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written 42 days ago
cherry

In Alvina and Jed, author Katherine Ferrier has successfully created a thrilling adventure based romance. Like the heroines created in ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell and ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier, Alvina the main protagonist is subject to endless trials and tribulations in the period leading up to and including the American Civil War.

The first few chapters set the scene and circumstances that bring together Alvina and Jed, Katherine managing to recreate a compelling atmosphere and brightly paint the main and secondary East Coast characters. Essentially, Katherine has also used mid 19th century American vernacular in conversation bringing authenticity to the work. The connecting theme is well paced and we fast learn about Alvina’s ambitions, and those in-laws and friends who would prefer her to remain in Philadelphia, rather than striking out West.
By chapter 3, Alvina is starting to realise that plenty of barriers stand between her and breaking free from the shackles of society expectations, but chapter 6 sees her beginning to cut loose and head west with Jed.

Though incomplete, the premise of this story ensures that when finished it will deliver on the synopsis. Alvina and Jed has all the hallmarks of a classic romantic adventure, and should not be bracketed with the lesser chick-lit genre.

I would encourage any advocate of the traditional romance novel to take a look at Alvina and Jed. It will deliver on expectations.

Five stars and backed.

Clive Radford
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written 42 days ago
cherry

Superb classic style venture that hooks the reader immediately. 5 stars and backed.

Clive Radford
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written 207 days ago
cherry

Author Lenny Banks carries on from Tide and Time: At The Rock (which I also read, rated highly and backed) with a further instalment of self-help in Take Care:On The Rock. Where the latter differs from the former, is that the author has further honed his understanding of the subject matter, and thereby the ability to be convincing in its delivery. Often the experiences recounted pull no punches, and are uncensored accounts of real life occurrences in every stark, disquieting and often distressing detail. The series of stories are poignant and perturbing. They explore the excesses of human nature, endeavour and limitation. But its the way that Lenny tells the stories that is really a bonus. He has the aptitude to immediately connect with the reader by focusing on the meat of the matter in hand quickly, and outlining how his subjects/characters (Paul, Rich, Rachel et al) react to the situations they find themselves in or have self-created. High stars and WL'ed. Will no doubt find its way onto my bookshelf when complete.

Clive Radford
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written 207 days ago
cherry

Unusual and fresh take on the vampire genre. Setting the transformation from human to vampire on board a slave ship must be unique, and thereby instantly engages the reader. Author Sinara Ellis builds the story with verve and dash. This is an enterprising opening to what should be a spellbinding story. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf contender when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 207 days ago
cherry

Very engaging pre-World War 1 piece, slightly reminiscent of When the Boat Comes In, in terms of theme, and in the style, of a D. H Lawrence novel from that period. There is a rustic and tangible feel to both the narrative and the characters. The reader can't help but feel empathy for the plight of the burns family and how they deal with a series of challenges placed before them. Author Jerome Pollet has successfully conjured up images and impressions of people, river settings, and landscapes and town settings that have that essential ring of reality that brings credence and credibility to the story. Excellent beginning. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf contender when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 208 days ago
cherry

Gripping story that draws on the recognised essential constituents of the classic thriller to drive the action along. Puritan Hell is well worth any readers time who is an affectionardo of mystery mixed in with gore. High stars and WL'ed. Would like to read more when complete with a view to a bookshelf place.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 210 days ago
cherry

Author Jon Nolan brings a sense of tangible realism to Guidestar by capitalising on his professional background. It always helps a works credibility, if the reader can sense that the writer is basing the work on acquired experience and knowledge, mixed in with imagination and writing skills. Guidestar is highly believable in terms of the supposition, the way that the theme is delivered, the nature of the main characters, and how the story unfolds. It has all the necessary constituents expected of thriller, replete with challenging complexities, counter-culture contradictions and space age technology elements. Very good beginning which needs to be finished asap. High stars, WL'ed and will be on my bookshelf when completed.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 210 days ago
cherry

Enchanting story with a measured mix of fantasy and romance. I won't dwell on some easily correctable grammar and spelling errors - others have had pleasure in gleefully identifying those. To gain an understanding for a story in the first instance, such errors can be ignored in favour of trying to get a feel for the work and what the author is trying to accomplish. The gist of the exposition, the character of the main protagonists, and how the plot is advanced and revealed. On these factors Forbidden has no major errors. Like any work in progress, it becomes an iterative process to fine tune the theme and optimise the text. Arguably that process can be over-egged. Only the author can make a judgement as to when the best version has been achieved. No doubt, as author Sian Jones contemplates completion of Forbidden, she will as a matter of course, revisit the text posted to date, to make adjustments accordingly. This a good start which needs to be encouraged. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf candidate when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 211 days ago
cherry

To truly appreciate the excellence of TFAOTTLBWDAR, adults need to assess it in the context of what a child would find amusing and captivating. There is a different skills set needed to create children's books compared to adult themes. To do that, the writer must assume the mantle of a young person in much the same way that a writer of say thrillers or suspense must produce a word-set and theme commensurate with the fundamentals of the genre. Author Lisa Lawton certainly manages to turn her writing skills to address the prerequisites of the children's genre. Her work is pitched to appeal to her target audience and is well delivered. Most of all, it flows with ease, encouraging the reader to turn the page to see what happens next to main character Tommy Teal.
High stars and WL'ed. Deserves to be on my bookshelf.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues
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written 211 days ago
cherry

