Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Frozen Past: Richard C Hale

THE SPIEL: Luke is only fourteen. Eliana is his whole world and for a fourteen year old, the burden is immense. You see, Eliana is being stalked. Stalked by a madman who wants nothing more than to see her dead. The madman knows things that no one should know and sees things that no one should see. He tells them if they say a word to anyone, they will both die. And Luke can't let that happen. Eliana's past is catching up with her and Luke must do anything to save her. Anything.

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

Fae Eye for the Golem Guy: Robert C. Roman

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

Night of the Assassin: Russell Blake

THE SPIEL: Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, Night of the Assassin charts the early years of El Rey - the King of Swords - a super-assassin responsible for some of the world's most spectacular and daring executions. Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico's brutal narco-trafficking violence, Night of the Assassin chronicles the making of a monster - a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine. Raw, disturbing, edgy and unflinching, this epic saga defies convention to create a rollercoaster of intrigue, suspense and thrills that will leave even the most jaded thriller aficionados gasping for breath.

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.

It's available only as an eBook and it's not the longest book I've read, but that didn't matter to me. The story's pace was good and well thought out. It started where it needed to start and it ended where it needed to end. I'm also delighted to report that once again, I've found a fellow Indie who pays attention to grammar, punctuation and formatting. Very well presented and definitely one I recommend.

eBook only, available from Amazon