Book Review: Without a Doubt by L. J. Greatrex

Following the tragic disappearance of his parents and unborn sibling, Jimmy Giddion is torn from his life in the States to a solitary existence in Africa. During these formative years, he discovers a rare talent for computer hacking and decides to use his skills to find his family, but is soon thrown into a world of corruption embroiled in modern-day diamond mine claim jumping. With the reward for his deception intact and his newly-found ally Paul Max, he embarks on an expedition that fires his imagination as a more sinister element to his family’s last encounter is unearthed.

 

My Review

I chose to review this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Jimmy Giddion is a world class hacker and has been hired to infiltrate a diamond company and set it up so that the Mafia can take over the company. Because Jimmy actually has to be an employee of the company, it’s suspenseful since he could be discovered at any time. 

Even though Jimmy breaks the law for a living, it’s hard not to like him especially since the money he earns is going to be used to help him find out what happened to his family. Everyone is sure that they were killed but he wants to find out how and why. He has met a new hacker friend who is impressed with Jimmy and vows to help him find answers.

Without a Doubt is full of mystery, adventure, and lots of suspense. Descriptions of Africa were very good. It’s always a plus to me when an author can describe mountains, landscapes, etc., without too much detail but with enough detail that I can picture it.

I definitely recommend Without a Doubt for anyone who likes suspense and adventure.

 

About the Author

J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village in the Midlands, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. L. J.’s career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel Industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company and today as their Financial Health Consultant.

Over many years traveling the globe with family and friends for pleasure, the ideas developed and used in the Hackers series (which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts), have been in part attributed to these experiences; that and a vivid imagination has helped create the characters and situations in these three novels.

 

Excerpt

 ‘Got ya, you bastards’, I thought, as at last the whole plan seemed crystal clear. I was ecstatic, overwhelmed, sad, angry, but mostly relieved that after all of this time I finally had a clearer picture, one which I now knew not only involved my parents, but in a weird twist of fate myself. I had unwittingly become the perpetrator of their scam, helping these mongrels to continue to claim jump long after their involvement in my parents’ disappearance. I now saw how difficult this task would have been for my uncle, as without the technology and expertise of a hacker he would have had no chance of success. I suddenly became grateful to have been given the gift, one that at last had unravelled the whole sorry mess. It only left two things now to do, decide what to do about it and discover their resting place!

 

 

“Without A Doubt” by L. J. Greatrex is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Contact:  Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
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Guest Post by Michael Lloyd

Thank you to Micheal Lloyd who has written a guest post about himself and his new book, The Pirate’s Children.

Me

 I went to the Manchester Grammar School where I did not excel except in History and English, which still remain my favourite subjects. I wrote my first short story at the age of 11 and it became a best seller at the school, being a rather lurid story of the Latin Master’s wife. I was severely punished for this!

 From when I could remember, I wanted to go to sea, mainly because my father was a cruiser captain in the last World War and we even had tenuous family connections going back to Captain Henry Morgan, the famous pirate who showed that crime pays. Anyway, in the end, my father relented and I joined the naval training ship HMS Conway at the age of 14 and went to sea at 16 beginning a 50 year career at sea. I became a Captain at the age of 31 and sailed the world to almost every country and in every sea. If you do want to know more about me you can Google me as Captain Michael Lloyd.

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 Writing

 During this time I began to write, all technical and professional articles for various periodicals. Eventually, time tapped me on the shoulder and said enough fun, now go and earn a living, so I became the marine consultant for a famous Marine and Legal publishing house where I wrote several textbooks, some of which, to my surprise, became standard works.

 I then decided that the world had enough textbooks and began writing a novel about the sea and those on it of course, as it was the only thing I knew anything about. To my surprise, my publishers took the book and started a separate house to publish it, being the first novel that they had published in their long history.

 Four more novels followed, all based loosely on my experiences at sea and people that I knew. I would claim moderate success for these as they were only marketed through the marine booksellers and to the marine market where they are well known.

Two of my books were shortlisted for the Mountbatten Marine Literature Award.

 While I enjoyed writing these, I felt that that audience was too limited, and not the general public that I wanted to open the door of the real seagoing to and show that adventure still existed. Most of all I wanted to write for children and younger people. I looked at the standard successful books for this group and saw that there was very little written about the sea and most were written by authors with little knowledge of the subject, and often condescending in their tone.

