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Initial post: 8 May 2012 08:18:49 BDT
MLJ says:
Ideally unsolicited! Thankfully, my first review is a 5 star review and put the most enormous grin on my face, so thank you "Jude the Obscure"!

Single Minded

Hal Symonds has created a perfect life and has just found himself the perfect woman to share it with. But he has a secret, which he needs to hide even from her - his mind is possessed by a spirit whose resentment, and desire for revenge over a doomed marriage, threatens to ruin his carefully constructed facade of respectability. As the spirit grows stronger, Hal struggles to work out where his personality ends and the other begins, whilst also beating off the mind games of his ex-girlfriend Erica. "Single Minded" is part psychological thriller/part contemporary romance - with a supernatural twist.

Posted on 8 May 2012 09:43:01 BDT
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Posted on 8 May 2012 09:53:03 BDT
Mel Comley says:
I've received 2 five stars today on different books.

The first is for It's A Dog's Life (A DI Lorne Simpkins novelette) all royalties of which are going to charity.

Excellent read. Brought you inside the story and between laughter and tears a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author catches you when you least expect it.

and the second one is for Final Justice (Lorne Simpkins thriller (Book Three))

Blimey, it's not very often I read a whole book in 24 hours, but this one just did it for me. I really enjoyed the first two installments, and this one didn't disappoint either. The focus on Lorne was most welcome, and it's rather nice to find out that she's not just supercop and supermum (or whatever you are when you try to be the best of both), she's also a woman, with her weaknesses and her faults. It makes her more credible as a character. Even though that means there is a bit less action compared to Impeding Justice, it's still an awesome chase all across France.

And the Unicorn deserves a nomination for the baddie of the year.

I am SO looking forward to the next book in the series ! In the meantime, I'd better go and catch up on some sleep !

Nice to wake up to on a drizzly morning!

Posted on 8 May 2012 12:35:24 BDT
Barca_10 says:
5 Star Amazon reviews for The Oktober Projekt
Available on Kindle for 98p and as a paperback.

"If you enjoy reading John Le Carre' novels you will find this book a cracking good read. One of the best thrillers I have read in a while. Topical subject too. Recommended".
"One of the best thrillers i have read in a while. action and intrigue from page one and well worth a read".

"If you like spy thrillers with an ever twisting and at times complex story line then this ones for you, the plots and twists and descriptive feel make you believe you are really there in the midst of the plot. Could easily make a fantastic film. Best spy thriller I have read in a long time".

Also The Fanatic
Available as a paperback and on Kindle for 97p

5star Amazon reviews:
"Fantastically well written, with vivid descriptions, interesting characters and a plot that will keep you hooked and guessing right until the end, this is a must read.
Strongly recommended for thriller readers".
"This book is a great read for anyone that enjoys spy novels or is intrigued by the inner workings of Britain's most subterfuge anti-terrorism organisation".

Enjoy reading!

R J Dillon

Posted on 8 May 2012 12:53:49 BDT
Patrick H says:
I received an unsolicited 5 star review as my first:


'This is a wonderful spoof on our new technically over engineered new age society. Everyone is connected. Everyone is the ultimate consumer. Everyone carries non-disclosure agreements and media agreements. Click throughs are the ultimate form of currency. Electronic entertainment has taken over all functions in government. Standard social life has no pull compared to "the big show". The protagonist has been framed in a murder and races through the story in an attempt to foil the paparazzi, show cops, court TV, and hover cams filming him. Everyone races to help or hinder for a small part of the click through pie. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. I was also saddened to realize we are really headed in this direction. I highly recommend this release from a new author!'

Subsequently, all my solicited reviews have been four stars. Maybe folks feel constrained from offering the fifth star if they know you?

Posted on 8 May 2012 12:55:36 BDT
1923: A Memoir Lies and Testaments 77p

It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Smith stays true to himself and his inner voice as he recounts the events of his early life.-Feeding My Book Addiction

Posted on 8 May 2012 13:46:11 BDT
Sandra Giles says:
I received my first review a while ago and it was five stars, but I actually disagree with it! Probably not the best way of advertising, but it was my first novel and as much as I myself enjoy reading it I do see the flaws. But I genuinely believe it to be worth reading and the series as a whole has been very well received.
Plead Insanity (Collision Of Worlds)

Posted on 8 May 2012 15:52:29 BDT
"The ultimate alternate history"

Hi all,

Please check out The Destiny Fog, a unique speculative fiction novel, rated 5 stars by readers.

