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Escaping Reality
Escaping Reality
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Encounter of the Devious Kind, 21 May 2013
This review is from: Escaping Reality (Kindle Edition)
This book is not exactly a straight-forward cops and robbers, blood and thunder mystery, nor does it enter into the realms of true psychological torment. It is more than that! A mystery to be solved and a crook to be found, while the hunter himself is being hunted mercilessly.

Having poor eyesight, it is a testament to the excellent writing that I read the whole book myself, howbeit a few pages at a time. Did I find it a page turner? Yes, but I was in no hurry to get to the end, I was simply enjoying each page as it came!

The reader is there with Jerry, feeling his pain and discomforts, experiencing his fears and dilemmas, as he tries to escape his pursuers and solve the riddle of how he came to be in a prison-escapee predicament, chased by the Law and criminals alike; not knowing who is his friend and who his foe.

We may consider Jerry to be a little stupid but he is a lovable idiot for all that. A bit kinky with sex too. Not many would dare to risk certain of his couplings -- might end up in hospital, or with a call to the fire brigade to get untangled.

Apart from the story itself, at times I also found it an enjoyable Northern England tour guide, as Jerry travelled moors and roads, sometimes on foot, sometimes by bike. Then across to Amsterdam and back.

Yes, the hero is devious, cunning and clever, but a lovable guy for all that. The book is full of twists and turns with enough intrigue and suspense to keep you going to the very end.Escaping Reality


ARIA: Left Luggage
ARIA: Left Luggage
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARIA -- Beware Luggage Left On Your 'Doorstep'!, 30 Nov. 2012
ARIA; Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder

ARIA: Left LuggageIt must be incredibly difficult to come up with a unique and yet believable storyline for a Science Fiction novel. It appears that Geoff Nelder has done precisely that. The plot is simple and yet mind-blowing.

A simple-looking case planted by aliens on an orbiting space station makes the story of the Trojan Horse look like a mere nursery tale. The whole human race is threatened, not by hordes of odd-looking space creatures as seen on certain TV dramas, but by an unseen virus -- Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia -- that invades the brain as soon as contact is made. But there is nothing to indicate contamination, that is, until it is obvious that memory is being eaten away at an alarming rate. No one appears to be immune. With no cure, it does not take long for ARIA to become the gravest mankind issue the world, as we know it, has ever been faced with.

I know what it is like to have a loved one suffer from Dementia. It is a cruel disease and heartbreaking for all concerned. But to have the whole population in various stages of rapid amnesia -- aggression, mounting diseases, starvation, bodies stinking in the streets and everything in a state of chaos and horror -- is a dreaded nightmare from which there is no awakening... or so it seems. But all is not lost -- YET.

Our heroes and heroines, highly believable characters who have, so far, escaped contamination are yet to make their mark in world history. Dare we hope the alien force will relent and deliver relief before the END? Or must we put our faith in human resourcefulness?

An unusual, mind-blowing read. I look forward to the second book of the trilogy.

Gladys Hobson


ARIA: Left Luggage: Volume 1
ARIA: Left Luggage: Volume 1
by Geoff Nelder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geoff Nelder's ARIA: Left Luggage -- never to be forgotten, 9 Sept. 2012
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ARIA; Left Luggage by Geoff Nelder

It must be incredibly difficult to come up with a unique and yet believable storyline for a Science Fiction novel. It appears that Geoff Nelder has done precisely that. The plot is simple and yet mind-blowing.
A simple-looking case planted by aliens on an orbiting space station makes the story of the Trojan Horse look like a mere nursery tale. The whole human race is threatened, not by hordes of odd-looking space creatures as seen on certain TV dramas, but by an unseen virus -- Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia -- that invades the brain as soon as contact is made. But there is nothing to indicate contamination, that is, until it is obvious that memory is being eaten away at an alarming rate. No one appears to be immune. With no cure, it does not take long for ARIA to become the gravest mankind issue the world, as we know it, has ever been faced with.

I know what it is like to have a loved one suffer from Dementia. It is a cruel disease and heartbreaking for all concerned. But to have the whole population in various stages of rapid amnesia -- aggression, mounting diseases, starvation, bodies stinking in the streets and everything in a state of chaos and horror -- is a dreaded nightmare from which there is no awakening... or so it seems. But all is not lost -- YET.

Our heroes and heroines, highly believable characters who have, so far, escaped contamination are yet to make their mark in world history. Dare we hope the alien force will relent and deliver relief before the END? Or must we put our faith in human resourcefulness?

An unusual, mind-blowing read. I look forward to the second book of the trilogy.

