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The Clothes of the Dead Wear As Well As Any Other

Advantages: Enagaging, cautious, careful storytelling
Disadvantages: It won't excite you

...Stella is dying of cancer. Her last days are to be spent at Middleton Hall, a care home for the elderly. Intelligent, articulate and lady-like she adores the butterflies that flitter past her bedroom window, listens to classical music and enjoys regular v ...

LostWitness 21.06.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Brimstone Wedding - Barbara Vine

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Fire and brimstone

Advantages: Really compelling story
Disadvantages: A bit slow in the middle

...When Stella comes to stay at the old people's home where Jenny works, she immediately becomes a favourite of Jenny's. Jenny senses in her a kindred spirit, and as time progresses, it soon becomes clear that they do have something in common - they have bot ...

sunmeilan 13.11.2008 · Read full review
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Burning desire

Advantages: Stupendous climax - grips from the first page
Disadvantages: None

..."The Brimstone Wedding" is a horrifying novel. By this, I do not mean blood and gore, but an entirely believable story about how anyone's life can change in a split second - and not for the better. Stella is in an old people's home. She is smart and el ...

FionaR 20.02.2001 · Read full review
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A Welcome Return To Form

Advantages: A return to form for Clancy
Disadvantages: Still not as good as some of his earlier novels

...~ ~ I wrote two particularly scathing reviews of a couple of author Tom Clancy’s recent novels, “The Bear and the Dragon” and “Red Rabbit” where I slated him for basically confusing length with quality and trading on his past reputation for writing tight, ...

the_mad_cabbie 05.12.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Teeth of the Tiger - Tom Clancy

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Dumb and Dumberer

Advantages: It's shorter and better than Red Rabbit
Disadvantages: Can't touch Red October or Cardinal of Kremlin for suspense.

...I've joked that Tom Clancy seems to be paid by the word, judging from the bloated length of his recent work. When I noticed that his latest book is shorter (at 431 pages), I quipped that he must have finally hired an editor. I had high hopes that he would ...

Uncle_Tippet 27.02.2004 · Read full review
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