 I wanted to write a book with a unique story. There are many pirate books but none about the pirates family. I blended historical fact with the realities of the times and sea life in the 17th century. Where children as young as 8 went to sea, working and fighting alongside the adults. On the other hand, I didn’t want to write too much about fighting in a children’s book, although a pirate book has to have some and children expect it, rather have an adventure story that could be seen as possible. I then made a young woman the central figure around which all the others revolved. Then I wanted adventure and romance. The result is this book. I don’t know if you have read many sea books but there is a thought that it is all about ships and the sea. Actually, while the sea and ships are featured, over half the book is on the land. I wanted children and people of different backgrounds and colour coming together. Finally, I wanted to make a woman the central figure as, traveling the world, I realised how women are the fabric holding our varied societies together especially the moral society essential in binding us together.

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 The Book

 So we have an elderly aunt, looking after four children who believe that they are orphans, only to find out on the death of their aunt that their father was a pirate and they have inherited an old decrepit ship. They travel to London to see the ship. They hear that their father may still be alive so they decide to sail the ship to the Caribbean in search of him. Eleanor is the eldest daughter at seventeen and makes the decisions.

 Finding a young Captain in a debtors’ prison and a crew made up of street orphans and old pirates, they set sail. On the way, they encounter a slave ship in Madeira and rescue a Spanish ship from pirates before arriving at Jamaica and meeting Henry Morgan and other pirates.

 Kidnap and rescue follow with the children having to fight the ship and sail it without the adults. Then the action moves to Cuba where their father is a prisoner. They achieve his rescue but are caught by the Spanish. Free at last, they encounter a pirate fleet and battle follows with final victory, a return to Jamaica, and then set sail for home.

 That is a brief summary of the story and me. I hope I have managed to achieve a unique story that had the right blend of fact, excitement and humour for younger people, although my wife tells me that it is for all ages as she thought it as my best book!

 It is a pleasure to introduce myself to you and I hope that, if you do choose to read the book, you enjoy it. It is not written to display my erudition, which is limited, or to win prizes, but to give pleasure and keep the pages turning. I hope it succeeds in doing that.

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Book Review: Girl in the Water by Dana Marton

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After the death of his wife and twin sons, Army vet Ian Slaney is a shadow of his former self. On the path of self-destruction, only his best friend’s disappearance in South America pulls Ian back from the ledge. He rushes to Brazil, only to discover that his friend was murdered. The single lead in the case is also the single biggest obstacle–Daniela, a mysterious beauty very much in need of protection, with a host of secrets hidden in a dark past. As the two of them track down clues and try to untangle an impossible case, they draw the attention of all the wrong people, and danger follows them back to the US.

Ian wants the murderers. Daniela wants Ian to acknowledge the hot sparks of passion between them. But convincing Ian to set aside his protective instincts proves more difficult than teaching a water buffalo to tap dance.


TAKE YOURSELF ON AN EPIC ROMANTIC ADVENTURE to another world, with a spellbinding story about love and hate, honor and evil, hope and justice set against the exotic backdrop of the teeming Amazon rain forest.
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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

The Girl in the Water is about Daniela who starts life in the jungles of Brazil as a prostitute. She’s just a teenager and she wants to escape her life but isn’t sure how to do it. Fate brings her to Finch, an American who buys her from Rosa, the woman who runs the brothel Daniela was living in. Finch is kind to her but when he is murdered, she’s again lost. That’s when Ian comes into her life. Ian was a friend of Finch’s and was worried about him when he hadn’t heard back from him after a message from Finch that he was in trouble. Ian doesn’t have much of a life in the US, so he has come to Brazil to save his friend, but it’s too late.

The beginning of the book about Daniela was interesting but as it progressed, I became more and more engrossed in the story. There is action, mystery, love and heartbreak in The Girl in the Water. Daniela has a questionable past but Ian’s past is heartbreaking and he has a difficult time dealing with his wife’s death and the death of their children, especially since it didn’t look like an accident.

The characters are complex and, although their feelings are understandable, I could have strangled Ian once or twice. I didn’t know if he could ever get past being Daniela’s protector even though it was obvious that he loved her more than just as someone he saved.

I definitely recommend The Girl in the Water. It is full of action, suspense, and romance. 

