Shadows Paperback – 31 Jan 2012
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About the Author
The author was born seven miles from Swindon in the Oxfordshire village of Ashbury. The early part of his life was spent in nearby Watchfield from where he attended Shrivenham Primary School and Faringdon Secondary Modern. Initially employed in administration at RMCS Shrivenham he transferred to an IT post in Bicester before moving to MOD (Navy) Bath as a systems analyst in 1993 where he is currently employed in the same capacity by Boeing UK. Married to Lynn (nee Wilson), the couple lived in Swindon for seventeen years before moving to Brackley in Northamptonshire. Their current home is Melksham in Wiltshire. Alan and Lynn have two daughters Kim and Nikki and a grand-daughter Mistee. Alan's interests include writing, poker and chess. He also enjoys the musical theatre and period drama. In the dim and distant past he once completed a London Marathon but his sporting activities are now restricted to a squash court and the golf course. He still suffers an occasional match at the County Ground where Swindon Town FC were followed on a regular basis for twenty-five years.
Top Customer Reviews
But I would highly recommend to get a better editor next time, Mister Barrett, lol.
The story is interesting though and the characters speak to you right from the beginning, although I couldn't but think now and then : IF the British police really works like that, I wonder, how many cases go unsolved ...... . I rarely read a crime-story where you meet so many incapable detectives - I think, I would have solved the case much quicker myself, LOL !!!!
But the unexpected twists here and there and certainly towards the end made up for that - at least for me.
So - all in all : IT'S OKAY. Give the man a chance - it's his first book. :-)
I was encouraged to buy it,I am very glad that I did, I found from the very beginning the book set a fast pace and did
not lose the momentum throughout. The charachers were believable,there was humour amongst the darkness, reminiscent of
Stuart McBrides style of writing which I love. I found difficulty in putting the book down, and finished it two days later
at 2a.m. in the morning, will probably read it again at a later date.
I so do hope that in Alans new book he retains some of the characters from this one, as this is Aland debut book, I am sure
there will be many more to come, well done.
I can recommend this to lovers of the genre and hope that there is another in the offing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. To add to the other comments - lets hope this makes it to TV some time soon. I hear the authors bringing out a sequal soon.Published 22 months ago by Mr. D. Meehan
I found Shadows to be a very interesting read. The characters were solid and believable, and the settings well described and I could quickly feel it all coming to life. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by Alex Lion
I found this book very clearly written. It kept you guessing who did it. The ending was not what I expected at all. It left me waiting for the next one.Published on 27 Dec. 2012 by clackers
I bought this book as a treat for my birthday! No idea what I was going to buy until I saw Alan in waterstones in Chippenham! Fantastic read! Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2012 by EmCat
As with other reviewers,I met Alan at a book signing, a genuinely likeable guy. The book is well crafted and researched with good pace and plenty of twists and turns. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Roglam
I purchased this book having met the author in Waterstones in Wells and I was very glad I did.
This is an excellent novel for a first book and I very much hope Alan writes... Read more
Met Alan at his book signing at Waterstones in Salisbury. How could such a nice man write such a grim but utterly captivating crime thriller? Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2012 by Fiona Flute
I met Alan in Salisbury Waterstones on Saturday 25th August and purchased his book after reading the reviews. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2012 by Starstruck
Great read and thoroughly absorbing. Enjoyed the various plots and had not sussed out the "baddies" at all. Can't wait to read the sequel.Published on 3 Aug. 2012 by keithr