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As I Was Saying - The World According to Clarkson
 
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As I Was Saying... is the seventh book in Jeremy Clarkson's best-selling The World According to Clarkson series.
 
Crikey, the world according to Clarkson's been a funny old place of late.
For a while, Jeremy could be found in his normal position as the tallest man on British television but, more recently, he appears to have been usurped by a pretend elephant.
But on paper the real Jeremy remains at the helm, that's as it should be, for nearly thirty years he has been fearlessly leading the charge as one the best comic writers in the country & in 2015, he shows no sign of slowing down.
So, whether it's pondering, if Jesus might have been better off being born in New Zealand.
Why reflexive pronoun abuse is the worst thing in the world.
How Pam Ayres's head trumps Gordon Gecko's underpants,
or what a television presenter with time on his hands gets up to
Jeremy is still trying to make sense of all the big stuff.
Circumstances change. Nothing's forever, but As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever.
As if you ever doubted it .

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Death in the Jungle: Diary of a Navy Seal, by Gary R. Smith.

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SNAKES, VIPERS, CROCS, SHARKS, AND THE VC
With 257 combat missions in Vietnam under his belt, Gary Smith is a living witness to the realities of Naval Special Warfare. 
He worked with some of the toughest and most highly motivated men in the world, executing missions in the murderous terrain of Rung Sat Special Zone and Dung Island. 
The key to their success: go where no ordinary soldier would go and no VC would expect them.
Though death reigned as king in the jungles of Vietnam, Gary Smith considered it a privilege and an honor to serve under the officers and with the men of Underwater Demolition Team Twelve and SEAL Team 1. 
Because he and his teammates, trained to the max, gave each other the courage to attain the unattainable .

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Posted To Death: by Dean James.

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Amateur sleuth, Simon Kirby-Jones is looking forward to settling into his new home in the quaint British village of Snupperton despite a few potential challenges. 
Not only is Simon an American, but he’s also a gay vampire who controls his vampiric urges and sun sensitivity with an effective medication.

Delighted to be in the cozy English village of his dreams, he’s eager to make Snupperton his home, and joins the fundraising committee of the local church. 
But at the first meeting, an argument breaks out between the town matriarch Lady Prunella Blitherington, and the nosey village postmaster, Abigail Winterton.

When Abigail is found murdered the next day, Simon determines to reveal the murderer in town and in the process discovers all the delightfully sordid Secrets of Snupperton?

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Murder Spree by Damon Wilson, Rowan Wilson.

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Twenty four fascinating real life cases, grippingly recounted by Damon and Rowan Wilson. 
Among many others the collection includes the stories of:
Alfred Arthur Rouse, burned a homeless man to death in his car, to fake his own death, in an attempt to escape his complicated life.

George Joseph Smith, drowned three of his brides in their baths by grabbing their ankles and dragging them suddenly under water, thereby forcing water up their noses.

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Black Widow by Jessie Keane.

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In Dirty Game, Annie Bailey was an East End Madam. 
In Black Widow she’s Queen of the gangs and trying to save her daughter’s life…

Annie Bailey had done it all; Madam, mistress and Gangster's moll. Now she's Annie Carter, and she taking over the East End.

Annie knew that it wouldn't last. 
Everything was going so well; she was living in Majorca, had Max Carter, the head of the Carter firm by her side, and had given him a beautiful daughter, Layla. 
But if there was one thing life had taught her, it was that everything could change in the blink of an eye.
One minute she's lying by the pool, the next she's out cold. 
When she comes round Max and Layla are gone.

It's not long before she gets the demands. 
They want money or she'll be getting her little girl back in pieces…

There's only one thing Annie can do, she heads back to the East End of London and gathers the Carter firm together. 
Someone has snatched her husband and child. 
Now there's a score to settle, and it's being settled Annie Carter style…

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After the Crash: by Michel Bussi.

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Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. 
Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. 
Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish.

