The Oddball English

What makes the English English? That’s what The Oddball English looks at.

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Where’s Your Caravan?

The quickest possible summary and review would be that Where’s Your Caravan is a football autobiography. But that doesn’t come close to describing this book. A football autobiography (or biography) is normally about one of the world’s finest players who has a reinforced mantelpiece to cope with all their awards and trophies. With the greatest respect to Chris Hargreaves, he doesn’t fall into that category. He was, however, a very good lower league footballer.

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Clovenhoof

A new system is introduced in Hell and Satan is subject to performance reviews. When his performance is judged to be sub-standard, he gets banished to live on Earth. Solihill to be precise. Something that he’s not happy about as he struggles to adapt. It would probably be fair to say that his neighbours are also not best pleased as Jeremy Clovenhoof causes chaos. But things are not quite as they seem in Heaven. And Jeremy Clovenhoof can put it right…

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The Fourteenth Protocol

Cade Williams works at an email company as a technician. He gets called up to the mysterious floor 17 to solve a problem and whilst briefly up there, he hears mention of Tucson, the latest town in America to suffer a terrorist bombing. At the same time, Special Agent Jana Baker overhears a conversation between two people who are discussing the attack and future ones. This sets up a race against time to prevent an unimaginable attack on America.

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Sea of Shadows

The German economy is in trouble. The German Chancellor has found a solution though – selling arms. The buyer? Siraj, an oil-rich state in the Middle East, but one under heavy UN sanctions. The German government looks to sell them clandestinely, sending four state-of-the-art submarines. There are suspicions in the American government, but an incident with two British ships end all suspicions. The American government are determined that the weapons will not get to Siraj, but can a foe who knows exactly what you will do be stopped? <!–more Continue reading my review of Sea of Shadows–>

Wow! What a book. Sea of Shadows is excellent. It’s fast-paced throughout and manages to increase a gear or two when action occurs. The action is described superbly and is generally incredibly tense as ships take on their unseen foes. I could write several more paragraphs detailing what a great read Sea of Shadows is, but that would only be taking away time from you when you could be reading it. I cannot recommend this book enough – it is the best book I have read in a long time.

Rating (out of 5): *****

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle

The outbreak of war in 1914 saw large early successes for the German army on the Western Front, before counter-attacks pushed them back. When the Western Front stabilised, Germany had still made significant gains, including holding territory in France. The French were determined to remove all German soldiers from French soil and as quickly as possible. Attacks were launched in 1915, with an attack in September and October including a reluctant British Expeditionary Force at Loos. <!–more Continue reading my review of Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle–>

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle looks at before, during and after the battle. Before the battle focuses on why the British did not want the battle, whilst after looks at the impact it had on the British army. Corrigan writes in a clear style and sets out the facts, making it clear when he is offering his opinion. Prior to reading the book, I knew very little about the battle; I now have a greater knowledge of why, and how fiercely, the battle was fought.

Rating (out of 5): ****

The Last Legs of Norman Pilbeam: The Diary of Yesterday’s Man

Norman Pilbeam has retired. He loves Shakespeare, but his quotes often fall on deaf ears as he struggles to keep up to date with the world around him. Arguably, this is not helped by the presence of his formidable wife. Continue reading the review