Colder War

Review: Ratcatcher

Ratcatcher by Tim Stevens My rating: 4 of 5 stars I've read a few dry runs over the last few months, but this is at last, the real deal. A modern spy thriller with enough background depth, invention, style and substance to stand comparison with some of the besr of yester-year. A real page-turner and … Continue reading Review: Ratcatcher

Books brought back from UK trip

Now you know why we took the car over. We drove from Denmark to Wales, via Germany, Holland, Belgium and an overnight in Calais France. Then on to the north of England, the south and back, via an overnight in Dunkerque. Book-buying wasn't the only reason of course, but it did make it a lot … Continue reading Books brought back from UK trip

Review: A Spy by Nature

A Spy by Nature by Charles Cumming My rating: 2 of 5 stars I think I'm gonna have to swim against the tide here. Or at least against the tide of (what are quite possibly reviews for the hardback version) reviews on the cover and inside of my paperback. Far from "Eerily good" or "wonderfully … Continue reading Review: A Spy by Nature

Review: The Trinity Six

The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming My rating: 3 of 5 stars Anyone who is in any way interested in spies, spying and the world of espionage in general, has surely read at least one of John le Carré's genre defining classics. Not the later gardening and Panama nonsense, but the unforgettable Cold War, Smiley intrigues. … Continue reading Review: The Trinity Six