The sole survivor is a three month old girl thrown from the airliner before fire consumes the cabin. 
But two infants were on board. 
Is "the Miracle Child of Mont Terri" Lyse-Rose or Emilie? 
The families of both girls step forward to claim the child. 
Dogged by bad luck, the Vitrals live a simple life, selling snacks from a van on the beaches of northern France. 
In contrast, the de Carville's, who amassed a fortune in the oil business, are powerful and dangerous.

Eighteen years later, a private detective tasked with solving the mystery of the girl known as "Lylie" is on the verge of giving up. 
As he contemplates taking his own life, Crédule Grand-Duc suddenly discovers a secret hidden in plain view. 
Will he live to tell it?

Meanwhile, Lylie, now a beautiful university student, entrusts a secret notebook into the hands of Marc, the brooding young man who loves her, and then vanishes. 
After Marc reads the notebook's contents, he embarks on a frantic search for Lylie.

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The Spy: Isaac Bell #3 by Clive Cussler.
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1908, and American engineering geniuses are being killed off one by one . . .

When a brilliant battleship gun engineer commits suicide, his disbelieving family turn to legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency. Quickly on the case, Isaac Bell establishes that the clues point not to suicide, but murder.

So when further deaths connected to a top-secret project follow, Bell realizes that this is sabotage. With the world plunging towards war, it's clearly a spy at large. But which of the many foreign agents he has encountered is responsible? Or is there a more sinister explanation?

In a blistering story featuring dreadnaught battleships and railroards, criminal gangs and beautiful women, The Spy is a breathtaking thriller that just happens to have at stake the fate of the world.

Bestseller Clive Cussler - author of the Dirk Pitt novels Arctic Drift and Crescent Dawn - and co-author Justin Scott place hero Isaac Bell at the centre of a mysterious espionage conspiracy in the third novel of historical thriller series The Isaac Bell Adventures, The Spy.

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Year of the Tiger by David Miller.

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During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita looted untold amounts of gold and other valuables from across its occupied colonies in Southeast Asia to finance the empire's ongoing military expansion. 
But when the tides of war turned against Japan in 1943, much of this treasure had to be buried in secret. 
Over the decades, the search for the legendary Yamashita's Gold had been in vain until now...
A group of foreign workers digging a tunnel under the Padang in present-day Singapore stumbles across a treasure vault and inadvertently triggers a biological booby trap. 
An unknown strain of anthrax is released threatening a global holocaust. 
It is up to Assistant Superintendent Gerald Loh of the Singapore Police Force to decipher a cryptic clue left behind with the loot to halt this deadly plague.

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The Time to Kill by Mason Cross.
 
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It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong.
They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone.
 
But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing, something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.
 
Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends.
And Blake is a very loose end.
He's been avoiding them for years, but finally they've picked up his trace.
Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don't want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows.
If there's anyone who can find him and kill him, it's them.
 
It's time for Carter Blake to up his game.

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Touch by Elmore Leonard.
 
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A Michigan woman was blind and now she can see, after being touched by a young man who calls himself Juvenal.
Maybe it was just coincidence, but Bill Hill, who used to run the spectacular Uni-Faith Ministry in Dalton, Georgia, and now sells RVs can see dollar signs when he looks at this kid with the magic “touch.”
 
The trouble is that others see them also, including a wacko fundamentalist fascist with his own private army of the faithful and an assortment of media leeches.
But everyone who’s looking to put the Touch on the healer is in for a big surprise because Juvenal’s got a trick or two up his sleeve that nobody sees coming.

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Touch by Elmore Leonard.
 
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A Michigan woman was blind and now she can see, after being touched by a young man who calls himself Juvenal.
Maybe it was just coincidence, but Bill Hill, who used to run the spectacular Uni-Faith Ministry in Dalton, Georgia, and now sells RVs can see dollar signs when he looks at this kid with the magic “touch.”
 
The trouble is that others see them also, including a wacko fundamentalist fascist with his own private army of the faithful and an assortment of media leeches.
But everyone who’s looking to put the Touch on the healer is in for a big surprise because Juvenal’s got a trick or two up his sleeve that nobody sees coming.

