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The Hole Opportunity (The Hole Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Minter , Paul Shinn
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Colin and Izzy Griggs’ traditional farming way of life is under threat from red tape from Brussels and Whitehall. Taking inspiration from a doughnut, Colin sets up a “Hole Farming Business”. His first job is to supply 18 holes for the newly refurbished golf course. Colin’s ineptness leads to a number of incidents surrounding the grand opening, creating an arch enemy of the Club’s Captain: Major Woods.

His business is given a much needed boost by the arrival of Lady Wills into the Manor House. She requires holes for her ornate ponds but before awarding the contract needs a reference from Colin’s previous employer: Major Woods.

How will Colin manage to get the reference he needs to save his business? How exactly do you manage to farm holes? And who is really wearing the stockings in the Griggs household?

Set in the rural village of Henslow, The Hole Opportunity is a true English farce with miscommunication, double entendre, humorous plotlines and a host of memorable characters.

About the Author

James is a full time fiction author, writing for the last four years. Prior he spent 35 years in the IT industry and wrote on a wide range of IT subjects including many hundreds of training manuals. He turned his attention to fiction during the summer of 2009. Armed with an A4 pad and ballpoint pen he unleashed a stream of consciousness—some 40,000 words before he drew a breath. The writing experience with such unbridled passion was new to him: a far cry from technical authoring. The excitement of not knowing where it was going but having an evolving story with a host of characters spurred him on. The Hole Opportunity was the product of his imagination and the first in a series of titles to be completed. The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload followed a year later. This book, a spoof thriller, was written to raise awareness of a genetic medical condition Haemochromatosis and to raise funds for the Haemochromatosis Society. Book two of the Hole Trilogy—A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side, was released in December 2013 Born 1952 in Oxfordshire, UK, James draws on his local knowledge to provide inspiration and settings for his characters, locations for his plots, and the mid-twentieth century for his historic anchors. He is currently writing book three of the Hole Trilogy—Marmite Makes a Sandwich, Dynamite Makes a Hole, whilst continuing to raise funds/awareness for Haemochromatosis, as well as sharing his experiences of self-publishing and self-promotion with other indie authors. Website: www.jamesminter.com E-Mail: james@jamesminter.com Amazon: http://amzn.com/e/B00735B54U Twitter: @james_minter Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.james.minter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: James Minter (2 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HIYZ8M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James is a full time fiction author, writing for the last five years. Prior to this he spent thirty five years in the IT industry where he wrote many hundreds of training manuals. He turned his attention to fiction during the summer of 2009. Armed with an A4 pad and ballpoint pen he unleashed a stream of consciousness--some forty thousand words--before drawing breath. Writing with such unbridled passion was new to him; a far cry from technical authoring. The excitement of not knowing where the narrative is going spurs him on, as do the characters he invents. The Hole Opportunity was the first product of his imagination. The Unexpected Consequences of Iron Overload followed a year later. (A paranormal, romantic spoof thriller, written to raise awareness of a genetic medical condition called Haemochromatosis, and to raise funds for the Haemochromatosis Society). Book two of the Hole Trilogy--A Tunnel is Only a Hole on its Side, was released in December 2013. In August 2014 James published his first book aimed at the younger reader: Billy's Tenth Birthday. James is currently writing book three of the Hole Trilogy--Marmite Makes a Sandwich, Dynamite Makes a Hole, whilst continuing to raise awareness for Haemochromatosis. He enjoys sharing his experiences of self-publishing and self-promotion with other indie authors.
Website: www.jamesminter.com
E-Mail: james@jamesminter.com Twitter: @james_minter
Amazon: http://amzn.com/e/B00735B54U
Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.james.minter

