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The Adventures of Charlie Smithers (The Charlie Smithers Collection Book 1)
The Adventures of Charlie Smithers (The Charlie Smithers Collection Book 1)
Price: £2.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully engaging read!, 10 Nov. 2012

Debut novelist C W Lovatt hits the ground running with his historical fiction novel "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers". I found myself wildly entertained by the poetic prose and often humorous undertones you wouldn't expect from a first foray into the world of publishing.

Manservant to Lord John Houghton and reluctant world traveler, Charlie Smithers finds himself stranded in the Serengeti after a narrow escape from a charging rhinoceros, and headlong into a battle with dangerous predators hell bent on a meal of fresh meat. Saved by Maasai hunters Charlie finds himself in the midst of danger once again and falling for the beautiful Loiyan, the woman who nursed him back to health.

Charlie's journey takes him and his new love through numerous battles, nefarious slave traders and welcoming villagers on a course that will change his view of the world and questioning his priorities as he pushes to find his way back to England.

Mr. Lovatt's descriptive writing has the Serengeti coming to life before your eyes. He has done his homework on the people, places and geography of Africa that become the background for a touching love story wrapped up in an adventure. His protagonist is a loveable and loyal Englishman who could have ended up being written as a cookie cutter adventurer in the style of Robinson Crusoe but carries a life of his own that can only be described as refreshing.

The bottom line is "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" is truly engaging read that will keep one's attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me as a galley by the author for an honest and unbiased review.

The Book of Paul
The Book of Paul
by Richard Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book guaranteed to cause nightmares. This is a five star read folks!, 8 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Book of Paul (Paperback)
The Book of Paul

At first glance you think, oh boy here's another book about a psychotic serial killer in the vein of Silence of the Lambs. But then as you read you realize The Book of Paul is so much more. The first installment in a seven volume series sets the tone of what to expect in the other six volumes.

The intricate vignettes Long weaves are the stuff nightmares are made of. Not specifically a horror in the holy crap it's scary style, but is more the feeling of a prickling up your spine. The Book of Paul is definitely not a book for the faint hearted. It's often graphic details of body modification, piercing and torture, which incidentally, I think is necessary to the telling of the story, are enough to make even the seasoned reader of horror wince a wee bit.

Written in short chapters some narrative and filled with mystical details between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly, the reader needs to pay close attention to keep the details straight as Long switches so quickly from one character to the next, which is in my opinion a little befuddling at times.

I think The Book of Paul is an example of what a gift Richard Long has in his writing. His ability to draw the reader into the story and keep them engaged, as he sets the stage for what will happen next is brilliant. The Book of Paul is definitely a great read and I can't help but thinking it would make a pretty intense television series.

Price: £2.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Audacious Memoir Guaranteed to Thrill, 26 Oct. 2012
This review is from: COLOURFUL (Kindle Edition)

Steven Jones starts his memoir off with an attention grabber. How many times do you find the definition of a word like colourful as the first thing you read? But it worked. Jones had my attention instantly and I wanted to know what went on inside the man's head.

To say Steven Jones has lead a colourful life is an understatement, and he proves just that as he regales us with stories one can only be amazed by. His quick wit and self-deprecation combined with the sometimes illegal situations will have you shaking your head and laughing at the audacity of the man.

A child in the 1950s born to a hard-working, proud family Steven learned the value of an honest day's work. But being a boy in a working class neighbourhood Steven inevitably had the usual scuffles with the law that boys do even to this day. Fighting, vandalism and drinking had Steven experienced long ahead of his years and looking to achieve his goal of becoming a boxing champion.

Through the push to be the best and at the top of his game to the times of rock bottom you can't help but be in awe of Steven. From boxer and dock worker to author and playwright the man has done it all; and with enough verve that even though some of his choices were poor you can't help but be impressed by his tenacity and even a little jealous that you haven't lived half of what Steven has, after all the man has crammed the amount of two lives into his 50 odd years.

The book is written in a no holds barred, tell it like it is style. He makes no apologies and quite frankly I find that refreshing as some memoirs candy coat the rough spots. The book is a quick read, perfect for an afternoon on the couch with one of Steven's infamous glasses of JD.

This read easily makes 5 stars.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion.
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Through the Eyes of a Fly
Through the Eyes of a Fly
by Steve Briggs
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a lull in the action!, 22 Sept. 2012
The Tattooist

Steve Briggs, native of Blackpool London has used his knowledge of Asian mystic arts to create a read that has all the earmarks of a great thriller. "The Tattooist" is Steve's second novel following "Through the Eyes of a Fly" that was released in 2011.

Here's the premise of the story. When tattooist Paul Stone arrives home he finds his wife and daughter brutally murdered. Trusting the police to find the killer and bring them to justice Paul works on putting the pieces of his life back together. Problem is the police are dragging their heels and have no leads. Hell bent on finding the killer and exacting revenge Paul travels to Japan to enlist Tebori Master and mentor Mikao to further his training and enable his revenge.

Arriving back in New York Paul readies his tattoo shop and begins putting his training to use leaving a trail of bodies that died a horrific death. Paul's sights are finally set on the guilty party and he plans to beat the police and finish his plan.

