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    Boston thriller

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/10/2019

    » Dipping my fingers into the book bag, out came yet another by James Patterson. Can this reviewer help that the Yank is one of the most prolific writers in the business? His co-author this time around is Candice Fox. Which of them came up with this plot, I wonder?

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    Artificial intelligence

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 12/01/2018

    » There are Vatican scholars. Then there are novelists who research the Vatican library to give the plots of their imaginative religious stories the aura of authenticity. It turns out that the lay writers usually pen more interesting books. Less authentic, yet more believable.

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    Choosing sides

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/12/2017

    » Not long ago a historian calculated that throughout human history there has been a total of fewer than 25 years of peace. There were wars somewhere on the planet the rest of the time. The clear meaning is that homo sapiens are a violent, bloodthirsty lot.

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    The Law is the law

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/08/2017

    » From being overlooked in fear of retaliation, Isis has sprung to the forefront of favoured subject matter among books.

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    Nothing to laugh about

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 07/07/2017

    » Certain terms put me off: "only" as in I only want; "just" as in I just mean; "fun" as in let's have some; "hilarious" as in this book is. They are simply untrue.

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    Renaissance history

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 14/07/2017

    » I am so conditioned when I pick up a new book about Italy that I expect it to be a historical novel about Ancient Rome. That period seems to fascinate historians and historical novelists. This reviewer finds it no more than somewhat interesting.

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    The Tudor women

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 03/03/2017

    » So much has been written about England's Tudor dynasty that duplication is inevitable. Historians and historical novelists are hard put to find new angles. Henry VIII has been analysed every which way. There is no way of getting around the fact that he had six wives, ordering two to be decapitated.

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    Last of a trilogy

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/08/2016

    » First a kingdom ruled by kings, then a republic ruled by senators, there was a growing feeling that Rome should be a kingdom again -- well, not exactly a kingdom, but an empire as befits an expanding state.

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    Crisis of conscience

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/07/2016

    » There isn't a community, hamlet or metropolis that doesn't have crime. And anywhere there is crime there are police. And where there are police, there are people to write about them, journalists and novelists. They tend to portray the police as more efficient than they are, to make the reader feel more safe.

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    The War on drugs

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Drugs are a trillion-dollar business and the so-called War on Drugs is under-financed. So much is paid to the powers that be to turn a blind eye that those who fight the good fight deserve the credit they get when busting a drug ring.

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