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Initial post: 27 Jan 2012 07:48:52 GMT
The Escape Company

Here is one of my first reviews:-

THE ESCAPE COMPANY clearly lives up to its name. Not only is it the name of the mastermind group that seemingly can spring anyone from even the most formidable prisons in the UK, but it also is great company when reading to escape, for relaxation's sake.

The characters are fun to know, and their detailed prison-break capers are quite creative. The Escape Company's constant throng of clients keeps making each job much more formidable, but no obstacles, no matter how seemingly impossible to overcome, seem to faze them as they go about their business.

Even living the good life in Spain, with all the money they will ever need, cannot stop them from upping the ante one more time. If you want company while you read to escape, then I recommend you read THE ESCAPE COMPANY.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 07:53:36 GMT
I hope you will try my mystery novel, The Devil's Alibi. It earned sixth place in the Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll for mystery novels.

From the Staff Reviewer, Winter Issue of Life in the FingerLakes Magazine:

"Author Len Dawson creates a likeable, mild-mannered lawyer who frequently seeks input on cases from his wife Melanie. He also relies on a street-wise friend, Rick; and Mike, a helpful police detective, to solve these heinous crimes. They must navigate a dark side of Ithaca and its surrounds, an area perhaps better known for its scenic beauty and academic prowess. Lee laments the city's "declining fortunes" as he focuses on an assortment of unsavory criminals with ties to the Tender Loin Club, a tawdry strip club. Another murder adds to an already risky situation before the story builds to a suspenseful Agatha Christie-style finale where the truth is ultimately revealed."

The Devil's Alibi

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 10:17:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2012 10:25:44 GMT
HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)
392 pages

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Complex Whodunnit!,
By Ron Chicaferro (Scottsdale, AZ USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
I'm still recovering from reading Hiding The Elephant by Mira Kolar-Brown. It was such a wonderfully complex murder mystery that it left me exhausted - but wanting more!

There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist, Dectective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer. Told through the use of flash-backs the story encircles the reader. A story not just about who the killer might be but also about what makes Simon Grant the way he is. Grant, along with every other character in the book, are richly peeled apart like an onion. You'll be driven mad trying to figure out who the killer is - and you won't figure it out until the last page is read!

Its maddeningly entertaining!

LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)
436 pages
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and mayhem - Sex and infidelity,
By Ron Chicaferro (Scottsdale, AZ USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
This is an amazing book of crime (a double murder) and of self discovery by the main protaganist, Chief Inspector Simon Grant. As Grant starts investigating the murder of a woman it becomes apparant that it is similar to the murder of a another woman 15 years ago - when Grant was in college. The book follows Grant on the investigation and, by flash-backs, looks into Grant's life along with the lives of a number of potential suspects. You need to pay attention to the dates at the begining of each chapter since the book flips back and forth from the past to the present. There are numerous potential suspects - some painfully close to Grant's own life. Mixed into all of this is Grant's examination of his own personal life - his love for his wife's sister and his affair with her and another woman. There is a lot going on in this book.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 14:22:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2012 14:23:08 GMT
A review from Dee Dailey of The Romance Studio who gave five hearts to Where Dreams are Born.

Vicky Lowell is just looking for a bike for her son's birthday when Jack Hazlett mistakes her for the nanny he's hired. Falling in love with the house and his three little girls at first sight make the mistake an easy one to live with for Vicky. Anything is wonderful compared to Fishtown and Hank Dillon. When Hank find out where she is life, takes a turn for the worse.

Joyce DeBacco pens one of those tales that is warm and loving while still mixed with trials that will touch a reader's heart. Jodie, Suzy, and Linda are sweet little girls. But five year old Linda holds a secret that would be too much for an adult to live with. As a nanny and housekeeper, Vicky is a better woman than many of us as she deals with the little ones. Not unusual that she and Jack would be attracted to one another after what she's lived through. What's unusual, and special, is the way this author weaves their feelings and their struggles with them through the tale. Neither got a very good start in life. We're kept guessing about whether they'll be able to work through their personal horrors and upheavals to let love grow.

What's a great romance without suspense? There's plenty of that as Hank sticks his dirty hands into their lives in ways that make him detestable and disgusting. Vicky is even more admirable when we see her coping with the things he does yet remain innocent and loving. There's humor blended in that will have the reader smiling or smirking too. DeBacco pens a wonderful story.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 17:49:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2012 18:20:33 GMT
Roger Cave says:
I have a nice one that was in The Pittburgh Examiner

Octopus Knight (Alec Fincham #5)
By Holly Christine
"Thrilling and captivating from page ONE" I was completely amazed at the story, the characters and the research that has gone into Octopus Knight. I enjoyed every chapter and will definitely go back to the beginning of the series to purchase more! I truly can't believe that a publisher hasn't picked this series up!