G B Hobson


Hot Air
Hot Air
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Air by Geoff Nelder -- Phew! Feel the heat from this page-turner!, 8 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Hot Air (Kindle Edition)
Hot Air
Since my eyesight is not good enough for sustained reading, my hubby reads to me several times a day. This is a totally different experience as, unless the reader performs to professional standards, it is easy for the mind to wander. That is, unless the story is really gripping and both reader and listener are alert to every nuance within the written word. This story IS gripping.
What seems like a fantastic birthday present -- a trip in a hot air balloon with her wimp of a boyfriend -- turns into a nightmare when bullets start ripping through their airborne chariot. What had they done to deserve this unscheduled event? Incredibly, they had witnessed nefarious deeds -- murder? torture? gang rape? -- taking place within a leafy garden in England's green and pleasant land. Was that a knife glinting in the sun? Erica's boyfriend Paul is busy with his camera.

Well, whatever is going off, someone is not pleased to have witnesses. From the death of their balloon pilot to the end of the book, murder, torture, mayhem follows Erica around like a whiff of bizarre perfume as she is chased through air, and across land and water -- in ever increasing danger of meeting a horrible death. But her feisty spirit never flags. She trusts no one, and, so it appears, rightly so. Her ingenuity and courage are beyond measure. Often stirred but rarely shaken, she battles to escape both evil men and wild waves to make her way to freedom and so expose the murderous gang after her blood.

Who can she turn to? Unfortunately, those who help her tend to come to a sticky-bloody end. 
But who is this gangster who saves her life and gets under her skin? What is he really after? Apart from sensuous sex, that is.
 Many questions, from beginning to end, keep the reader anxious to know the answers. A good dusting of erotica along the way alleviates some of the chilling horror scenes. Mix with suspense, intrigue, humour, and full-blooded characterization, and you have HOT AIR!
We read most of the Thrillers by top authors, Geoff Nelder's HOT AIR ranks easily among them.


Daphne before She Died: The story of a dangerous love affair
Daphne before She Died: The story of a dangerous love affair
Price: £2.10

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daphne Before She Died -- Endearing love that is kept hush-hush, 25 Jun. 2012
Daphne Before She Died by Michael Allen

At times hilarious, at times poignant, but always entertaining, the book, Daphne Before She Died,Daphne before She Died kept us enthralled to the very end. Young illicit love is rarely explored, especially between partners of such disparate ages. Is it possible for a mature woman of 39 to fall in love with a boy of 18 and he to be desperately in love with her? Would an 18 year old girl indulge in a love affair with a schoolboy of 14? Well, the author inspires us to believe in such possibilities as the sexual and emotional vulnerability of young males, especially one who appears to be a 'man of the world', are explored in depth.

G B Hobson


The Gender Divide
The Gender Divide

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy, Scifi, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure -- this novel has the lot!, 28 April 2011
This review is from: The Gender Divide (Kindle Edition)
I would be lying if I said I knew anything about science fiction. It isn't a genre I seek out. So when writing about such books it can only be from my own impression and enjoyment, not from a purist or academic point of view. Add to this statement, the fact that I am read to by my hubby, who is not exactly brilliant at reading aloud, any book has to be pretty good to keep interest alive and stop my mind from wandering.
The Gender Divide is a most unusual story guaranteed to keep the reader turning the pages until curiosity is satisfied -- on the final page! Set in a future where women have the upper hand in every aspect of political and economic life, not because they have developed into a race of superwomen, but because of certain practices, we might call jiggery-pokery, to do with controlling hormones and menstruation, they are living three or four times longer than males, thus giving them time to fully develop skills in management and anything else they set their mind to. Enhancement factors due to rapid advances in nanotechnology ensures an unchanging status quo. As one character states, "...Women have replaced men as the top of the food chain. Now men are stuck under the glass ceiling and we're the ones with the lucrative careers and high paid jobs."
However, men are men and within the Military are able to exercise the traditional macho male image. Trouble is brewing throughout the civilized world equivalent to the rumblings of `rights for women' centuries earlier.
Into this situation comes a man who, unknown to others, has also an enhanced life span due to secret experimentation forty years earlier. With considerable army training and enhancement not usually given to males, it is his life's ambition to restore the balance. He himself is the secret of how this can be brought about. No one is aware that he lived, loved, walked and (apparently) died among them forty years earlier. Once he gets the key, encrypted into the computer system at Delphi's laboratories, his mission can truly begin.
Complicating his situation are affairs of the heart and wicked women out to keep control.
To my mind, once sky cars come into the picture The Gender Divide becomes stronger Fantasy than Science Fiction. But that is no bad thing. Fantasy, Scifi, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure -- this novel has the lot! At least, that is my humble opinion as someone who looks for enjoyment rather than critical analysis.
The Gender Divide