Steve Briggs works the storyline with a firm writing style. There are no lulls in the action and no wasted words creating a fast read that you won't want to put down. Some of the scenes Steve has created are not for the faint of heart, graphic details are what brings the book to life and makes the read that much more intense.

Bottom line, if you love a fast-paced keep you on the edge of your seat thriller, this book is for you. A solid 4 out of 5 star read.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated.

Wrong Place Wrong Time: 1
Wrong Place Wrong Time: 1
by Mr David P Perlmutter
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To hell and back, how David P. Permutter made that journey, 6 Sept. 2012
Wrong Place Wrong Time

When you pick up this book you will become so engrossed in the telling of the author's terrifying experiences, you will be thankful for your normal life. It's hard to fathom that one bad decision can throw your life so terribly off course. But that's exactly what happened to David.

Out for an evening with a fellow real estate agent indulging in too many drinks, the men end up on a joy ride that ends up with the police being called and David being charged with drunk driving and hauled off to a filthy jail cell. This turns out to be the pivotal point in his life, as a result of the arrest David loses his job and apartment and ends up living back at home with his parents.

After several weeks spent brooding and hopeless attempts at finding employment, David decides to take some time to himself and is on a plane bound to Spain. When he begins his vacation life is grand with time in the sun and cocktails in the evening. You would think that David will head home rested and refreshed with a renewed determination to take back his life. Well, that would be grand but that's not what happened, not by a long shot.

One event leads to another and David finds himself on the wrong side of the law landing in a Spanish prison with the charge of manslaughter and arson. Determined to get back to London, David hatches a plan that will find him on the run.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time is an incredible true story that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. David P Perlmutter hides nothing in recounting his journey into hell and the recovery of his life. He owns his mistakes and lays them bare not for judgement but more a warning to the masses that one event could possibly take away life as you know it.

I highly recommend this book. You will come away from the read shaken and stirred.

Dangerous Waters: Mystery, Loss and Love on the Island of Guernsey
Dangerous Waters: Mystery, Loss and Love on the Island of Guernsey
by Anne Allen
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summertime Read!, 13 Jun. 2012
Dangerous Waters: Mystery, Loss and Love on the Island of Guernsey

In her debut novel `Dangerous Waters' Anne Allen has knocked it out of the ballpark. Part mystery, part romance, this cozy novel has the reader drawn in from the first paragraph until the last page, and they will be wanting more. With her writing style in the leagues of Maeve Binchey, who she incidentally mentions in the book, Anne has classed herself with the best in women's lit.

Jeanne Le Page is a thirty-something writer who has experienced more than her share of loss in her life. Her ruined relationship with her boyfriend Andy, the loss of a baby, and her grandmother's death has left Jeanne reeling. Add to that, the death of her parents in a boating accident when she was sixteen and you would wonder why she isn't in the midst of an all out breakdown. She's headed back to her childhood home of Guernsey, where she is to meet with a solicitor to finalize the inheritance of her grandmother's cottage, which she fully intends to sell, and move back to London.

Jeanne hasn't been on the Island since running to her Aunt Kate's to escape the trauma of her parent's death sixteen years ago. And it is with trepidation that she unlocks the door to her past. Looking around the inherited cottage she is surrounded by memories of her childhood. Leaning on long time family friends Molly and Pete Ogier, Jeanne deals with her ghosts and begins the process of putting down roots, following her decision to keep the cottage and stay on in Guernsey.

While on the island Jeanne reconnects with Marcus, an old crush from high school, who introduces her to a group of people that embrace her immediately, all becoming fast friends. The group also provides the man, to whom she is hopelessly drawn Nick Mauger, a shipbuilder. Marcus has his sights on a relationship with Jeanne but she finds him to be the kind of man she doesn't want in her life, much to his chagrin, and he becomes aggressive in his pursuit of her. Due to a business transaction she meets Marcus' brother Dan, who is a nefarious character to say the least, with a brusk demeanor and hulking form, which he uses to intimidate Jeanne.

Busy with the testing of recipes and the writing of her cookbook; Recipes for Love, she is also forced to deal with extensive renovations to the cottage. Jeanne starts having frequent flashbacks to the night her parents were killed. Molly; who is a psychotherapist, takes Jeanne through a series of hypnotherapy sessions opening up memories of that night and the realization the accident was actually murder, and she herself may be the next victim.

As love blooms danger also looms. Jeanne has remembered who is responsible for her parent's murders and she is dead centre in the crosshairs of their target. They must catch the murderers before they can silence her.

Anne Allen is a psychotherapist and has always longed to write. With `Dangerous Waters', her first novel, she draws on her extensive personal knowledge to create the character of Molly Ogier. Jeanne Le Page is a complex protagonist who proves to be likeable and loveable. I found myself cheering her on in the accomplishments she made growing from a closed off woman into a free spirit. The book is well-written and it keeps the reader engaged. I truly enjoyed the read and was well pleased to find Anne had included a few of the recipes Jeanne used in her cookbook. This is a perfect summertime read!

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