Reviews by Dai Alanye

Diamond Dyke

by George Manville Fenn

A surprisingly good read, with a surfeit of action and chills. A few exaggerations, mostly forgivable, and an unfortunately-truncated ending but otherwise fine for teen or adult.

Reviewed on 2014.08.28

The Devil's Admiral

by Frederick Ferdinand Moore

An exciting adventure during the tim of, but not closely connected with the Russo-Japanese war. Well worth reading for sea-going adventure fans.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

Despair's Last Journey

by David Christie Murray

For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like. Man afflicted with long-term overindulgence hides out in the wilderness to dry out. Unfortunately decides to write a memoir, with which we are in turn afflicted.

Possibly satisfactory for those who revel in introspection, though I admit to skipping 95% of it.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

The Deserter

by Charles King

Pubbed in 1890, the book has a remarkably modern plot organization. Contains the usual flaws of the time: overly-perfect hero and heroine, and coincidences are the worst. Not quite as sentimental as some.

Takes place during the late Indian wars but contains only one brief battle. All other action takes place in a social setting within the garrison. Pretty decent picture of the peacetime life of Army officers.

I intend to look at King's other titles.

Reviewed on 2014.08.21

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