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The Lost Art of Project Status Reporting
The Lost Art of Project Status Reporting
Price: £0.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing, 13 Oct 2013
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Very poorly written. A run through with a spell check would have helped. This reads like a first draft, full of typos and misplaced words. A shame because I think the content would be useful if it was easier to read and understand.


The Protocol
The Protocol

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, 2 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Protocol (Kindle Edition)
A frightening glimpse into the near future of healthcare in America - and possibly elsewhere.

Eat is a nice change from the usual hard man ex Special Forces character one usually sees in this type of book. His quirks are introduced but not pushed too hard so they work well.

The central premise of a dollar amount being assigned to people and if they cost too much in healthcare then kill em is good. I had a few problems with the way this was introduced. It's glossed over a little as to how such a huge thing is made legal but that's just the general setup to get to the rest of the story.

The characters are well written and the pace is fast enough to keep you interested.

I got this book free in return for a review but I have already added the author onto my amazon list and will gladly pay for the next in the series.


Project Management For Dummies (UK Edition)
Project Management For Dummies (UK Edition)
by Nick Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Kindle Formatting, 21 Mar 2012
Please note this is a small review of the Kindle formatting and not the book itself.

Here is a screenshot of the sample in iBooks [...]

Here is a screenshot of the sample in Kindle for iOS [...]

Unfortunately Kindle doesn't display embedded images very well and the book seems to have been formatted as blocks of images rather than text.

Again, not a review of the book contents but the formatting which I find off-putting and others may too. Hopefully Wiley will rectify this.
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The Money Player (Hired Guns Short Story Series - Episode 1)
The Money Player (Hired Guns Short Story Series - Episode 1)

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 25 Oct 2011
Enjoyable short story that rattles along at a good pace. Decent characters, good plot and snappy dialogue. I received this copy free in return for a review but will definatly buy the next in the series.


Crime Stories
Crime Stories
Price: £0.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Value, 22 July 2011
This review is from: Crime Stories (Kindle Edition)
Konrath's other books are generally good and worth a read.

This is just a collection of (very) short stories that aren't any good. They're basically either stories rejected by magazines or scribblings he found on the back of a shopping list.

Konrath has many better offerings available. Avoid this one.


Child's Play
Child's Play
Price: £0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Holiday Read, 19 July 2011
This review is from: Child's Play (Kindle Edition)
I read this book while on holiday and for the most part it was a good `round-the-pool read. There were a few typos and grammatical errors but funnily enough these were the first few pages and settled down after that.

The general story is good and moves along at a swift pace. There's nothing original in it and you'll see each twist coming a mile off but that's OK because you'll be having a good time getting there.

One thing the author did was to have children as characters that weren't annoying and that's very rare. The rest of the characters are good enough, fleshed out enough to care about them (I especially liked the old couple next door - no spoliers!) although the main antagonist is a little 2D.

The main thing that bugged me was the references to the previous book. There wasn't quite enough for a new reader to grasp what had gone on before. You get the gist but a little more exposition would have been welcome.

Kindle formatting: generally good although there was a strange thing where the opening " was a little bigger than the closing " when people are speaking. It's odd and you stop noticing after awhile.

All in all, for 86p you'll have a good read.

Disclaimer: I got this book free in exchange for a review. I have tried to be honest in that review.


Flee - A Thriller (Chandler Series #1) (The Codename: Chandler)
Flee - A Thriller (Chandler Series #1) (The Codename: Chandler)

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts Fast and Doesn't Slow Down, 15 Jun 2011
I received Flee for free after purchasing Wild Night Is Calling during a promotion.

Flee is excellent. If you've read any of Konrath's previous books you'll be familiar with the forumula. Start with a bang on page 1 and don't let up until the end. The plot and characters are fleshed out just enough to entertain and are throughly enjoyable.

A fast food book - quick, entertaining and a bit of a guilty pleasure. Well worth the money.


Slow Burn, Book 2 Detective Alec Ramsay Series
Slow Burn, Book 2 Detective Alec Ramsay Series
Price: £2.56

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too May Errors To Enjoy It, 12 Jun 2011
Sigh. Yet another Kindle book that needs a serious proof reading before being released.

A shame because I was actually enjoying it but the spelling and grammatical errors were too much. It's like a speedbump while you're reading - it just jolts you out of the story.

If Amazon push out a revised version to the Kindle I'll probably give it another go at some point but unfortunately it won't be at the top of my list now.
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Sugar & Spice
Sugar & Spice
Price: £0.99

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible and Amateurish, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Sugar & Spice (Kindle Edition)
After seeing all the glowing reviews for this book I thought I was in for a treat. How wrong I was.

This has got to be one of the worst *written* books I've ever read. The entire book is littered with spelling and grammatical mistakes. We have missing or added speech marks, errant hyphens and just plain misspelled words. There really is no excuse for this shoddy level of proofreading when even a simple spellcheck would have picked up a good 30% of these errors.

So, the actual story, then. In a word, horrible. You can see what the author was trying to do but it doesn't really work. There's clearly a high level of research put in but the book seems a little too much in love with itself for it to really go anywhere. The characters are, for the most part, hateful caricatures. The two social workers who are trying to elicit information from the twin girls (won't say anymore so as not to spoil) may as well wear witches hats and cackle. Making bets with each other over who can garner the most information and hating kids despite their profession is ridiculous. I've seen better writing in The Beano.

I could go on and on but I'm actually angry at the amount of time this book has already had from me. I only kept going out of morbid fascination to see if it could get any worse.

If Sugar & Spice is a parody or some sort of joke from the author then well done - ya got me! But if it's a serious piece of work then this is a perfect example of the lower end of the market the Kindle infrastructure gives a platform.


Origin
Origin
Price: £2.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One, 7 Mar 2011
This review is from: Origin (Kindle Edition)
I read this straight after reading The List and both books are pretty similar. That's not a bad thing though.

Origin has a great story and engaging characters. It's very visual in that you can imagine a film of it working very well. Think of Origin as the book equivilant of an Arnie film. Loud, brash, utterly ridiculous but great fun.

Time to read something else on the ever growing Kindle pile but I'll certainly be back to see what else Mr Konrath has to offer.

As is the case with all Konrath books the Kindle formatting is excellent. The author was even kind enough to reply to an email correcting what I thought was a formatting error (devout Jews write 'God' as 'G-d' which looks like an error on the page but isn't).


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