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The Stranger
The Stranger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Family Drama with a Touch of Emotion., 14 July 2017
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The Stranger by Joan Hall. Book Review.

This book opens with Margie Smith’s funeral. She has died aged seventy-two, in Brookhaven nursing home, from lung cancer.

She was a cantankerous woman, everyone says so, and, not surprisingly, there’s hardly anyone at the funeral, but suffering from lung cancer, would I suspect, make many of us that way inclined.

Her only living relative is a daughter, Julie, who is now married to Mark, and they have two grown-up children who are doing well. All through Julie’s life, Margie has found fault with everything Julie has ever done, or attempted to do, including her choice of husband.

Mark’s a good man with a good job who treats his family well, but none of that appeared relevant to the apparently mean-spirited Mrs Margie Smith.

Julie is confused and disappointed in her mother’s life-long behaviour and who wouldn’t be? But there is nothing that Julie can do about that now. Margie has taken her secrets to the grave, or has she?

The Stranger is a shortish book, but it’s well written and the pace is good, and it never slows. Towards the end, I found it surprisingly emotional, and without giving anything away, if you like that kind of thing, you will enjoy this story.

I am glad I bought it, glad I read it, and I liked the cover too.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a page-turning seaborne yarn!, 24 Jun. 2017
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Megalodon by Scott Skipper – Book Review

The famous phrase “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” quickly came to mind when reading the appropriately named Scott Skipper’s novella, “Megalodon”, a kind of homage towards Peter Benchley’s “Jaws”.

Enzo Palmer and his chums are treasure hunters, and successful ones at that, after tracking down and cashing in booty from several wrecks. Truth is, they now have more money than they know what to do with.

His interest is piqued when a video surfaces on the Internet purporting to be of a megalodon swimming the seven seas – a kind of giant prehistoric shark with huge teeth and a vicious bite that supposedly died out 28 million years ago. The video is obviously a fake, or is it? Some people differ on that, and they simply have to find out the truth of it.

In any event, Enzo wants to go megalodon hunting, maybe he hasn’t anything better to do with his time, and though his partners are not that interested, in the end, he persuades them of the merit of the idea. After all, they do part-own the ship and they’d better keep an eye on their investment, as they set off for Tenerife along with their well-endowed women to start their search.

And of course, there is someone else looking for the big Meg too, a long ago hated rival - what seagoing yarn wouldn’t be complete without that? And he adds plenty of spice if the story ever threatens to run out of steam.

So begins “Megalodon”, a fast moving and page-turning adventure on the huge seas, and one can almost taste the salty air and feel the balmy winds on your face, as they and you, rush through the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans as if they were mere ponds.

The writing and proofreading are pretty good too, not so many errors, though “ring one’s neck” kind of stood out, and yes, I do understand more than most that all us indie writers make similar errors from time to time, me included, and I’d like to have seen the women present taking a more active role, rather than all too often just standing and hanging around drinking unbelievable quantities of champagne, while pouting and waiting to be patted and touched and taken in the cabin by the men, no double entendre intended. This is 2017 after all, but that aside I enjoyed “Megalodon” and learnt quite a few things too.

If you like fast paced seaborne action with a sense of adventure then you will probably enjoy this, and when I bought it, it was just 99 pence and that is great value in any language, so why not give it a try?

And here’s the ultimate test in any ongoing writer/reader relationship. Would I buy another work by this author, and the answer is: Yes. For sure.

WILLED ACCIDENTS HAPPEN: A short story of mystery and suspense
WILLED ACCIDENTS HAPPEN: A short story of mystery and suspense
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4.0 out of 5 stars Willed Accidents Happen by Patricia A. Guthrie – Book Review, 3 Jun. 2017
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Michael Ryan is a successful psychiatrist based in Manhattan, New York. It’s midwinter, and a cold and frosty morning. He’s heading for work, the sidewalks are icy, as he enters the subway system, sees the steep downward stairs, but doesn’t see the patch of ice worn slippery by countless hurrying scurrying morning feet.

He slips and stumbles and tumbles down the steep and hard steps, banging his shoulder and back as he goes, doing damage too, though luckily nothing is broken and he’s grateful for that, and all the way to the bottom he tumbles, where an attractive redhead finally breaks his fall.

‘Sorry, I slipped,’ he says, gathering his thoughts and feeling his body, yet even as he says those words, he wonders as to their truth. Could the reality be in the rush and crush and whirling disappearing sky, could he possibly have been pushed?

So begins “Willed Accidents Happen”, a short story of mystery and suspense by Patricia A. Guthrie.

It’s a good beginning too, hooks the reader straight off the bat, and being a short story it’s quite possible to sit and read the entire thing in a short afternoon. It’s a page-turner that’s for sure, so you probably will finish it in one sitting, well written too, with a twist of an ending to come, and if you like mystery and suspense stories then “Willed Accidents Happen” would be a useful addition to any library.

I enjoyed it and will look out for more offerings from this writer. Check it out.

Subnormal - Book 1 of the SUBNORMAL series: Great Britain as a Dystopian Society
Subnormal - Book 1 of the SUBNORMAL series: Great Britain as a Dystopian Society
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Political thriller.... and Much More...., 28 Feb. 2017
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The start of this book reminds me of a shoot-em-up computer game, so if you are interested in that kind of thing, this could attract you too, but it soon develops into so much more.

Stuart Kenyon’s Subnormal is set in Britain and across many cities, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London to name but four, and though you might think it is set in the near future, or an alternative past, it’s actually set in an alternative here-and-now where a new political party beginning with U fronted by a charismatic leader has seized power quite legitimately through the ballot box, so frustrated are the electorate with traditional parties who have overstayed their welcome. Sounds somewhat familiar in these strange times in which we live? And not a ’kipper in sight. Alternative facts, anyone?

