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The Spy who Sank the Armada

The Spy who Sank the Armada

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2021

‘The Spy who Sank the Armada’ by David West is an exciting historical tale of espionage in a tumultuous time in European History. The start of a series that introduces us to Anthony Standen, whose interest in languages leads him to a career as a spy. After Anthony is trained he travels throughout the world to earn his fortune and prove to his parents that he can find success outside of a career in Law and return to provide for Francesca, a beautiful Italian girl he’s fallen for. An incredibly detailed and well-thought out book, the research into the historical events and characters throughout pays dividends as the reader is immersed in a fully fleshed out and authentic setting. Aside from the settings, it is clear that a great deal of research has gone into all aspects of this book including the languages that Anthony learns and the mathematics required for the ciphers. I enjoyed the plot, it has plenty of action and twists and turns as Anthony experiences both successes and hardships. A solid historical fiction, with plenty of intrigue I think that any fans of historical fiction would find this book entertaining. It’s been enjoyable getting to know all of the characters and the book sets up nicely for the instalment of the series, ‘Fire and Earth’.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Fire and Earth

Fire and Earth

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2021

 ‘Fire and Earth’ by David West is an interesting mystery set in the 1600s, when heliocentricity (the idea that the earth orbited the sun) was considered heresy. When a number of priests are found dead on Saint’s days, burned and circled by a mound of earth, it is thought that the culprit may be one of these heretic, scientific thinkers. Employed to investigate is Sir Antony Standen, a retired spy with an open mind and a unique skill set. I enjoyed this story, I could tell that a great deal of research has been put into the story in order to ensure that the setting felt authentic, with historical events and figures interwoven into the plot. I found the lead characters, Sir Anthony Standen and his fellow detective Hugh, the exiled Early of Tyrone, were entertaining, although I did find Hugh’s Irish dialect to be from time to time, more akin to Yoda in phrasing than Irish “ With Francesca safe and sound you’ll be,” (p.19 as a small example). However, aside from bringing a bit of a smile to my face as I read, it didn’t detract from the story too much. The prologue did a very good job at drawing the reader in, being witness to one of the crimes we are about to see investigated raised lots of questions and naturally entices the reader to keep reading. In all I enjoyed the story, I can see the scope for more books connected to these characters and I would be interested in reading future books. I think fans of historical fiction, perhaps those that enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and fans of mysteries more broadly would enjoy this book.

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Other books by David West

Inside Animals: Amphibians

Inside Animals: Amphibians

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations What wonders can you find out about the amazing world of amphibians? See what a frog really looks like inside; find out how a toad catches its food and where an axolotl's lung and gills are plus many more dazzling facts about amazing amphibians. The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way. Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.

Inside Animals: Reptiles

Inside Animals: Reptiles

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations Discover all sorts of fun facts about reptiles including what a turtle looks like inside, how a chameleon uses its tongue and where a snake's venom is kept! Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist. The Inside Animals series Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way.

Inside Animals: Minibeasts

Inside Animals: Minibeasts

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2020

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations Enrich your knoweldge of marvellous minibeasts! See what a spider really looks like inside, discover how an insect breathes and find out where bees store their venom, plus many more minibeast facts. The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way. Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.

Inside Animals: Mammals

Inside Animals: Mammals

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2020

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations What wonders can you find out about the amazing world of mammals? See what a whale really looks like inside; find out how a cow makes milk and where elephants' babies grow, plus many more dazzling facts about the animal kingdom. The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way. Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.

Inside Animals: Birds

Inside Animals: Birds

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations What wonders can you find out about the amazing world of birds? See what a penguin really looks like inside; find out how a birds digests its food and where an ostrich keeps its eggs plus many more dazzling facts about the amazing variety of birds in the world. The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way. Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.

Inside Animals: Fish

Inside Animals: Fish

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2020

Introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations Discover all sorts of fun facts about fish including how a fish breathes, where male seahorses keep their eggs and what a shark looks like inside. The Inside Animals series introduces children to the anatomy of animals with cutaway illustrations, with the outer image followed by the inner image over the next page, so children can understand exactly how anatomy works. There is also a handy glossary at the back to explain key scientific terms in an accessible way. Perfect for any curious 6-8 year old or budding scientist.

A Brief Illustrated History Pack A of 6

A Brief Illustrated History Pack A of 6

Author: David West Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/03/2018

This set of stunning illustrated books charts the history of popular subjects in 32 pages. Each book covers the major events in chronological order and is illustrated with a variety of prints, photographs and newly commissioned artwork.

A Brief Illustrated History of Art

A Brief Illustrated History of Art

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

A Brief Illustrated History of Art charts the history of art all the way from Prehistoric art through Classical art, through the Renaissance, to Cubism, Surrealism and the modern art of today. With stunning stunning full-colour images and illustrations, this beautiful book is sure to fascinate and charm the young reader.

Dinosaurs of the Middle Jurassic

Dinosaurs of the Middle Jurassic

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Dinosaurs of the Lower Cretaceous

Dinosaurs of the Lower Cretaceous

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Dinosaurs of the Mid-Cretaceous

Dinosaurs of the Mid-Cretaceous

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Dinosaurs of the Upper Jurassic

Dinosaurs of the Upper Jurassic

Author: David West Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Dinosaurs of the Upper Triassic and the Lower Jurassic

Dinosaurs of the Upper Triassic and the Lower Jurassic

Author: David West Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous

Dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous

Author: David West Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Praise for 'Dinosaurs on My Street' by David West: 'The illustrations are center stage ...plenty of strong appeal for dinosaur buffs' School Library Journal. A series about the prehistoric giants. This series of six books is for dinosaur enthusiasts and novices alike. It covers dinosaurs living in the six periods that make up the Mesozoic Age, which spanned prehistoric time from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. Each book is an illustrated guide to 25 of the best-known dinosaurs of that period. Up-to-date information accompanies the highly detailed computer-generated artworks - big, colourful, lifelike, fill-the-page dinosaurs. The books open with an illustrated introductory spread that provides background information on the time period in which the 25 dinosaurs lived. The dinosaur spreads bear a brief introduction, information on when and where it lived, its size, and where fossil remains have been found. They also have a shadow icon of an adult human or child or animal (e.g. domestic cat), which indicates the size of the dinosaur. All dinosaur-loving readers will thrill at the giant and engaging dino artworks. These books are sure to be enjoyed over and over again.

Long Time Coming

Long Time Coming

Author: David West Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/02/2014

David West's A Long Time Coming: Snapshots of Life in the South Wales Valleys is a wonderful collection of stories, showing all sides of the author as well as that of his setting: the South Wales Valleys. The book is a collection of short stories influenced by David's life in the historical town of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales; he deftly takes the reader through situations and stories, historical and current, from the isolation of a single parent to the perils of DIY.While the narrative does have a strong Welsh influence, the themes of loneliness, betrayal and hope are universal parts of being human and David approaches them with great believability and a light touch of humour.

Transportation Inventions

Transportation Inventions

Author: David West Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2013

This exciting title explores the groundbreaking modes of transportation that have helped define the modern age. From Henry Ford's Model T car to the bullet trains of Japan, readers will travel along and learn about the monumental successes-and failures-that have driven our world ahead.

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