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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    I bought this book when I was less than 200 pages into The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adored it; the world, the characters, the intricacies of the cons. It was something I didn't know I was looking for until it was in my hands.I'd regard the second book as highly if the story that was built up within the first 200 pages is the story we got. The first chapter was brilliantly written, and spurred me to shirk my adult responsibilities as I was drawn deeper into the narrative. Fans of the first book knew there was plenty of room for raising the stakes, and it seemed as though Red Seas Under Red Skies would deliver on that.Unfortunately the main plot - as well as all the characters I'd grown to care about - were told to bugger off around 300 pages in while Locke and Jean meandered out to sea.I'm torn. I don't hate everything about the middle section of the book, and though I want the story had gone in another direction (primarily because there were too a lot of plotlines and too a lot of things that weren't followed up on or not given nearly as much development as I'd have liked), I can see why Lynch went in the direction he e book's largest issue is that you could chop around 200 pages of content and wind up with a much stronger product. All the time spent on explaining sailing and nautical terms and this and that was time I'd have rather spent reading about the intricacies of a fresh con, or delving deeper into Locke's didn't support that time skipped about however it wished. There's a particularly poor instance at the beginning of chapter eleven where the narrative jumps forward by several hours following the latest chapter, but then the second stage goes right back to the end of the latest chapter without warning, and it took me a min to figure out what was happening. Confusion mixed with long passages about things I don't care about do not create for a pleasant time.I'll say this - Lynch did a marvelous job of describing things I don't care about. He simply couldn't create it interesting in a context where it ground the main plot to a halt.I can't support but obtain the feeling he felt so much pressure to up the stakes following a first novel where things went to hell in unbelievable fashion that he went too far with this one and couldn't hold the plot focused as a result. It's not a poor book by any means, but the best parts largely copy the formula from the first book, and the second act lull is long and dull enough I had to flip back to earlier pages to remind myself what was going on when the plot kicked back into gear.If you haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora, pick it up. It's well worth your coin. If you have fun the banter between Locke and Jean, Red Seas Under Red Skies is worth a look. The dialog is as sharp as ever, and despite my overall feelings about the tale, I love the characters more than I did going into it.If you enjoyed Lies more for the con, the consistent pacing, the gradual escalation of the main threat, and the steady build that led to an explosive (and immensely satisfying) conclusion, you'll search some of that here, but it's not going to thrill you half as much as the first book. You could skip from chapter seven to chapter thirteen or fourteen and not miss much of nch is a solid writer and globe builder. He has a amazing vision for this series, but for whatever reason things didn't quite gel in this entry. I'm going to read the third book despite seeing several middling reviews because the characters and the globe are powerful enough to hold me hooked despite the flaws, but I have to admit parts of Red Seas Under Red Skies were slogs nearly on par with the sections of Lord of the Rings where Tolkien was so charmed by a particular arrangement of stones or trees he had to write about them for several pages, or have characters sing for whole chapters. This isn't a book for the casual Locke Lamora/fantasy enthusiast.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    the lies of locke lamora was a very amazing book that kept ratcheting up the tension and action until the unbelievable conclusion, but this sequel really just kind of meanders around a couple of various vaguely parallel plot threads and attempts to tie them up at the end, with mixed starts great, with locke and jean working on a complicated fresh plan to rob a popular casino, and things roll on smoothly for maybe the first quarter of the book ... and then the entire plot comes to a screeching halt. all of a sudden, the characters are thrown into some other farfetched scheme, and all the items we just read about in the previous hundred-some pages is basically meaningless now. locke and jean don't actually come back to the casino-robbing job until the very end of the the meantime, they become pirates on a wild goose chase that was so contrived and idiotic that it totally pulled me out of the novel. none of it created the slightest bit of sense, and the worst part was that locke and jean beautiful much say that in the book. "why are we doing this? none of it makes any sense!" if your own characters are in agreement that the plot of your book is stupid and pointless, then you need to take a step back and search out where everything went wrong. the entire middle section of the book, while mildly entertaining if it took put in a various novel with various characters, is one large side quest that really seems like a pointless distraction to pad out the length of the book. and if you manage to actually grind your method through their brainless pirate adventure, you're rewarded with a stupid and frustratingly anticlimactic finale that makes everything in the whole book seem like a slap in the face. locke and jean are a pair of amazing characters, but even they can't create this book worth reading.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    The first book was a fun adventure everyone should read. This second book reads like the author had no plan and the editor said, “whatever, we need to release something.”This is a classic issue of an author who wants to widen the globe they’ve created, but doen’t know how. Think Robert Jordan or Martin after a few books ... except this is book e crux of the problem here is that there isn’t a coherent main arc. The book is a group of scenes where it looks like the author got bored about a third of the method through. The reader could skip the beginning of the book and just begin mid method through e pirates or kind of endearing, but it’s far too long of walk to obtain there. The hero changes aren’t earned and really don’t create sense.I started skimming about 100 pages in and just burnt though the latest 100 pages because I was so far in. This book is a skip and it reflects very poorly on the author, editor and publisher after a unbelievable first book.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    Book 2 is just as thrilling as Book 1. One must love Locke and Jean because while they are thieves, they are honorable, amazing guys who appeal to the heart. They take but give, keep and offer. They war alongside their mates and take down their enemies. Yet, for all their thievery, they are loyal, nice guys. It's bizarre to say but they are really Book 2, they voyage from land to sea. Their loss of mates remains massive on their hearts but they continue on as the notorious, "Gentleman @#$%!&?s", real priests of the Crooked Warden, the 13th God. Locke leads the method as the mastermind with Jean at his an and Locke search themselves in the company of pirates after they are forced to aid a rogue leader. The Bondsmagi are still @#$%ed over their fingerless and tongueless comrade so they continue to plot versus Locke and Jean by exposing their identities and whereabouts to men who may come across them. Their watchful eyes puts them on the archon's radar. Again Locke and Jean are taken out of their comfort location of masterminding cons for financial gain to masterminding cons in order to stay alive. This time, the hustlers obtain illiantly written! Amazing story, with two lovely and fierce female protagonists joining the men. The ending is endearing but heartbreakingly sad.I love Locke's compassion, how easily wounded he gets when insulted and Jean's sensitivity to loss and the ease at which he cries. Their friendship is one of a kind and so very admirable. What remains show when reading their story is that both men didn't choose to be thieves, they were created thieves. They don't play honest but they play gentle unless forced into a fight. They are an unforgettable pair much like Holmes and Dr. Watson in that they are entertaining and work well together on the opposite side of the law.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    This book reminded me even more of Pirates of the Caribbean than The Lies of Locke Lamora did. Of course, we spend a lot of the narrative sailing with a bunch of pirates, so that seems likely in any case.But really. Locke Lamora and Jack Sparrow have so much in common, which is fortunate, because I love Captain Jack e plot of this novel is undoubtedly too convoluted to explain here, so I won’t bother trying. And I wouldn’t spoil it for you anyway. Suffice it to say, Locke and Jean are up to their old tricks, and this time it’s going less well than usual. The machinations in this novel are as twisty as snakes but not hard to follow. I think you’ll search that we know as much as Locke and Jean most of the time, apart from how they intend to pull off the scam they’ve been working on for two e fresh characters are fully realized and fascinating. I especially like Drakasha and Ezri. Amazing characterization with those two, and they're just plain fun.I really, really enjoyed this book, but I docked it half a star just because some of the plot points weren’t to my likingand the cliffhanger ending kept me from being absolutely as in love with it as I was with Lies.I can't wait to search out what happens next, though. I've already started The Republic of Thieves . I just hope that Scott Lynch does, in fact, publish the fourth book this year. I know it's been scheduled for release and then pushed back several times, and I will probably cry if I can't obtain it soon. I know that makes me a whiny baby because I'm so late to this party and most people have been waiting literally years for it, but still. I ;DR: I love these books so, so much. If you haven’t read them yet, don’t be intimidated by their size. They are sooooo worth it.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    So Locke and Jean are at it again!! This time they have a fresh scheme, a fresh town and two years of labor that they are going to achieve. Just one problem, they obtain poisoned along the method and things fall e story has a lot of time at sea and realistically Locke and Jean are not good at sea. There is love, romance, mystery and a really twisted d read, unlike the latest book, this book moves beautiful fast. . Also, a lot of references to happenings in the classic, "The Lies of Locke Lamora."Give it a read and you'll be saying, "Where are the kittens?"

