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Posted on 1 Feb 2012 16:14:58 GMT
Lee Emerick says:
20 Years After The Zombie Apocalypse

5 Stars
I absolutely love Zombie books and saw this one for very low cost on Amazon Kindle so thought I would take the plunge! I wasn't disappointed! This is not a pleasant easy read but the story through the eyes of a young girl called Harriette (Harri) who after seeing both her parents circumb to the zombie plague is rescued by a group of surviors. Most of the story takes place 20 years after the initial zombie outbreak and paints a picture of a grim post apocalyptic future where a few survivors manage to stay alive in the ruins of man kinds towns and cities. Harri's point of view does jump quite a lot from past to present and in between but once you get used to this style of writing it is very easy to follow and helps fill in the gaps of the story as it unfolds. It's a small novel at just less than 200 pages but it packs quite a punch and keeps you eagerly reading on! The stand out moment for me is when Harri is living with a bunch of the survivors in an isolate farm house thinking they are safe and then the zombies find them......! Brilliant book - love it, well worth a read if Zombies are your thing.

5 Stars
This book was amazing I found it really hard to put down and finished it in 2 days. It is such an amazing tale, really didn't want it to end, found myself getting involved with the whole storyline, I would higly recommend this!

4 Stars
20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse is short, but sad, emotional and intriguing. The focus is not so much the zombapocalypse, but afterwards - the dangers of being a survivor, trying to keep your makeshift family together, watching the world deteriorate with lack of upkeep and care.

I really liked Harri as a character, and also felt incredibly sad for her, being (as far as she knows) the last survivor of the human race, pursued by the man she loved who is now a zombie and therefore sees her only as fresh meat.

Harri's story is told in a series of flashbacks and hallucinations, and in a few places the switch was quite sudden, and took me by surprise, but gave great insight into how Harri came to be where she was, why she was alone, and her reasons for returning `home'.

There are some gory moments, but much of the focus is on Harri and her story, so it is far less than some other zombie books, and is written as almost background noise - if you don't like the descriptions of people being attacked by zombies, 20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse is written to your taste. I enjoyed this book a great deal.

I'm really looking forward to reading the second book.

Note - there are some small spelling errors that I spotted, but for self-published the spelling Nazi won't get much of a workout.

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 18:02:41 GMT
Mel Comley says:
Cruel Justice (DI Lorne Simpkins (Book one))

Five star review.

This is where Final Justice and Impeding Justice began. Bodies are piling up and Lorne thinks she has a serial killer on her hands, someone with a personal vendetta against her.

This takes us right back to the beginning. We begin to understand the reasons between the different relationships in Lorne's life. The characters are fleshed out a bit more in this and as ever it was a complete page turner. I read it very quickly as it was so hard to put down. It was nice to be taken back so we could see the relationships unfolding, somehow it made the other two books make a lot more sense!

I can recommend this as an opener to the series. If you have read the other books, its a must read. if you haven't then it is an excellent place to start in a series of thrillers that are utterly impossible to put down!

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 21:13:21 GMT
Minijax says:
This is one of the ten 5* reviews of Tainted Tree, a genealogical novel of 367 pages in print format; under £2 for the Kindle. Addie Russell, American adoptee is on a quest to find out about her English family in Surrey and the West Country. Her search spans the 20th century, as she uncovers the letters and diaries of her antecedants, revealing the dark secrets of the past. Will Addie find happiness? Try it and see.

"An excellent read!! Addie was adopted and although very happy with her adopted parents, is still very curious about her natural family and yearns to know more. Inheriting a house in England gives her this opportunity. She is inclined to rush into things, both with her research and with people she meets, finding the British reserve rather hard to take at times.
Usually I read several books at a time , but having started The Tainted Tree I did not want any distractions and read it straight through. It is one of those books that has me torn with wanting to read on and on and yet not wanting the book to end.
Very well written and obviously well researched."

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 15:19:42 GMT
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Jilly's first review on Amazon US -
"There are feel-good films, and there are feel-good stories. This is one that conveys a feeling of warmth and wonder. I very much enjoyed this story of creatures that appear like mats of algae, and yet are sentient beings with a sense of humour. Read this story. It really is lovely."

No Earthly Shore

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 15:58:37 GMT
The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg 79p

The Barley Hole Chronicles: From Hell to Hamburg by Harry Leslie Smith

Smith writes a true love story during wartime in Hamburg 1947. The time span is during the Great Depression and ends in Germany post war. The love story involves the author and his wife, Friede.