 

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Excerpt

A couple of boats had been dragged up on the flat of the riverbank. Nobody around. Ian sat in the shade of the largest boat and pretended to be watching the barges and tugboats going past him. He stole a glance at the house, hoping to spot Finch. Nothing there, but something rising out of the water maybe thirty feet from him caught his attention. At first, he thought it might be a caiman—South America’s version of an alligator. Caimans were native to the area, although, he had no idea if they lived in this part of this particular river. But instead, out of the river, rose a young woman. She seemed to be struggling with…an anaconda? When the shiny black, long body wrapped around hers, Ian moved, ready to dive into the water to help her, but she had the upper hand and dragged the wriggling beast toward shore with a triumphant smile, and he could see that she had a giant eel. He couldn’t take his eyes off the thing. The eel stretched as long as the woman was tall, over five feet. They wrestled in the mud, the scene stunningly primal and elemental. She had a piece of rag tied around her small breasts, and another around her slim waist, covering only the private parts of her body. She was the most stunning sight he’d ever seen, long dark hair streaming down in wet rivulets. A goddess risen. A goddess in mortal struggle. His western sensibilities pushed him to run and help, but the woman and the eel and their battle seemed somehow the spirit of the Amazon itself, and he felt like an interloper. He felt that he couldn’t take the woman’s triumph away from her. And she did win, dragging the eel to shore, grabbing a rock the next second and smashing the eel’s head. The eel was still squirming when, with the same, sharp-edged rock, she gutted the thing, dumping the insides back into the river. She was not a peaceful goddess. She washed the eel efficiently, then picked up the carcass and carried it, staggering under the weight, up the tall, steep bank, and in through the back door of the house Ian had been watching. Ian’s chin might have dropped a little. Or a lot. In fact, he felt as if his chin just hit his lap. Who on earth was she?
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About the Author

145593I’ve been a writer, one way or another, all my life. Before I could read, I made up poems and my mom wrote them down for me. In elementary school, my teachers almost always let me write poems or stories instead of requiring me to do art projects. Always, I dreamed of becoming a published writer…and that dream came true! I write novels about sexy, powerful men and independent-minded women, and what happens when they find each other and fall in love. My books are sexy and romantic, and they’ve very often full of romantic suspense. I write the kinds of books I love to read, and I hope that makes my readers happy.

Book Review: Regina Shen: Endurance by Lance Erlick

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Betrayed by her own mother, outcast Regina Shen has been trying to free her sister. Instead, she becomes a pawn in the World Federation’s struggle for power and succession.

Worldwide fertility has collapsed and the World Premier is dying, leading to a crisis of leadership. Battle lines are forming and Regina holds the keys to resolving the fertility crisis with her genome and elevating whoever can capture and control her into positions of power. Using her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal books, she also holds the key to locating ancient artifacts that could save or destroy the Federation. In holding these keys, Regina should be treated as a queen, but outcasts aren’t even allowed to become citizens.

Having survived the swamps, deserts, and wilderness, Regina continues to try to barter for freedom for her and her sister, but the stakes are too high. Federation agents hound Regina to uncover ancient artifacts and serve herself up as a lab specimen to prevent human extinction. The disgraced Inspector Joanne Demarco pretends to be Regina’s ally to get her to deliver the location of ancient DNA vaults that could change the balance of power. Meanwhile, ruthless rivals are willing to do anything to destroy Demarco and control Regina.

Regina’s new journey will test her endurance, her ability to recognize opportunities, and her knack for avoiding capture. She will also face a tragedy and a strange twist of destiny that will shake her to her core and get her to question everything. Will she be able to overcome adversity or will she descend down an even more dangerous path?

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I really like this series. Endurance is the fourth book in the Regina Shen series. I’d read Resilience, Vigilance, and Defiance a while back and was excited to learn that this one was available. 

Lance Erlick’s writing flows well and his descriptions are great. He has the ability to make you feel like you’re actually there.

Regina Shen only has one goal: to save her sister from the Department of Antiquities; however, she’s beginning to think that there’s more to her destiny once she does save her sister. Regina continues to grow as a character and is a very strong young woman.

There is so much corruption in the Federation that no one can be trusted. Inspector Demarco is close to losing her job to Volpe, who was once her inferior, and instead of working together to find Regina, they’re each trying to find her first. Regina knows she can’t trust either one of them but sometimes it’s necessary to choose the lesser of two evils. But will that work out for her?

I really like this series. It is full of action and suspense and this book had several twists. I’m hoping there’s another book to come.

About the Author

2016-07-14_19-56-47He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

2016-04-27_1632On her 18th birthday, Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

 

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

The Cadence of Gypsies is a mystery full of secrets, some that are obvious and some that are surprises. 