Into The Blast - The True Story of D.B. Cooper - Revised Edition
Into The Blast - The True Story of D.B. Cooper - Revised Edition
by Skipp Porteous
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now for something completely different!, 23 Mar. 2011
Into The Blast - The True Story of D.B. Cooper - Revised Edition
Review by Gladys Hobson (author of The Dark Mirror and other literary works)

Not a novel but a rather novel detective story! An intriguing pageturner that can only be compared with those modern writers who delve into history seeking answers to unsolved crimes. Only with this one, most people who knew the dead suspect were still alive to be interviewed.
Writer, Robert Blevins turns detective, and works alongside Skipp Porteous, of Sherlock Investigations. The dynamic duo put forward what appears to be the final solution to one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time -- the D B Cooper highjacking of an airliner in 1971 for a $200,000 ransom. We are taken step by step into this intriguing crime. Intriguing, partly because no violence ensued and the man whom Blevins and Porteous puts the finger on, was a kindly person who apparently was a bit of a Samaritan.
This mystery of `who was the highjacker D B Cooper?' now appears to be solved, although the writers accept there can be no absolute certainty. Even so, following the investigations recorded in this book, Kenneth Christianson appears to be the most likely person.
It becomes clear to the reader that the FBI were totally negligent in their failure to investigate the airline staff, of whom Kenny Christianson was employed as a purser, otherwise they would have discovered that this man had received parachute training in the army. And later, that he had acquired money from other sources than his low income.
The one big negative in the writing of this book is the failure to wait for the results of a chemical test on the `hiding place' found in the loft of Christianson's original house before producing the book. The test had been organised during the making of a TV programme in 2010 concerning the highjacking event. Will the results be published in a future edition?
With or without the test result, a jolly good read, especially for those who enjoy thorough step by step investigations into unsolved mysteries.
The book is beautifully edited by the author Geoff Nelder.


The Seventh Wave (The Pearl Trilogy Book 2)
The Seventh Wave (The Pearl Trilogy Book 2)

5.0 out of 5 stars A book that gives a wave of pleasure!, 7 Feb. 2011
The Seventh Wave by Geoffrey Knight
Sequel to The Pearl

Having read The Pearl, I eagerly looked forward to its sequel. I was not disappointed.

Jad, determined to be a doctor, now leaves Luke to experience another world, away from the roots of his simple boyhood to the social and academic life of University, assisted by his new friend Brandon, the son of a San Francisco doctor.
Jad did not expect, or desire another lover. But amongst his inner turmoil is the need for companionship and release of sexual tensions.

In profound poetic language, we are allowed to experience all the deep emotions of love and loyalty, joy and despair, happiness and heartache. We are left in no doubt where Jad's heart really lies, as we follow him on a journey into the mysterious soil of his roots. This indeed is a journey of discovery.

Geoffrey Knight is a master of brevity. But his words draw on the full senses, and convey a whole gamut of emotions. In a few words nothing essential is left out. Writers of any genre can learn from such skills.
Forget mere Gay genre -- this is true Romance at its best, tinged with thrilling adventure, as, with Jad, we ride the seventh wave of sacrificial love.
The Seventh Wave (The Pearl Trilogy)
Gladys Hobson


The Pearl (The Pearl Trilogy Book 1)
The Pearl (The Pearl Trilogy Book 1)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Story! The Pearl by Geoffrey Knight, 1 Feb. 2011
The Pearl by Geoffrey Knight
This story is poetry in every respect. It moves smoothly in language that absorbs the soul. I have been transported to the hot Australian beaches, have felt the golden sand run through my fingers, gazed at a psychedelic sea, caught the scent of youthful bodies drying in the sun, and held a scintillating pearl in my hand. I have heard youthful laughter and tasted their fear. Have held my breath as they fought for their lives under the sea, and when love came to them so smoothly over childhood years and into manhood -- oh, so exquisitely.
A must read for lovers of Romance, whatever their gender.


Road Closed (DI Geraldine Steel)
Road Closed (DI Geraldine Steel)
by Leigh Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, easy on the ear -- Cut Short and Road Closed, 19 Aug. 2010
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Since my eyesight is not good my husband reads to me each day. That means that our books have to appeal to him as well as to me. It also means that for reading aloud to someone else, books have to be well written.
Cut Short and Road Closed are two such books. The lead character Geraldine Steel is believable and memorable. The stories flow with that necessary intrigue element that makes you want to go on reading until the last page. Of course, when you have to rely on someone else giving up their time, it also means the reader also has to be drawn well into the tale. The fact that this was so means that Russell's books appeal to men and women alike.
It may be noticed that I have given four not five stars but that is good. We read a lot of crime - mystery books and to me Leigh Russell's novels belong with the best in detective stories.
Gladys Hobson
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