Cyprus Life – in pictures

My new life in Cyprus in images and words. I'm a British 50 something female, originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) and came to live in Limassol, Cyprus in March 2004. This is my photo blog about my new life as an expat on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Plus other things which catch my attention every once in a while…. Enjoy!


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Book Review: The Forgotten


The Forgotten by David Baldacci
The Forgotten by David Baldacci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not quite as good as the first “Puller” book

After reading the first John Puller book I was obliged to hunt down the second in this series.
I wasn’t disappointed but I didn’t enjoy it quite so much as Zero Day (the first book by David Baldacci to introduce his character, Puller).

However, it started out good and there was a story running all the way through it but it wasn’t quite so believable as Zero Day although we’re all fully aware that this kind of stuff goes on but perhaps not on such a grand scale.
I wasn’t so sure about the “twist” near the end and it’s this that turned me against it.

I did like the character and if you’re a fan of Jack Reacher, I’m sure you will enjoy it too.

But my tip would be to read Zero Day first.

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Review: Gone Tomorrow


Gone Tomorrow
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book right from the start particularly as the tension was there immediately you started reading…. Will she or won’t she blow the train to smithereens?

The storyline continued at a fast pace all the way through with twists and turns along the way a la Lee Child fashion.

Reacher was his usual amazing self, perceptive without giving the game away but with the odd mistake along the way which he usually ends up kicking himself for.

Two bloodthirsty female killers totally lacking in emotion made it hard to put down.

One of my fastest Kindle reads!

I only get to read by the pool or the beach maybe a couple of times a week for an hour or so but this one had me sitting outside on our kitchen terrace too, frantically clicking the Kindle page turn button!

Still got some more Jack Reacher novels to work my way through but what happens when I get to the end? It’s gonna be a very sad day :-(

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Review: The Reluctant Anarchist


The Reluctant Anarchist The Reluctant Anarchist by Daniel J Pitcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindle format:

“Mark Skiller is unemployed & disillusioned, his life going nowhere.¬†
James Williams is the young, rising star of the cabinet widely expected to be a future Prime Minister.
Their lives are about to collide with devastating circumstances.”

Not quite what I was expecting but it’s very readable although there’s quite a bit of use of the “F” word but it fits into the style of the writing and the characters so for that I don’t mind so much.

I’m a little short of half way through at the moment and the main character Mark is just starting to find out exactly what his new found friends are all about and he’s not sure if that’s where he wants to be right now…

Available on Amazon for Kindle.

6th July 2012:¬†Okay, so now I’ve finished this book and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by it. Even more so considering I came across the novel quite by accident!

Thanks too to Daniel for sending me a complimentary copy :-)

All kinds of temptations were laid out before Mark so this book had a bit of everything including sex and violence. The characters were believable too which is always a plus.

I also loved the reference to “Jack Reacher” (author Lee Child) as I know from contact I’ve had with Daniel (author of Reluctant Anarchist) that he too is a big fan of Reacher and he, along with his wife are (not so) eagerly awaiting the forthcoming movie based on the Lee Child novel One Shot. Sadly, the movie will star Tom Cruise who really is not and can never be “Reacher” but – that’s another story….. The reference in the Reluctant Anarchist made me grin with delight!

I really enjoyed it so I reckon I could be looking out for more Daniel J Pitcher novels in the future.

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