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Title: Die Roemer in Germanien (The Romans in Germania)
Author: Reinhard Wolters
Number of Pages: 127 pages
Book Number/Goal: 54/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Die Roemer in Germanien gives an overview over the Roman history in conjunction with the Germanic tribes. It covers the campaigns to conquer the land up to the river Elbe, the relocation of some Germanic tribes, the influence the Roman way of life had on the life of the Germanic peoples etc.

The book is very short and if someone is familiar with Roman and/or Germanic history, the book doesn't offer anything new. But I'd recommend it for anyone who's starting to learn about that part of history.

Title: Der Limes (The Limes Germanicus)
Author: Egon Schallmayer
Number of Pages: 136 pages
Book Number/Goal: 55/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Der Limes describes the military history of the "wall" the Romans built to mark the border between the Roman Empire and Germania libera (the part of Germania not occupied by the Romans).

It's a short book and a quick read which gives a good overview over the history of the Romans in Germania and their military life.

Title: Written in Bone
Author: Simon Beckett
Number of Pages: 496 pages
Book Number/Goal: 56/75
My Rating: 4/5

Review: Forensic anthropologist David Hunter investigates a suspicious death on Runa, a small island in the Hebrides. He has to determine whether or not the victim was murdered. Unfortunately, the body count rises and the island gets cut off from the outside world by a storm.

This is the second book in the David Hunter series but the first one I've read and I enjoyed it. The characters are well-written and believable and the author manages to capture the claustrophobic atmosphere of an isolated island. The plot twists at the end are a bit too much in my opinion but they don't take away from the enjoyable read.

Title: The Source
Author: Michael Cordy
Number of Pages: 364 pages
Book Number/Goal: 57/75
My Rating: 2.75/5

Review: Ross Kelly is a geologist working for an oil company. His wife Lauren, a professor at Yale, deciphers the Voynich manuscript. When an attempt to steal Lauren's translation goes wrong and leaves Lauren in a coma, Ross has to find a mythical garden in the jungles of South America to save her life.

The plot is interesting and it could have been an enjoyable read. Sadly, the book only gets 2.75 out of 5 points for being too cliched. The characters are predictable and the reader knows pretty soon how the book is going to end. It's a pity, the book could have been really good because the plot was promising.
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