Author: Nicholas J Finch

Book Review: The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer

The Fourth EstateThe Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Entertaining, amusing, horrifying, informative, and page turning – this book is everything I enjoy about Jeffrey Archer’s writing.

I have to admit it took me a while to realise that I was reading a fictionalized ‘take’ on the lives of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell – their scheming and their rivalry – but what this book left me with is the overwhelming recognition that some people will do anything, climb over anyone, lie, cheat, deceive in every single way they can, to get what they want, and to out do the next person.

It is also a wake up call for today, reminding me that when I am reading ‘the media’ I’m more than likely to be eating from someone else’s menu.

Townsend (Murdoch) and Armstrong (Maxwell) are as bad as each other in this story, right to the very end of it.

Fabulous stuff. I really couldn’t put it down for long!

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Book Review: Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn #3) by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3)Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m kinda reading this series backwards!

Thrawn: Treason is all about politics. The nuances, the intrigue and the eye-rolling, cape tossing ‘I’m a Director! You must respect me!’

Seeing Krennic pop up in this book, made me squee in a way that wasn’t likely healthy for someone of my age. Watching the political plays between Krennic and Tarkin, with Thrawn in the middle made the story fascinating and kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed this book more than Thrawn: Alliances, it was a smoother read and the characters much more intriguing.

Now just need to go back to read the first one!

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Book Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Managed to grab this on a ‘skip the waiting line’ plan at the library, and was curious about it because of Chris Evans’ role in the dramatization.

These things usually disappoint me, but for once I was absolutely floored by how much this book grabbed me and refused to let go.

Wow! This was a phenomenal book I could not put down.

Not everyone can successfully write in first person perspective, but this was so smooth, and so well crafted, it was exceptional.

William Landay has a fantastic way of making you turn the page, and is certainly an author I now want to read a lot more of.

Brilliant stuff that I highly recommend.

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Book Review: Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was first introduced to Thrawn back ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far far away’ when Timothy Zahn wrote the first Expanded Universe Star Wars Book – Heir to the Empire. When these stories was relabeled Star Wars Legend and no longer canon, I was happy to hear Thrawn was saved and pulled into the newer storylines.

Thrawn: Alliances had a nice balance of Vader and Anakin Skywalker. The story between the two timelines was fascinating and kept me flipping the pages to find how it all tied together.

I admit the only thing that threw me through the whole story was the ‘Double Vision’ which was when Anakin or Vader was using the force. It was jarring to me each time I saw it, and as an avid Assassins Creed fan, all I kept seeing was Eagle Vision. It wasn’t enough to ruin the story, but at times it was a definite jolt to the flow of the words.

If you enjoy reading inside the Star Wars Universe this is a delight to read.

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