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The Leader And The Damned by Colin Forbes.
 
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Working from the premise that Hitler was murdered in 1943, and replaced by a look-a-like, this story reinterprets the events which took place from 1943 to 1945.
At the centre is Martin Bormann, and his plan to cover-up Hitler's death in an attempt to stop anti-Nazi generals seizing power.

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The Time to Kill by Mason Cross.

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It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. 
They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone.

But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing, something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.

Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. 
And Blake is a very loose end. 
He's been avoiding them for years, but finally they've picked up his trace.
Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don't want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows. 
If there's anyone who can find him and kill him, it's them.

It's time for Carter Blake to up his game.

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Touch by Elmore Leonard.

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A Michigan woman was blind and now she can see, after being touched by a young man who calls himself Juvenal.
Maybe it was just coincidence, but Bill Hill, who used to run the spectacular Uni-Faith Ministry in Dalton, Georgia, and now sells RVs can see dollar signs when he looks at this kid with the magic “touch.”

The trouble is that others see them also, including a wacko fundamentalist fascist with his own private army of the faithful and an assortment of media leeches. 
But everyone who’s looking to put the Touch on the healer is in for a big surprise because Juvenal’s got a trick or two up his sleeve that nobody sees coming.

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The Villain's Daughter by Roberta Kray.

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Small-time villain Sean O'Donnell walked out on his family almost twenty years ago and hasn't been heard of since. 
Now his daughter, Iris, has returned to the East End to find out just what happened. 
But it isn't going to be easy. Everyone close to Iris seems to be keeping Secrets. 
When the mysterious Guy Wilder offers to help Iris uncover the truth, he changes everything. 
As the son of the local criminal matriarch, though, Guy has plenty of problems of his own . . 

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Dorchester Terrace' by Anne Perry.

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1896 is a time for new beginnings after the events of the last title, BETRAYAL AT LISSON GROVE. 
Pitt is newly installed as permanent Head of Special Branch and is struggling to win the confidence of his men and (even more crucially) his opposite numbers in government, as well as having to face down his own concerns about whether he has the right temperament for the job.

His mentor and predecessor at Special Branch, Narraway, has been forcibly retired and elevated to the House of Lords, where he is chafing against the boredom and inactivity of this new role. Meanwhile over at the Foreign Office, Pitt's brother-in-law Jack Radley is also newly elevated and keen to do well in his blossoming career. 
There is even a new maid settling in at the Pitts' residence.

Pitt's first challenge comes when his men begin to suspect an assassination plot against an obscure Austrian Duke on a visit to England. 
Working without the comfortably verifiable facts and figures of regular police work, Pitt weaves rumours, uncorroborated identifications and leaps of deduction into a picture of an attempt to discredit Special Branch by murdering an innocent man in cold blood. 
When Lord Tregarron, Radley's chief at the Foreign Office, refuses to act without concrete evidence, Pitt turns to a new ally, Evan Blantyre, for advice about the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Soon the even more frightening prospect of total war comes into view.

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Bader: The Man and His Men by Michael G. Burns.

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Despite losing both legs in a pre-war accident, Douglas Bader returned to active service, leading squadrons to victory in the Battle of Britain. 
This volume portrays Bader as a pilot and leader, whose endeavours and techniques were emulated by his colleagues.

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on Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes.

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As this long quotation from Don Quixote makes clear, romantic books of chivalry are terrible. So author Cervantes wrote Don Quixote in 1605 to satirize the form. And he does it well, taking each negative about books of chivalry he lists and, through comedy and wordplay, turning it into a positive. The result is a long, epic novel in two parts that is about chivalry but anything but terrible. After all, “The benefit caused by the sanity of Don Quixote cannot be as great as the pleasure produced by his madness?”

While very over the top, Don Quixote is a wonderful reading experience. Don Quixote is a fantastic character, with a stubborn streak that lets him truly believe in his own inventions. He even manages to convince one other person, his squire Sancho Panza: “Sancho Panza is one of the most amusing squires who ever served a knight errant; at times his simpleness is so clever that deciding if he is simple or clever is a cause of no small pleasure.”