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling in the aisles 5 Mar 2014
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lf The Hole Opportunity had been an on-stage farce, the audience would be rolling in the aisles! James has created a brilliant fast moving comedy based around Colin and Izzy Griggs who start up a business specializing in holes, to save their failing farm. The whole village and golf club is drawn into this accident prone venture, which goes from the improbable to the impossible and back again. A really good read. I will now start reading A Tunnel is only a Hole on its Side; watch this space!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Annie 18 Oct 2013
By Annie
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Izzy wizzy let's not get busy was my first thought when I read that Colin Griggs,a farmer, was telling his wife Izzy about his hare-brained scheme to sell holes to the public. Was this genius or was it not?
There were very fortunate to receive a large bank loan as the bank manager was retiring the day they visited him and he was feeling very magnanimous.Things snowballed from then on. Their first 'hole' job was to put new putting holes on the local golf course's greens but sadly the rabbits they used for digging the holes decided to keep on digging and the golf course project turned into a fiasco.
Not to be deterred they set about blackmailing the Major - golf club president - to give them a reference for their next job ( long story and too complicated to write about here!!!) Lady Wills had bought the local Manor House and needed holes for her planned water feature and Colin dug some, put them on a lorry to transport them to her. Enough said.
The twists and turns in this book and incredible, farcical and so complicated you wonder how James managed to think it up at all !!!
How refreshing to find a book without sex-- except for the girls who dressed as French waitresses in Anne Summers outfits for Lady Wills' open day. No violence-- apart from someone using his car to try and run down a policeman. No dirt -- barring the times Colin was covered in mud, slime, tilth and slurry. And absolutely no bad language -- absolutely none at all!!!
Well done James for a laugh-a-minute tale of woe. Roll on the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British comedy is alive and well... 19 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Books these days are full of sex and violence or horror and gore which has its place, but James has written an excellent book which harps back to the roots of great British humour, fun and silliness. This book won't keep you awake at night with disturbing images but it will leave you with a happy relaxed warm feeling. That's how I like to sleep. I love his characters - Colin Griggs, Izzy, Major Woods, Lady Wills and the rest. I want to know what he has planned for them in the sequel. An excellent read and I'm very happy to say so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hole Opportunity 26 Feb 2012
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James Minter is our computer bod. He comes and rescues our computers when something goes wrong with them. So I was surprised when he appeared with a book he had just written - and published - himself. A country burlesque, not a genre I often reach for.
For me, the most difficult part of the book was to swallow his protagonist's basic premise; that you could build a business around holes. Having suspended my judgement on that point, following the progress of his endearing creations, Colin and Izzy Griggs and a whole cast of delightful characters, was fun - and my enjoyment of James's writing grew as his plots developed.
First, James has a good feeling for the music of dialogue, the book flows well and is entertaining throughout. His characters may be stereotypes, but he has given them character as well as credibility.
Second, although he has a `light touch', James's characters have feelings that are real and easy to identify with. While there are no `goodies' and `baddies' perhaps, true to life, it is fundamentally what his characters think about each other that paints them in a good or bad light.
Third, as his plots get mixed up with each other we get into some really funny situations, taking many a dig at business-speak, retail banking, rural matters, class differences, golf clubs, opportunistic journalism and many other issues along the way.
As a lot of the burlesque is in the frequent misunderstandings his characters have with each other, this makes me think that James should perhaps also turn his hand to radio comedy.
James very courageously published this book himself. Consequently you may come across an occasional typo, yet not enough to put off a stickler like me from enjoying a damn good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good old British humour without bad language 19 Jan 2012
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Much of today's writings or TV is based on the use of profane language to get a laugh or violence to bring drama. The author here has kept away from using such extreme devices and instead gone for what I would call traditional British humour: similar to that found in Dad's Army or in the Carry-On films. That's not to say the story is dated it just based on more traditional values. A great poolside read for light relief but it will keep you turning the pages. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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This book was entered and won a BRONZE in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title
The Hole Opportunity
Author
J Minter

FEEDBACK

Cover 10/10
Our readers loved the cover of this book. They thought it was simple yet striking. Excellent, fun fonts and a strong central image. They loved the title of the book too and the doughnuts in the words. One reader put in his feedback, ‘This cover is perfect for this book: lots of farcical characters on the cover of a farcical novel.’

Editing 7/10
This was the book’s biggest problems and was why it got a bronze medal and not a silver or gold. Sadly, there are a small number of tiny, tiny errors in the text. Thankfully, they were so small, they did not in any way kill the book. Worth fixing though.

Theme 10/10
All of the readers enjoyed this story, the vast range of characters, the funny dialogue, the idea of a farm deciding to farm ‘holes’! (They also liked the poke at Brussels in the first chapter). One reader put in her feedback, ‘I’m not a big fan of farce but I did enjoy this novel. The range of interesting characters did it for me. In fact, I particularly enjoyed following the antics of the major’s wife when she went to the hospital. This part was very well written.’

Style 10/10
The readers loved your style of writing. They loved the characters the author created, in particular the major and. of course, Colin. They also liked the short sentence structure the author used and how easy it was to follow the story. One reader put in his feedback, ‘I had no problems following this book. The speech was very well handled and often extremely funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Comedy At Its Best
First of all I will say that this is not usually my kind of book at all but after looking it in the Kindle store, I fancied giving it a go. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I was in my local bookshop looking for some reading material and was drawn to the cover of this book, not just the fun illustrations, but a sticker on it saying local author. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2012 by C. Bennett
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This a fine romp in the classic vein of English humorists. It treats absurd propositions and situations with great seriousness - and this gives edge to the jokes (which are many). Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by Tony Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic English story
James has a great turn of phrase and sense of humour. If you like a gentle story with plenty of action but no blood and guts then this is the book for you. A must read...
Published on 10 April 2012 by tota.m
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WHOLE OF THE HOLE
Whilst he was still writing this story, James described it to me as a 'farce' and having now read his book, I think that is absolutely right. Read more
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