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27 May 2020 10:16 a.m. PST
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  • Changed title from "Boook Review, The Cretan War 1645-1671 Helion & Co" to "Book Review, The Cretan War 1645-1671 Helion & Co"

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Anton Ryzbak27 May 2020 9:15 a.m. PST

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I just posted my review of this book covering the Fifth Cretan War. An important addition to my library of 17th century conflicts. link

magister equitum28 May 2020 2:08 a.m. PST

I've been interested to buy this and other books from Helion, do many of them suffer from the same poor translation/editing?

Anton Ryzbak28 May 2020 5:56 a.m. PST

I only have books from their "Century of the Soldier" series so my comments are based entirely on those observations. It is hit or miss, some of the translations are excellent (the book on the Piedmont army is superb) while some of the titles that originated in English are awful with spelling and punctuation errors everywhere.

They ARE unmatched for packing in a lot of information that would be otherwise very difficult to find. I wouldn't avoid buying a book because of the poor translations, just be prepared for a tough read. Other reviews can be found here
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magister equitum28 May 2020 7:35 a.m. PST

Thanks, I'm interested in the one about Piedmont

mghFond28 May 2020 8:44 a.m. PST

Damn, I would have been interested in buying this one until he came to the part about how poor the translation is. Some parts being literally incoherent. Ugh.

Wouldn't a publishing house have some sort of proof reading? It can't be that expensive.

Anton Ryzbak28 May 2020 10:02 a.m. PST

mghFond,

Don't let the warning put you off. Since I got this book I have been looking for other sources covering this period. They are few and far between and often come with a frightening price tag. This is the best single source of information that I have found.

I'm afraid that they used a computer translator and only proof-read portions of the text.

Anton Ryzbak28 May 2020 9:32 p.m. PST

magister equitum, The book on Piedmont is excellent, like attending the very best sort of lecture. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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