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    The second book in the Gentleman @#$%!&?s series does not disappoint. The globe of Locke Lamora is distinguished by men and women working side by side no matter the job. Although this was also real in the first book, it becomes more obvious in RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES by virtue of the Bastards going to sea. Women are not only respected as equals aboard ship, they are considered important to the amazing fortunes of captain and crew. The other requirement shipboard is cats. I found this both endearing and practical. Here on our earth with its one moon, we talk about rats abandoning a sinking ship, in Lynch's well developed globe with its three moons, a sinking ship might be attributed to its lack of cats. Scott Lynch writes amazing characters, fully developed, with very distinct personalities. He doesn't just write powerful female characters, he writes powerful women who keep their own whether they search themselves in a war of words or a war of swords.I take amazing pleasure in reading a well written book. In my mind, well written means a story that makes sense from beginning to end, one that is not bogged down in convoluted sentence structure or obscure words meant to seem intelligent when all they do is obfuscate. RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES flows as if formed in the author's mind and transferred flawlessly to page. There is little, if any, need to go back and re-read that sentence because of a grammatical or spelling flaw. I read a lot of books that require mental editing for them to create sense. The first two installments of Gentleman Bastards is extremely well edited, or it never needed the red pencil though you could probably read RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES as a standalone, I would not recommend doing so. You would be depriving yourself of the most pleasurable experience of reading THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, and you would miss out on the background of people, locations and things.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    For me, this was a let-down after the first Locke Lamora book. Where the first captured and held my attention from the first moment, this one was slow to gain speed, and, once it did, was so full of complexities and plots within plots and characters within characters that I had a hard time staying with it. Once the main characters obtain on the ship and develop interesting relationships with the interesting characters there, it speeds up and becomes interesting, but it takes half the book to obtain there. And then, before it's over with again, the reader is forced to return to the mind-exhausting complexity of plots within plots in order to create sense of the ending.I still give it 4 stars because I love this hero and several of the secondary characters, and the amazing parts were worth wading through the meh parts. However, I will probably not read the third book, as I fear it is likely to be equally or even more complex, and ... I'd rather spend time with characters than plot twists.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    For me, it took awhile for me to obtain into the story, as with the first one, I was about halfway through before I really got hooked. Although I did give this one five stars, and while Ioved it in the end, it can't and never will be as amazing as the first installment. With that said, I am curious, given how things were left here, how this twist in particular will be handled/resolved going forward. I didn't mind the nautical aspect as much as I thought I would, but I did feel that their other, umm, ventures, shall we say were pushed aside, for a majority of the time, especially once the story moved to the seas referenced in the title, and yes, they were indeed red...Very red.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-19 22:44

    Scott Lynch has written three books of his opus and it takes a few years for each of them to come out. Most readers would move on beautiful quickly from an author like this, but he's got a lot of devoted followers for a reason. His $%(* is that good. He's like that restaurant that you really enjoy, but wait a while to come back to because you wish to prolong the memory of the latest food and savor the one Seas Under Red Skies takes put after The Lies of Locke Lamora and the gentlemen @#$%!&?s are back to their old scheming ways, but this time they end up spending the bulk of pages on ships at sea. Suffice to say, Lynch isn't one to shy away from research. He must have truly immersed himself in the fine art of sailing (or read every Patrick O'Brian novel back to back) because they're more info of sails, bunks, aft and baft, than you can imagine. But the prose does what it's supposed to -- supplant you right next to the protagonists so the brine smells true and the sun blisters e plot is a small more complicated than Lamora and at times it feels like Lynch might lose the thread, but he brings it all together in a method that might not be as rewarding as book #1, but still leaves you wanting more. Above it all, there are amazing characters, snarky comments, and a bond between Locke and Jean that has us yearning for what happens e Gentlemen Bastards series is quickly becoming one of my go-to faves. It's probably be a lot hard to keep off on reading number 3.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    I bought this book when I was less than 200 pages into The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adored it; the world, the characters, the intricacies of the cons. It was something I didn't know I was looking for until it was in my hands.I'd regard the second book as highly if the story that was built up within the first 200 pages is the story we got. The first chapter was brilliantly written, and spurred me to shirk my adult responsibilities as I was drawn deeper into the narrative. Fans of the first book knew there was plenty of room for raising the stakes, and it seemed as though Red Seas Under Red Skies would deliver on that.Unfortunately the main plot - as well as all the characters I'd grown to care about - were told to bugger off around 300 pages in while Locke and Jean meandered out to sea.I'm torn. I don't hate everything about the middle section of the book, and though I want the story had gone in another direction (primarily because there were too a lot of plotlines and too a lot of things that weren't followed up on or not given nearly as much development as I'd have liked), I can see why Lynch went in the direction he e book's largest issue is that you could chop around 200 pages of content and wind up with a much stronger product. All the time spent on explaining sailing and nautical terms and this and that was time I'd have rather spent reading about the intricacies of a fresh con, or delving deeper into Locke's didn't support that time skipped about however it wished. There's a particularly poor instance at the beginning of chapter eleven where the narrative jumps forward by several hours following the latest chapter, but then the second stage goes right back to the end of the latest chapter without warning, and it took me a min to figure out what was happening. Confusion mixed with long passages about things I don't care about do not create for a pleasant time.I'll say this - Lynch did a marvelous job of describing things I don't care about. He simply couldn't create it interesting in a context where it ground the main plot to a halt.I can't support but obtain the feeling he felt so much pressure to up the stakes following a first novel where things went to hell in unbelievable fashion that he went too far with this one and couldn't hold the plot focused as a result. It's not a poor book by any means, but the best parts largely copy the formula from the first book, and the second act lull is long and dull enough I had to flip back to earlier pages to remind myself what was going on when the plot kicked back into gear.If you haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora, pick it up. It's well worth your coin. If you have fun the banter between Locke and Jean, Red Seas Under Red Skies is worth a look. The dialog is as sharp as ever, and despite my overall feelings about the tale, I love the characters more than I did going into it.If you enjoyed Lies more for the con, the consistent pacing, the gradual escalation of the main threat, and the steady build that led to an explosive (and immensely satisfying) conclusion, you'll search some of that here, but it's not going to thrill you half as much as the first book. You could skip from chapter seven to chapter thirteen or fourteen and not miss much of nch is a solid writer and globe builder. He has a amazing vision for this series, but for whatever reason things didn't quite gel in this entry. I'm going to read the third book despite seeing several middling reviews because the characters and the globe are powerful enough to hold me hooked despite the flaws, but I have to admit parts of Red Seas Under Red Skies were slogs nearly on par with the sections of Lord of the Rings where Tolkien was so charmed by a particular arrangement of stones or trees he had to write about them for several pages, or have characters sing for whole chapters. This isn't a book for the casual Locke Lamora/fantasy enthusiast.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    the lies of locke lamora was a very amazing book that kept ratcheting up the tension and action until the unbelievable conclusion, but this sequel really just kind of meanders around a couple of various vaguely parallel plot threads and attempts to tie them up at the end, with mixed starts great, with locke and jean working on a complicated fresh plan to rob a popular casino, and things roll on smoothly for maybe the first quarter of the book ... and then the entire plot comes to a screeching halt. all of a sudden, the characters are thrown into some other farfetched scheme, and all the items we just read about in the previous hundred-some pages is basically meaningless now. locke and jean don't actually come back to the casino-robbing job until the very end of the the meantime, they become pirates on a wild goose chase that was so contrived and idiotic that it totally pulled me out of the novel. none of it created the slightest bit of sense, and the worst part was that locke and jean beautiful much say that in the book. "why are we doing this? none of it makes any sense!" if your own characters are in agreement that the plot of your book is stupid and pointless, then you need to take a step back and search out where everything went wrong. the entire middle section of the book, while mildly entertaining if it took put in a various novel with various characters, is one large side quest that really seems like a pointless distraction to pad out the length of the book. and if you manage to actually grind your method through their brainless pirate adventure, you're rewarded with a stupid and frustratingly anticlimactic finale that makes everything in the whole book seem like a slap in the face. locke and jean are a pair of amazing characters, but even they can't create this book worth reading.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    The first book was a fun adventure everyone should read. This second book reads like the author had no plan and the editor said, “whatever, we need to release something.”This is a classic issue of an author who wants to widen the globe they’ve created, but doen’t know how. Think Robert Jordan or Martin after a few books ... except this is book e crux of the problem here is that there isn’t a coherent main arc. The book is a group of scenes where it looks like the author got bored about a third of the method through. The reader could skip the beginning of the book and just begin mid method through e pirates or kind of endearing, but it’s far too long of walk to obtain there. The hero changes aren’t earned and really don’t create sense.I started skimming about 100 pages in and just burnt though the latest 100 pages because I was so far in. This book is a skip and it reflects very poorly on the author, editor and publisher after a unbelievable first book.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    Book 2 is just as thrilling as Book 1. One must love Locke and Jean because while they are thieves, they are honorable, amazing guys who appeal to the heart. They take but give, keep and offer. They war alongside their mates and take down their enemies. Yet, for all their thievery, they are loyal, nice guys. It's bizarre to say but they are really Book 2, they voyage from land to sea. Their loss of mates remains massive on their hearts but they continue on as the notorious, "Gentleman @#$%!&?s", real priests of the Crooked Warden, the 13th God. Locke leads the method as the mastermind with Jean at his an and Locke search themselves in the company of pirates after they are forced to aid a rogue leader. The Bondsmagi are still @#$%ed over their fingerless and tongueless comrade so they continue to plot versus Locke and Jean by exposing their identities and whereabouts to men who may come across them. Their watchful eyes puts them on the archon's radar. Again Locke and Jean are taken out of their comfort location of masterminding cons for financial gain to masterminding cons in order to stay alive. This time, the hustlers obtain illiantly written! Amazing story, with two lovely and fierce female protagonists joining the men. The ending is endearing but heartbreakingly sad.I love Locke's compassion, how easily wounded he gets when insulted and Jean's sensitivity to loss and the ease at which he cries. Their friendship is one of a kind and so very admirable. What remains show when reading their story is that both men didn't choose to be thieves, they were created thieves. They don't play honest but they play gentle unless forced into a fight. They are an unforgettable pair much like Holmes and Dr. Watson in that they are entertaining and work well together on the opposite side of the law.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    This book reminded me even more of Pirates of the Caribbean than The Lies of Locke Lamora did. Of course, we spend a lot of the narrative sailing with a bunch of pirates, so that seems likely in any case.But really. Locke Lamora and Jack Sparrow have so much in common, which is fortunate, because I love Captain Jack e plot of this novel is undoubtedly too convoluted to explain here, so I won’t bother trying. And I wouldn’t spoil it for you anyway. Suffice it to say, Locke and Jean are up to their old tricks, and this time it’s going less well than usual. The machinations in this novel are as twisty as snakes but not hard to follow. I think you’ll search that we know as much as Locke and Jean most of the time, apart from how they intend to pull off the scam they’ve been working on for two e fresh characters are fully realized and fascinating. I especially like Drakasha and Ezri. Amazing characterization with those two, and they're just plain fun.I really, really enjoyed this book, but I docked it half a star just because some of the plot points weren’t to my likingand the cliffhanger ending kept me from being absolutely as in love with it as I was with Lies.I can't wait to search out what happens next, though. I've already started The Republic of Thieves . I just hope that Scott Lynch does, in fact, publish the fourth book this year. I know it's been scheduled for release and then pushed back several times, and I will probably cry if I can't obtain it soon. I know that makes me a whiny baby because I'm so late to this party and most people have been waiting literally years for it, but still. I ;DR: I love these books so, so much. If you haven’t read them yet, don’t be intimidated by their size. They are sooooo worth it.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    So Locke and Jean are at it again!! This time they have a fresh scheme, a fresh town and two years of labor that they are going to achieve. Just one problem, they obtain poisoned along the method and things fall e story has a lot of time at sea and realistically Locke and Jean are not good at sea. There is love, romance, mystery and a really twisted d read, unlike the latest book, this book moves beautiful fast. . Also, a lot of references to happenings in the classic, "The Lies of Locke Lamora."Give it a read and you'll be saying, "Where are the kittens?"

