Book Reviews for September 2012

Praetorian
Simon Scarrow
Published by Deadline
£7.99 less £1

The city of Rome in AD 50 is a dangerous place. Treachery lurks on every corner, and a shadowy Republican movement, ‘the Liberators’, has spread its tentacles wide. It is feared that the heart of the latest plot lies in the ranks of the Praetorian Guard. Uncertain of whom he can trust, the Imperial Secretary Narcissus summons to Rome two courageous men guaranteed to be loyal to the grave: army veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro.

No sooner have they begun to unearth the details of the Liberators’ devious plan than disaster strikes: an old enemy who could identify them, with deadly consequences, makes an unexpected appearance. Now they face a race against time to save their own lives before they can unmask the mastermind behind the Liberators…

The Litigator
John Grisham
Published by Hodder
£7.99 less £1

Oscar Finley, street cop turned street lawyer, Wally Figg, expert hustler and ambulance-chaser and David Zinc, Harvard Law School graduate.
Together, this unlikely trio make up Finley & Figg, specialists in injury claims, quickie divorces and DUIs. None of them has ever faced a jury in federal court. But they are about to take on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the States.
David gave up his lucrative career at Chicago’s leading law firm for this, the chance to help the little guy stand up to the big corporations.
But if Finley & Figg have right on their side, why do his new partners feel the need to carry guns in their briefcases?

Conquerer
Conn Iggulden
Published by Harper
£7.99 less £1

From a young scholar to one of history’s most powerful warriors, Conqueror tells the story of Kublai Khan – an extraordinary man who should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.

Kublai dreams of an empire stretching from sea to sea. But to see it built, this scholar must first learn the art of war. He must take his nation’s warriors to the ends of the known world. And when he is weary, when he is wounded, he must face his own brothers in a bloody civil war.

The Affair
Lee Child
Published by Bantam
£7.99 less £1

March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy, or is he a soldier?

Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine, and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn’t she really want to find the killer?

If Reacher does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn’t, will the army be able to live with him?

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