Independent Book Review: Octopus Knight (Alec Fincham #5), by Roger Cave
The Pittsburgh Examiner
Independent Author Roger Cave has created a series of fast paced, crime solving novels. Octopus Knight is the fifth in the Alec Fincham series.
The prologue of Octopus Knight begins with a creatively detailed and outstandingly researched account of Chernobyl in April of 1986. Cave shoves the reader into the heart of the explosive event. Then,
Over a period of over twenty years nature started to reclaim the land, as buildings and roads started to crumble. The local football stadium now had a forest instead of a pitch. Animals and birds started to move into the area, taking over what had been left behind. The only humans to enter the area were scientists, who monitored radiation levels, and kept detailed information on the surrounding lands...Until now, when a new power entered the ghost town.
Twenty years later we meet Debra Walsh, an accountant for a man whom she believes is truly evil. Waiting patiently for a late visit from Phoenix Dante, she is soon gruesomely murdered at her desk by the evil man.
Geoff Craddock is assigned to the case and quickly discovers that while Debra Walsh's accounting business appeared small and legit, it had one client unlike any other: Phoenix Dante, sticking out like a sore thumb, transferring millions in a money-laundering racket. After days of investigating the Walsh murder, Craddock calls for the help of Alec Fincham, a team leader in the Special Boat Service and a professional combat soldier. Once on the job, Fincham discovers he is taking on one of the world's largest illegal weapon and drug dealers. In a race against time, Fincham must bring the dealer to justice before lethal missiles fall into evil hands.
Octopus Knight is a thoroughly enjoyable read for fans of mystery and crime. Cave successfully creates a twisted plot of crime with realistic characters that will leave the reader winded and wanting more.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 18:00:29 GMT
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Posted on 27 Jan 2012 18:27:35 GMT
The Destiny Fog

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate alternate history, December 28, 2011
By Eric Callman "Mr. E" (Atlanta, GA United States) - See all my reviews

This is not your run-of-the-mill alternate history story - where perhaps Hitler won, or Rome never fell, or there were zombies in Medieval Scandinavia...

This is a COMPLETELY alternate history! As if everything went a little differently, all throughout history. You will not recognize the people - or the places - or even the technologies - but you will recognize humanity. I suppose that is the point of the whole exercise. If all of the history is different, then those things that are the same must be Human Nature, or "Universal Truths"... or perhaps a wild coincidence. Who knows?

Mr. Aachen has created an entire new world to explore, and it is a fun exploration. Well, not necessarily fun for the main characters - there is a war going on in this other reality after all - but fun for you the reader. You cannot take anything for granted. Things may seem so similar that it could just be a place and time here in our world that you had not yet heard about, but then something happens that is just too different.

I won't re-hash all the details of the story. I enjoyed reading it, and I bet you will too.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 18:32:03 GMT
Minijax says:
This is one of the ten 5* reviews of Tainted Tree

"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 27 Jan 2012 18:33:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012 15:03:22 GMT
Mary Bale says:
Threads of Treason (Anglo-Norman mysteries)
This was posted on Amazon USA:
4.0 out of 5 stars Political intrigue in William the Bastard's England, January 9, 2012
By N. Brunk (Arlington, VA USA) -
(REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Threads of Treason (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. There aren't very many mysteries set in post-conquest England, and it's a fascinating chapter of history.

I liked the characters that the author created and felt that they fit neatly into the world she describes. I do think that I would have benefitted from a map and or historical note to clarify some of the details, but ultimately, not having these things didn't cause too much confusion. I do hope the author writes another book with these characters, or at least set in the same time period. She knows the period well, and gives just the right level of detail to draw in a modern reader.

Really chuffed with this one. Thank you N Brunk. Very much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 18:42:46 GMT
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars A newish but promising author, 17 Sep 2011
By Cat "Cat" (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Alien Recruitment (Kindle Edition)
I actually first got this book on Smashwords but it came to an abrupt end and I was eager for more. I went to review it find I couldn't because I had downloaded it free but it had become pay and the only way to review is to have bought.
I like the storyline of this book and it is clear that the author is relatively new to writing with a few minor mistakes but it is a page turner nontheless and the minor mistakes don't really spoil that.
It's a sci-fi story of a young girl rescued from Earth as it is destroyed by another race and enlisted in a fight against the destroyers. It's not the best book I ever read but it shows promise and I think the writer has potential to become very good. I think some of the descriptions could have been better and left me wondering a little but on the other hand there was a lot of imagination within the story which made up for this. The characters could have used a little more depth but they were good enough for you to feel bothered.
Overall it's a page turner, easy to read and interestingly written for someone who likes sci-fi.