Borne and Trieste are young lovers from radically different backgrounds, on a world shaped by mysterious entities known as the Guardians. These guides established a stable and prosperous path for humanity to follow, but are now gone, and the world faces its greatest crisis in history -- a catastrophic volcanic eruption has led to famine, disease, and war. Borne is wounded on the field of battle and struggles to survive. Trieste, torn in multiple directions, must choose between following her heart and following her sense of duty. And the leading adherents of the Guardians struggle to keep global society from collapsing entirely.


Posted on 8 May 2012 16:06:21 BDT
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Posted on 8 May 2012 16:38:37 BDT
All In 2nd edition.

Playing poker for high stakes with Fat Yang as her mentor seemed easy money to Carla. Then she discovered it wasn't just a game of cards he had in mind for her, it was something far more dangerous. Then MI5 started to take an interest in her movements.

Posted on 8 May 2012 21:50:58 BDT
Mary Bale says:
Really thrilled with this review for Smoke Shadows (Inspector Campbell Mysteries)
5.0 out of 5 stars smoke shadows, 8 May 2012
By babs -
This review is from: Smoke Shadows (Inspector Campbell Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
enjoyed this book. very good read. Found it a tense thriller. characters were believable and very true to life. The chief detective was quite an interesting character

pamela st abbs

Posted on 8 May 2012 22:36:57 BDT
I've been blown away by the first review for
The Mystic Accountants (The Banned Underground)

Five stars, just because I made the guy laugh. A lot...

Posted on 9 May 2012 07:41:45 BDT
The latest 5-star review for
HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) - Kindle
Hiding the Elephant (Simon Grant Mysteries) - Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An intricate and stimulating thriller!, 7 May 2012
By mountainmama "Shirley Hicks" (Charleston, West Virginia, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
Mira Kolar-Brown has created a fabulously intricate mystery that will keep you reading until you find out whodunit. Which will not happen until you reach the end!

Inspector Simon Grant finds himself outwitted by a killer, and tells us the story of how he got himself into this predicament. His tale is revealed through a series of flashbacks that are maddeningly deceptive and vague enough to throw you off the track every time you think you've figured out what's going on. Red herrings abound as you follow the convoluted trail to one scenario after the other.

Beautifully crafted - an impressive work by Ms. Brown, and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. Well done!

Posted on 9 May 2012 08:04:25 BDT
Frank Mundo says:
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories received a 5-star review and was selected as a favourite read for April by

Posted on 9 May 2012 08:11:16 BDT
C. Wight says:
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What readers have said:
Guaranteed to shock and extremely thought provoking.

If you want to think and be stimulated, you should read this novel.

A sparklingly cerebral mix of contemporary events, analysis and projection 2 not-at-all distant future.

Posted on 22 May 2012 15:11:38 BDT
Seb Kirby says:

Take No More - the Murder Mystery Thriller.

My name is James Blake.

A single act turns my life upside down. I come home to find my wife, Julia, shot and bleeding. She dies in my arms.

The police are no help. I'm sure they're trying to fit me up for the murder.

I check Julia's messages and find just one. It says 'help me'. It comes with a strange, old image of a woman being seduced. It's all I have to go on. That and the fact that someone is trying to kill me.

But I will find Julia's killers, no matter what it takes.

5-star reviews:

`It was a few pages before I realized what I was reading: a sort of modern noir. I walked in the hero's shoes, was privy to his thoughts and intruded on his emotions as he was drawn into the mystery of his wife's death. Kirby's spare yet rich prose, his perfect word choices, made this a work that appeared to be effortlessly constructed. That seamlessness is the hallmark of a gifted writer. Definitely recommended.'

'Wow! This is action-packed from page one, and the reader is instantly thrust into murder, suspense, and intrigue. James is just a normal guy who thinks he has a normal life. Until the murder of his wife. He's forced on a journey from the UK to Italy to find her killers, and finds himself in the midst of a powerful Italian family, the hunt for precious works of art, and danger at every turn. The writing gives you the feel of actually being in Italy - you can taste and smell it. The plot is action-packed and a real page-turner. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great crime thriller! And fans of Harlan Coben and Simon Kernick will love it!'

