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Lost In A Dream
Lost In A Dream
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal debut, 7 May 2016
This review is from: Lost In A Dream (Kindle Edition)
When i choose a self published book i usually go by reviews but this time the title and blerb caught my eye and intrigued me greatly. I'm so glad i took a chance on this.

The Author has developed a brilliant story which grips from start to finish. This book literally puts you in the main character's shoes through incredible depth of description, characterisation and very well written, engaging dialogue.

The dream sequences somehow feel more believable than the sequences set in 'reality' which makes the reader yearn to return to them.

By the end i was desperate for more, not only because of the huge twist (the direction of which i was pleasantly surprised at) and am very excited to know if there will be a follow up.

A very easy 5/5

In a world where there are very few original tales left to be told, Lost in a Dream is a unique and wonderful story.

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9: Warpath
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9: Warpath
Price: £3.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 30 Jan. 2016
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I cannot express how much i love this series, fabulous characters, engrossing storyline and, with every book, Mr Lalonde managers to refresh and keep us wanting more.

The Last Outpost
The Last Outpost
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sequel, an improvement on the brilliant first book., 30 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Last Outpost (Kindle Edition)
A spectacular sequel to the first. New characters, a new direction and Mr Hawkins cranks up the tension level of the narrative.

The creatures almost become peripheral to the character driven storyline as we follow our heroes' aimless wanderings turn to purpose and direction.

My only disappointment was that it finished too soon. I finished the last page and turned over franticalky looking for the continuation of the story, a sign to me of a very well written, gripping story.

I really can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy.

The Last Plague
The Last Plague
by Rich Hawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The grim reality of hell in the English countryside. An amazing debut novel., 20 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Last Plague (Paperback)
For a first time novel, Rich Hawkins' 'The Last Plague' had me gripped from start to finish.

A great narrative, with an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. I hesitated to use the word 'zombie' as this is much more than just a zombie book, the monsters are created and described with incredible detail to the point where i could almost imagine a tentacled Lovecraftian-style hell beast to claw its way from the pages of the book.

It is a tale of normal people, facing a beyond normal situation, discharging them from the everyday lives without giving them a chance to think beyond the incredible need to get home. They stagger from one disaster to the next, as a group and separately, suffering through heartbreak and hope. The best of it all being the fact that you are taken along with them, swept up in their emotions. You see it through their eyes, you live it with them, right through the gore and horror to the exhilarating ending.

If there were to be music set to this tale it would be an instrumental of The KLF's 'It's grim up North', a sample of 'Jerusalem' set to crashingly terrifying organs and techno drum and bass, the grinding machinery in motion behind a tale that is uniquely English.

Be warned: it's gruesome, bloody gruesome, awesomely gruesome. It grabs you by the throat and makes you stare into the mouth of the blood soaked abyss. For all that though, it needed to be, the story needed to be told in this way because it is so raw and, because of this, it does not feel gratuitous.

I look forward immensely to Rich Hawkins next book, be that a different tale or a sequel to 'The Last Plague'. If you are reading this Mr Hawkins, a sequel would be very, very welcome.

Dinosaur Summer
Dinosaur Summer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Jurassic park, 19 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Dinosaur Summer (Kindle Edition)
A very well written loose follow up to Conan Doyle's 'The Lost World'. Very entertaining and easy to read. Some of Bear's books are amazing, a couple are incomprehensible but this falls somewhere in the middle. Do not expect the scientific detail of Jurassic Park, but a more simple adventure tale.

A Departure
A Departure
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable debut novel, 9 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: A Departure (Kindle Edition)
Tom Ward has written an excellent story here. One which, although doesn't venture far from the familiar road of immediate post-apocalyptic future, but still feels fresh.

A really enjoyable (if that's the right word) story following one young man's journey after most of the population of Britain have dropped dead from an unnamed purge (disease/weapon?).

The story left room for a potential sequel and i would happily pick that up to find out what happens next.

The word play between characters could be better and there is one character (you'll know who) over which i questioned whether the main character would really stick with her for that long, but they're only real criticisms I have of the book and i'd put that down to Tom being a new author, something which he will develop and improve upon over time.

Plastic Jesus
Plastic Jesus

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely no zombies ;-), 9 Feb. 2014
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Horror write Wayne Simmons takes a cross-genre roadtrip in Plastic Jesus and, as a first foray into the SCI-FI world, comes up with an immensely readable tale set in a dystopian future.

Virtual Reality is the thrust of this world, mostly used as an escape mechanism from the mundanity and horror of the everyday lives of the people of Lark City, the choice for them is basically between VR addiction or drug addiction.

Johnny Lyon, the main character, is a coder, tasked by a failing corporation to create a VR simulation of Jesus, a Jesus that becomes a personal friend and guide individual to every user. They rush him, he cuts corners and Jesus takes on a life of his own. The Jesus simulation actually takes a background role in the story and is more a vehicle to push the main characters into their places in various set pieces that come together brilliantly at the end. There are some well thought up main characters here, quite a few in fact, that manage to avoid becoming cliched and despite the amount of them, don't disjoint the story or throw the reader back out of the book, as often happens when a story jumps from viewpoint to viewpoint.

If i wanted to pigeon-hole this story i'd say it was Sci-Fi-Noir-Lite. Though not as bleak or heavy as 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', it definitely comes from the same family. The only downside for me is that it wasn't long enough, hence me calling it 'lite'! I wanted more backdrop, i wanted deeper characterisation, but neither of those wants takes away from a story that, come the middle, i was hooked with and, come the end, i didn't want to end.

Wayne Simmons has built his foundations as a story teller in Horror and has no built on them with a move to Sci Fi with an excellent story, which to me shows what a quality writer he is. I look forward to Mr Simmons next foray into the Sci-Fi world and would definitely welcome another visit to Lark City.

Eden (Eden Saga Book 1)
Eden (Eden Saga Book 1)
Price: £3.10

4.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to the sequel, 28 Jun. 2013
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Very well written, entertaining and an interesting summise. Nice that the religious aspect was woven into the story as fact, rather than preaching or shoving it down your throat as other books of this ilk have done. I would thoroughly recommend.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite dry, 17 April 2009
Quite expensive, but that didn't prevent me from buying it, due to the nature of what it prevents ;-)

Bought for my wife so she wouldn't have to go through the pain of an episiostomy, but actually she didn't like the product too much. She says it isn't lubricated enough - it's actually quite dry to the touch. So she had real problems with it. She's perservering with it, but i'm of the opinion that a pregnant woman goes through enough discomfort, that something like this should be as 'painless' as possible.

As to whether it works? Well, I guess we'll find out in four weeks.

Who We Are
Who We Are
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Price: £7.39

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lifehouse---wooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooo!!!, 5 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Who We Are (Audio CD)
Finally! The loooooooooooong (it hasn't been that long but feels like forever!) wait is over! If it's Lifehouse, it's great, so buy it now... Every albumn gets stronger and stronger as they 'spin' (gettit?!) in my CD player. In all seriousness, a great band, great singer - both live and recorded. Now, if only they'd come play the UK. Maybe a joint tour with Train... That would be perfect.

If you've never heard them before, pick them up anywhere, they started strongly and just got better and better.

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