Sunday, 25 November 2012
Friday, 21 September 2012
First off, let's be clear—I am a sci-fi geek and as such, I can be a most demanding reader. Unless a story is particularly well told I find myself being distracted by the feasibility of things, questioning the plot and finding possible fault with the physical structure of alien races etc. I am thus doubly happy to report that Mr Coles was not only able to take me to some particularly alien worlds, portraying events and people in a very believable way, but his plot was flawless and kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
....As to the physical presentation of the book, Mr Coles uses good grammar and punctuation throughout adding to a most pleasurable eBook reading experience (although a greater emphasis for section breaks wouldn't go amiss). The sequel to this book, To Rule the Universe, will definitely be going on my 'To Read' list.
Available as an eBook from Amazon.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
After the Harrods bombing in central London
and a terrible personal tragedy, Patrick Rutherford also sets out on a path of
revenge; his recruitment to TSU, the only conclusion. When the infiltration of
TSU becomes apparent to Forsythe, he engineers a risky plan using the
outsourced asset, Patrick Rutherford, to infiltrate the Northern Wing of the
.....Patrick Rutherford and Siobhan Corrigan were created by circumstances beyond their control, manipulated by British Intelligence and the Northern wing of the IRA. Twisted and full of hate, they are brother and sister on opposite sides of the fence. Under certain circumstances each might kill the other but in most situations the invisible thread that binds them would prevent it. When they eventually meet, the chemistry between the two of them is explosive with devastating, inexplicable consequences.
This is an exceptional book. The characters are superbly built and we are taken inside their minds with a skill that is second to none. Dramatic scenes are vividly portrayed and pull the reader's imagination skilfully into action. The author successfully transports us from one character's world into another, telling us of their beginnings with an expertise and ease that is overwhelmingly wonderful. This is truly a first class story written by a man who can most certainly tell a tale but—and I hate to say it but I must, seeing as it is something I bleat on about—it needs the final 'polish'.
.... This first release is tarnished by a light dusting of grammatical and formatting errors that could so easily have been addressed before its release. Normally, I'd not tolerate it so for a book to survive that flaw and for me to finish it... well, it must be good. Indeed, the book survives solely due to Mr Hulme's superb writing and storytelling skills and thus I pray for a sequel whilst also hoping that Mr Hulme will release a second edition of this novel with these flaws addressed. With that little bit of extra polish, this book could sit with pride, nestled among the offerings from any of the bestselling authors. Yes, it really is that good.
Available as an eBook from Amazon.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
An excellent THRILLER, it had a great balance of suspense and action and was very well told. As an eBook it was well presented (grammar, punctuation and format) which are a big thing for me as an Indie Author with high standards. It was another of those rare books that had me eager to read the next chapter. It had me bouncing about emotionally, one minute sick with worry for the characters and the next delighted in the kids just being kids. The author has successfully captured the spirit of childhood and their unique ability to deal with problems, an ability we, as adults, seem to have forgotten. I shall tell you no more as I have no intention of spoiling it for you.
Paperback or eBook: Available from Amazon
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Micah Slate has lived centuries, his lonely existence dedicated to the protection of art. Then he meets Ophilia Morgan, a young artist who has transformed herself into a living work of art. Micah thinks she'll never give him a second glance, but she has dark secrets of her own. When a greedy socialite uses Micah's museum as the setting for fraud and destruction, he and Ophilia will be thrown together in a night of mayhem.
If you are looking for a short but delightful read, this is it. It fits neatly into the genre of FANTASY with an air of Terry Pratchett about it. It's well written, grammatically correct with good punctuation and formatting--things that so often let the Indie Author down. The storyline is well-crafted, beautifully told and entertaining and the characters well rounded.
.... The book did something few do--I found myself wanting to go to bed so I could read the next chapter.
.... Don't let the fact it's a short story put you off either. It's not hurried and yet it is eventful. It left me with that rare feeling of sadness that one gets when you have finished a really good book. I want more!
eBook only, available from Amazon
Monday, 16 July 2012
I was tantalised by the read-up on this book and was doubly pleased that the book delivered everything that the spiel promised. It is a violent, brutal story expertly portrayed with the violence detailed at just the right pitch. It's not just blood and gore for the sake of it and the author has instinctively known where and when to draw the line with his detail. It's not for the faint hearted though. The main character (whose real name you never learn) is, as the author states, a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.