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DEFINITELY worth picking up, as I really enjoyed the variety as well as the level of scholarship. Plus, in electronic form it's free!
Read: "Set in Darkness" by Ian Rankin. A John Rebus Novel on the building of the first Scottish Parliament for a future independent Scotland. Where there is lots of taxpayer money to be had there is darkness. Three murders unconnected but maybe not. Very Good. Recommended.
"The Lisbon Crossing" by Tom Gabbay. Set in Lisbon and Paris during 1940. A Political mystery that has implications on the future of WWII. Paris is already occupied by the Germans. Very Good and Recommended.
Read: "Fleshmarket Alley" by Ian Rankin. Another good one by Mr. Rankin. A novel on the illegals in Scotland and the corruption in high and low places. Sounds very similar to the same problems over here in the US of A. Recommended.
"Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World" by Colin Wells. The story of how Byzantium passed on to the world, especially in the West, the ideas of the Greek/Hellenistic culture of the past that helped rationalism win out over the supernatural. Within a few decades, this culture would be extinguished by the oncoming muslim hordes. Very Good and Recommended.
Read: "The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic" by Robert L. O'Connell. This covers the 2nd Punic War but the central event is Cannae and the ramifications of this lost battle to the Roman Republic. Very well written and engrossing. Its the author's contention that the treatment by the Roman Gov. and people of the Roman survivors(Ghosts) of Cannae had long term problems for the Republic that led directly to its soliders switching their loyalty to their generals over the State and leading to the fall of the same. Mildly similar to the Vietnam Vets in America.
"Cannae" by Adrian Goldsworthy. This is specifically on the Battle of Cannae and nothing else.
Both books are very good in their own ways and recommended. The first book is the best of the two.