Friday, 29 May 2015

A superb post apocalyptic tale of mystical elements with memorable characters’

Secrets of the White Lake
By Daniel Chong 

“To be gifted with the power to shape dreams, one must also endure the prophecies.”
But is it a blessing or a curse?

Wanderer (An old Indian Sharman) had seen many visions before but this one was like no other.  He witnesses towns and cities burning.  That was the day the invaders came.  This was the day Wanderer offered a promise that he would look after the woman’s children so the woman could go in search of her husband.  He looks after the children like they were his own and after the seventh year passes Wanderer gives one of the children Miya a rare gift to see the prophecies ‘in the hope that it will act as a guide on their perilous journey home throughout a terrifying post apocalyptic world where their survival skills are tested against alpha-male trackers and bounty hunters.  The children reluctantly join a team of men who are known as “Outsiders” Saul and Yuanjias take the children in under their wing to train them up and have them join their uprising.  However, Miyas prophetic glimpses soon trigger off a number of unexpected events that temporarily change the course of all their paths and strongly challenge a number of age-old religious and scientific beliefs.
This is a breathtaking composed fantasy story of a brother, sister and a friend trying to make their journey home with a high number of odds against them.

Daniel Chong injects plenty of mythical elements and depicts his scenes perfectly, the characters’, and their actions makes it feel all the more real and that you are with them every step of the way.  I cannot wait for the next instalment and strongly recommend this story to any reader who enjoys superior fantasy and sci-fi.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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Monday, 25 May 2015

A beautifully mastered flow of natural prose! 5 Star Book Review

Three Seasons: Three Stories of England in the Eighties
By Mike Robbins
These three uniquely different series of novellas are set in England in the 1980s. Each story is deeply captivating, subtle and intriguing with a sophisticated effort to understand in an atmospheric sense what it was like to live in a country that was on the brink of change. 
Spring is the first story that I found to be deeply touching as it follows the life of 60 year old trawler man called Skip, who had spent 45 years at sea and 40 years as a drinker. He wouldn’t normally risk a drop of alcohol between breakwaters until now as he tries to revive his business with his newly invented long-lining system.  However, his one last chance to change his fate has the most devastating consequences which all lead to an unexpected series of events that will change and shape the rest of his life. This is rather a bleak tale of the realities facing many fishermen in a time where the government decommissioned many fishing vessels and the sense of place and time is exceptionally well characterised. 

Summer is the second story and follows the conflicts and a number of ambiguous flashbacks between an impetuous estate agent called Terry and a guy called Roy, who is the meeker of the two who teaches and is an amateur gliding instructor. Terry remembers Roy as a boring and a very serious right-wing Labour supporter at university who opposed most of Terry’s political views. Their long grudge against one leads to some intriguing and unpredictable consequences. 

Autumn is the third and final story and once again the author uses a number of ambiguous flashbacks of an aging college master called, Paul Makepeace where a series of present events take him back on an unforgettable journey in to his childhood that have undoubtedly shaped his future.

Although these three stories are in no way connected to one another, I felt deeply connected to the well-developed characters’ in each story and couldn’t help but think that the underlying moral of each story was that each character managed to find their grounding, despite a number of evolutionary and cultural changes that were taking place around them in the 1980s.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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Friday, 22 May 2015

5 Star Review: Exit Eleonora By Richard R. Allen

The story is set in the post apocalypse year of 2047 where the human population has been reduced to just 450 million after a global pandemic.  Humans now share the earth with aliens who offer their advanced technology to save and restore the dying planet of earth in exchange for its mass oil supply.  
Charles Mincher is the main male protagonist who works as a travelling journalist for Rosenthal Free Press (The world’s biggest news agency) and his job is to observe, assess and report back his findings on the dark and oppressive alien landscape where the process of evolution and human history will shortly be re-written for the sake of a resource.  The earth is divided into two different groups, city and country folk and the only thing these groups have in common are to survive the massive reforestation that result in mass cities and towns been demolished to make way for re-planting.  As Charles delves deeper in to this new evolutionary, fascinating and strangely dark world he soon questions his own place here on earth when he meets Lucy Lang and falls in love and is forced to choose between living on Earth, or a fantastic opportunity to cohabit and live peacefully with the “Agaveils” who live over a hundred light-years away.

Richard R. Allen story of a world that humans must share with aliens is a perfectly realised apocalyptic tale that expertly depicts a world ravished by disease, at the brink of mass destruction and extinction.  It’s superbly written and has a massive number of thought-provoking possibilities that will leave many readers short of breath. 

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My Ranking: 5 Stars
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

5 Star Book Review: Sex God: An Erotic Adventure of Self Discovery By Matthew Armstrong

Sex God is a fast paced, sexy book, filled with intrigue and danger in every corner.  Alex Sterling, the main protagonist has been married to Angela for almost a decade and has two children aged 5 and 6. He feels unfulfilled in his marriage sexually; as he imagined his sex life would improve over time and not become mediocre at its best and usually worse than that.  He feels completely torn as he loves his wife and kids more than anything and the thought of living without them terrifies him. In his attempt to save his marriage he declares he wants an open relationship. To his surprise Angela agrees and it’s not long after this that Angela gets a new lease of life and embarks on a strict exercise regime to get her body toned up to the maximum.  Alex starts to spy on Angela through her text messages on her phone only to discover Angela is in touch with an ex-lover who she plans on meeting up with that eventually triggers off several dozen unexpected erotic encounters.  Alex fears that he has opened up “Pandora’s Box” with Angela as she is now presenting many new sides to herself that Alex didn’t know existed in which secretly turn him on and leads to a completely new sexual journey of discovery for them both that results in a high-stake game with a number of life changing consequences at the end.

Matthew Armstrong manages to successfully write and capture a great number of highly erotic scenes with well-devolved characters’ who have strong physical attractions towards one another and provides the reader with a thought-provoking, titillating and stimulating read.
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My Ranking: 5 Stars  
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