Books I have authored.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Why As an Author You Should Always Use a Professional Editor.

This is an excerpt from CreateSpace, my on-demand publisher.   They offer editing services but regardless of who you use, my experience has shown the value of a professional editor.

1) Immersion: Readers lose focus and can't absorb your writing if they're distracted by grammar, punctuation, and typographical errors.

2) Professionalism: You get one chance to make a first impression. How will readers--who are now reviewers--perceive your book if you haven't had an objective, second pair of eyes polish it before publication?

3) Efficiency: You save time and money in the long run by having a professional editor review your manuscript upfront. Imagine this: You receive a review critical of your manuscript's editorial quality. Now, instead of focusing your efforts on marketing and selling your book, you have to invest even more time and money in editing and reformatting services.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Stranger By Harlan Coben

Lies and then more lies some so self serving they end up denying the existence of others.   Coben sets the stage with a deluded vigilante group that stuns a lawyer into lawlessness.

Blackmail and deceit fuel the fires of this story.   Coben once again tightens the strings of tension by the disappearance of a loved one.   Adam, the husband, does his best to find his missing wife and discovers the stranger has disrupted far more lives than his own. 

Again I will state that Coben has a twisty mind. I like how he is able to keep the excitement going throughout the book while keeping the tension tight.  His ability to hide the true perpetrators is truly masterful.

I recommend.




This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Impact by Douglas Preston


A meteor strike sends Wyman Ford on a mission of discovery while it sparks a flame of greed in Abbey.   Ford discovers that radioactive jewels are not the problem while Abbey discovers that things are not what they seem.

Ford is a mysterious figure that has ties to the CIA and seems very competent.   The Abbey character shows a lot of growth and in some ways this is a coming of age for her in this book.   A child of color in a lily white community, Abbey is frustrated and feels misunderstood.   Her personal growth in the book is just shy of being miraculous.  However just as convection oven bakes faster, if you subject a bright directionless teen to lots of stress and pressure they can collapse or grow faster.  Abbey grows faster.

Preston writes a great story and always has an intellectually challenging twist.

I recommend the book.

Web Site:  http://www.prestonchild.com/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stay Close By Harlan Coben


Lost loves, lost time and lost bodies are all part of this Coben mystery.  Set in and around Atlantic City with nice touches like Lucy the elephant.  Coben provides good background as well as an excellent plot.  Missing persons turns into a possible serial killer and Detective Broome finds himself tied to finding a solution.

Coben has a twisty mind. I like how he is able to keep the excitement going throughout the book while keeping the tension tight.  His ability to hide the true perpetrators is truly masterful.

I recommend.


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rogue Invader by John R. Monteith


Once again John Monteith has cast a story touching on current events.    The characters are suffering some pangs of conscience with this mission.   They are finding that their role as mercenaries is far more complex than they originally though.   Economic issues in the European Union and Greece’s financial difficulties provide the connection to current events.

Jake Slade and Terry are now joined by another leader, one who was an adversary in a previous book. Volkov’s demeanor is colored by a dark depression that seems characteristic of Russian characters.  After events in the last book, he is fighting with a drop in self confidence.

Monteith’s background brings the taste of realism to what might otherwise be seen as flights of fantasy.   Knowing that his underpinnings provide him with a uniquely realistic experience for this type of book makes readingi t much more enjoyable.

This was an exciting book and I recommend it.

My other reviews of Monteith’s books:

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Glittering World by Robert Levy


This was a strange book.  I read a great deal and this was one of the stranger books I have read.  A group of four go to Starling Cove to sell a legacy.   Blue's grandmother left him her home and he needs to sell it to get his financial head above water.  Starling Cove's bucolic appearance deludes the group into thinking it is a harmless vacation destination.  That is when the Grimm's fairy tale begins.

After devouring hundreds of fantasies that have had Fae of some sort or another in them, I was surprised to find a new depiction.   Levy has an imagination that would fit right into the Tales of the Crypt.   The book is divided into four sections, each of which is focused on one of the characters.   Blue, Jason, Elisa and Gabe are the characters.  

A hippie compound of bygone years provides clues to other world entities sharing our world.  Secrets of the past seem to squirm into the present with unpleasant results.

Screech was mentioned and that was one of the few things familiar in the book.  Having partaken on Screech when in St. John's Newfoundland, I can testify that it can have otherworldly aspects.   One tale I was told at the time was that screech was the noise you make when you down your first shot of Screech.  My sound was more of a gasp and eye watering. 

The book was well written but a wide audience may be difficult to cultivate as it is certainly a grim fairy tale.

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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

No Man's Land by David Baldacci



John Puller and brother Bobby are working together.  Apparently I missed a book where Bobby got out of prison.  I just downloaded The Escape, to remedy that.  I hate reading them out of order but sometimes it just happens.   General Puller's dementia enters into this plot as well as espionage and biotechnical enhancements.   An old murder and new attempts to solve it fuel the plot.

I read Baldacci's Christmas story so I know he can craft a book without action and mayhem.  BTW his Christmas book was excellent.   Anyway, this book has Veronica Knox, secret agent of some type, as John Puller's semi-love interest.  Paul Rodgers as a failed experiment and brother Bob on overwatch.

This book shows the power of the military industrial complex continues.   As we have seen in recent years, some of these companies get into hot water and are censured.  Then they are reincarnated as a different company and continue with what they were doing.  As an example, Blackwater now appears to be named rather innocuously Academi, and still engaged in behavior similar to their previous name.  Baldacci pulls this type of activity off of current events and plugs it into his compelling novel.  

The marriage of technology and warfare is also noted by Baldacci.   Interestingly this week on the news there were snippets of drone and AI tech being demonstrated by our military.   Baldacci has the ability to craft a story that is frighteningly believable.

I highly recommend it.




This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.