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The Soul-Travellers
The Soul-Travellers
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful page turner, 14 Feb. 2014
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I chose this book as part of a personal initiative to get away from the standard detective and horror genres by established authors and to seek out fresh, upbeat stories showing originality and imagination. It's been many years since I read a children's story (this is one for 9-12 year olds) so I have nothing current to compare it with. All I can say is that this one crossed my path, I tried it - and liked it.

The Soul-Travellers has a lot of elements I love - techno-gadgets, supernatural powers, parallel worlds and a good, old-fashioned quest to beat the bad guys. It's well-written, the fantasy world is soundly thought through, and the characters are nicely drawn. I particularly liked the way the children, Ali, Will, Mark and Letta, and the animals Brinith, Ragna and Cador, worked together as a team without bickering and rancour.

This is a delightful, heart-warming romp that I think any young person would like. If you are nervous about trying a book by an indie author, then this might be just the place to start - whatever age you may be.


In a Cat's Eye
In a Cat's Eye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely atmospheric, 5 Dec. 2013
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When Willy Lee's friend, Nancy, is found dead in the boarding house they share with an oddball collection of other lodgers and their feisty landlady, everyone assumes it was due to misadventure. Although Willy is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, it is his fixation on the little details, such as the missing figurine, and the unexplained comings and goings of the cat, Mr Winkley, that uncovers the true events of the fateful evening.

In essence, this is a locked-room murder mystery, but it is the author's execution of it that lifts the genre to a new level. Kevin gives his main protagonist a unique and memorable voice that makes a striking change from the usual hard-nosed detective. The minor characters - The Colonel, Francine, Elsie and the rest, are just as skilfully drawn.

This is a highly atmospheric piece, reminiscent of old B-movies and film noir of the forties and fifties, with twists and turns and shifts in loyalties that keep you guessing until the end.


Thores-Cross: A Yorkshire Ghost Story Novel
Thores-Cross: A Yorkshire Ghost Story Novel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skilfully written and highly entertaining, 7 Jun. 2013
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This is a very enjoyable example of the timeslip genre, with both the historic and modern timeframes skilfully handled, each with its own distinct voice that perfectly suits the characters. The way Jennet's awful experiences in the 1770's are described makes you admire her inner strength, and retain sympathy for her, even while she is plotting revenge on those who have wronged her.
The switch to Emma's point of view in the 21st century works very well, keeping Emma and David as plausible modern people while integrating them into Jennet's world via the ancient ink pot. The pace and dialogue are good throughout, and there is just enough description and historical detail to give a sense of time and place without it getting in the way of the action. There's plenty of suspense, both in the protagonists' own worlds and across the two hundred year gap between them. An absorbing, entertaining tale.


Wanton Fairies
Wanton Fairies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly wonderful, 22 Jan. 2013
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I chanced across the authors on Twitter and decided to check this out. It's an inspired combination of mischievous fairy illustrations and naughty poems. A lovely, light-hearted bit of fun. I wish I had this much talent.


The Spanish Helmet
The Spanish Helmet
by Greg Scowen
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping archaeology adventure, 19 Sept. 2011
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A very enjoyable archaeology adventure set in New Zealand. Matt Cameron is the distinguished academic in search of the truth behind the early settlement of the islands who comes up against a threatening conspiracy determined to stop him. The story explores the possibility of early landings by Celtic and Spanish explorers and contains rich detail about the country's beauty, its history, and culture. An exciting thriller that provides a fascinating insight into a nation's past.


HIDDEN - a paranormal romance (Marchwood Vampire Series Book 1)
HIDDEN - a paranormal romance (Marchwood Vampire Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, 10 Sept. 2011
A gripping addition to the vampire genre with a generous helping of timeslip drama. Sassy Maddy from modern day England is teamed up with nineteenth century Alexandre in the first of a series of teen romances that promises to be a big hit. Full of mystery and suspense, it conveys an excellent sense of both time periods, with appropriate dialogue and character behaviour for each. Good characterisation and a pacy plot. I hope to see more of this series soon.


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