Smith was in Hamburg when Germany surrendered. He was a lonely teenager who had volunteered to join the RAF (Royal Air Force) in December of 1940 -1947. He extended his term(s) with the RAF without a second thought. There was nothing for Smith back in England, being he was uneducated and had no vocation. It made sense to stay put.

Smith fell in love with Friede, A German girl. This was taboo, a Brit was not supposed to have true feelings for a German. Smith describes the challenges of their courtship. Friede had deep rooted family problems; she was illegitimate and was ashamed and confused.

During their relationship, Smith kept Friede and her family alive stealing food from his base. Rations were never enough to survive. Being post war, there was nothing but poverty and hunger.

Smith writes in detail about post-war survival with Friede and her family. However, it does end with wedding bells; a precedent for post-war marriages between Brits and Germans.

The Barley Hole Chronicles summarizes both of Smith's memoirs; 1923 and Hamburg 1947. (1923 is a separate review.)

I recommend The Barley Hole Chronicles to history buffs as well as readers learning about war. A first-hand account is priceless.

Book Review by Mary Crocco
Mrcrocco.wordpress.com

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 16:40:25 GMT
N S Cooke says:
Bandwidth: The Story of Devlin Mallard - Revenge of a Torbay Ghost

'I took this on holiday with me and couldnt put it down, a real page turner, a great addition to anyones kindle if you like a gruesome thriller to get your teeth into. Some particularly good imagery brings the locations around Devon and around the world to life. I will certainly be adding any further work by Cooke to my kindle.'

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 16:57:24 GMT
Enigma says:
Lawless Justice

If your sitting in a bar in lower London, and six beautiful women enter dress in black leather,check out their back as they walk by. If the image of a cats paw print is present, sit down, shut up,and respectfull enjoy the view. The Kittenz have arrived. These six motorcycle riding felines can either hook you up, or knock you out, your choice.
Karina has given us a book that will keep you entertained page after page. The Kittenz, a group of motorcycle riding self appointed vigilanties, roam the streets of London doing what the cops can't. They serve up Lawless Justice.. This is a great book that you will read until your finished. Great job Karina!

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 17:00:31 GMT
DarrenHF says:
I received a post on a thread I put up asking if my next book could be put up on pre-order. Now that's what I call a compliment!

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 17:56:47 GMT
Good morning, or afternoon, everyone!

Here are two customer reviews for Outcome, A Novel: There's more than a hurricane coming ... in the UK store. Thanks everyone and have a nice day!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read., 30 Nov 2011
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BlueJay44 (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Outcome, A Novel: There's more than a hurricane coming ... (Kindle Edition)
An excellent read - I would actually have given this 4.5 stars, but it was much more engrossing than others I have rated as 4 star. Loved the story and was really drawn into the lives of all (bar one) the characters, including that of the dog. Usually I have several books on the go at once, but this got read straight through. The only parts I found hard to read were the detailed medical terms, they distracted my attention, yet I dared not skip them in case I missed some important details.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outcome by Barbara Ebel, 1 Oct 2011
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Mr. J. W. Wiltshire (Westgate-on-Sea) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Outcome, A Novel: There's more than a hurricane coming ... (Kindle Edition)
Hi, I have just finished reading 'Outcome' by Barbara Ebel. I did enjoy this book but I do have to say it is written seemingly by a doctor and it does involve a transplant operation. While it is certainly not a squeamish book, it is full of medical terms and detail that I now feel qualified to do a liver transplant. At times I found it hard to read but I am glad I did as I enjoyed it. It is a very well written book and Barbara Ebel certainly seems to know what she is saying.
It is a very simple story about the family of a woman who is killed in a hurricane, and the family of the recipient of her liver. I won't go into it too much but I do feel a lot of it does stretch the imagination (hence only 4 stars), not with the medical side, but it is set in America so who knows, it could happen. If you are medically minded in any way you would probably enjoy this book.

Posted on 3 Feb 2012 10:36:42 GMT
Eats Leaves says:
Midnight Sky

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 1 Feb 2012
By Sandra - See all my reviews
This review is from: Midnight Sky (Kindle Edition)
Downloaded a sample and after reading the first few pages I knew I was going to enjoy it. Really wanted to know more about Laura and her life, it captured me form the beginning, I usually take a week or so to read a book putting it up and down but I finished this in a couple of days :-)

Short and sweet.

