I didn't actually like Rankin and his Inspector Rebus at first. I only read it because I live in Edinburgh and it felt like it was something I neededI didn't actually like Rankin and his Inspector Rebus at first. I only read it because I live in Edinburgh and it felt like it was something I needed to do. Also, I saw Rankin in a documentary about Rebus' Edinburgh and I enjoyed his dry manner.
It took me quite a while to read the book and I got annoyed at some factual errors (if anything about the British Forces is incorrect I'll spot it, most probably, especially if it's blatant) and I didn't like his style. However, I persevered and I am glad that I did. He truly honed his craft in the following books in the series....more
By the time I had reached the third book I was pretty much hooked by Rankin's story telling. While I still at times had my issues with his style (occaBy the time I had reached the third book I was pretty much hooked by Rankin's story telling. While I still at times had my issues with his style (occasional head-hopping that wasn't clear which character's head we were in) his plot is always amazingly complex and vivid.
If you read this book, read it for one scene, and it'll be worth it. Towards the end is a scene where the anatgonist is in their head/thoughts. The writing is utterly superb and left me breathless. Such an excellent use of language, I can't praise it enough, and I wish I had written it....more
If you like what I am writing, if you like your men as real men and not girlified, if you like actionMy goodness, am I glad that they read this book!
If you like what I am writing, if you like your men as real men and not girlified, if you like action and adventure and not a single pulled punch, then read this book, it’s fantastic.
The character of D is brilliant (I don’t agree with writing out the accent, I found that distracting, but in the end I didn’t mind, because it was just so great.)
Jane managed to write really lifelike and great secondary and tertiary characters, too. I guess that’s rare. I loved X, a great characters and the villains were properly villainous. I love the fact people swear and shout and say nasty things and do even nastier ones. She really doesn’t pull her punches and hooray for that.
I was awestruck at times at her action ideas, and trust me that says something, because I take great care to have my action believable, and boy, did she manage to keep hers believable, despite the craziness of it all. Pure brilliance.
This is easily the best M/M book that I know of.
This isn’t a Romance, this is much better. This is an amazing love story with fantastic action.
There were moments when I thought “oh damn, I wish I had written that” and that’s meant as a huge compliment. Sucked me right in on the first page and spit me back out, 300 pages later, dishevelled, exhausted and very satisfied....more
"Friendly Fire" is a 6K short story by Marquesate, set in the current war in Afghanistan.
British Sergeant Major Phil Mason, and American Gunnery Serg"Friendly Fire" is a 6K short story by Marquesate, set in the current war in Afghanistan.
British Sergeant Major Phil Mason, and American Gunnery Sergeant Jon Rivera, take part in friendly fire, only to encounter enemy fire, which forces them to work together to survive in the Afghan mountains. These two soldiers are alpha men, fuelled by aggression that finds an outlet in more than fighting.
"Friendly Fire" is part of this anthology. I can't personally recommend the whole anthology, which is a shame, but the readers Kassa and J.Rocci have said everything in their review that I could say.Marquesate...more