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Route 66 by Harley Davidson: An American motorcycle road trip.
Route 66 by Harley Davidson: An American motorcycle road trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun vicarious Harley road trip, September 3, 2015
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This is a fun book that is mostly about a long road trip by the author and his girlfriend along Route 66 and other cool touring spots in the Western US. The author is from Wales, UK, so America's hugeness, wide open spaces, and endless roads are of particular fascination to him, and this comes through in this fun-to-read book. Essentially, this is a vicarious Harley-Davidson road trip for those of us who do not have the time, alas, to take such a trip ourselves.
The book also talks about the author's life-long fascination and love for motorcycles. This struck a particular chord with me because I have a similar interest, and in fact I owned several motorcycles very similar to the models the author talked about. In fact, the author did his USA road trip on a Softail Heritage (great choice, by the way) which is of the same Harley family as my beloved Harley Fatboy. So this road trip was of particular interest to me. The author admits at the back end of the book that he came to favor the metric (Japanese) bikes over Harleys, but to be honest he never quite explains why. He talks about the poor motorcycle weather in Wales most of the time, but for the life of me I don't see how a Japanese bike is going to deal with that any better than (or as well as) a Harley. But that's OK -- one's choice of motorcycles is a very personal thing, not to be criticized. I did notice that Meg, the author's girlfriend, chose a Harley Nightster when they got back to Wales. So there.
This is a very fun story that I really enjoyed reading. The author writes well and his love of motorcycles and riding is undoubted. RJB.


A Small Colonial War (Ark Royal Book 6)
A Small Colonial War (Ark Royal Book 6)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Space Opera -- Great Power Politics Writ Large, September 1, 2015
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This is yet another installment in the "Arc Royal" space opera series. As readers of this series know, the basic assumption in this series is that certain human nations have utilized faster-than-light space travel to colonize inhabitable planets. Great Britain is one of the leading powers doing this, and the Royal Space Navy is much like the old Royal Navy circa 1900-1990 -- a leading force vital to the nation's survival.

In this novel the nation of India makes a bid to become one of the Great Powers by occupying a British-claimed star system and by effectively taking control of a planet inhabited by an intelligent species. The politics are much like the 1982 Falklands War -- Britain takes a sharp approach to perceived aggression. More would be telling.

I am not going to say that this is one of Nuttall's very best novels because it is relatively predictable and does not challenge the reader's imagination. It is really just Great Power politics writ large on an interstellar stage. But I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. This novel is, by the way, far superior to the prior installment in this series.

This series continues to show that it has potential, and it continues to entertain. RJB.


Harley Davidson Logo Cufflinks for Men
Harley Davidson Logo Cufflinks for Men
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice cuff-links, August 25, 2015
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These are very nice Harley Davidson cuff-links. The color is just as depicted on Amazon -- orange, black, and white. My only issue was that mine took weeks to arrive. But they are a fine value for the moeney. RJB.


Harley-Davidson Boonie Hat Black Hd-409
Harley-Davidson Boonie Hat Black Hd-409

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice boonie hat; very large in size., August 25, 2015
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This hat is very nicely made. Be advised that this is a very large hat. It is great if you are really trying to keep the sun off of your face, such as a beach trip or walking around somewhere where the sun is beating down. I have issues with sun, so I have a real use for this hat. Just know that it has a much wider brim than most boonie hats. This one has a drawstring that allows you to adjust the size for your head.

This hat has a large rubber logo on the front. I would have preferred a sewn-on patch, but the rubberish logo looks pretty snazzy.

Overall this hat is a very nice accessory and good value as long as the large size works for you.


Alfa Romeo Cuff links Alfa Romeo Accessory Gift Boxed(wedding cufflinks,jewelry for men,gift for groom)
Alfa Romeo Cuff links Alfa Romeo Accessory Gift Boxed(wedding cufflinks,jewelry for men,gift for groom)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Harley-Davidson silver cufflinks, August 25, 2015
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Harley-Davidson cuff links (non-painted) -- these are silver and look very cool. Unobtrusive enough for formal wear and I wear these to the office and to court. These are very cool cuff links that I wear often. RJB


Lawyers In Love
Lawyers In Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic mid-80s tune., August 25, 2015
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One of my favorite 80s tunes. I loved this one when it came out, and it presaged the actual opening up of Russia and the fall of the Soviet Union, which is one of the themes of this catchy and enjoyable tune. This is one of my all time 80s favs. RJB.


Timeline Repair: England at War (Broken History Book 2)
Timeline Repair: England at War (Broken History Book 2)
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Alternate History novel, August 25, 2015
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This is the second installment in the "Timeline Repair" series. There is a lot of discussion of history here, and not really all that much by way of a real plot. Without getting too far into it, the author's notion is that certain chosen persons are players in a "Timeline Repair" struggle (or game) put on by aliens, where small changes are made to history in order to change the outcomes. The other "side" seeks to restore "true" history. This could make for an interesting plot, but this basic storyline is about completely overwhelmed by discussions of the actual histories involved. So if you are interested in that, you will enjoy this novel more than those who are simply looking for an actual science fiction storyline.

The author tries to make the storyline more zippy with a fair amount of sex and erotica but I would not say that he is successful here. It was really just a distraction from the reader's search for the actual storyline amidst all of the discussion of history.

Not a bad novel but it could have been better. RJB.


Germanica
Germanica
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Alternative History novel, August 25, 2015
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This is an alternate history novel in which the Nazis, at the end of World War Two, actually carry out their plan to set up a "National Redoubt" in the German Alps near the Swiss border. Such plans existed and General Eisenhower feared that the Germans would do this, thereby prolonging the war for some period of time. In this alternate history novel this occurs, and Josef Goebbels leads a ragtag group of German Army divisions, SS units, and slaves to form a rump state which they name "Germanica."

No spoilers here, but the ending is not particularly surprising. What carries this novel is Conroy's excellent writing and decent character development. The plot somewhat meanders, and the basic premise, while interesting, does not really challenge the reader's imagination. I give this one three stars for being a good solid read, but several of Conroy's other novels are better. RJB.


New Orleans Revenge (The Regents MC Series Book 2)
New Orleans Revenge (The Regents MC Series Book 2)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great prose; meandering and murky storyline, August 7, 2015
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I am going to differ from many reviewers here. I thought that this second installment of "The Regents MC" series was significantly more poorly written than the first. The storyline meanders and is hard to follow. And it moves slowly. The authors' prose is not crisp or clear, and the dialog often seems purposeless and irrelevant to the plot and storyline. I became irritated about 2/3 of the way through this second novel and had trouble sticking with it to the end. RJB.


The Probate (The Regents MC Series Book 1)
The Probate (The Regents MC Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Motorcycle Club One Percenter fiction, August 6, 2015
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I liked this first installment in "The Regents MC" series a lot. The story is interesting and of course, many of us have a fascination with the world of the "One Percenters" Motorcycle Clubs. My one criticism of this story is that sometimes the prose is hard to follow which in turn makes the storyline hard to follow at times. But this is a minor quibble and if you hang in there you will find that there is an enjoyable and addictive storyline here. Enjoy. RJB


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