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 18:01:03 GMT
AFW says:
Here is my first review of The Universal Mirror. I'm very fond of it as it does a great job telling what the book is about:

"The author creates a very atmospheric world of magicians and commoners, in which magicians Quentin and Asahel turn grave robber to restore Quentin's wife's plague-ridden beauty. Unfortunately this means committing heresy, and this lead the main characters into conflict with this world's ruling council. What follows is a fast paced thriller packed with magical incidents, with the action motivated by the life affirming need to heal."

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 19:47:10 GMT
M Stanley says:
This is a review for The Gamblers, which is currently free, by Heath Lowrance, author of The Bastard Hand, who is an excellent crime and western fiction writer. I was rather pleased when I saw it, because I'm more than a bit of a fan of Heath's blog...

"THE GAMBLERS - Martin Stanley: Kandinsky is a hardcore gambling addict and loser who owes far more than he can repay to loan shark. He's a guy who's screwed from the get-go. But when he overhears a plan to rob a drug dealer, he convinces himself and his friends-who are even bigger losers than him-that they can pull off a miracle. THE GAMBLERS is a sprawling, complicated novel with lots of intriguing characters, a great sense of humor, and a beautifully constructed sense of impending doom. The large cast are all tied together in really clever ways that you wouldn't suspect, and as each of their personal sagas play out, and wind closer together, you're left slightly amazed that Stanley is able to pull it off. It's a very well-structured novel, but Stanley's real strength is the depth and believability of his characters."

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 20:18:11 GMT
Here's today's 5* Review for Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines - just what you need to choose the right wine or bubbly for Valentine's Day"

"Although author William Shepherd is an American, his encyclopedic-in-scope wine book is written in the grand tradition of the fine English wine writers of the mid-20th century, such as Edmund Penning Rowsell and Alexis Lichine. (Yes, Lichine was a Russian émigré American, but his famous encyclopedia was largely "ghost written" by an Englishman.) In distinction to the modern idiom of wine criticism, which I find reductionist and simplistic, Shepherd eschews the use of simplistic point scores in favor of an engaging first-person narrative based on his intimate familiarity with the great, good, and sometimes, not so good wines of France. Shepherd is an avowed believer in the concept of terroir," the somewhat metaphysical (but very real) influence and interaction of soil, climate, and culture in the making of great wine. Shepherd also avoids the usual wine writer clichés. Of my personal favorite Saint Emilion château, Château Figeac, writes Shepherd, "If you wish to extend trust to a wine because of the reputation of the producer, then Figeac is your wine. With wonderful fruit and good structure, it ages well." What better way to describe a great Bordeaux Château made in the old tradition of being tough to taste when young, but rewarding patience as formidably as any wine that I know of? Few, if any, wine writers of the current point-scoring idiom could ever give such good advice about the potential of the young wine. Although Shepherd does not try to cover every classified growth Château, his comments on the individual Château are extremely astute, informative, and interesting. The chapters on Burgundy and the Rhône are similarly well done, if less comprehensive in scope than those on Bordeaux, which appears to be Shepherd's favorite area (and mine as well). In addition to the chapters on the wines themselves, Shepherd also offers a great deal of useful advice on the service, selection, and aging of wines. All in all, this is an excellent guide to French wine from a true insider, who has clearly experienced - and understood French wine - firsthand. Highly recommended."

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 20:59:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Feb 2012 21:50:59 GMT
Linda says:
This is an anthology of 10 short stories, a mixed bag. The latest 5 star review is:-
Wargeld & Other Stories

I also enjoyed these stories.
Short stories can sometimes be a bit hit & miss as it's difficult to produce a good story & a good ending but the Author has succeeded in both here.
I Also loved that they were all so different.
I would have liked to have read more & hope the Author has plans for this.

(edited... wrong link put in. Sorry)

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 21:20:02 GMT
Irma Fritz says:
What Reviewers say about Irretrievably Broken
"Unforgettable stories touch and sometimes intermingle with each other. Their secrets - haunting, sometimes shocking, and unflinchingly honest - unfold in layers."
Mona L. Moloney, Western Washington

"(The character) Ruth takes us into an incredible and personal Holocaust story about her childhood in Germany . . . Nazi horrors told through the eyes of a child--and these are well-executed (no pun)--make me literally shudder. The author creates tension by revealing the horror in small doses . . . This is one creative mind at work."
Dennis Fleming, Author & Filmmaker

"Ms. Fritz does a masterful job of interweaving the stories of the three main characters, and through Ruth's childhood memories, we witness a very personal and haunting view of Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic policy in Germany . . . I recommend this book."
Jeffrey S. Hepple, Waco, TX

