It is interesting to see, when both books are read back to back, that a clear change in tone has come through. The Final Straw has Bailey as a loner; a shy and confused young man. Unfinished Business shows the transformation, and demonstrates what the love of a good woman has done for him. Accomplished, confident and cool. This is the tone of the second book. There is also a certain arrogance that becomes Bailey's downfall in the final scenes.
As one goes through the book, it becomes apparent for all Bailey's intricate planning and his great intelligence, his lack of emotional connectivity leaves him open to make mistakes. The hostage taking is perhaps a step too far. He believes himself to be untouchable, and doesn't factor in people with similar intelligence on his tail. A miscalculation that results in a heart-pounding ending, and one for me, that establishes Mr Tayler as a master craftsman in the written word.
I really enjoyed Conception. It is one of those reads that engrosses and captivates. I would highly recommend Mr Tayler's exciting opus into the mind, motivation and life of a disturbed but incredibly likeable young man, and I look forward to reading about the shadowy world of the Olympus Project and their role in Bailey's new life. (Michelle Medhat)"
"In Conception, the main character is a cold murderer. Colin Bailey is the sum and substance of revenge; he is not a serial killer against society or a particular kind of person he picks from the crowd. Colin Bailey, the main character,has the guts and the icy blood many people dream of possessing. He hunts those who made him suffer with acumen and method and gets away with murder. His motivations are flimsy but any person can relate to them, in the big sense of mankind's hard moments of life. And actions that sound callous seem justified because the talent Ted Tayler reveals is astounding. I went to bed at 3 am and it's Tayler's fault. I couldn't drop the book.
I can't pinpoint the moment when I started to cheer for the murderer, But I so did! Disconcerting. I am not easily affected and I read any genre. Ted managed to arise such reaction from me and he bewildered me. I remember the last time a book did that- I was 15 years old, reading Gone With the Wind, a master piece. Only then an author made me share a character's mind to the point of feeling the worst of actions justified. Scarlett O'Hara and Colin Bailey will stay in my records as the worst and the best.
Conception stands for a difficult writing technique. It is the old storytelling with a few sentences of dialog scattered in the book. The reader gets the psychological understanding of the character and the narrator slips in his opinion. The book deserves 5 stars; I have no doubt. Once more I see how much traditional publishing misses. Ted Tayler is an amazing artist, one of the best I have ever read. I found myself supporting his criminal, and it scared me, but I hoot for Colin's creator. I hope Ted can makehis living out of writing. We would be very lucky if he did. (Luciana Correa)