'This is an outstanding debut novel by Seb Kirby. He captivates the reader from the first page, and remains gripping and compelling throughout. I could not put this book down. Listed under Murder, Mystery and Thriller but so much more than that. The geography of London and Florence was handled very well to add richness to the novel, alongside the Authors' obvious love and knowledge of the art world. In addition to this, the reader is taken into the Italian underworld weaving a web of corruption, deceit, secrets and murder around the whole plot. If you enjoy a really good Thriller, in the style of Sidney Sheldon with extras, and are prepared to be kept on the edge of your seat throughout, this book is a definite must! I am eagerly awaiting the next novel.'

'Take No More', out now on Kindle. 69,000 words, approx 260 print pages, 4.7/5 stars in 28 reviews at amazon.

Best wishes


Posted on 22 May 2012 17:03:18 BDT
Can the ladies hold their own against the men at the poker tables. Carla did and paid a high price, or did she?

All In Re-edited and reduced in price.

Posted on 23 May 2012 13:46:48 BDT
I. Black says:
Hallo fellow-authors and readers. The following all have several 5-star reviews.
Remember - all my novels are on Kindle as well as in paperback - so you can download a sample and then decide!

If you like novels about families and 'roots' this one may be just right for you.

Darshan: a Journey - a `who do you think you are' novel, that is currently being used as an English Literature Baccalaureate book in France .

Set mainly in Oxford and India: Sara, a young Indian student in Oxford sets out to find her estranged Welsh father - and to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage back in India. The result of her quest, which takes her through Europe, America and India, is not quite what she expected as she gets involved with a dangerous religious cult, a series of romantic catastrophes and discovers disturbing facts about her family history.

'An involving story, beautifully told.' Oxford Times Literary section

A gripping adventure and a poignant romance set in exotic lands.
The Moon's Complexion: A romantic thriller set in Surrey, India and Sri Lanka. Hannah, an English journalist, is fleeing from a stalker. She meets Ashok, an Indian doctor. Together they set out to trap the stalker. They fall in love but their romance is hampered by issues involving their overlapping past, as well as some cultural misunderstandings. It's also available in paperback.

`I challenge anyone to put this book down' Editor, London Student Newspaper

Even if fantasy is not your thing, this novel will surprise you. - try a sample and see!
Noontide Owls A Fantasy for young and old: The Conquering Army of Shoog the Awesome has marched out of Ambamar after 100 years. But freedom does not bring peace. It is left to 14-year-old Maara and the two noble Trumpeters to try and stop the city from destroying itself and all the marvellous beings that inhabit its world.
Pen and ink drawings throughout.

I could not put it down... I really cannot wait for my son to read it. It was fantastic.
Anjali Mittal, children's book author

Posted on 23 May 2012 14:20:28 BDT
Want a good read for the summer? Then please take a look at my two 5* rated contemporary romantic novels:

THE SECRET... a wickedly woven web of dark secrets, emotional conflict and romantic intrigue.

James Stirling, ambitious travel journalist, returns to London from the Far East. His future looks promising with a TV contract lined up. But endeavours to re-kindle his love affair with ex girlfriend, Ellie, are failing. When he becomes implicated in a murder, things go even more awry.

Fran Walker is riding high. Successful interior designer and presenter of her own reality TV show, she has always harboured a secret passion for James. As Ellie's best friend, this causes complications. During the murder investigation, James stays with Fran and romance develops, but their newfound happiness is soon threatened. Beautician, and dieting fanatic, Ellie Mathews, is an enigma. What is drawing her away from her beloved London to Dorset? Can true love triumph, and will dark secrets and an elusive killer ultimately be exposed?

Pure nostalgia:
London in the swinging sixties - about a young graduating art student, Annabel Spencer, and her eventual rise to fame as a fashion designer. How a strikingly beautiful girl whom she meets for a brief period at college becomes pivotal to her success and how these two women's careers and love lives become uncannily entwined.
It tells an intriguing love story hampered by loose morals, drug taking and emotional conflict - at a time when anything risqué goes - and frequently does. This novel reveals the scandal and glamour of a fascinatingly decadent and revolutionary period in history.

You won't be disappointed.
Best wishes

Posted on 22 Nov 2012 16:55:35 GMT
Leprechaun says:
Caversham Lock

A Furnivall and Stubbs Case.

When a parcel containing a dead baby is pulled from the Thames, detectives Furnivall and Stubbs are sent to deal with the matter. They investigate at breakneck speed- it is 1896, after all, and they have all the advantages of the modern world to help them. Using microscopes, the rail network and the telegraph, they identify the culprits- a Mrs Dyer and her daughter, Polly. Even as they close in, Mrs Dyer has been back to Caversham Lock with another victim. By the time the two women are arrested there are seven little bodies in the mortuary at Reading. Each has Mrs Dyer's trademark white dressmaker's tape around its neck.