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    The second book in the Gentleman @#$%!&?s series does not disappoint. The globe of Locke Lamora is distinguished by men and women working side by side no matter the job. Although this was also real in the first book, it becomes more obvious in RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES by virtue of the Bastards going to sea. Women are not only respected as equals aboard ship, they are considered important to the amazing fortunes of captain and crew. The other requirement shipboard is cats. I found this both endearing and practical. Here on our earth with its one moon, we talk about rats abandoning a sinking ship, in Lynch's well developed globe with its three moons, a sinking ship might be attributed to its lack of cats. Scott Lynch writes amazing characters, fully developed, with very distinct personalities. He doesn't just write powerful female characters, he writes powerful women who keep their own whether they search themselves in a war of words or a war of swords.I take amazing pleasure in reading a well written book. In my mind, well written means a story that makes sense from beginning to end, one that is not bogged down in convoluted sentence structure or obscure words meant to seem intelligent when all they do is obfuscate. RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES flows as if formed in the author's mind and transferred flawlessly to page. There is little, if any, need to go back and re-read that sentence because of a grammatical or spelling flaw. I read a lot of books that require mental editing for them to create sense. The first two installments of Gentleman Bastards is extremely well edited, or it never needed the red pencil though you could probably read RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES as a standalone, I would not recommend doing so. You would be depriving yourself of the most pleasurable experience of reading THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, and you would miss out on the background of people, locations and things.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    For me, this was a let-down after the first Locke Lamora book. Where the first captured and held my attention from the first moment, this one was slow to gain speed, and, once it did, was so full of complexities and plots within plots and characters within characters that I had a hard time staying with it. Once the main characters obtain on the ship and develop interesting relationships with the interesting characters there, it speeds up and becomes interesting, but it takes half the book to obtain there. And then, before it's over with again, the reader is forced to return to the mind-exhausting complexity of plots within plots in order to create sense of the ending.I still give it 4 stars because I love this hero and several of the secondary characters, and the amazing parts were worth wading through the meh parts. However, I will probably not read the third book, as I fear it is likely to be equally or even more complex, and ... I'd rather spend time with characters than plot twists.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    For me, it took awhile for me to obtain into the story, as with the first one, I was about halfway through before I really got hooked. Although I did give this one five stars, and while Ioved it in the end, it can't and never will be as amazing as the first installment. With that said, I am curious, given how things were left here, how this twist in particular will be handled/resolved going forward. I didn't mind the nautical aspect as much as I thought I would, but I did feel that their other, umm, ventures, shall we say were pushed aside, for a majority of the time, especially once the story moved to the seas referenced in the title, and yes, they were indeed red...Very red.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies: Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2 review []  2020-1-21 23:48

    Scott Lynch has written three books of his opus and it takes a few years for each of them to come out. Most readers would move on beautiful quickly from an author like this, but he's got a lot of devoted followers for a reason. His $%(* is that good. He's like that restaurant that you really enjoy, but wait a while to come back to because you wish to prolong the memory of the latest food and savor the one Seas Under Red Skies takes put after The Lies of Locke Lamora and the gentlemen @#$%!&?s are back to their old scheming ways, but this time they end up spending the bulk of pages on ships at sea. Suffice to say, Lynch isn't one to shy away from research. He must have truly immersed himself in the fine art of sailing (or read every Patrick O'Brian novel back to back) because they're more info of sails, bunks, aft and baft, than you can imagine. But the prose does what it's supposed to -- supplant you right next to the protagonists so the brine smells true and the sun blisters e plot is a small more complicated than Lamora and at times it feels like Lynch might lose the thread, but he brings it all together in a method that might not be as rewarding as book #1, but still leaves you wanting more. Above it all, there are amazing characters, snarky comments, and a bond between Locke and Jean that has us yearning for what happens e Gentlemen Bastards series is quickly becoming one of my go-to faves. It's probably be a lot hard to keep off on reading number 3.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    I bought this book when I was less than 200 pages into The Lies of Locke Lamora. I adored it; the world, the characters, the intricacies of the cons. It was something I didn't know I was looking for until it was in my hands.I'd regard the second book as highly if the story that was built up within the first 200 pages is the story we got. The first chapter was brilliantly written, and spurred me to shirk my adult responsibilities as I was drawn deeper into the narrative. Fans of the first book knew there was plenty of room for raising the stakes, and it seemed as though Red Seas Under Red Skies would deliver on that.Unfortunately the main plot - as well as all the characters I'd grown to care about - were told to bugger off around 300 pages in while Locke and Jean meandered out to sea.I'm torn. I don't hate everything about the middle section of the book, and though I want the story had gone in another direction (primarily because there were too a lot of plotlines and too a lot of things that weren't followed up on or not given nearly as much development as I'd have liked), I can see why Lynch went in the direction he e book's largest issue is that you could chop around 200 pages of content and wind up with a much stronger product. All the time spent on explaining sailing and nautical terms and this and that was time I'd have rather spent reading about the intricacies of a fresh con, or delving deeper into Locke's didn't support that time skipped about however it wished. There's a particularly poor instance at the beginning of chapter eleven where the narrative jumps forward by several hours following the latest chapter, but then the second stage goes right back to the end of the latest chapter without warning, and it took me a min to figure out what was happening. Confusion mixed with long passages about things I don't care about do not create for a pleasant time.I'll say this - Lynch did a marvelous job of describing things I don't care about. He simply couldn't create it interesting in a context where it ground the main plot to a halt.I can't support but obtain the feeling he felt so much pressure to up the stakes following a first novel where things went to hell in unbelievable fashion that he went too far with this one and couldn't hold the plot focused as a result. It's not a poor book by any means, but the best parts largely copy the formula from the first book, and the second act lull is long and dull enough I had to flip back to earlier pages to remind myself what was going on when the plot kicked back into gear.If you haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora, pick it up. It's well worth your coin. If you have fun the banter between Locke and Jean, Red Seas Under Red Skies is worth a look. The dialog is as sharp as ever, and despite my overall feelings about the tale, I love the characters more than I did going into it.If you enjoyed Lies more for the con, the consistent pacing, the gradual escalation of the main threat, and the steady build that led to an explosive (and immensely satisfying) conclusion, you'll search some of that here, but it's not going to thrill you half as much as the first book. You could skip from chapter seven to chapter thirteen or fourteen and not miss much of nch is a solid writer and globe builder. He has a amazing vision for this series, but for whatever reason things didn't quite gel in this entry. I'm going to read the third book despite seeing several middling reviews because the characters and the globe are powerful enough to hold me hooked despite the flaws, but I have to admit parts of Red Seas Under Red Skies were slogs nearly on par with the sections of Lord of the Rings where Tolkien was so charmed by a particular arrangement of stones or trees he had to write about them for several pages, or have characters sing for whole chapters. This isn't a book for the casual Locke Lamora/fantasy enthusiast.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    the lies of locke lamora was a very amazing book that kept ratcheting up the tension and action until the unbelievable conclusion, but this sequel really just kind of meanders around a couple of various vaguely parallel plot threads and attempts to tie them up at the end, with mixed starts great, with locke and jean working on a complicated fresh plan to rob a popular casino, and things roll on smoothly for maybe the first quarter of the book ... and then the entire plot comes to a screeching halt. all of a sudden, the characters are thrown into some other farfetched scheme, and all the items we just read about in the previous hundred-some pages is basically meaningless now. locke and jean don't actually come back to the casino-robbing job until the very end of the the meantime, they become pirates on a wild goose chase that was so contrived and idiotic that it totally pulled me out of the novel. none of it created the slightest bit of sense, and the worst part was that locke and jean beautiful much say that in the book. "why are we doing this? none of it makes any sense!" if your own characters are in agreement that the plot of your book is stupid and pointless, then you need to take a step back and search out where everything went wrong. the entire middle section of the book, while mildly entertaining if it took put in a various novel with various characters, is one large side quest that really seems like a pointless distraction to pad out the length of the book. and if you manage to actually grind your method through their brainless pirate adventure, you're rewarded with a stupid and frustratingly anticlimactic finale that makes everything in the whole book seem like a slap in the face. locke and jean are a pair of amazing characters, but even they can't create this book worth reading.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    The first book was a fun adventure everyone should read. This second book reads like the author had no plan and the editor said, “whatever, we need to release something.”This is a classic issue of an author who wants to widen the globe they’ve created, but doen’t know how. Think Robert Jordan or Martin after a few books ... except this is book e crux of the problem here is that there isn’t a coherent main arc. The book is a group of scenes where it looks like the author got bored about a third of the method through. The reader could skip the beginning of the book and just begin mid method through e pirates or kind of endearing, but it’s far too long of walk to obtain there. The hero changes aren’t earned and really don’t create sense.I started skimming about 100 pages in and just burnt though the latest 100 pages because I was so far in. This book is a skip and it reflects very poorly on the author, editor and publisher after a unbelievable first book.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    Book 2 is just as thrilling as Book 1. One must love Locke and Jean because while they are thieves, they are honorable, amazing guys who appeal to the heart. They take but give, keep and offer. They war alongside their mates and take down their enemies. Yet, for all their thievery, they are loyal, nice guys. It's bizarre to say but they are really Book 2, they voyage from land to sea. Their loss of mates remains massive on their hearts but they continue on as the notorious, "Gentleman @#$%!&?s", real priests of the Crooked Warden, the 13th God. Locke leads the method as the mastermind with Jean at his an and Locke search themselves in the company of pirates after they are forced to aid a rogue leader. The Bondsmagi are still @#$%ed over their fingerless and tongueless comrade so they continue to plot versus Locke and Jean by exposing their identities and whereabouts to men who may come across them. Their watchful eyes puts them on the archon's radar. Again Locke and Jean are taken out of their comfort location of masterminding cons for financial gain to masterminding cons in order to stay alive. This time, the hustlers obtain illiantly written! Amazing story, with two lovely and fierce female protagonists joining the men. The ending is endearing but heartbreakingly sad.I love Locke's compassion, how easily wounded he gets when insulted and Jean's sensitivity to loss and the ease at which he cries. Their friendship is one of a kind and so very admirable. What remains show when reading their story is that both men didn't choose to be thieves, they were created thieves. They don't play honest but they play gentle unless forced into a fight. They are an unforgettable pair much like Holmes and Dr. Watson in that they are entertaining and work well together on the opposite side of the law.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    This book reminded me even more of Pirates of the Caribbean than The Lies of Locke Lamora did. Of course, we spend a lot of the narrative sailing with a bunch of pirates, so that seems likely in any case.But really. Locke Lamora and Jack Sparrow have so much in common, which is fortunate, because I love Captain Jack e plot of this novel is undoubtedly too convoluted to explain here, so I won’t bother trying. And I wouldn’t spoil it for you anyway. Suffice it to say, Locke and Jean are up to their old tricks, and this time it’s going less well than usual. The machinations in this novel are as twisty as snakes but not hard to follow. I think you’ll search that we know as much as Locke and Jean most of the time, apart from how they intend to pull off the scam they’ve been working on for two e fresh characters are fully realized and fascinating. I especially like Drakasha and Ezri. Amazing characterization with those two, and they're just plain fun.I really, really enjoyed this book, but I docked it half a star just because some of the plot points weren’t to my likingand the cliffhanger ending kept me from being absolutely as in love with it as I was with Lies.I can't wait to search out what happens next, though. I've already started The Republic of Thieves . I just hope that Scott Lynch does, in fact, publish the fourth book this year. I know it's been scheduled for release and then pushed back several times, and I will probably cry if I can't obtain it soon. I know that makes me a whiny baby because I'm so late to this party and most people have been waiting literally years for it, but still. I ;DR: I love these books so, so much. If you haven’t read them yet, don’t be intimidated by their size. They are sooooo worth it.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    So Locke and Jean are at it again!! This time they have a fresh scheme, a fresh town and two years of labor that they are going to achieve. Just one problem, they obtain poisoned along the method and things fall e story has a lot of time at sea and realistically Locke and Jean are not good at sea. There is love, romance, mystery and a really twisted d read, unlike the latest book, this book moves beautiful fast. . Also, a lot of references to happenings in the classic, "The Lies of Locke Lamora."Give it a read and you'll be saying, "Where are the kittens?"