The Alien Recruitment

I love this review. It was to the point, and honest. I performed my revisions, and I think I fixed most of the problems. My ending was explained a little better. I really love the idea that someone thinks I have enough talent to be a good author! Yet, I want to be a great author one day.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 23:13:01 GMT
The Missing Gardener (DCI Amos)

"5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, funny and charming..., 23 Jan 2012
By BobbyDazzler - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Missing Gardener (DCI Amos) (Kindle Edition)
The is a really fun and darkly charming tale - it has a great tongue-in-cheek feel, and the central character, DCI Amos, surely has a whole host of further stories to be told!

Looking forward to more"

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 23:13:40 GMT
Sheila says:
blueapple reviewed

Superb series

This series of books include something for every avid reader,love,mystery,intrigue and family values. Focusing mostly on the up's and down's of two sisters Cara, Teagan and their endearing large irish family. I would recommend that they are read in order as each book leaves you with a story to be continued. The first book was not as good as the following books but pls do not give up as they get better and better,so should be read in order. I highly recommend this series and can't wait for the next one. The first four books now can be purchased as a set.

Books 1-4
The First Four - The Tea Series
Book 5
Peppermint Tea (Fifth Book in the Tea Series)
Book 6
Tea to Go (Sixth Book in the Tea Series)

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 00:23:34 GMT
Roger Weston says:
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story; stands comparison with Hammond Innes

The Golden Catch

Sustains a high level of excitement throughout. High points are the globe-spanning story and the *exceptional* sea-based descriptions. One might expect good descriptions given the author's background. Less expected is the vivid writing of these scenes; it bears comparison with Hammond Innes...

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 14:08:35 GMT
S. Graham says:
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory and gruesome shocker with a twist, May 18, 2011
By The Hamster Factor - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Dinner at Crazy Alice's (Kindle Edition)
The first part of this book reminded me a lot of Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory as it also features a disturbed teenager and their descent into madness. There's plenty to satisfy gore hounds as you join Michael on his journey (Londoners will probably recognise a few of the locations).

But about half way through there's a twist which turns it into to creepy supernatural detective tale involving occult possession. There are certainly some intriguing ideas here.

The end result is a compelling, if nasty in places, serial killer detective story with a strong taste of Victorian gothic.Dinner at Crazy Alice's

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 14:58:05 GMT
Janet says:
Wild Water

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic escapism!!, 27 Jan 2012
By juju - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wild Water (Kindle Edition)
I am new to Kindle, it was a gift at Christmas; and Wild Water was recommended to me by a friend as a 'must read'. I downloaded the sample copy and was soon hooked so I had to buy the book as it really gripped me; both in terms of the writing style but the characters. The main character namely Jack Redman on the one hand he annoyed me but then I soon realised that Jan Ruth had managed to have me understanding him, which was quite unusual for me and in many ways refreshing given that the story involved dealing with chaotic family life. Well done Jan Ruth! I loved it, really well written and a good balance of story telling based on a simplistic story in an engaging way and certainly not boring. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 17:31:27 GMT
Blend In Harpy Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Tolerance education w out being preached at!, January 29, 2012
By LeAnne the Turtle Calliope - See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Blend In Harpy Hill (Kindle Edition)
This was an enjoyable read on being less judgey towards others. Too often it is expected that people will have tolerance for us and when it's not given we go into poor me mode while we turn around and judge others.

I rather enjoyed that the lessons in this story were wrapped in an unconventional wrapper of being a supernatural tale. It takes away the after school special feel while maintaining the ideals.

In all not a bad read at all.

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 08:38:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2012 08:39:54 GMT
Good review? Ooh now, wouldn't that be nice?

Nope, haven't seen one yet.

Nothing but Negative Nellies. I mean, what's the point of being mean? Really?

Or by "good" do you mean saying generally positive things? Like "I thoroughly enjoyed this book" or "A thriller and a farce, brilliant!"?

If so, then I suppose a few have filtered on through for Boomerang.

But not a one has said "This is the best book, ever!"

Now that would be a good review.

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 08:47:21 GMT
G. M. Elton says:
I've had one pretty good, unbiased and fair review - it doesn't say it's the best thing he's ever read, but then again, he paid good English pounds for it and seems prepared to pay for my next offering so all is not lost:

"Firstly a declaration of interest - I know the author

This is George's first novel and reads very well. The start is a little slow but once you get past the scene setting it is very enjoyable and the whole book hangs together extremely well. For the airplane buffs amongst us there is a clever backwards acknowledgement in the maker of the 'Mamba' and the overall characterisation is good. The lead character rings true as do the others and the inter-reactions between them are very good.

The novel is set in the near future and, broadly speaking, the science is based on present day possibilities - so no Warp 8 or matter transmitters. Here again George has obviously researched this thoroughly and this, combined with his past as a submariner, all goes to make the story feel very realistic.

