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The official Speesh Reads review of ‘Eagles In The Storm’ by Ben Kane.

The official Speesh Reads review of ‘Eagles In The Storm’ by Ben Kane.

I dont know the author well enough to know if John Lawton has nicked a line from Laughin Len Cohen for First We Take Berlin though as it features the Second World War and spies and cat-burglars it would seem to hit all the right bases with me. Apart from the cat-burgling. Whilst thats not something I actively search for in a book its not a deal-breaker either.  Ive a feeling that this might not be the first in a series from reading the back blurb so I might have to return to the interwebs…

I dont know the author well enough to know if John Lawton has nicked a line from Laughin Len Cohen for First We Take Berlin though as it features the Second World War and spies and cat-burglars it would seem to hit all the right bases with me. Apart from the cat-burgling. Whilst thats not something I actively search for in a book its not a deal-breaker either. Ive a feeling that this might not be the first in a series from reading the back blurb so I might have to return to the interwebs…

One I laid in over Christmas was Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada another in the excellent-looking Penguin Modern Classics series.  I got it partly because of the PMC connection and partly because of The Greatest book written about the German resistance to the Nazis Primo Levi. So it also links with all the Bernie Gunther/Philip Kerr books Ive been reading.  Forza! #speeshreads  http://ift.tt/1SY8F0E

One I laid in over Christmas was Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada another in the excellent-looking Penguin Modern Classics series. I got it partly because of the PMC connection and partly because of The Greatest book written about the German resistance to the Nazis Primo Levi. So it also links with all the Bernie Gunther/Philip Kerr books Ive been reading. Forza! #speeshreads http://ift.tt/1SY8F0E

On a sub-zero morning here in Denmark just look at what I found lying about in the garden! Death of a Citizen a Matt Helm  novel by Douglas Hamilton. Leaving aside the question of why he felt the need to copywriter the name of his hero this is supposedly another on my list of the worlds best spy books in the world ever. Looking at it and especially the eye-straining miniature size I hope someone isnt taking the piss here.  The worthies on the cover seem to think its ok Ill wait and see…

On a sub-zero morning here in Denmark just look at what I found lying about in the garden! Death of a Citizen a Matt Helm novel by Douglas Hamilton. Leaving aside the question of why he felt the need to copywriter the name of his hero this is supposedly another on my list of the worlds best spy books in the world ever. Looking at it and especially the eye-straining miniature size I hope someone isnt taking the piss here. The worthies on the cover seem to think its ok Ill wait and see…

Tribes and their location. Beowulf had contact with most of these tribes.

Reading Beowulf gets tricky with all the different tribe names getting thrown around. Looking at a map with locations of respective tribes could really put things into a better perspective for students!

The film of Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell is pretty good so I thought Id see if the book added anything. If the film took anything away I suppose you should say. One Of The most gripping and heartbreaking descriptions of heroism in combat to come out of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...An astonishing survival tale. Says Fritz Lanham Of The Houston Chronicle. There is a case for saying that only when Americans come out of the cocoon of USA do they find out what the real world is and isnt…

The film of Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell is pretty good so I thought Id see if the book added anything. If the film took anything away I suppose you should say. One Of The most gripping and heartbreaking descriptions of heroism in combat to come out of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...An astonishing survival tale. Says Fritz Lanham Of The Houston Chronicle. There is a case for saying that only when Americans come out of the cocoon of USA do they find out what the real world is and isnt…

Anglo-Saxon and Germanic Culture: The Historical Setting in Beowulf | LetterPile

Nordic geography and peoples, according to Beowulf.(Picture from Wikipedia)

Well even for a World-renowned Conan expert like me this was something of a shock to find.  Published in 2009 its a Penguin Modern Classics called Heroes in the Wind. It is just comprised of stories written by Robert E. Howard (the best kind). REH wrote not just the Conan stories you know and love but also about a hero called Kull stories set in the Wild West horror stories fantasy stories you name it he wrote it like no other.  The very reverend Sir Stephen King is quoted on the back cover…

Well even for a World-renowned Conan expert like me this was something of a shock to find. Published in 2009 its a Penguin Modern Classics called Heroes in the Wind. It is just comprised of stories written by Robert E. Howard (the best kind). REH wrote not just the Conan stories you know and love but also about a hero called Kull stories set in the Wild West horror stories fantasy stories you name it he wrote it like no other. The very reverend Sir Stephen King is quoted on the back cover…

Maps of The unification of Germany 1815-71 - mapa.owje.com

Maps of The unification of Germany

Another from my list of the best spy books is Helen MacInnes' 'Agent In Place.' I know absolutely nothing about her work but she is featured twice on the list I have so she must be good. http://ift.tt/2i5rjIJ Forza! #speeshreads

Another from my list of the best spy books is Helen MacInnes' 'Agent In Place.' I know absolutely nothing about her work but she is featured twice on the list I have so she must be good. http://ift.tt/2i5rjIJ Forza! #speeshreads

Following on from the excellent 'Hanns and Rudolf' (Thomas Harding) I read earlier in the year I thought I'd go for a similarly huntin the Nazis after the Second World War-type book with 'The Nazi Hunters' by Andrew Nagorski. I also wanted that cover which wasn't that easy to do but I found it of all places in a book shop here in Denmark. There are some other books dealing with the hunt for Nazis after the war most notably one I also read this year about the Israeli hunt for Eichmann…

Following on from the excellent 'Hanns and Rudolf' (Thomas Harding) I read earlier in the year I thought I'd go for a similarly huntin the Nazis after the Second World War-type book with 'The Nazi Hunters' by Andrew Nagorski. I also wanted that cover which wasn't that easy to do but I found it of all places in a book shop here in Denmark. There are some other books dealing with the hunt for Nazis after the war most notably one I also read this year about the Israeli hunt for Eichmann…

Mr May is rapidly turning into not only one of my most favouritest authors but also a go-to source for the post Roman pre-Viking period England. He was kind enough to send me a copy of 'Sorrow Hill' recently and this from the back blurb looks to be another blinder. Though as a self-published author it's more than likely HE wrote the back blurb... It just goes to show that if you are a book blogger it never ever pays to be so snobbish that you 'don't read independent authors' as I know one or…

Mr May is rapidly turning into not only one of my most favouritest authors but also a go-to source for the post Roman pre-Viking period England. He was kind enough to send me a copy of 'Sorrow Hill' recently and this from the back blurb looks to be another blinder. Though as a self-published author it's more than likely HE wrote the back blurb... It just goes to show that if you are a book blogger it never ever pays to be so snobbish that you 'don't read independent authors' as I know one or…