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    The second book in the Gentleman @#$%!&?s series does not disappoint. The globe of Locke Lamora is distinguished by men and women working side by side no matter the job. Although this was also real in the first book, it becomes more obvious in RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES by virtue of the Bastards going to sea. Women are not only respected as equals aboard ship, they are considered important to the amazing fortunes of captain and crew. The other requirement shipboard is cats. I found this both endearing and practical. Here on our earth with its one moon, we talk about rats abandoning a sinking ship, in Lynch's well developed globe with its three moons, a sinking ship might be attributed to its lack of cats. Scott Lynch writes amazing characters, fully developed, with very distinct personalities. He doesn't just write powerful female characters, he writes powerful women who keep their own whether they search themselves in a war of words or a war of swords.I take amazing pleasure in reading a well written book. In my mind, well written means a story that makes sense from beginning to end, one that is not bogged down in convoluted sentence structure or obscure words meant to seem intelligent when all they do is obfuscate. RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES flows as if formed in the author's mind and transferred flawlessly to page. There is little, if any, need to go back and re-read that sentence because of a grammatical or spelling flaw. I read a lot of books that require mental editing for them to create sense. The first two installments of Gentleman Bastards is extremely well edited, or it never needed the red pencil though you could probably read RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES as a standalone, I would not recommend doing so. You would be depriving yourself of the most pleasurable experience of reading THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, and you would miss out on the background of people, locations and things.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    For me, this was a let-down after the first Locke Lamora book. Where the first captured and held my attention from the first moment, this one was slow to gain speed, and, once it did, was so full of complexities and plots within plots and characters within characters that I had a hard time staying with it. Once the main characters obtain on the ship and develop interesting relationships with the interesting characters there, it speeds up and becomes interesting, but it takes half the book to obtain there. And then, before it's over with again, the reader is forced to return to the mind-exhausting complexity of plots within plots in order to create sense of the ending.I still give it 4 stars because I love this hero and several of the secondary characters, and the amazing parts were worth wading through the meh parts. However, I will probably not read the third book, as I fear it is likely to be equally or even more complex, and ... I'd rather spend time with characters than plot twists.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    For me, it took awhile for me to obtain into the story, as with the first one, I was about halfway through before I really got hooked. Although I did give this one five stars, and while Ioved it in the end, it can't and never will be as amazing as the first installment. With that said, I am curious, given how things were left here, how this twist in particular will be handled/resolved going forward. I didn't mind the nautical aspect as much as I thought I would, but I did feel that their other, umm, ventures, shall we say were pushed aside, for a majority of the time, especially once the story moved to the seas referenced in the title, and yes, they were indeed red...Very red.

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    Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman @#$%!&?s, Book 2) review []  2020-1-22 21:8

    Scott Lynch has written three books of his opus and it takes a few years for each of them to come out. Most readers would move on beautiful quickly from an author like this, but he's got a lot of devoted followers for a reason. His $%(* is that good. He's like that restaurant that you really enjoy, but wait a while to come back to because you wish to prolong the memory of the latest food and savor the one Seas Under Red Skies takes put after The Lies of Locke Lamora and the gentlemen @#$%!&?s are back to their old scheming ways, but this time they end up spending the bulk of pages on ships at sea. Suffice to say, Lynch isn't one to shy away from research. He must have truly immersed himself in the fine art of sailing (or read every Patrick O'Brian novel back to back) because they're more info of sails, bunks, aft and baft, than you can imagine. But the prose does what it's supposed to -- supplant you right next to the protagonists so the brine smells true and the sun blisters e plot is a small more complicated than Lamora and at times it feels like Lynch might lose the thread, but he brings it all together in a method that might not be as rewarding as book #1, but still leaves you wanting more. Above it all, there are amazing characters, snarky comments, and a bond between Locke and Jean that has us yearning for what happens e Gentlemen Bastards series is quickly becoming one of my go-to faves. It's probably be a lot hard to keep off on reading number 3.

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    i-Boating:Persian Gulf&Red Sea review [App]  2019-10-11 13:41

    Very detailed apart from some locations that are blurred and don't look to have downloaded correctly or, are not allowed by some oil field companies out of Abudhabi and Dubai and some other areas. Otherwise, very amazing

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    i-Boating:Persian Gulf&Red Sea review [App]  2019-10-11 13:41

    Dose this application is working without data and network signal lost or should have network? I bought it and I hope that working only under GPS satellite without data network .. otherwise will be useless for me because no network signal on the sea. Thank you

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    i-Boating:Persian Gulf&Red Sea review [App]  2019-10-11 13:41

    Thankful for the greatest application

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    i-Boating:Persian Gulf&Red Sea review [App]  2019-10-11 13:41

    Suggesting that to add persian gulfs charts also , by then this software will be useful for so a lot of users .

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    Through The Red Sea: A Path to Private Care review []  2020-1-27 0:26

    Through The Red Sea is an indespensible tutorial on the path to personal care in the dental practice. It is a book that is both inspirational and practical. Most importantly these patient-centered tactics work! I highly reccomend this book for individual dentists or for dental squads seeking to support their patients explore and move forward with more complete care.