"Of all the books I've read over the years, Irretrievably Broken is one of the few that has made me really stop and think about my life, both past and present . . . This book has taught me that life is like a chain. Everyone we meet becomes a link in our chain. Some links may be weak, but the strong ones keep the chain from breaking. And as memories and secrets are shared with those strong links, they become even stronger . . . This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend."
Martha A. Cheves, Author

"Irma Fritz has taken all the frailties of the human spirit and woven them into a story that pulls the reader into the lives of Nora, Ruth, Bettina, Mary and others . . . They learn forgiveness of self and others - tolerance and the true meaning of loving- especially one's self . . .This is a five star book about the human spirit."
Yvonne Mason, Author

"What I loved about the book was that the storyline wasn't predictable. This family's journey across the United States, and the retelling of their history had me curious about their lives to the last page. The characters are fascinating, and the themes of the subplots worked very well together."
Alyce Reese, At Home With Books

"You must read this novel to truly understand the impact of what this amazing author has successfully written . . . This is a book that reminds us that forgiveness does not come easily and without a price. It is truly about a family that finds understanding and each other as result of their shared lives and experiences . . . I give this book FIVE GOLDEN STARS"
Fran Lewis: Reviewer

Posted on 5 Feb 2012 23:32:14 GMT
Jerry says:
The Ambivalent Corpse is available on Amazon UK for £1.87. From the most recent Review of The Ambivalent Corpse on Amazon:
5 Stars
This novel was a great read! Not only did it give the reader a vivid experience of life and travel in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. I love the descriptive writing - made me feel like I was watching a movie instead of turning pages. And speaking of turning pages - this indeed was a page-turner; it was extremely hard for me to put it down all the way to the end. I would definitely recommend for others to read - 5+ stars guaranteed!

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 04:01:26 GMT
Trisolde says:
The following review for my book, The Evangeline Heresy, left me with such a speechless humility, I couldn't speak of it for two days. I have been fortunate, thus far, in having very kind and sincere reviews, but this one really blew me away.

5 Star:
"I loved this book. It is hypnotic, enthralling, magical and spell binding. A unique and engrossing tale, written in an almost old fashioned style. This is good writing, where the author uses the English language beautifully to evoke mystery, romance and the supernatural in a mainly narrative piece of work. Colours, textures and emotions are brought richly to life in this tale. A big thumbs up from me, and I'm not easily pleased!"

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 10:25:46 GMT
"The horror angle in the stories is almost always a metaphor for other things - loneliness, fear, isolation, regret. The word "haunting" really does double duty here... Beautifully written, evocative, masterful...what shines through these stories is the author's love of language"

Taken from the review of The Other Room on the Red Adept website (where it was also one of three collections selected for the 2011 Indie Awards short stories category).

ta
James

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 10:58:52 GMT
J Cawley says:
Rather proud of this particular review:

"I have just read this fantastic book.
one of those "Just one more chapter then I'll turn the light out" books...... before you know it the sun is rising! Couldn't put it down.
A very down to earth, honest account of something we all dream of but only few of us dare to do... set up home "where the grass is greener"... or is it? I laughed, gasped and even shed a tear during this book. If the author reads this review... I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!!!
Anyone that reads this will not be dissappointed!An absolute must!"

More Ketchup than Salsa

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2012 11:34:19 GMT
Minijax says:
That's a very nice review, Jonathan.

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 02:23:54 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories = only 77p

5-stars: Beautifully written, February 4, 2012
This is a series of short tales based upon the same character, J T, as he stumbles his way through life. From childhood to adulthood, you are exposed to every sort of intimate thought as he tells stories of moral dilemmas, embarrassing moments, and other memorable times. You watch as he wrestles with his own conscience while handling varying degrees of stress in everyday life.

Frank Mundo's writing style is pure art, with an incredible ability to see and describe every nuance so perfectly that he forces the reader to experience the emotions, picture the setting, and live the story. He easily switches from humor to darkness, and can elicit laugh-out-loud chuckles as well as tears.

The exquisite writing, outstanding editing, and interesting stories make this a must read. Job well done, Mr. Mundo - bravo!!

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 02:31:20 GMT
Ian Fraser says:
One of my favorites - for The Depths of Deception

'Where do I start? Prepare to feast on this scrumptious word meal! If this novel could be described as a cut of beef, then The Depths of Deception would be Prime Rib or better still Filet Mignon! Include your favorite red wine, voila! An all around superb dish.