One of the main characters, indeed the most interesting character, and there are a lot of them in here too, is a young guy with autism, and maybe that character comes across as forcefully and true to life because the writer himself has a son who suffers from that condition, and thus the descriptions of his behaviour and reactions and conversation are particularly believable.

As you can possibly guess all does not go well, and the book harbours Orwellian and Kafka-esque overtones, or undertones if you prefer. I could say a lot more, and all of it good, though I won’t for fear of giving anything away. For me it was a political thriller, and a pretty good one at that.

It’s been pretty well proofread and when I bought the ebook it was just 99p and that is great value in anyone’s language, so do yourself a favour and buy it. Subnormal is the first in a series of three books, though this one has a clear ending, and stands well by itself.

If you enjoy political thrillers with a distinctly darker edge then this could be right up you street.

2016 Indie Author State of the Union: Build Your Author Platform, Stay Up-to-Date and Sell More Books
2016 Indie Author State of the Union: Build Your Author Platform, Stay Up-to-Date and Sell More Books
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book for any aspiring indie self publishing author...., 9 Feb. 2017
If you are an indie author looking to self-publish, or maybe you have already taken the plunge and done so, this book is full of information that you will find of interest, and some of it you really need to know.

Michael looks at all the big players in the game, such as Amazon, Createspace, ibooks, Google, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Kobo, D2D, etc etc, along with indie publishing trends, and analyses them all and reports back on the many changes we have seen in the past year, (the copy I read was a 2016 one and I think he updates things every year,) and then interestingly he puts on his Nostradamus hat and tries to forecast where we, and they, will be going in the following year, and the years to come.

It all makes for very interesting reading and I defy any indie author not to learn something of interest from within these pages. There's a lot more stuff in there too.

Plus an enormous number of links and resources included in the book as well, and yes there are plenty of affiliate links as well, and Michael is open and upfront about that, so maybe just occasionally one has to take some of the buy recommendations with a pinch of salt, but we are big boys here now, and big girls too, we know how the world works, and we can tell when we are being sold something we don’t particularly want to buy. Don’t worry about it, there is plenty here to keep you reading right through to the very end.

The book is well written, engaging, and perhaps most important of all, is truly useful to any indie and prospective indie author and self-publisher.

I have no hesitation in recommending it. I enjoyed it.

Guerrilla Publishing: Revolutionary Book Marketing Strategies
Guerrilla Publishing: Revolutionary Book Marketing Strategies
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource for self-published writers...., 11 Jan. 2017
This is a very well written book crammed with valuable information for any writers and budding writers out there who are looking to market and sell more copies of their books.

The writer, Derek Murphy, is an imaginative one-man whirlwind who appears to come up with new ideas almost on a daily basis, and many of them are invaluable and deserve checking out.

There are lots of useful resource links included here too that anyone seeking to raise the profile of their books and personal profile and websites can tap into.

“Guerrilla Publishing” is easy to read, full of interesting ideas, and a publication that I would certainly recommend.

A Backward Glimpse of Wool
A Backward Glimpse of Wool
by Alan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Wool in Dorset - the place not the commodity!!!!, 5 Sept. 2016
I really enjoyed reading this local history book, printed and published locally too, it includes dozens of fascinating black and white photos from times gone by. If you have any connection to Wool in Dorset whatsoever you will find something in here to interest you. Recommended.

Our hospital - a history of health care in Milford on sea
Our hospital - a history of health care in Milford on sea
by Robert coles
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatimg booklet about MIlford Hospital, 4 Aug. 2016
Our hospital - a history of health care in Milford on sea

This new 2015 edition was published by the League of Milford-pn-sea Hospital by arrangement with Mrs Ann Coles, the widow of the writer, the late Mr Robert Coles.

It contains many fab black and white photographs of Milford hospital and other interesting buildings in the area, many that bring back all kinds of memories.

Paperback, 68 pages and well worth the money.


Hampshire Evacuees: The War Time Diary, 1935-45, of Eric Wyeth Gadd
Hampshire Evacuees: The War Time Diary, 1935-45, of Eric Wyeth Gadd
by Eric Wyeth Gadd
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic little book this is!!!, 6 Mar. 2016
Hampshire Evacuees by Eric Wyeth Gadd - Book Review

What a fantastic little book this is.

Some of the descriptions of air raids on New Milton brought tears to my eyes.

All my dad’s family resided in New Milton throughout the war, except for the “big boys” of course, who were away fighting, including my dad in the RN. - Cecil (Nick) Carter.

I particularly liked the description of the cricket match on the Rec sharing the field with the Home Guard who were doing rifle drill, followed around at every step by young boys with their bows and arrows, aping their seniors. Wish I'd seen that!

I played cricket and football on that same Rec barely fifteen years later, not having a clue at the excitement and exciting, and downright dangerous times that had taken place on that very same ground.

The death through bombing of the evacuated family from Southampton to Vincent Road really cracked me up!

If you have any interest in evacuees, World War II in general, or New Milton and Barton-on-Sea, this is an essential little book to acquire.

Lest we forget.

Highly recommended.

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Supermarine Spitfire in Action - Aircraft No. 39
Supermarine Spitfire in Action - Aircraft No. 39
by Jerry Scutts
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a nice large page sized American published 58 page booklet featuring ..., 8 Nov. 2015
This is a nice large page sized American published 58 page booklet featuring many super black and white photographs of the Spitfire, and some colour pictures too, featuring differing nationality and specification Spits. Printed and published in 1980 and a must for any Spitfire fans out there.

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