Monthly Archives: September 2014

Read the latest review – Hotel Apocalypse by Bennett Gavrish

Hotel Apocalypse, The Complete Collection (Episodes 1-16)Hotel Apocalypse, The Complete Collection by Bennett Gavrish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was first sold in several episodes – 16 in all – but this one, which I have just read is the collection of all 16 episodes in one book. It is not the sort of book I would normally select, but as it was offered for free, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did, it was a really great read. It is a story of a post-apocalyptical world, where the chosen survivors in the US are tricked into a utopian life in an enormous purpose built tower, constructed by NextGen. The wealthy residents live a life of luxury, their every wish catered for by a workforce called Dentures, who are treated as slaves. One of the Dentures, Leo, who the story revolves around, joins a secret organisation whose plan is to overthrow the evil and corrupt people running NextGen. There are twists and turns galore, leading the reader from one episode to another with mounting excitement. Will they, won’t they overthrow NextGen? It is a long story, but I won’t make this a long review. All I can say is that if you are into apocalyptic stories (or even if you are not!), then this is one story I would certainly recommend.

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Read My Latest Review – ‘The End Game’ by James Barrow

The End GameThe End Game by James Barrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alexis Williams and Robert Peterson, friends for many years, with Robert secretly harbouring the hope that one day their relationship will move to a deeper, more loving level. When he finds out that he has won a holiday for two aboard a luxury yacht, he sees it as his opportunity to drag Alexis away from her job and the two of them can spend quality time together. Alexis, at first reluctant, finally agrees and begins to look forward to their holiday. She sees a name she recognises on the invitation and realises that the owner of the yacht, Bradley Rand, is a major contributor to a charity that is close to her heart. Coincidence or not! I don’t want to spoil the plot. I was hooked with the first chapter, and the ending was not quite what I expected it to be. It is well written, and the characters are interesting. Some of the conversations between the characters are a bit deep and maybe go on for too long. There are many references to the ego, which to me infers a great interest by the author in that particular subject, but all-in-all a good read.

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Guest Blog by Allan Danahay

Kelly BlueKelly Blue by Allan Danahay

I recently reviewed ‘Kelly Blue’ by Allan Danahay and he has kindly agreed to being a guest on my blog. I hope you will enjoy reading Allan’s background story and join me in wishing him every success for the future.

‘I was a professional musician for many years from aged 16 and played drums originally in the UK, where I was born, and I travelled the world as a freelance player and then settled in Sydney Australia where I was active in the jazz scene and recording studios.

Eventually, I opened a music store, which went well for 13 years, but a nasty disease got me and put me and the business out of action for a while (all ok now). I then tried a few new ways to earn a living….real estate, mortgage broker etc, but eventually decided that I needed a simple uncomplicated life, and started a service for florists delivering their orders, which I did until last year when my wife, Lesley, decided that we should retire to the lovely Central Coast region of NSW about 80ks north of Sydney.

I have two grown up kids from my first marriage and six grandchildren – the two oldest recently married (no not to each other) and I’m now looking forward to being a great granddad very soon, in fact in September. As it turned out, I was the only one retiring as Lesley decided to keep working for a while! But that’s ok as I love living here in Woy Woy ( a town so nice they named it twice)….I do an hour or so practice on the drums every day so my chops are the best they have ever been…. all I need now is for someone to offer me a gig! (Never gonna happen).

I have always been interested in writing, having devoured many of the great crime writers’ books over the years, including Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Sue Grafton, Ruth Rendell etc, etc, and the great spy masters John Le Carre` Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth etc, but my starting point was Agatha Christie, when as a teenager I discovered ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,’ which although published in 1926, is still readable today. (Voted in 2013 the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of The Crime Writers’ Association)

I decided to try my hand at writing….in fact I began ‘Kelly Blue’ about 14 years ago, but work obligations saw it grind to halt and lie half forgotten in the depths of my laptop until suddenly I had retirement time on my hands, and I hauled it out and gave it a complete update and turnaround (female characters became men and vice versa!).

My original half finished manuscript was about 25,000 words and when I finished hacking it about, it was about 10,000 and I set about finishing the story ending up with just over 40,000 words.

It’s an absorbing business getting my day dreams down in print and I’m basically lazy, but I found that once I start writing it’s hard to stop as I’m prone to forgetfulness unless I write it down. While writing ‘Kelly Blue’ for example, I had a really good idea just before going to bed one night and then the next morning could not for the life of me remember what it was! Four days later it came back to me, fortunately, and so now I write everything down as it occurs to me.

As I write, ‘Kelly Blue’ is coming to the end of a five day free period, which has propelled it into the top 20 free crime books and I’m amazed and delighted that the effort I put into it has not been for nothing and that someone has read it and hopefully enjoyed it.’

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