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The Train to Damnation, Death and Destruction

Advantages: An outstanding book of great historical importance
Disadvantages: Not easy to get hold of

I hate packing. I hate it with a passion beyond all logic. Despite packing my bags to go away from home every week, I still am rubbish at it. So try to imagine a knock on your door. You go to answer and find a policeman with a gun who tells you that yo ...

koshkha 28.01.2008 · Read full review
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Review of The Train to Pakistan - Kushwant Singh & Margaret Bourke-White

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Fly for me, Sunbird

Advantages: Fascinating, brilliant book in all aspects
Disadvantages: None, absolutly none!

I have to start off by telling you that this is my absolutely fab book of all times. I love it, admire it, have been inspired by it and recommended it to all my friends and relatives. But I also need to tell you that none of them have understood what my f ...

KarinJonsson 07.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Sunbird - Wilbur Smith

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A great historical novel with more than a flavour of Indiana Jone

Advantages: Well written and researched, with a fast moving and involving story.
Disadvantages: The two sections of the book create a disjointed feel and it is slightly cliched in places.

...'Sunbird', written in 1974, is based around an the discovery of an ancient city in Africa, so badly ruined as to be almost invisible, and depicts the journey to uncover the secret of the city's destruction by a hunchbacked archaeologist and his beautiful, ...

Burning_Darkness 26.05.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Sunbird - Wilbur Smith

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The Sunbird - addictive

Advantages: ONe of the best by Wilbur Smith
Disadvantages: Could spoil the rest of his books , as some might not measure up

...This is probably his best book and contains all the usual ingredients of war, love, friendship, betrayal and ultimate revenge. Written in two parts, the book draws parallels between the central characters in an age gap spanning thousands of years. The lo ...

seenor_reech 08.05.2006 · Read full review
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A Heart Not So Dark

Advantages: Africa: the reality
Disadvantages: None

...1983: Michael Lacey, a consultant surgeon is flying into Uganda to attend a medical conference. On the plane he struggles against his memories of a child buried in Africa, against his claustrophobia, and against the unwelcome conversation of his neighbour ...

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Review of The Ghosts of Eden - Andrew JH Sharp

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