Carolina Lovel is a teacher who is responsible for three gifted orphans at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. The girls are a handful, to say the least, but Carolina has gained their trust. She takes the girls on a trip to Italy to help her decipher the Voynich Manuscript and to try to find her birth parents.

The characters are well developed. The FIGs each have their own sad but interesting story. Carolina is refreshing in that she doesn’t judge others or overreact when she learns of secrets that have been kept from her. 

Barbara Casey’s writing flows well. I especially enjoyed reading about the gypsies. Something about them captivates many people, maybe because they don’t live by the rules?  

I definitely recommend The Cadence of Gypsies

 

Author’s Bio

2016-04-27_1625Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2014 Barbara became a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in true crime and other cutting-edge adult nonfiction.

Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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Book Review: Timothy Other by L. Sydney Abel

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Summary

A 12-year-old adventurer, the intriguingly named Timothy Other, escapes the Dreams and Hopes Orphanage and travels to the bizarre world of Marzipan Mountain, where he befriends some amazing creatures. With the help of his friends, Timothy seeks to discover his true origins and returns to the Orphanage. He becomes embroiled in a matter of life and death and faces the evil forces that crave the secret of ‘Golden Life’.

 

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Timothy has lived in an orphanage all of his life and it’s not so bad until the man who owns it, Mr. Penny, dies. It’s bought by a horrible man and he hires Ms. Finn who is evil and abusive to the children. Timothy decides to leave the orphanage and that’s when his adventure begins. He ends up on Marzipan Mountain and meets some amazing, and weird, friends. By the time he returns to the orphanage, several people are looking for him.

Timothy is 12 years old and doesn’t know anything about his past. If Mr. Penny hadn’t died, he may have never had the desire to leave the orphanage. He ends up meeting a giant talking mouse, a giant talking caterpillar, and a creature who could pass as Bigfoot. Many of the characters are funny in their own way.

Timothy Other could be a great book if it weren’t so long. It has adventure, fun characters, and a bit of magic. I believe 8-12 year olds would like it best but I don’t know if readers that age would stick with such a long book.

The author had this book edited and re-released. I didn’t get a copy of the edited version, but a good edit would make this good book a great book.

 

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

6202926L. Sydney Abel is the pen name of Lawrence Abel. He was born and raised in Kingston upon Hull, England. He is married and has two grown-up children. He has written and illustrated several books for children and young adults, including Timothy Other: The boy who climbed Marzipan Mountain.
He has recently ventured into the world of adult fiction, where experiences of the supernatural kind have stimulated his imagination. His latest novel 12:07 The Sleeping, is based on personal experience of Sleep Paralysis or Old Hag Syndrome. This book reveals a creature with human shape, draped in death’s black, shrouding a white skull face; its eyes are hollow depths to hell. Lawrence calls this creature The Sleeping, as it comes for him whilst he sleeps, yet he feels wide-awake.

Book Review: The Ifs Return by J.D. Pooker

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Author: J.D. Pooker

Illustrator: Frank Walls

Publication Date: May 17, 2015

Publisher: Little Devil Books

Pages: 131

Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

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Summary

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I had read The Ifs a while back and thought it was a fun action/adventure book for children so I was happy to read The Ifs Return.

I like Landon and Broden. Their first adventure brought them closer and they worked together and had each other’s backs during this one. They were a little less willing to help the Ifs this time because they knew how dangerous it actually was, but they felt they had no choice.

I was surprised that the Ifs came back so quickly. It was just the day after their big adventure! The Ifs Return is just as action-filled as the first book was.  Poor Landon and Broden were exhausted by the time this adventure was over.

I thought the ending was good and I would recommend The Ifs Return for any child. I it does stand alone but it would be better if The Ifs is read first.

 

About the Author

Jessica-Robinson-2-BW-224x300J.D. POOKER lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling. Her sons, Landon and Broden, were the inspiration for The Ifs and The Ifs Return. The brothers enjoy camping, fishing, and snowmobiling with their parents. They also enjoy wrestling, playing with their Wii, their toy guns and bows and arrows, and their pets. J.D. can’t wait until her boys get older. She is sure they will have many fabulous adventures.

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Book Review: Bob by Tegon Maus

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Author: Tegon Maus

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (September 5, 2014)
Category: Soft Science Fiction
Available in: ebook,  Aprox. 165 Pages

Description:

After 27 years as a newspaper man, Peter Anderson’s career is slipping away… at least it was… until he stumbled upon the story of a lifetime.

Sent to do a fluff piece about lights in the night sky over Arizona, he discovers far more than he ever expected when he comes upon a mysterious young woman held prisoner in a basement.   After helping her to escape she disappears before he can learn the truth about who she is or where she came from.  