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    Through The Red Sea: A Path to Private Care review []  2020-1-27 0:26

    This book is a complete tutorial to relationship based dentistry. I have studied at the Pankey institute, with the Schuster Center and Spear education. Dr. Edwards writing on the approach to comprehensive care is like those taught by Dr. Schuster. I will continue my studies at OBI and am excited for this continued journey. If you seek a change and provide a various level of care to your patients, this book will serve as a preview to Schuster and OBI course work and philosophy. Well done Dr. Edwards!

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    Every since learning of this book I have been looking forward to read it simply because it involved traveling in Yemen, a country that has a long and interesting history and is a put that is not accessible to much of the world's citizens currently. Having had the opportunity to visit Sana'a, Yemen for a week in 2009, and knowing that it was a rare and special experience that I will not have again for a long time, I have become interested in what the country is like outside of Sana'a. Reading the news lately, it really seems like it is the "wild west" out there. I can only imagine what it is truly ic Hansen's book reveals so much of the culture of life in Yemen in the late 20th century, and I am truly grateful to him for this bonus of wisdom. Plus, what an adventure. He went through a lot of unbelievable travel dreams that a lot of of us have thought of, but in reality they are probably just as risky or even more so than what happened to Hansen during his first trip to Yemen. I still focus on his description of the beauty of living in solitude after the shipwreck with his companions and, for a certain time, being free from the constraints and expectations of the outside world. How a lot of of us have not dreamed of spending some time on a deserted island?What also resonated with me was the basis of his return to Yemen ten years after the shipwreck. Ever since reading "Into the Wild", I learned of the possible utility of burying valuables and coming back for them later. This was beneficial and successful for McCandless, but for Hansen it turned in to a adventure that by necessity gained him access to the colourful spectrum of Yemeni culture that could only be experienced by a "Westerner" years ago, and even then it was fraught with is was the second book I have read by Hansen and I am truly impressed and fulfilled by the method he creates the narrative. This book is a attractive and brilliantly special journey and it was awesome to experience it through his eyes, ears and spirit.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    "Khat ... also known as qat, gat, chat, and miraa ... is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula... Khat includes the alkaloid cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which causes excitement and euphoria... Traditionally, khat has been used as a socializing drug, and this is still very much the case in Yemen where khat-chewing is predominantly, although not exclusively, a male habit... Khat consumption induces mild euphoria and excitement. Individuals become very talkative under the influence of the drug and may appear to be unrealistic and emotionally unstable. Khat can induce manic behaviors and hyperactivity... A latest British study found khat to be much less risky than tobacco or alcohol." - from WikipediaPeripatetic scribblers wander to such obvious destinations as Italy, France, Greece, China, India, Australia, the Amazon, or Alaska, then write a book to tell the rest of us vegetables all about it. Here in MOTORING WITH MOHAMMED, accomplished travel writer Eric Hansen immerses the reader in North Yemen. (Where, you say?) North Yemen squatted next to the Red Sea just to the south of southwest Saudi Arabia, and joined with South Yemen in 1990 to become the Republic of Yemen.Hansen's narrative is served up in two parts. Well, three, actually. The first takes put in 1978 when, after a 7-year period of wandering in other backwaters, the author is shipwrecked in the yacht "Clea", on which he was part of a five-person crew, on the uninhabited North Yemen island of Uqban. The first four chapters describe this experience, during which, for safekeeping, he buried on the island the wrapped journals of his previous adventures. The problem is, he forgot to take them along when he and his companions were eventually rescued after fourteen e book's second part - thirteen chapters - takes put during a ten-week period a decade later when Hansen returns to North Yemen to retrieve his cached journals. Unbeknownst to him, however, is that Uqban Island lay in a security location virtually inaccessible to foreigners. This fact becomes frustratingly clear as he unsuccessfully conspires with local support to cross the twenty miles of water separating the mainland from the island. Meanwhile, he cools his heels exploring, and falling in love with, much of the rest of the country. It's this developing love affair with North Yemen that's the basis for most of MOTORING WITH MOHAMMED.Whether he's tiptoeing across a precarious slope in the interior mountains, or witnessing the execution of a murderer, or participating in a communal qat chew, or sweating in a bathhouse, or feasting on stewed sheep's heads, Eric has a talent for observing the info that enrich the subsequent tale:"There is a trick to cracking begin the skulls. You put the thumb of one hand in an eye socket (with the eyeball still intact), and span the skull and grip the roof of the mouth with the fingers. The other hand grasps the lower jaw. A sharp twisting motion is accompanied by a sickening snap and a popping sound. When done properly, the slippery skull and jawbone come away in two pieces. Then you prise begin the cranium." (Happily, this passage refers to the feast, not the execution.)As the eighteenth and latest chapter reveals, the author created the fortuitous acquaintance of the Yemeni ambassador to the United States at a Washington, D.C. image exhibit of his nation's architecture eight months after the former returned to America sans journals. In the Middle East especially, it's all about whom you know. Thus, five months after that, Eric, shovel in hand, is sloshing through the Yemeni surf to a "fishing boat that smelled of rancid shark oil and pureed dates", which, Allah willing, can convey him and an agent of the National Security Police across the sea to Uqban. Truly, as the title of this chapter implies, "It was written."I shall most certainly never create it to Yemen. Yes, researching "San'a", the capital of Yemen, on the Web does almost compel me to visit on a whim. But, being married, my own happy-go-lucky journeying days are over. Besides, Yemen seems at times to be, um, a bit too raw. But, through Hansen's eyes and wonderfully evocative prose, I'm taken there in fine style, and that's what a five-star travel essay is all about.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    I second the views of several reviewers that this is one of the best travel books they've ever read. Hansen takes us through Yemen as if we were riding (or sailing) with him. I never gave much thought to or knew much about Yemen but, thanks to Hansen, I have a fresh and positive view of it. His willingness to obtain out and experience a lot of facets of this country enriches his descriptions. His amazing humor and sensitivity to its people are gratifying. But this is more than just a travelogue. Hansen's quest for his buried notebooks is a compelling story in itself. That plot and this venue combine to create this an irresistible and meritorious book. I look forward to reading more from this intrepid and gifted writer.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    The author has written an engaging, entertaining, beautifully discriptive book of Yemen. I visited Sana'a about 15 years ago and his book really hits the mark. I particularly have fun how Mr. Hansen captures the culture and attitudes of the Yemen. He knows that that that culture is 180 degrees from Western culture and he treats Yemeni religion, customs and attitudes with respect and openness - yet does not patronize as do a lot of other travel books.His writing is witting, self-deprecating and honest - completely enjoyable.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    I read this book 6 years ago. It created me laugh and really appreciate the author and his adventures.I shall read it again. It's one I saved just for that purpose.I really recommend this book for anyone interested in the Yemeni culture or just for the appreciation of this author's wit and writing skills.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    Eric the author went to Yeman in the 1970s and has a lot of adventures, meal happenings and experiences with the people of the country. Hansen is a travel author who takes you on an interesting trip to locations we probably will never go to, so it is a vicarious experience through the printed page. Test it, you'll like it.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    Best of all.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    Truly enjoyed the read of this experience. Would recommend for a light read and cultural insight. Fascinating concept, well presented. Condition of book as described.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    oh, what a read! I want things were so easy today. Eric had a amazing adventure. I will think of his story whenever I smoke my Midwakh.

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    Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea review []  2020-1-25 18:38

    An entertaining travel adventure novel/memoir. This would have been given 5 stars except for the authors penchant for getting a bit wordy in describing happenings scenes to the point of boredom. After a bit I just skimmed those when I saw those paragraphs coming. Other then that a amazing read.

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    Red-Footed Tortoise (Red-footed Tortoise As Pet): Beginners Guide On How To Care For Red-Footed Tortoise, Red-footed Tortoise As Pets, Red- Footed Tortoise Diet, Health Care Behavior, Interactiod review []  2020-1-27 23:29

    Amazing primary book. To know the redfoot is to love them . Don’t eat as well when temp under 80 or not soaked every day with very warm water

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    I loved reading this memoir! Reading about how things were done during ww2! The author makes the book come alive. I'd recommend this book!

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    I loved the characters. The story was told from the heart. It is a book that is hard to place down. You have to love Grandpa and Grandma.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    This book was so much fun. It brought back so a lot of memories. It was the kind of book that lifted you up and created you feel good.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Enjoyed the book Running on Red Dog Road. Times when family bonds were powerful and people helped each other. Times when kids were free to play outside.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Really amazing book and shows a life most of us will never experience. Written in the eyes of a kid takes me back to my childhood and how I would think and act.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    An achingly beautiful, luminous memoir that is at times touching, funny, illuminating and always feel true.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    What a sweet book about a young girl's experiences with her family. This book was nothing like what I expected. Thinking it was going to be about life in a coal mine city created reading this an unexpected pleasure.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    This book harkens back to a simpler globe where people showed manngers, independence, honesty, and faith.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Such a wonderfully written story, read in one setting. Exceptional storytelling skills. Highly recommended.

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    Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:0

    Enjoyed this book and how written. The peek into a various time and loving family from a childs view.