Though a fiction, The Legend of Dunmurry has a solid foundation in historical fact. Whereas most pure fantasies often leaves the reader totally cold and unconnected, this type of thriller has all the necessary constituents and hallmarks to sustain reader interest. Author Ciaran Fenion carefully draws the reader in with a well constructed premise that delivers, and leaves a sense of satisfaction. This tale exemplifies the point that in any conflict, little is clear cut, or black and white, and neither side can claim moral superiority. There are few winners if any, but there are many left maimed with their lives destroyed and even more killed. What it comes down to, is a select elite at the top setting the agenda, and then playing on human emotions to accomplish political aims, which in practice, for the prevailing victorious side, means only those select few at the top will benefit from. This a good theme which deserves to be completed asap. High stars and WL'ed. Hope to back when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Robert Johnson (King of the Delta Blues Singers) along with a host of blues legends including Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf were an inspiration to the first generation of great white blues guitarists in the 1960's. Johnson in particular became a major influence on Eric Clapton, who covered Johnson's Crossroads in the blues-rock super-group Cream.

For may decades it was thought that Johnson had recorded just 29 tracks, many of which became blues standards, including Four Until Late, Dust my Broom and Kind Hearted Woman. To find a novel with a supposition based on Johnson, and the discovery of unheard recordings is indeed manner from heaven for anyone who loves the blues. Author Alexander Finch has skilfully constructed a fascinating and thought-provoking story based on the legend of Robert Johnson ( who reputably sold his soul to the Devil, in return for making him a great blues player). Johnson died age 27, as did subsequently Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin at the same age. However, during his brief life, he probably did more living than most people do who reach 90.

I have read the first eight chapters and I intend to devour the remainder. Excellent concept and unique theme.
Max stars, WL'ed and will be on my bookshelf first week of October.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Bite Mark is a cut above the usual werewolf story, because author James E. Coplin has pitched the story in a left-field, non-conventional setting, and applied a new take to the genre in terms of identifying the circumstances behind Jack Grady's metamorphosis from human to werewolf, and the challenges he faces in his parallel life, or should it be existence? High stars and WL'ed Will be on my bookshelf when space becomes available.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Multi-faceted and complex thriller, that contains plenty of real life names and situations to hook the story together. Whitechapel extrapolates on the excesses of Jack the Ripper and a cast of revenge seeking desperadoes to create a clever catalogue of stunning situations that hold this tale in a state of continual flux. This is an excellent concept, well executed in terms of writing style and craft delivery. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf contender when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Great title which leads into a beguiling tale populated by appealing characters and graphic scenes. Flint's Woman combines shades of humour and romance fused together to create a very enjoyable story. Author Gillian M Hart has invented her own calender, terminology and word set to create a futuristic/alternative world vision which nonetheless parodies many of the absurdities of the current epoch. Clever and approaching unique. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf candidate when space becomes available.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Great title which leads into a beguiling tale populated by appealing characters and graphic scenes. Flint's Woman combines shades of humour and romance fused together to create a very enjoyable story. Author Gillian M Hart has invented her own calender, terminology and word set to create a futuristic/alternative world vision which nonetheless parodies many of the absurdities of the current epoch. Clever and approaching unique. High stars and WL'ed. Bookshelf candidate when space becomes available.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 213 days ago
cherry

Human Trafficking Thwarted is a highly convincing story that showcases the lives of Russ and Bud. The character portrayals are gritty and real, and author George Kohlman carefully releases the scene content in a near-to smouldering way to advance the plot. There are shades of the style of James Ellroy throughout which give the story a solid foundation, on which the two main protagonists meet their challenges. High stars and WL'ed Will be on my bookshelf when space becomes available.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 215 days ago
cherry

Very nicely crafted strap line and pitch lead into an equally well composed story. There is much more to The wings attached, but no butterflies in my garden than the standard fantasy. Author Elina Ivanov has carefully crafted a series of integrated and interlocking scenes and characters which bring a sense of multiple images and highlights to the tale. Some are on the light side, whereas others traverse a much darker theme. High stars and WL’ed. Probable bookshelf candidate when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues
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written 215 days ago
cherry

Well constructed story that successfully combines fantasy and Christianity with elements of the dark side. There is a good traditional mix of expected constituents in The Willow Branch-Book 1 of The Celdryan Cycle including Irish celtic mysticism and hints of the spiritual and the supernatural. It's also one of the rarest things on Authonomy, a complete story of genuine novel length. High stars and W'Led. In the queue for backing.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 216 days ago
cherry

Stories that include inferences about the Bermuda triangle invariably hold reader interest because of the mystique associated with that phenomena. Lucas Logan and the Aqua Cosmic Civilisation adds to the folklore. It is both bright in terms of character description and vivid in terms of scene depiction. High stars and WL'ed. Probable bookshelf candidate when complete.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book

written 216 days ago
cherry

I read Adamada by Joanne Jacquard some time ago, but the impression stuck, and Aberrations-Further Beyond the Camera-Book 2 certainly carries on the good impression I gained of Joanne's work in terms of the challenging subject matter and the way that the story is architected and unfolds. This is no sugary Mills & Boon type forlorn love story. On the contrary, Aberrations dives deep into social issues, questions human traits, weaknesses and pleasures. It journeys into the dark side of human pathos and explores what happens when several of these key factors coalesce in the lives of Elise and William Harper. High stars, WL'ed and will be on my bookshelf soon.

Clive Radford
Doghouse Blues view book