Posts

Five star review of Jumble Tales by Dan Wright, Read 2 Review

Image
"Even thought Jumble Tales can easily be read in one sitting, I took my time reading this book as I always like to do with short stories. I like to take in each story one at a time, analyse their structure, take in the message that they carry (if any) and just enjoy the story. And there is a lot to both analyse and enjoy in Jumble Tales. Each story focuses on a part of real life, whether it would be a football match, an assault in Iraq, a band trying to make it, or even just finding lost love in the most bizarre of places. The tales are nicely told and flow very well – and there is always a nice little twist at the end. The good thing is that it’s rare you can see what the twist is and it’s always a nice surprise. Only on a couple of stories did I guess what the ending would be. In short (no pun intended), Jumble Tales has a great mix of stories that will make you think, but are not overly preachy and can be enjoyed just for what they are. A lot of time and effort has clea

A gripping, wartime movie, sandwiched between the covers

Image
Alles Fur Deutschland By  Karl Brockmann An action-packed, wartime novel about the 1943 Eastern Front featuring retreating German front lines fragmented by a massive Russian offensive. Author Karl Brockmann says “The novel Alles Fur Deutschland originated from my deep interest in this part of our world history. I have been an active member of a WW2 re-enactment society for some years… Over the years I have met many colourful and interesting people including elderly veterans from both sides of the conflict. These gentlemen would often talk about all types of situations they found themselves, situations which most ordinary people could never imagine. It is from listening to these events that I have been inspired to finally put pen to paper and to write my first fictional wartime novel.” “A sweeping, action-packed, wartime movie, sandwiched between the covers” Ebook | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon Kindle | Apple iBook | Nook

An absorbing fast-paced thriller with conflicting relationships between characters

Image
A thrilling fictional novel–flawlessly blended with a noxious brew of intimidation, drug smuggling and murder. “Coffin maker, Pat O’Donnell finds himself reluctantly caught up in a web of fear, intimidation, drug smuggling, and murder. He is an orphan who was abused by his guardians and when provoked his violent multiple personalities surface. Teresa is unwillingly in the drama. She is a stranger to Pat, and as the story unfolds he feels drawn to her appealing nature, her mysterious background and the tangents of themes and interests her life has taken. But what is she doing at the graveside with these killers?" “A gravely intriguing crime thriller” Ebook | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon Kindle | Apple iBook | Nook

How do you cope in a complete black-out with no electronic device?

Image
Playing Havoc By  Steve Morris Just how would we cope in the event that every electronic device on our planet was rendered useless in an instant? If all electric power, industry, basic utilities, transport and the very communications that we all take for granted were zapped in a moment, how would life carry on? What skills do we possess to help us rebuild life from its very foundations? Find out how the people of a small island managed to survive.  Find out more Author Steve Morris says “Playing Havoc is a story based on fact. CMEs occur on average around once a century. The last event like this fried the world’s early telegraph network at a time when we still travelled by horse and cart. There are a few more electronic gadgets around these days … and you know how you feel when only one of them lets you down. We are now overdue for the next solar flare!” “An intriguing black comedy with a sci-fi twist” Paperback | Waterstones | Amazon UK Ebook | Kobo |  Google Pl

An easy-read collection of thoughtful & poignant poems

Image
Poems and Rhymes for all Times By  Natalie Mason An enjoyable collection of poems relating to life experiences designed to lift your spirits, including some light-hearted rhymes guaranteed to make you smile. Moments put into words that make you pause and reflect on what really matters most in life, helping you connect with your inner-self. As you read you will be reminded that you are not alone on your own personal journey along life’s winding highway. Someone has walked the path you are on and has felt what you are feeling–your tears and joys. This is the perfect book to inspire, comfort and invigorate you throughout a lifetime with an ample assortment of topics to delight every palate. Author Natalie Mason says “I have been writing poetry from an early age for special occasions and was inspired by my Granddad Harry. These poems are like moments captured and framed into verses that make you stop and think! There is a wide variety of poems with something to suit every occasion

A review of Julius Falconer Series: ‘A Time to Prey’

Image
Here is another gripping page-turner from a master storyteller. The chapters simply roll by, as you follow ace sleuth, Detective Inspector Wickfield and Sergeant Hewitt, through a myriad of possible theories about a fatality: each one having to be diligently considered, before filing, and moving on to the next. The story breaks with the sudden death of the Bishop of Worcester in 1966. His body being found in his official castle study, with the doors and windows locked from the inside. It could have been a perfectly straightforward accident and to another, less efficient and inexperienced officer, it might have been, but Wickfield is immediately suspicious; something doesn’t smell right. Looking around the room he sees things that others might have missed, and like a dog with a bone he gnaws and nags away at the problem, leaving no stone unturned until he’s interviewed everyone with the slightest connection to the high churchman. In a few short days following the death, and toge

Dane Mills Bosley: An Overview by Congleton & Biddulph Chronicle newspaper.

Image
'Dane Mills Bosley' dates back to the mid-eighteenth century when the machinery was driven by water wheels, powered by water from the River Dane. Over the years, the Mills have been engaged in many different business activities including, Metallurgical, Textiles, Corn Milling & Organic Fibre Production. This book provides detailed information about the people and the industrial processes in place, at Dane Mills Bosley, during the 1960s, in a small village in rural Cheshire. Author Chris Pownall says “I trust this book will capture the culture of the Mills where I served my engineering apprenticeship between 1959 & 1966. It should appeal to those interested in social history as well as followers of our industrial heritage from a bygone era.” Ebook | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon Kindle | Apple iBook | Nook