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The Hole Opportunity (The Hole Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Hole Opportunity
Our readers loved the cover of this book. They thought it was simple yet striking. Excellent, fun fonts and a strong central image. They loved the title of the book too and the doughnuts in the words. One reader put in his feedback, ‘This cover is perfect for this book: lots of farcical characters on the cover of a farcical novel.’
This was the book’s biggest problems and was why it got a bronze medal and not a silver or gold. Sadly, there are a small number of tiny, tiny errors in the text. Thankfully, they were so small, they did not in any way kill the book. Worth fixing though.
All of the readers enjoyed this story, the vast range of characters, the funny dialogue, the idea of a farm deciding to farm ‘holes’! (They also liked the poke at Brussels in the first chapter). One reader put in her feedback, ‘I’m not a big fan of farce but I did enjoy this novel. The range of interesting characters did it for me. In fact, I particularly enjoyed following the antics of the major’s wife when she went to the hospital. This part was very well written.’
The readers loved your style of writing. They loved the characters the author created, in particular the major and. of course, Colin. They also liked the short sentence structure the author used and how easy it was to follow the story. One reader put in his feedback, ‘I had no problems following this book. The speech was very well handled and often extremely funny. Well done’
Of the 28 readers:
8 thought the opening chapter pulled them into the story.
25 would be interested in reading other books by this author.
28 thought the cover was excellent and the blurb compelling; in fact, many though it was one of the best cover in the awards..
16 thought that character development was the author's strongest writing skill.
12 thought your ability to write humorous dialogue was the author's strongest writing skill.
28 of the readers thought there were too many tiny errors in the story for it to win the Gold.
To Sum Up
Firstly, congratulations on being a finalist and bonze winner in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Book Awards; in fact, you almost won but were just nudged out in the final round. The readers very much enjoyed your novel and many of them expressed an interest in reading the other two in the set. From the feedback, it seems the author's wonderfully accessible style of writing and his ability to create fascinating central characters really pulled the readers into the story. The only real problem was the tiny errors in the text; a good edit would sort it out, no problem.
“Very funny and very, VERY unputdownable. Highly recommended.” The Wishing Shelf Awards
There were very fortunate to receive a large bank loan as the bank manager was retiring the day they visited him and he was feeling very magnanimous.Things snowballed from then on. Their first 'hole' job was to put new putting holes on the local golf course's greens but sadly the rabbits they used for digging the holes decided to keep on digging and the golf course project turned into a fiasco.
Not to be deterred they set about blackmailing the Major - golf club president - to give them a reference for their next job ( long story and too complicated to write about here!!!) Lady Wills had bought the local Manor House and needed holes for her planned water feature and Colin dug some, put them on a lorry to transport them to her. Enough said.
The twists and turns in this book and incredible, farcical and so complicated you wonder how James managed to think it up at all !!!
How refreshing to find a book without sex-- except for the girls who dressed as French waitresses in Anne Summers outfits for Lady Wills' open day. No violence-- apart from someone using his car to try and run down a policeman. No dirt -- barring the times Colin was covered in mud, slime, tilth and slurry. And absolutely no bad language -- absolutely none at all!!!
Well done James for a laugh-a-minute tale of woe. Roll on the sequel.
For me, the most difficult part of the book was to swallow his protagonist's basic premise; that you could build a business around holes. Having suspended my judgement on that point, following the progress of his endearing creations, Colin and Izzy Griggs and a whole cast of delightful characters, was fun - and my enjoyment of James's writing grew as his plots developed.
First, James has a good feeling for the music of dialogue, the book flows well and is entertaining throughout. His characters may be stereotypes, but he has given them character as well as credibility.
Second, although he has a `light touch', James's characters have feelings that are real and easy to identify with. While there are no `goodies' and `baddies' perhaps, true to life, it is fundamentally what his characters think about each other that paints them in a good or bad light.
Third, as his plots get mixed up with each other we get into some really funny situations, taking many a dig at business-speak, retail banking, rural matters, class differences, golf clubs, opportunistic journalism and many other issues along the way.
As a lot of the burlesque is in the frequent misunderstandings his characters have with each other, this makes me think that James should perhaps also turn his hand to radio comedy.
James very courageously published this book himself. Consequently you may come across an occasional typo, yet not enough to put off a stickler like me from enjoying a damn good read.
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