His search for her leads him back to the lights in the sky and leaves him with more questions than answers.   The only thing he knows for certain… the only thing he can count on are the two words offered repeatedly by his friend and guide…. “IS BELT.”

Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Peter Anderson was a top journalist who has had some problems in the past couple of years and is now doing fluff pieces but he stumbles on something big. This adventure causes him to have to believe in things he never had believed in before. He also has memories he had long forgotten.

Bob is science fiction but it is also suspenseful and funny. The characters are delightful. Bob, the man helping Peter (for a cost), is one of a kind. He’s not only funny and overbearing but he always comes through. He always has a “cousin” who can help them out. Emma is also unique as well as mysterious and Peter and Bob feel they need to help her. 

I was actually surprised at the end which is always good. I definitely recommend Bob. It has a little bit of everything: science fiction, humor, adventure, and suspense.

 

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About the Author: 

10-12-2014 7-08-33 PM I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

 It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

I have consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and I have been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

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Book Review: Ace London

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Authors:  Barry O’Brien, Mirza-Javed, Kaj Melendez, John Worsley (Illustrator)

Genre: Children

Publication Date: December 2011

Description (from Goodreads):

In an abandoned schoolroom in South London lies the rusted, hulking wreck of an old aeroplane, partially buried in fine sand. How the aircraft got there is a mystery, but hidden deep inside the twisted carcass of corroded metal and glass is an incredible secret: a fabulous passport that sails across time and space. Mighty forces that once powered the plane still surge through its skeletal remains, beckoning yet another adventurer to brave the aviator’s chair. From Barry O’Brien, the co-creator of Disney’s Hannah Montana, comes Ace London, the world-spanning adventures of an imaginative young English boy and a mysterious forest elephant named Hannibal. Glide across East Africa, soar past Kilimanjaro, and race through the sun-soaked side streets of Cairo, as Ace London tries to find his way home.

 

Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Ace London is a 28 page book for children that is full of adventure but it also has a lot of history and has at least one illustration on each page. I really liked the illustrations which are colorful and portray the story well.

Ace is a character that children can easily relate to. It would be great if there were more books like this available. Growing up, I always found history boring but books like this would have made it much more interesting, even exciting, to learn.

I definitely think children would enjoy Ace London and, hopefully, Ace will be going on more adventures in the future.

 

Blog Tour Review: Note to Self by Peter Ward

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10-2-2013 8-47-47 PMTitle: Note to Self

Author: Peter Ward

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publisher: Diversion Books

Publication Date:  September 17, 2013

Description

In a world where technology controls everything, sometimes your own handwriting is the only thing you can trust.

Richard Henley is an ordinary man leading an ordinary life, but when he finds strange notes in his own handwriting warning that someone is trying to kill him, he is sent on a journey to places he never knew existed. With an ominous and all-powerful organisation on his trail, his only hope is to trust unexpected allies, take control of his life, and uncover the truth about what happened to the girl he loved twenty years ago. A darkly humorous commentary on our app-obsessed culture, if Richard can stay alive, his world will never be the same again.

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Review:

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Note to Self grabs your interest from the start. Richard is so “normal” that it’s hard to believe the strange things that are happening to him.  It takes him a while to figure out what is going on but I think it would take me a while to wrap my mind on around it too. 

Not only are there a lot of twists and turns in this book but it has a little bit of everything: adventure, suspense, and science fiction. It is well written, easy to follow, and Peter Ward does a good job at explaining his concept of other dimensions.  He also makes you think twice about how technology is taking over our lives.

I recommend Note to Self, especially if you like science fiction.  Available at Diversion Books, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

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About the Author
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Peter Ward was born in London in 1980. He was educated at William Torbitt Primary School and Ilford Country High School in Essex, before studying English Literature at the University of Southampton. 

He started writing his first book Time Rep in 2002, which took six years to complete. He then left it in a drawer for three years before putting the first draft of it on the internet in 2011. After being downloaded 60,000 times and receiving (mostly) positive reviews, he thought it would be wise to approach a literary agent. This led to a new and improved draft of Time Rep being published by Diversion Books in 2013. A German translation is due later in the year through Piper Verlag GmbH. He began writing his second book Note to Self just as Time Rep was being completed in 2008. The final draft was completed in February 2013 and is due to be published by Diversion Books later this year. 

He lives in London with his partner Lucy and a very small cat.

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