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    It's awesome

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    This slender book (133 pages of body text) is divided into nine chapters. The first five trace the history of different regimes in Ethiopa. One chapter deals with the rise of the Arab-Jewish kingdom of Himyar, mostly through an analysis of the Ethiopan regimes that preceded it. The actual overthrow of that kingdom by an Ethopian king is the subject of the next chapter. Final two chapters deal with the role of the Byzantine and Persian empires in this zone of the world, and the method in which the history recounted in the book form the context for the development of Islam. In other words, one learns very small about the actual conflict itself, and even less about Himyar. For this reason you don't quite obtain the story which the book is is not a volume which presents a vivid reconstruction of a time and put that a lot of readers will search exotic, relegating the scholarly apparatus to footnotes. Rather, the book puts epigraphy front and center, and scrupulously refuses to imagine or extrapolate life in the time described. It is clearly written, but if you do not nod your head at references to Apollonius of Tyanna or have fun reading sentences like "it is in Sabaic epigraphy of the early third century that the earliest attestations of the presence of Axumite forces in this region occur" then this book is probably not for you.I personally enjoyed The Throne of Adulis and learned -- in fact, I read it straight through from beginning to end in about three hours. But I am the kind of person who reads the Bulletin of SOAS and thinks "this looks so interesting -- if only they would pull the camera back a bit and present the bigger picture to nonexperts like me". So... yeah...This book appears in Oxford's "Emblems of Antiquity" series, which is designed to produce short, readable accounts of antiquity for the educated reader. While I liked this book, I think it is necessary to understand that it really fails to meet the goals of the series, is far too specialized, and fails to cover the story that the editors clearly intended it to. I think this is a case where the press imagined a very various book than the one it got from its author. Bowersock, of course, is a senior scholar who deserves enormous contributions for his contributions to the scholarship on this area. And, as I said, I liked the book. I just think its necessary to warn the reader that this is not a light popularization, nor is it really focused on the conflict between Jewish and Christian kingdoms.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    There is a lot of very interesting historical material here, focused on battles between the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia and the Jewish Kingdom of Southern Arabia and there involvement as proxies in the battles between the Byzantines and Sassanians as well as other Pre-Islamic conflicts in the zone around the Red Sea. See my comments on "A History of the Jews of Arabia: From Ancient Times to Their Eclipse under Islam" which is what led me to purchase and read this book to further my understanding of these conflicts and the Pre-Islamic cultural and religious milieu of the Arabian Penninsula in order to further expand my understanding of the roots of and development of Islam.I knocked the book one star because the book is padded with a lot of inconsequential extraneous material such as discussing the pen name of "Cosmas Indicopleutes" and whether or not he ever visited India for trade, et al. It appears to me like the author had a very scant amount of definite info and then just fluffed the book up. Nevertheless, as I said in my review of the Jews of Arabia book, if you are interested in the topics of the religious and cultural milieu or Pre-Islamic Arabia which set the scene for the development of Islam, this book is worth reading.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    The 'Emblems of Antiquity' series by OUP presents aspects of ancient history for the general reader by focusing on a particular object from antiquity and teasing out its ramifications for the period in question. Glen Bowersock's study of the throne of Adulis fulfils this remit admirably. The topic matter of the book is summarized succinctly in the `Book Description' given above (taken from the dust-jacket). It is a fascinating micro-history of a small known period in ancient history, and readers should not expect more. While Bowersock does draw out the wider implications of the period for the religious and political history of the middle east, the book is not designed to be a general introduction to such matters, for which the interested reader can readily go elsewhere. What the book does do is show for the general reader the findings of painstaking research into historical happenings for which the literary record is largely non-existent. As such, the ancient historian is forced to fall back upon other types of evidence, and to combine these in order to reconstruct events. The backbone of the show work is a 16th century manuscript copy of a work written by a Byzantine traveller in the 6th century, who copied out the inscription on a ceremonial throne (the 'Throne of Adulis') which is now lost. In order to supplement this scant material, different sources are called upon: inscriptions written in ancient Ethiopian, coinage (always crucial in ancient history), entries in late Byzantine encyclopedias, and much more. On the one hand the reader is left with a very vivid picture of how tenuous our keep on the past really is; on the other hand we are shown how much can be salvaged by the careful work of scholars whose work we might otherwise be tempted to deride as trivial and of no practical application. Although the topic matter alone is enthralling, the general reader would in addition be hard pressed to search a more compelling illustration of the methods of the ancient historian.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    I think Bowersock raises some compelling points in this work and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but their constant back-and-forth with "Introduction of this piece, followed by several paragraphs of explaining its importance" is confusing and hard to piece together. This is not to say the book is bad, just that it could be structured better so that it flows with a more tangible narrative. By the end of the book, it is more coherent, but that is more so by being grounded than it is an improvement of the work.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    Despite its modest size the book is geared to the academic set who are already familiar with the obscure kingdoms and personalities who dominated the Red Sea in the 4th and 5th centuries. The author's writing style doesn't support either, rattling off put names and personages with modest background information. It does shed some light onto little-known aspects about the region; namely the awesome reach of Hellenistic culture to the far reaches of the known world, rise of Christianity in Ethiopia that defined its culture and pre-Islamic Jewish and Christian settlement in Arabia now obliterated and purposely forgotten, whose influences heralded the sudden decline of polytheism among the Arabs and set the scene for the meteoric rise of Islam. Not recommended as a primer, unless you're ready to Google every name and put mentioned.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    A historical tour de force, touching on a lot of fascinating topics, above all the existence of a major Jewish kingdom in southwestern Arabia, the Himyarite realm of sixth-century Yemen, unrecognized until latest decades and now becoming better known in huge part because of Bowersock's research and writing. This is also an enjoyable read, for both amateur and professional historians.Michael L. Bates, rator Emeritus of Islamic CoinsThe American Numismatic Society

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    Bought this book in order to get more knowledge about enigmatic Jewish kingdom of Arabia and its relations with Ethiopian Empire. I have to admit that author has a amazing knowledge of the historical sources and modern theories about their meaning. He gets a lot of pieces of info and makes the convincing conclusion about the geography, peoples and states. His explanations of the political and commercial interests of the globe powers of that time, support to understand better the course of history. I like the book, but gave it just 3 stars due to the author's writing style, which is rather difficult to follow (I am not a native English speaker). I feel there are too a lot of repetitions and logical circles in some places, while other are sketchy at best. Too small is said about the Jewish kingdom itself and no explanation given about King's Yusuf bloody hostility towards Arabic Christians. historical and Church accounts taken without proper critical reading - so a reader gets a feeling if some 'mad king' actions. Also there is no much explanations of the relations between Arabic tribe confederations and Arabic jewish (Christian) kingdoms.Having said that, I recommend this book for the reading to anyone, interested in the historical background at the eve of Islam. But I suggest that such a reader be ready for not 'easy reading' with this book.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    Perfect book by a leading historian of the period. Covers a relatively obscure corner of history.

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    slow reading-a better background here is more helpful but a smooth writeronly want those early people were nt arians

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    The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam review []  2020-1-29 9:37

    It is not well known but before the advent of Islam during a time of upheaval and battle between the Persian Empire and the Byzantines, there was a militant Jewish Kingdom in Southern Arabia. This kingdom was called the Himyarite and it's zone was in Yemen. I have always been fascinated with Yemen and all aspects of its culture, including their own minorities the Yemenite ross the Red Sea from this kingdom was Ethiopia, whose capital was in Axum. They were a Christian country. Back in those times most Christians were allied with the Byzantines while Pagan were divided. The Jews both in Israel/Palestine and Yemen were allied with the Persians. This Christian country would eventually over take the Jewish Kingdom of the Himyarites. It was these happening that would support lead up to the ad vent of Islam. Seems that everyone back then was rather ior to full independence the Himyarite were dominated by the Kingdom of Axum. The reason why Axum left the Himyarites was that issues were brewing in Ethiopia. This enabled the Himyaarite to taste some freedom for a bit. But there was always Christian agitation, and the fomentation of rebellion. Christians acts of terrorism were occurring on Jewish Himyarite soil. So Joseph Dhu Nawwas retaliated by storming Najran and locking all the Christians in a Church and burning it with them inside. This sparked the Axumite invasion of e main acc of this invasion was told by a travelling historian named Cosmas several years after the invasion and by then the Himyarites were beautiful much history. King Kaleb king of Axum. Sat on a throne that was located in Adulis. Adulis was some 20 miles north of an Ethiopian harbor that emptied into the say and south from the capital of Axum. The throne had inscription that praised the king. The inscription were also in greek and had some documentation of Ptolemaic invasions of Palestine and and Mesopotamia. The Pagan Ethiopians prayed to a battle god named Mahrem, a battle god comparable to Aries. The inscriptions were in Greek. Apparently the Ethiopians were fond of these ter Kaleb took over Himyar he retired to a Monastery. Everntually Abraha would take over Himyar by force and he was not the best leader. In either case the Himyarites never regained control of their seph Dhu Nawas fought back as well he could. Even erected a chain to stop the incoming ships. He would be latest seen riding his horse into the sea. It is rumored that the Ethiopians were assisted by byzantine troops. Persian reinforcements never arrived to support their Jewish allies. Persia had control of it's lands and some Arab tribes in the peninsula. Byzantium had Palestine, Egypt and their own territory. To bolster their control there was some assistance given to the fresh religion of Islam from the l this set the scene for the coming of Islam. There was more then one hajira. The most well known is when Muhammad fled Mecca and went to Medina. The secend was when followers of Muhammad went to Axuman a lot of remained e book is short and scholarly. Most of the sources are in Syriac and are almost untrackable or too expensive to obtain a keep of. This does not detract from the scholarly value of the book. It is only 150 pages worth of info and over half the book is footnote. If you are expecting a long read you will be disappointed.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    A definite winner. Interesting, eccentric characters with a rich backstory that I look forward to learning more as well as see how they develop. The murder had a plethora of possible suspects with a satisfying conclusion.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    I love cozy mysteries and was excited to see one set in my own backyard. But this one was a near snooze for me. The constant cheesy one liners about the 60's era TV shows that the main character's ex-actress aunt appeared in got to be a total bore after the ninth or tenth mention. And the aunt's "connection" to several celebrities and popular events created me wonder if this was the female ver of Forrest Gump. Not to mention that the "death by the sea" did not happen until nearly 100 pages into the story. But the clinker for me was that, since I do live in the zone of the setting, some of the author's descriptions of said zone are method off. I obtain trying to contain a small local flavor into the story but for goodness sakes, please create it actual local flavor. And I do realize that readers who are not familiar with the zone would not know the difference, but it created the story less enjoyable for me. I kept reading because I had paid for the book and didn't wish to waste my cash and I do admit that the story did obtain better after the murder took put but it just never really had me hooked.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    I enjoyed the first book of this series. The main hero and supporting characters are great. Can't wait for the next one