The author captures your attention from the very first page. It grabs you by the collar and doesn't let you go. Long after you've finished. This is definitely a book for thinkers. Looking for a great read that also educates, then look no further. The detailed descriptions, gives one the feeling of 'being there'. You taste, smell and feel everything the main character does. Words alone can't express how much I enjoyed this book.

The scenic beauty of each locale described in gloriuos detail.
You would think that the occupation of the main character is off-putting, but somehow the author makes you like the character, almost against your will, so much so, in fact you want him to succeed. From start to finish, you will not be bored. You will want to savor every word, sentence and paragraph to its brtutal conclusion.

You get the sense that this author understands the "Human Condition" all too well. Our weaknesses, our hopes and our failures.

Very imaginative, informative and convincing. I am so looking forward to many more great reads from this author. '

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 13:59:55 GMT
Words to the Wise: Book One (The Awakening)
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb,By Ignite (East Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Words to the Wise: Book One (The Awakening) (Kindle Edition)
Cornelius Harker's dark Gothic fantasy introduces us to the Wanderer, who cannot recall his past and faces a hopeless future as a wretched, habitual drunkard. The novel takes us with him on a quest to find out who and also what he is. This gloriously wide-ranging story includes a stricken village, sorcerer, haunted abbey, dark and gloomy castle, ancient curse, sinister but entrancing female, oh, and blood - buckets of blood. It is Gothic after all. However, this is no stereotypical, gratuitous blood bath but a thoughtful look at some of the deeper questions faced by us all such as the nature of Godhead and the meaning of life and death - does death merely curtail life or does it give a meaning and sense of purpose to it?

The Wanderer is a character I wanted to like in spite of his unprepossessing image as the story began. I liked his love for an orphaned child, his gentle and humorous exchanges with a novice monk and his frank admission of his own failings. His propensity occasionally to flash into anger or to seek revenge, however, made me want to smack him! This is the sign of a truly three-dimensional character. I felt his humanity.

The book had a climax but not a resolution. So many questions asked were left unanswered. Fortunately, I have Book 2.

The author has a unique voice amongst contemporary writers and uses some truly beautiful imagery. Even if this is not your usual genre I would urge you to read this book, if for no other reason than that Cornelius Harker is a simply superb story teller.


"Cornelius Harker can jump really high and run really fast!" (Sorry, I made this one up. I am quite good at jumping high, though)

Cornelius
http://corneliusharker.blogspot.com/

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 17:01:53 GMT
Laurie Brown says:
I was floored by this review. Happy, but stunned:

"I read quite a few Kindle novels, but rarely review them. I am a fussy so and so, you see, and sometimes the quality is at best disappointing. Yet I keep at it, vainly attempting to be the half full glass kind of guy in anticipation of finding a solid gold gem of a story.

This is it.

Quite simply an entrancing and interesting story well written and told. For fans of the genre it is a must read. For non fans or naysayers, try it. I couldn't put the damned thing down. It really is that good. If I were Laurie Brown I'd not only be extremely pleased with myself for writing this tour de force, I'd also be knocking on the doors of Hollywood. Laurie Brown's use of language and characterisation through carefully chosen phrases or lines of dialogue is really that cinematic.

In summary, an excellent story extremely well told. The author is a face to look out for in the future, I feel. I await her next work with anticipation."

Stand-Up Guy

Posted on 8 Feb 2012 17:39:35 GMT
N S Cooke says:
Bandwidth: The Story of Devlin Mallard - Revenge of a Torbay Ghost

"I took this on holiday with me and couldn't put it down, a real page turner, a great addition to anyone's kindle if you like a gruesome thriller to get your teeth into. Some particularly good imagery brings the locations around Devon and around the world to life. I will certainly be adding any further work by Cooke to my kindle." ****

BANDWIDTH:

In the 21st Century West Country spirits have moved on from Ouija boards and séances, the dead now travel by broadband, hidden in the Bandwidth. They inhabit the chat rooms, plying their trade online, ever hungry for contact with the living.

Inspired to rediscover his roots and family history, computer programmer, Michael, soon learns that the past is sometimes best left undisturbed: for lurking in the history of his bloodline, is a twisted killer, Devlin Mallard. A man dispatched from this earth in 1929 at the end of a hangman's noose.

Fighting for his life, and that of his family, he joins forces with murder investigator, Detective Sergeant Woods, and rides a roller-coaster of global killings to the final confrontation. He must face his demon and return Devlin Mallard to the darkness.
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