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Curse of the Dogwood
Curse of the Dogwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb tale, 27 Jun 2014
This isn’t one of the usual genres I would read, but a friend recommended it and once I picked this up I found myself completely engrossed. This is a deeply moving tale about a couple’s love that’s so strong it survives trials that would daunt most people.
Clancy and Sarah strive to overcome the obstacles that life throws at them, as they endeavour to live a life together in the wilds of old Virginia. Unable to marry they have to rise above the prejudice of living in sin. Not only do they find themselves ostracised by society, there’s the ancient curse of the dogwood tree that’s spread all over their land to contend with.
This is a superb book. It’s well balanced and paced, and one I heartily recommend.


A 38 Day Education
A 38 Day Education
by John E. Guzzardo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable!, 16 Jun 2014
This review is from: A 38 Day Education (Paperback)
In ‘A 38 Day Education’ by John Guzzardo, Jay Ferragamo finds himself editor of college rag ‘The Scope’. That sounds daunting enough but Jay soon discovers things are a lot more complicated than he first thought, funds needed to run the paper are no longer there and he needs to find a way to raise them – and quickly. This well-written book is filled with the politics and intrigues of campus life. A thoroughly enjoyable read!


Obstacles
Obstacles
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obstacles by Christopher Reardon, 18 Mar 2014
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This novel flows brilliantly. Reardon effortlessly achieves the easy read that so many writers struggle to. Each of his characters quickly draws you in with a set of tasks/obstacles to overcome to save the life of someone that they care deeply about. The writer soon has you rooting for each of his characters in such a way that eventually I was unsure who I wanted to win.
Light hearted and enjoyable there were a few minor hiccups, such as one of the human characters coming from a city on Neptune – a planet that has an unbreathable atmosphere - and this could easily have been addressed: Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Obstacles’ and look forward to reading more from the same author.


Invisible
Invisible
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely novel, 27 Feb 2014
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Lola is an overweight teenager in her final school years. But it’s not her weight that’s the real problem, nor her issues with immediate family members. Lola has a tendency to become invisible. Some might call it a gift, others a curse - for it can happen without warning. Then Lola finds out that her beloved grandmother was also able to do that when she was younger. I only had one issue with the entire novel: being invisible and being able to pass through things one moment is great but then touching people a little while later felt a little out of kilter. Having said this ugly duckling Young Adult novel is very well written. It touches on family issues that so many youngsters face, not to mention bullying at school. This is a book that a great many readers will thoroughly enjoy.


Waking Up Dead
Waking Up Dead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Read, 7 Feb 2014
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My reading interests are extremely diverse and yet this is not a book I’d normally be interested in, but once I started reading it I found myself totally hooked. Callie Taylor is murdered in Texas and wakes up to find herself in Alabama, no wonder she’s confused! Unable to return to her home town she finds herself looking for any kind of company.
When she witnesses a horrific murder Callie sets out to ensure the assailant is caught and punished for his crime, but this is so much harder than you might imagine. First of all she needs to find someone who can see her and who she can work with.
Ms Collins writes with a flair that’s nothing short of enviable. The words flow like water and you soon find yourself wading deeper and deeper in the depths of this extraordinary novel. This is a relaxing, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable read. Extremely well written this is a book that I highly recommend.


The Iron Wolves (The Rage of Kings Book 1)
The Iron Wolves (The Rage of Kings Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty & Superb Read, 27 Jan 2014
In times gone by the Iron Wolves, led by General Dalgoran, were the heroes of the War of Zakora. They’d stood together on the battlements of Desekra Fortress against Morkagoth and his ravening hordes of blood orks and, despite all odds, they’d won. But that was a long time ago and now the Iron Wolves are all but forgotten. Their fortunes are failing and they’ve fallen though to the dark, dank pits of despair. Yet now another evil is coming, one far worse than Morkagoth.
The demonic Orlana has again raised the blood orks by feeding the mud pits with victims, and the plains are brimming with her warriors. She has a new edge, the splice, born from a variety of beasts merged with men by magic beyond imagining and these powerful beings take some stopping. Having witnessed these abominations for himself the now aged General Dalgoran knows that the orks are back and that the Iron Wolves are needed once more. Realising that only his band of heroes can save civilisation he goes in search of his long lost warriors.
To his despair he finds that his Captain, Kikki, is a leaf addict, the knuckle and skull fighter Dek is fighting with his brother Ragorek over the loss of their mother, while great Narnok the axe man will not forgive the betrayal of those he loves. Then there’s Prince Zastarte, a psychopathic dandy who should be locked away in a cell somewhere and forgotten - and poor beautiful Trista, unhinged by the treachery of her other half. General Dalgoran has to bring them all together again, unite them into the fighting force they once were, keep them from each other’s throats and get them to Desekra in time to help staunch the waves of evil. As if that isn’t enough King Yoon isn’t what he was and Orlana’s army grows in numbers every day that it takes the wolves to reach their destination.
Remic writes with a flair that’s enviable, one that grips you like a dying warrior’s hand. If you like your books gritty, filled with blood and gore then this is most definitely a book for you. The Rage of Kings is one of the best novels I’ve read in a very long time. Andy Remic has a new fan, and I’m certainly following his career with great interest.


Write a Western in 30 Days: With Plenty of Bullet-Points!
Write a Western in 30 Days: With Plenty of Bullet-Points!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blazing the Trail on Writing, 12 Nov 2013
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Over the years I've read a great many books about writing, but this is without doubt one of the finest works that I've had the pleasure to read. While, as the title suggests, the book focuses primarily on westerns much of the knowledge and tips within can be transposed over to any genre. The research Morton does is staggering. There are many links that take you directly to sites of interest and also references to other books that readers will find useful.
There are great tips on characterisation, plot plan, POV, dialogue, etiquette of the period in question and importantly timeline - writers of other genres can use this as a guideline to what research they themselves should be doing. In fact this book is so comprehensive that the Author even delves into the food being eaten during the period! I'm not saying anymore, my advice is to buy it and read it - you'll immediately see what I mean when I say this is great work.
This book will prove invaluable to all writers', especially those undertaking courses and degrees in the subject. I really cannot recommend `Write a Western in 30 Days' enough, and having finished it I'm going to start reading it again!


Death is Another Life
Death is Another Life

5.0 out of 5 stars A Read With Bite!, 18 Sep 2013
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I visited Malta many years ago and Robert's description is spot on. In fact his research is so exact that half-forgotten memories soon came flooding back and I found myself walking those ancient streets once again. A dark and classical tale with excellent twists that will keep readers enthralled.


ARIA : Returning Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 2)
ARIA : Returning Left Luggage (ARIA Trilogy Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read, 1 Sep 2013
Geoff Nelder isn't just a writer but a craftsman of words and vision. I say this because I helped critique this superb novel, and I found it such a compelling read that I simply had to add this review. This second instalment of Aria, where humanity has been devastated by an amnesia virus that destroys civilisation, follows on from `Left Luggage' and simply begs to be read.


There and Back...: The Memoirs of Admiral Sir Jeremy Black GBE, KCB, DSO
There and Back...: The Memoirs of Admiral Sir Jeremy Black GBE, KCB, DSO
by Jeremy Black
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book and a great man, 11 Nov 2012
I had the great honour to serve under Admiral Black in both HMS Fife and, later, HMS Invincible during the Falklands War. He's a man that I admire greatly. Now, as a writer, I find this a most wonderful and inspiring book. It shows the navy as it was, the concerns of the great men who led it and the lower ranks who served in it. It also depicts the underlying humour that allows us to deal with situations that conspire to thwart the most honourable endeavours.


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