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge is the first book in the cozy A By the Sea Mystery series. The main hero Liz Holt has returned home to attractive Melbourne Beach, Florida and her family run Indialantic by the Sea z has been satisfied jumping back in at the hotel and helping her Aunt Amelia who was an actress at one point and still has her quirks. Liz even likes her aunt’s feisty parrot, Barnacle Bob. But as the hotel takes on a wealthy couple the wife does everything to try the nerves of Liz and her ever, as much as they debated on asking their guests to leave and take their demands with them they never wished to search the lady murdered. Now the list of suspects is growing by the min so Liz decides to do her own small bit of anyone that knows me knows I love a amazing small cozy mystery with their quirkiness and eccentric characters. Death by the Sea had the quirky edge that I have fun and even added in Barnacle Bob the parrot who was a laugh a min however when finished with this one I debated between a two and three star rating as unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with this opener in the series. After much debate I’m giving this one three stars and what saved it was the setting, Melbourne is somewhere I’ve vacationed quite a few times and enjoyed the virtual trip back there and then there was the few info here and there that I’m normally a fan.What stopped me loving this one was it was just so darn wordy throughout. There are dozens of characters involved and as each joins I felt like an information dump was going on. And then the mystery didn’t even obtain going until beautiful late in the book and by then I was getting more than impatient waiting. Even with the information dump feeling to a lot of things though there was a backstory with the main hero that kept being brought into the story that almost felt as if I had missed something somewhere like this was a spin off or continuation. I’m all for hero development and plenty of suspects but this one just seemed to go a small too far in some locations and not enough in others to where the story just dragged too much for me so I’m not sure I would continue onward in the series.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge is the first novel in A By the Sea Mystery series. Elizabeth “Liz” Holt has returned home to Melbourne Beach, Florida to The Indialantic by the Sea Hotel and Emporium which is owned by Amelia Eden Holt, her aunt. Aunt Amelia is an eccentric former actress who helped raise Liz along with Liz’s father, Fenton Holt. Liz is living in the beach house. She helps out in the hotel and is working on her next novel (well—she is supposed to be). Their recent guest is Regina Harrington-Worth and her husband David who will be staying with them while their historic home is being demolished and a modern monstrosity is built in its place. Regina considers The Indialantic beneath her, but it is the only hotel with a vacancy that will let pets. After a successful Spring Fling event, they explore that Regina was found dead in her suite, her husband was stabbed, and some very expensive jewels have gone missing. Liz immediately dives in to search who committed the dastardly deed. Who disliked Regina enough to slay her (that is one long suspect list)? Join Liz at The Indialantic as she examines the clues and questions the suspects to catch the ath by the Sea is a slow starter. The murder does not happen until the forty-four percent mark. The beginning of the book is an introduction to the Liz, the hotel, the employees, Liz’s family, the guests, and the shops and their owners. The author overwhelms readers with the amount of info she is dishing out. Kathleen Bridge is a wordy writer. It creates a rich environment, but it also makes a slow-moving story. I do like the attractive hotel and emporium that Ms. Bridge made in Death by the Sea. I did feel that the story jumps around making it disjointed. Liz has returned home after a disastrous relationship that ended in Liz being physically injured. Since Liz and her paramour are public figures, the whole debacle was fodder for the media. There are numerous quirky characters with the largest one being Aunt Amelia. A famous actress during the 1960s who has passed her love of 60s sitcoms and films along to Liz. The different shows and films from that time-period are mentioned throughout the book (Dark Shadows, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan’s Island for example). I enjoyed the comments regarding the famous teen girl mystery novels which included Nancy Drew, Connie Blair, and Dana Girls (which I collect). There was an abundance of repetition (it is a common malady in books that I have read recently) along with a cliché nasty detective. The pace picks up slightly in the second half of the book as the investigation gets under way. I think the author tried to place too much into one book. The hotel, the numerous quirky characters, the special shops, Liz’s nemesis, Liz and her issues, a love interest, Regina’s father and how he died, the treasure of the San Carlos, Spring Fling, Fenton Holt and his practice, the obnoxious bird with the foul mouth, the hairless cat, and Liz and her writing difficulties are just a few of the stuff in the book. The murder of Regina was not as complicated as it seemed, and it can be solved before the reveal. At the end of the book, readers are still left wondering how Liz was injured. We are told about her injuries, but not how they happened. There are also some contradictions (one example is the hotel is not doing well, but an employee has a huge suite and some people seem to live there for free). My rating for Death by the Sea is 3 out of 5 stars. I am hoping the author will scale back in A Killing by the Sea.*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. The comment and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    Any cozy mystery that references Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and also contains a treasure is a champion in my book - and Death by the Sea, Kathleen Bridge's debut entry in her fresh By the Sea Mystery series has them all! Bestselling author Liz Holt returns home to the Indialantic by the Sea hotel in attractive Melbourne Beach, Florida, looking for a change in lifestyle after scandal upset her life in Manhattan. She's reconnecting with family - her father Fenton, her amazing aunt Amelia (what a hoot - I would love to have her in my family!), her best mate Kate - and a host of other friends, when one of the guests at the Indialantic by the Sea is found murdered and robbed of her fabulous jewelry. Liz and her squad of Detectiveteers decide to investigate as any amazing sleuth would, and set about to explore the murderer (who surprised this reader!!!). A very nicely written cozy and the beginning of what promises to be a fun fresh series. A+ to Death by the Sea!

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    Death By the Sea is a first in a fresh series by Kathleen Bridge.I'm fresh to this author, but I've found another mystery that I thoroughly z Holt has returned to Indialantic, back to her home and her family and z left Fresh York Town under a cloud of shame and humility, bearing the scars of a tragic breakup, both inside and z is powerful and determined to create a new begin and the cast of colourful characters that the author has made are just the thing to support Liz e book started out a bit slow, but about half method through, things picked up and I was soon drawn to the mystery and the story behind it.I really enjoyed Aunt Amelia, she is a kind hearted person who loves to take care of everyone. She is quite the pip and I had loads of fun laughing alone with her is fresh series will appeal to all cozy mystery fans so be sure to pre order your copy now.I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    I am a huge fan of Kathleen Bridge’s Hamptons Home & Garden series, so I was very eager to read the first book in her fresh By the Sea Mystery series. Death by the Sea takes us to the beach community of Melbourne, Florida, and introduces Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Holt who has returned home after a decade in Fresh York that ended in a tabloid scandal. Kathleen Bridge continued with a delightful writing style engaging my interest by bringing to life the oceanfront community, hotel environment, and a plethora of entertaining characters, but the descriptions and introductions seem to be the main focus for an extended amount of time, more than I personally prefer in my cozy mysteries. Where’s the murder? Karma definitely had a few amazing targets to choose from, but you’ll need to wait patiently for the crime to occur. Ok, the synopsis on the book websites gives you a clue to the victim, but it takes awhile to manifest.I did really have fun the informative references to treasure hunting, chicory coffee, the area’s history, and 60s tv programs and commercials with which I grew up, and while waiting for the crime and the subsequent investigation to obtain going, Kathleen Bridge did make a rich set of characters and an engaging subplot dealing with Liz Holt’s scars, emotional and physical. The rich characters which contain her father, her quirky aunt, friends, BFFs, and a possible romantic interest provide a bit of humor…don't forget a very odd cat Venus and an obnoxious parrot Barnacle Bob. But despite waiting for the crime/investigation, I enjoyed this first book and am eager for the next book, A Killing by the Sea. The ongoing store business, unique hotel events, Liz’s writing career, and a blooming romance are intriguing enough to create me a fan!It is always exciting to see a cozy with my two favorite words. No, not Murderous Fun, although that's always a amazing to see. No,…Recipes Included! It's even more exciting when the recipes aren't random, but create for a complete food or are actually connected to the theme or characters in the story. Kathleen Bridge has included four marvelous recipes excellent beginning to end. From Pops’ Deli-casies By the Sea we begin with Pops’ Kalamata Hummus, next have fun an entree of Baked Grouper Bites with Banana Salsa and a side of Coconut Rice, then have fun from Chef Pierre’s Kitchen his Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies. Yum!Disclosure: I received an ARC, but my insights and comments are voluntary and honest.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    Death by the Sea is the first book in Kathleen Bridge’s By the Sea Mystery series. The author provides attractive descriptions and lots of history about the family-run inn and the surrounding area. The characters are well developed. As is often real in the first book in a series, the mystery doesn’t begin until close to the middle of the book, but then the well-plotted mystery moved at a fast pace, with lots of twists and turns. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in this z Holt, an award-winning author, returns to Melbourne Beach, Florida from Manhattan, where she’s lived for the past ten years, after being involved in a scandal with her writer boyfriend. She’s staying at her childhood home, an old style Florida hotel, Indialantic by the Sea Hotel, which is owned by her eighty-year-old paternal great-aunt, Amelia Eden Holt, a former tv hero actress. After her mother passed away when she was five years old, she moved there with her dad, Fenton, who is an attorney. Amelia has a foul mouthed but adorable thirty-year-old macaw named Barnacle Bob. Liz’s great-aunt and dad surprised her with the beach house so she would have a put to continue her writing, but she’s using her role helping at the Indialantic and being her dad’s assistant as an excuse not to write. A huge portion of the hotel is now home to a collection of quirky characters and their pets. Liz is organizing the First annual Indialantic Spring Fling by the Sea at the emporium they recently opened and dealing with Regina Harrington-Worth, their fresh celebrity guest, who is overbearing and making everyone miserable. Regina and her husband are staying in the Oceana Suite and when a robbery occurs, she’s strangled and her husband is stabbed. Fenton’s friend, Agent Charlotte Pearson, is in charge of the case, but Liz is determined to search out if it was a burglary gone wrong or an intentional act and Liz’s childhood friend, Kate Fields, and several residents obtain involved in finding out what happened so their lives can return to normal. Sparks fly between Liz and Ryan Stone, who’s taken a leave from the Fresh York Town Fire Department to support his grandfather, Pops, at the Deci-casies by the Sea while Pops’ fresh knee heals.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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    Death by the Sea (A By the Sea Mystery) review [Book]  2018-5-2 18:0