There are undoubtedly one or two weak spots but certainly nothing to get excited about and comparing it to other first novels by better known authors it certainly is up there.

A very good read and I will certainly be buying the sequel and I have no problem in giving this a 4 star rating."

Sam Helsinki - The Immortals



Posted on 31 Jan 2012 08:55:57 GMT
MadCow says:
DROWNING - Four Short Stories
Barbara Scott Emmett

A poignant , well written little collection, 6 Jun 2011
By Granma Bookworm - This review is from: Drowning - Four Short Stories (Kindle Edition)
These 4 short stories were a delight to read and so observant of times a few decades ago. The language is spot on and I finished the collection in about an hour and was left wanting more from this talented author. Will certainly look for more of her books now.

(and this review was from someone I don't know!)

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 09:03:19 GMT
André Jute says:
"I read this one at the pace set by the story, fast and furious."
says Karen, giving 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. "Make sure your hands and feet are inside the sleigh, and your seat belt is fastened cause you're in for a wild ride."

Yes, Mam!

IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth $2.99 £1.90 €1.98

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 09:26:11 GMT
Here's a review for my book, RIVER DAWN:River Dawn

I bought this story for one of my daughters as a birthday bonus. It has all the elements of classic Apocalyptic writing, a great disaster scenario, struggling survivors, megalomaniac would be 'leader' and his forces of darkness - and, of course, teenagers discovering themselves. The story moves along nicely, the villain of the piece, Pastor Ford, is well painted and the action is well described. I found the story reminiscent of several similar stories from my own early years in the 1960s, but that is no bad thing in my view. It touches on all the current crop of "Green" issues and introduces the dangers of fundamentalist religion when used as a political power tool. The teenagers are also believable as they get to grips with their burgeoning adulthood and the confusion of falling in love.

Worth a read.

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 14:11:52 GMT
A good review for Rubies and Other Gems - the Novel left on the Barnes & Noble website.

"I really appreciated the "real" characters the author created. The story line, while taking a short jaunt from reality, was still what some call cozy. The trials Lily goes through with her family are things we all go through. The end was perfect!

I definitely recommend this book to any romantic daydreamer! This is the second book I have read by this author and I will say that she has a way of bringing out some good emotions!"

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 19:25:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2012 19:27:45 GMT
Hi everyone. I was thrilled to read these two reviews on my first and second books, 'The Early Callers Son' and 'Doodlebugs Over Dagenham'

Sukran Sahin of The Post wrote..
A remarkable story of a Dagenham life just published documents the unshakable humour and wartime spirit of a community.
Author Dolly Westgarth, who was born in Tidal Basin, Canning Town and raised in Dagenham has writen Doodle Bugs over Dagenham.
The autobiographical book is based on her personal recollections and is a reflection on her childhood years during the Second world war.
The idea for the book follows Dolly's first book The Early Callers son, which documented her fathers life.
Spured on by readers, she decided to write about her families life during the war.

Tom King of The Echo wrote..

Dolly Westgarth's skill as a writer is to make these tragedies and triumphs of ordinary people's lives as tense and dramatic as any episode of Downton Abbey. Readers need to keep reminding themselves, however, that unlike a Julian Fellows script, it all happened.

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 15:35:57 GMT
Where Dreams are Born, a Kindle or print book from a small publisher.

It was supposed to be a win-win situation-a safe environment in which to raise a son for single mom Vicky, housekeeping and childcare for widowed Jack. Neither one wants or expects anything more. Life, however, has more in store than either one imagines.

"Joyce DeBacco pens one of those tales that is warm and loving while still mixed with trials that will touch a reader's heart." Dee Dailey of The Romance Studio

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 16:06:28 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
Here's one of eight 5-star reviews for Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories a collection of a dozen previously published short stories and the first chapter of my first book The Brubury Tales.

5 stars: An exciting series of short stories which reads like a novel

This is ostensibly a series of short stories, but because of the common theme and character of the narrator J.T. Glass, it feels much more like a novel. The reader is led through a series of situations J.T. finds himself in --- sometimes from childhood, sometimes adolescence, and sometimes adulthood --- and sees those situations through J.T.'s eyes. Those eyes are ironic, intelligent, and full of humor about things that would otherwise be impossible to cope with.

Reading this book is something of an emotional adventure. The situations are so shocking, and so varied, that there's never a point at which you can guess what's coming next. But the heart of the book --- the tone which is maintained throughout --- is kind enough that the ride can be endured, and is worth going on.

Oh, and most importantly. This book is written with an artist's eye (a fact which is hinted at in the very first story). Phrases are used symmetrically, popping up meaning one thing at one moment, and something much richer at another. The language, the pacing, and the mood are all established carefully.

If you ignore the attention poured into it, the end result is a book which reads smoothly and easily. If you care to, though, it's also a book worth studying.
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