The case doesn't work out as planned, however, and they're forced to travel to the west country. Despite being under strict orders to return to Reading, they set an ambush on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. But a storm is rolling in, and there is another man in Bristol - a man from the Home Office sent to clean up his superiors' mistakes.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 11:40:19 GMT
Jim Webster says:
Swords for a Dead Lady

Strangely enough a four star review meant more to me than a five star.

According to an Amazon top 500 reviewer

I am a keen reader of the fantasy genre and looked forward to reading this book. The story is engaging and there's lots of action, some humour and a little pathos. The characters all worked well for me, especially Benor, Cartographer (and much else!) The story deals with a land which has its own races of people, its own herds of animals and I found it interesting to imagine this other world which is in many ways an equivalent of our medieval world. There's plenty of intrigue here and the story has potential for a sequel.

Jim Webster has an engaging story telling style and a good knowledge of this genre. His writing has a gentle humour which comes naturally from the characters and their dialogue. It's not played for belly-laughs but is very effective. There were some real gems, which I very much enjoyed. 'He spat on the floor and missed' really tickled me! I look forward to more of the same

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 17:10:05 GMT
Minijax says:
Tainted Tree has 20 reviews, average 4.5 stars; of these, 13 are five star reviews.

Winner of the second prize at the Winchester Writers' Conference, Tainted Tree tells the story of Addie Russell, an adopted American girl, who comes to England to investigate her family history, leaving behind a failed love affair. It's set in the 1990s, when Addie is left a house in the UK, and arrives from Boston with a view to learning all she can about her blood family. Her research takes her back to the early part of the 20th century and to Surrey and the West Country. A new romance awaits her, but family secrets both shock and thrill her.

If you enjoy genealogical novels, it may be the book for you. Under £2 for the Kindle; 115,000 words, (or 367 pages in print.)

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 17:26:17 GMT
Martin Brown says:
The Last Goodbye has 9 reviews, avergae 4.4, 4 are five star reviews:

This book was totally enthralling from start to finish, i could not put it down and would recommend it to anyone.
So well written and easy to pick up, brought back so many memories of the hot summer of 1976.

This is a fine debut novel by Martin Brown.

A story set in the hot summer of 1976 that weaves in a strong set of characters and a compelling story of love, lust and relationship around the twentieth century history and tragedy of the Drake family.

The Devon setting is evocatively brought out and the characters live and breathe from within the pages. A good plot, strong characters, and a great setting.

An excellent read - much recommended.

The author takes you there so easily with his wealth of knowledge on the locations and his beautiful descriptions. You are transported to that hot summer with ease, feeling the passion the book brings.
The intelligent writing means that no effort is required by the reader to understand how the past and present are entwined.
This book is a page turner, you can't help but want to read more. As a busy person I found the short chapters really helped me to pick the book up anywhere even for a short time and not lose momentum.
I would make this my favourite book of recent times.

A great page-turner of a book. Family past and present are woven together, with the past melting into the present, illustrating the influence of old choices on the new generation. Both location (a dry, hot Devon) and time (the social changes of the 1970s) are seamlessly and convincingly bound into the story. The plot steadily builds to a tension-filled denouement, with intriquing morsels leaving you guessing along the way.

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 18:24:43 GMT
Roger Cave says:
Why not start at the beginning of a five star series.

The Barcza Gambit (The Alec Fincham Novels #1)

And then, if you like it, continue with the rest of the series.

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 18:36:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2012 18:36:37 GMT
I. Black says:
Hi and thanks for this thread, MLJ.
This is my latest 5-star review for my novel Darshan: a Journey. Totally unsolicited - I have no idea who this person is, but I am most appreciative!

5.0 out of 5 stars A quality read 16 Nov 2012
By curly_helmar
This book tells the story of Sara, an Anglo-Indian girl, who spent her childhood in Britain and India, returning to England to study.
During her journey to discover where she fits in, she also spends time in the US.

The author writes an intelligent book in an easy to read style, and covers some difficult issues including religious cults, family break-ups and the question of belonging. The protagonist is likeable and the characters are well drawn.

One of those books where I both wanted to and dreaded reaching the end!
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