    This is the first installment in the By the Sea Series set in the Indianatlantic Inn set on a barrier island off the coast of Melbourne, Florida. I really enjoyed Ghostal Living in the author's prior series and I was eager to test this one. I was also attracted to the cover, description and the attractive setting of Melbourne Beach/Sebastian Inlet, Florida. Liz Holt, a successful author in her own right, has quietly returned to live with her father and great-aunt Amelia and her squawky parrot, Barnacle Bob, after a traumatic break-up with a Pulitzer Prize winning author has left her with a scarred face. Liz is trying to write another book but continues to have flashbacks of the poor night. While trying to restore the Inn to its former grandeur, Aunt Amelia regales the reader with all of her history and knowledge of shows from the 1960's and 70's like Bewitched, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, to name a few. There are so a lot of more, which diverted from the mystery and just seemed like overkill. Wealthy socialite and guest Regina Harrington-Worth and her husband David are the only current guests. To the consternation of the historical society, she is trying to tear down a nearby landmark, Castlemara, which she inherited from her father, so she can develop the property for herself. She has managed to anger someone to the point of no return because she is found murdered in her suite and the find for her killer(s) begins.I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. From the beginning, I was overwhelmed with the number of characters and potential suspects. The murder didn't happen until far too long and by that time, it was hard to stay interested in such a disjointed pace. I was very confused about the actual status of the Inn; at times, it appears that they are on a shoestring budget but then there is the Worth's luxurious suite and the fancy shops. The attempted romance between Liz and visiting Fresh York Town firefighter Ryan Stone seems too contrived. By the end of the book, which I did finish in about 5 or 6 settings, I honestly had no true interest in finding the killer. That being said, it is the beginning of the series, so I will give the next book a read and hope that the characters gel better for me this time.**Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a complimentary copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    This book was given to me as a bonus to provide encouragement and hope. My husband as been struggling with serious health problems for 8 months and our son died in November of 2017. This is a book to re-read again and again. I ordered two more and gave them to mates who are struggling and required encouragement. Red Sea Rule # 2 really spoke to my heart. "Be more concerned to God's glory than for your relief. Our natural instinct is to ask "How did I obtain into this mess, and how can I obtain out?" or "How quickly can I solve this problem?" and "Why did this have to happen to me?" The better question to test asking is "How can God be glorified in this situation?" That perspective changes everything!

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    Truly admire the Lord's timing by placing a word like this into my hands, during this season of did I search it....?Well I was following an IG thread and a gal asked for input on a timely / relevant devotional.I scanned the answers saw a lot of of the usual suspects..... Except Red Sea Rules was fresh to I scanned the very positive Amazon reviews and was 50% sold.( 50% because over the years I have bought some duds)So I borrowed a copy from my local itSoaked it inRe-read some more, completed it in 2 though I've been walking with the Savior 22 years, this book, pricked, prodded, convicted and reopened my eyes to the glory of on 6/13 I ordered 5 copies at $7.99They came in time to hand out to some local High School en I ran ught 4 more Friday night at $5.89When you buy itPrayPray for God's guidanceBe begin and ready for s 33-44 chop me deeplyPlus the missionary references, ideas and loaded with timely scripture.I'm not into hyperbole or exaggeration, this book changed me and woke there are some practical hints /techniques for difficultTimesDaysPeopleAs you look towards Heaven.... Thy Lord.I applaud the author for writing this gem

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    This book is really meaningful to support us through life's challenges. I read it in one sitting (130 pages)--couldn't place it down. Then I ordered one for a dear mate who I thought would gain much required encouragement from it.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    Feeling like the lions are about to eat you? Walking through the shadow of the valley of death, this small book is full of unbelievable encouragement

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    A short book that provides key understanding of God and His relationship with His people today. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will create your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    Robert Morgan has given us a amazing small book to place in the hands of the man or woman going through difficulty and trial. In bite-sized format he exegetes Exodus 14 and gives 10 principles for walking through pain all the while holding the hand of a amazing God.If you're looking for a book to leave in someone's hand after you've prayed for them, and you don't wish that book to be a heavy tome on etiology, this is certainly an accessible resource.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    Unusual book, it metimes books with a list of key stuff are too easy - this gives you key points to remember and apply, while giving depth of explanation that fills out understanding well and helps with motivation, too.I recommend this.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    This book was recommended to me by a dear friend. The timing for the need in my life was as excellent as the happenings in God's Word. It definitely draws you closer to our Saviour and will not only increase your faith, but will create His presence more real.I would recommend it to anyone in any situation and have already done so to several ank you Robert Morgan for allowing our amazing God to use you.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    Recommended. Beautiful amazing study tutorial for private use or little group discussions. The reading material is beautiful easy, though does include amazing points / perspectives based on God's word. The study material for each rule references several OT and NT scriptures, not just the book of Exodus, so let additional time to be prepared for discussions. There are also questions with each rule that focus on your own private Red Sea struggle.

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    The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times review []  2020-1-22 23:45

    The "Rules" have been lifted from the Israelites' amazing experience leaving Egypt. They highlight aspects of the event. Translate aspects to our private lives & conflicts, and in faith, watch how God comes I go through a difficult (health) time right now, the Red Sea rules are a amazing & satisfied encouragement. A reminder that God is faithful and in absolute control. He is good, He is love. I trust Him.

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    I love these games, really, and I was on a roll, but I can't obtain pass level 48 because my Wiko LENNY3 touch screen isn't responsive enough to register both fingertips at the same time. EDIT: I was too fast to judge the alternative method to be wrong. Thank you Bart, for your response. I retried what you said and had no problem finishing the game. Can't wait to see the next game. You have a attractive mind. These things you create, are a work of art.

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    This android game and yellow have single handedly improved my relationship with my niece. She loves playing these android games over and over every time she comes to visit. Christmas day she didn't wish to play with her gifts, she just wanted to sit with me and play yellow. It means so much to me. Thank you for making these games.

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    By far one of the best puzzle creators for Android device games! I was hoping for another "Yellow 2", and changing the color really surprised me, Looking forward to... Blue? (PS: after playing for a while, All I see is orange :P)

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Hi Barte, I love your colour puzzle games. I heard that there was a chance in the future for you to create a "Blue". I think that's a amazing idea but it should be a lighter blue so as not to irritate your eyes. I just wanted to mention that, thanks!

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Based solely on how much i enjoyed "yellow", I'm pre-rating this android game at Five Stars. I'll adjust my score if necessary, but i don't think it will be necessary! 😊😎😀 Edit to add: no adjustments required to the score! If you loved Yellow, you can go right ahead and see Red! 😍

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Just like yellow, an awesome game. Some of the puzzles really had me thinking for a while. It's really hard to stop playing once you've finished. I'm looking forward to what's coming next!

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Another high-contrast collection of puzzles from the devious Bart Bonte. Love the aesthetic, melody is quite nice, and the puzzles are a small more daring than the previous iteration. All things considered, a welcome challenge and a fun romp.

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    I forgot to review yellow and finally did then just after saying I'm looking forward to the sequel, here it is, lo and behold. Will remember to review this time, if not, I already gave it give stars

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    I am loving this game. The tips usually support but I'm stuck on level 36 entirely. I'll hold grinding away and figure it out eventually. Perfect game!!

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Amazing game. Also, large fan of your sugar sugar series on kong. Loved all the levels but, related to another reviewer, finding level 48 too hard to press 8-10 huge clunky fingers on a little phone at the same time. Maybe extend the press window by 0.15 seconds, or allow us watch an ad to skip a level. Hold up the awesomeness!

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    theres a little glitch on level 22. it won't allow you pass the level even if you did it right. still, you can fix it by closing and re opening the game.

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    red review [App]  2018-1-30 13:0

    Honestly one of the better android games i've played in a while. Not sure if because of the melody with a lot of "Stranger things" vibe in it, or because of the cleverness with which the puzzles were made. Probably both :) You created me write a review, that's something too :D One little downside is not enough levels.. I fell to the android games charm and completed it in a sitting :D

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