Discussion in 'Cardiff City Forum' started by Hilly ap Willie, 11 Nov 2018.
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Have given Kindle Unlimited a go on a free two month's trial. Loads of books, but very little quality stuff. I tried a series of whodunnits by Philip Strang - The Inspector Tremayne series of 6 books. Waded through two yarns and then gave up on about page 20 of the third book. Sent back a couple of other things that were never destined to be best sellers.
Prime Reading is a better option as that is included in the Amazon Prime account. Not so many books as Kindle Unlimited, but it doesn't cost £7.99 per month.
"The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines in order to destroy them should there be any outbreak of hostilities. Dan Conley takes the reader through his early career in diesel submarines, prior to his transition to the complex and very demanding three-dimensional world of operating nuclear submarines; he describes the Royal Navy's shortcomings in ship and weapons procurement and delivers many insights into the procurement failures which led to the effective bankrupting of the Defence budget in the first decade of the 21st century. In command of the hunter killer submarines Courageous and Valient in the 1980s, he achieved exceptional success against Soviet submarines at the height of the Cold War. He was also involved in the initial deployment of the Trident nuclear weapon system, and divulges hitherto un-revealed facets of nuclear weapons strategy and policy during this period. This gripping read takes you onboard a nuclear submarine and into the depths of the ocean, and relays the excitement and apprehensions experienced by British submariners confronted by a massive Soviet Navy."
Very interesting and I never realised how dangerous post war submarines are.
"Most of America experienced the Vietnam War only in the form that was delivered in the evening news. The actual fighting and sacrifices in that far off jungle were borne, as is still true to this day, by a miniscule fraction of the population and their families.
There are plenty of history books and scholars that break the war down into miniature, bite-sized chunks of history, politics, science, and statistics. The Great Muckrock and Rosie, however, isnt about accounting for the war. It is about the fighter pilots who fought that war in the air.
Fly with the men who gave their all in support their fellow troops on the ground in South Vietnam. Fly with them also as they leave the South and enter North Vietnam and Laos in an effort to dam the flow of supplies arriving through the wide open harbor at Haiphong. They pushed on, mission after mission, completing their assigned tasks for sake of doing what they thought was right.
Also meet the women in their lives. Some were adoring wives that waited at home, with little children, for dad to return. Some were single, unattached, and looking for the spice in life that a fighter pilot on leave could provide."
The chapter on his best friends death is quite moving and the chapter on his getting shot down is exciting, all in all a very good read.
"One of only two survivors of the famous Cockleshell Hero raid, Bill Sparks' war and post-war career has never before been told in full. In this gripping book, he describes not only his part in Operation Frankton, the daring Gironde raid, and his escape back to Britain, but how he fought with the Greek Sacred Squadron thereafter. Always something of a military maverick, Bill's memoir is truly action-packed. Sadly this great character has now died."
A good read but I was disappointed that the raid was only covered by the first chapter.
On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed.
As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day.
It's a good book but the characters and plot are very similar to the first book.
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I have no idea how he is such a highly regarded author, awful and gave up halfway through the second chapter.
I have just finished reading this. Author is a lefty academic from Leeds University who has been supporting various tenant and leaseholder campaigns for years. It is very well written and researched - a bit overly polemical in places, but every chapter had 3-4 pages of footnotes to support the data and assertions.
It is a very clear explanation of how Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes have worked for housing new build and refurbishment - the rip off of the public purse (with gifted land and annual fees payable for 15-35 years after the initial work is done) and the poor standard of build, maintenance and management that follows. It is a shocking expose of a model that has mainly been used for schools and hospitals, with some for housing, that was invented by the Tories, massively expanded by Blair/Brown, and then accelerated by Cameron and Osbourne.
The main problems are that there are only 20 PFI schemes in the UK for public sector housing so it is not a major player (unlike for schools and hospitals) and he has hung the entire book on the Grenfell tragedy. There are some similarities of corner cutting, poor standards of maintenance and management, and of ignoring resident concerns and complaints - but the Grenfell tower block refurbishment (and fitting of lethal cladding) was not a PFI scheme!
i was just about to post it