Sancho was my favorite character. He waxes and wanes between knowing his master is crazy and utterly believing in his inventions and adventures. Sancho is somewhat prone to malapropism, but not to the extent of, say, Mrs. Slipslop in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews. His more extensive verbal tendency is using endless proverbs, some more apt than others in any given situation. Here’s an example of Sancho’s speech: “Because in a well-stocked house, supper is soon cooked; and if you cut the cards, you don’t deal; and the man who sounds the alarm is safe; and for giving and keeping, you need some sense.”

Sancho keeps things moving, adding humor to situations where Don Quixote’s ridiculousness might just seem sad. Above all, I loved the scenes where Sancho carried out his duties as ‘governor.’

I did feel that the novel could have been shorter – some of Don Quixote’s adventures are a bit repetitive. He basically attacks anyone and anything, demanding they admit his beloved Dulcinea is the most beautiful woman in the world – there are only so many ways to make this amusing. I also found the ending a bit of a let-down; it was clear that Cervantes just wanted to make certain no one else would ever write about Don Quixote. 
That said, this is a 400-year-old novel it’s literally exemplary.

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A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert C. Wilson.

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A sex slaying in modern-day Lisbon.
A secret in 1941 Berlin. 
The shocking connection makes this the most talked about thriller in years

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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart.

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The cult classic that can still change your life
Let the dice decide? 
This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen.
Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.

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Night Watch by Terry Pratchett.

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Don't put your trust in revolutions. 
They always come round again. 
That's why they're called revolutions. 
People die, and nothing changes.'

For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer at loose in your city. 
Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. 
The people have found their voice at last, the flags and barricades are rising.
And the question for a policeman, an officer of the law, a defender of the peace, is:
Are you with them, or are you against them?

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The Sicilian by Mario Puzo.

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After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled.
Puzo's classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work, a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery. 
 The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. 
The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Giuliano back with him to America. 
But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas.
In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption and defied the Cosa Nostra. 
Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone's fate is entwined with the dangerous legend of Salvatore Giuliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.

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House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke.

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James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever.

From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.

After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack’s son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.

Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. 
In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place.

House of the Rising Sun is James Lee Burke’s finest novel to date, and a thrilling entry into the Holland family saga that continued most recently with Wayfaring Stranger, which the A Book Review described as “saturated with the romance of the past while mournfully attuned to the unholy menace of the present.”

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The Ends of the Earth by Robert Goddard.

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A thrilling climax to Robert Goddard's bestselling adventure trilogy, The Wide World. 
July 1919. Ex-flying ace James 'Max' Maxted's attempt to uncover the secret behind the death of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, murdered while serving as an adviser with the British delegation to the Paris peace conference, has seemingly ended in failure and his own death.
The trail uncovered by him leads to Japan and a mysterious prisoner held by Sir Henry Maxted's old enemy, Count Tomura. Unaware of Max's fate, the team he has recruited to finish the job are already there, where their paths cross that of former German spymaster, Fritz Lemmer, now rebuilding his spy network in the service of a new, more sinister cause.
In the days and weeks ahead, the quest Max embarked on in Paris will reach its dizzying end at Tomura's castle in the mountains of Honshu and the full truth of what occurred thirty years before will finally be laid bare.

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Crisis by Frank Gardner.

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Crouched behind the dashboard, half hidden by the surrounding bushes, he could see figures silhouetted on the same dirt track they had driven down only an hour ago. 
They were calling to each other, their torch beams probing the night. And then Fuentes heard something that early made his heart stop. The distant sound of a man screaming, in intense drawn out terror and pain.

Introducing Luke Carlton, ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions.

Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions.

Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious.

Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, Crisis is Frank Gardner's debut novel. Combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, fly on the wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement, Crisis boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast-paced and furiously entertaining, here is a thriller for the 21st century.

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