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Ice Station
Ice Station
von Matthew Reilly
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,16

4.0 von 5 Sternen Slam Bang Fun, Suspend Your Disbelief, 19. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ice Station (Taschenbuch)
Matthew Reilly's Ice Station is a full-on gas, as long as you are willing to enter it with the right attitude: namely, the same kind of willingness to sit back and enjoy the action that makes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and old fashioned cliffhanger serials so much fun. You have to suspend disbelief, because many of the issues of realism, history, biology, and coincidence WILL otherwise undermine your enjoyment. Reilly has been compared to Crichton, but I think a better comparison are the scripts of George Lucas - both understand formula action, and while Reilly's style is still maturing, both also deliver the goods: two to three hours of full bore thrill ride. Crichton, on the other hand, is known for his intense research and science based style. This book "reads" very visually - clearly thoughts of screenplay were in the author's head. One thing that does set "Ice Station" above of the rest of the action pack, for me, was the lead character - Scarecrow. Reilly has created a unique, thinking-man lead that spares us most of the usual required macho B.S. that populates such novels. I think it promises well for future books, and look forward to reading more of the author's work. Bring it on! One final note: if you are a Marine, you're going to have some challenges here - it's the "Hollywood" USMC that is depicted, big-time, but take it in the spirit of admiration that is intended.


Flying Without Wings: NASA Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight)
Flying Without Wings: NASA Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight)
von Milton O. Thompson
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, hands-on overview of high risk testing., 4. August 1999
Lifting body research may be an esoteric subject, but is fascinating for anyone interested in aeronautics; Thompson was in the cockpit during most of the testing of the early forms, and draws an exciting picture of the high risk drama of these pioneering flights. The final chapters link the early research in the 60s with the later design and construction of the Shuttle, and the reader will understand how these "mad monk" test pilots really made the orbiter possible, by proving the validity of the core design. Finally, one interesting note is how the early testing was done with minimal funding, and a lot of do-it-yourself common sense by the teams at Edwards. Those days are certainly gone. Highly recommended if you have an interest in the field, and at least a basic understanding of the terms, concepts, and physics of flight.


The Lost Tomb: In 1995, An American Egyptologist Discovered The Burial Site Of The Sons Of Ramesses Ii--this Is His
The Lost Tomb: In 1995, An American Egyptologist Discovered The Burial Site Of The Sons Of Ramesses Ii--this Is His
von Kent R. Weeks
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Literate, readable and exciting survey of important find, 20. Juni 1999
Ignore the nit-picking criticisms of some of the other attached reviews by would-be egyptologists; Weeks' discovery and subsequent investigation of a significant unexplored section of a tomb dismissed by the "professional" community has provoked much jealous, petty sniping. The facts are that his credentials are well established, as any read of the book will show, and his team's persistence uncovered what may yet turn out to be one of the most extensive sites in the Valley. Furthermore, he deserves additional praise for potentially saving an incredible location that was actively endangered by encroaching twentieth century activity, as anyone who actually has the interests of the science at heart would attest. If you are at all interested in the subject, his account is engaging and readable; the excitement of the discovery is well captured and conveyed to the reader. Furthermore, his commentary on the people and culture of modern Egypt is well worth reading, illustrating how politics and archaeology are unfortunately sometimes inseparable and how a true professional in the field must understand both to be effective. Do not let wanna-be armchair quarterbacks dissuade you from enjoying this book; I for one look forward to additional documentation of the other areas of the complex, as they are opened, and trust that Weeks will be working and contributing to the field for years to come.


The Last Parallel: A Marine's War Journal
The Last Parallel: A Marine's War Journal
von Martin Russ
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Literate and compelling, hard to put down., 3. April 1999
The Last Parallel is one of the great combat memoirs; Russ provides the reader with a "you-are-there" experience, thoroughly illustrating the constricted, bottom-up view of the Marine infantryman. The unique, static environment of the Korean War at the time of his participation, and the intense, dangerous, night-time patrolling activity that occupied much of his time is well detailed. The book contains reproductions of numerous sketches and drawings he made in his journal, illustrating particular features, locations and incidents. While very simple, they add considerably to the context and are a unique element, further drawing the reader in. If you are at all interested in the Korean War, or the experience of the foot solider, then The Last Parallel is worth your time. Finally, it is, in moments, extremely funny. The source of the humor is often self-deprecating, or drawing on the absurd human circumstances that accompany war. Of course, war is not funny, but people, and soldiers, can be, and Russ has a talent for illustrating those moments.


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