Hola a todos:

Como sabéis los viernes os traigo escritores invitados o novedades literarias. Como estamos tan cerca de Navidad y estoy segura de que todos estáis un poco cansados con las preparaciones pensé que os vendrían bien algunos libros para poder dejar volar la imaginación e iros a otras tierra y a vivir aventuras desde el confort del hogar.

La libélula de piedra de Roberto López-Herrero

La libélula de piedra de Roberto López-Herrero

La libélula de piedra de Roberto López Herrero

Un escritor de medio pelo se cita con su editor para estafarle unas libras contándole una historia improvisada horas antes, pero todo cambia cuando este último se emociona ante la idea y lo celebran en el exclusivo club “La Libélula de Piedra” donde la enigmática y bella Abhilasha Chandra subyugará al protagonista. Su vida cambiará y él tan solo tendrá que escribir esa historia…

R. López-Herrero vuelve a sorprender con otro relato gótico, ambientado en el mismo universo que “El Escritor” y cargado de enorme intencionalidad.

Incluye un avance de “Homo Extinctus”, la nueva novela de R. López-Herrero, próximamente a la venta.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OY8DCCC/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00OY8DCCC/

Una reseña de Enrique Laso:

Fabulosa, gótica y muy entretenida

Por Enrique Laso

Tuve el honor de que Roberto me eligiese como lector “beta” de este extenso relato, y debo decir que pasé un rato terroríficamente delicioso.
El autor nos traslada con maestría a otro tiempo, y lo hace con el estilo de las maravillosas novelas y relatos del siglo XIX, esas que tanto amamos los que adoramos la Literatura. Pero Roberto tiene su propio, y además el ritmo, las descripciones y la intriga es la propia de nuestro tiempo. Es muy difícil saber combinar con acierto el ambiente gótico de los viejos relatos de intriga y misterio con las exigencias del lector actual y las maneras que requieren la literatura contemporánea.
Si quieres disfrutar de verdad, no esperes ni un segundo y lánzate a leer este gran relato. Te garantizo que me agradecerás el consejo.

La conjura de Alexander Weinberg

La conjura de Alexander Weinberg

La conjura de Alexander Weinberg

“Trepidante, adictivo, terroríficamente posible. Traición, mentiras y acción desde el minuto uno, hacen de esta novela un thriller al más puro estilo Dan Brown.”

Año 2024. Tras dos mandatos presidenciales que casi han llevado el país a la quiebra, Robert Nolan logra alcanzar la presidencia de los Estados Unidos de América. El interés mediático es tal que la ciudad de Washington se llena de medios de comunicación venidos de todo el mundo. Y es que no sólo ha heredado una profunda crisis económica, además, debe convencer al congreso de que acepte su paquete de medidas anti-crisis o de lo contrario el sistema entrará en fallida. Paralelamente y de manera casual, enviada desde Londres por la BBC, Sandra Bocks descubrirá su oscuro plan B. Tras un encuentro fortuito con el capitán de las Fuerzas Especiales David Miller, se ve envuelta en una terrorífica conspiración orquestada por el Presidente y la CIA. Con la ciudad bajo el estrecho control de los militares y un grupo de mercenarios pisándoles los talones, Sandra y David deberán permanecer vivos el tiempo suficiente para desvelarle al mundo la atroz masacre que está a punto de llevarse a cabo y la horrorosa verdad que se esconde tras las medidas propuestas por el nuevo Presidente: “Si matamos a todo aquél que suponga un gasto, por cada bala que utilicemos ahorraremos 8.000 dólares.”

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J9L9ZNY/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00J9L9ZNY/

Una reseña, de muestra:

Cuando estaba leyendo la reseña del editor me aterraba pensar que algo así podría suceder en un futuro no muy lejano. La conjura es un thriller lleno de acción y suspense. Realmente parece escrito para ser filmado, pues el éxito en taquilla estaría asegurado. Es una intriga política muy bien narrada y con buenos diálogos. Quedarían perfectos en la película.
Tiene de todo: el héroe (David Miller), la chica (Sandra Bocks), los malos (Robert Nolan, presidente de los EE.UU. y su amigo Roger Moore, director de la CIA) y unos cuantos militares-mercenarios capaces de sembrar el pánico en la ciudad de Washington. Y, como no podía ser menos, una bonita historia de amor entre los protagonistas.
El ritmo es intenso, tanto es así que los capítulos parecen que se leen solos. La pena es que se termina pronto, porque se disfruta, se siente, se vive… y, eso hace que cuando acaba te quedas con las ganas de querer seguir un poco más.
Me ha gustado mucho y lo recomiendo a todos aquellos que les apetezca pasar unos buenos momentos con un libro que merece la pena. Me alegra haberlo encontrado. Así que mi enhorabuena a Alexander Weinberg al que, por supuesto, seguiré leyendo.

Y una de terror, para que no se diga (y a pesar del apellido, no somos parientes):

El sendero del horror de Javier Núñez

El sendero del horror de Javier Núñez

El sendero del horror de Javier Núñez

El sendero del horror se compone de dos relatos largos:

- En CONTRA RELOJ, un profesor de instituto que pasa por un mal momento en su matrimonio recibe una petición de auxilio… a través de la impresora de su ordenador.
Decidir averiguar quién está detrás de aquel desesperado grito de socorro y acudir en su ayuda será la peor decisión que haya tomado en su vida.

- En MONEDA MALDITA, un chico encuentra una moneda de aspecto antiguo. Parece poco más que un pedazo de chatarra. El problema es que quién la posee se encuentra en serio peligro de muerte.

Se ha dicho de él:
—————–
>>En él, se sumergirán en dos historias de creciente suspenso que el autor ha sabido describir con lujo de detalles, que te harán ser parte de las historias, cuyos finales son impensados”, By Chris (administrador de LIBROS, PELÍCULAS Y SERIES DE TERROR, en Facebook)

>>Me ha sorprendido gratamente lo meticuloso que es el autor a la hora de las descripciones, no solo de lo que ven los personajes sino del desarrollo de las situaciones que viven, y eso me ha gustado mucho porque es casi como si leyeras en imágenes. No es algo precisamente fácil de lograr para un escritor, pero Javier Nuñez lo consigue (EL ESCALPELO LITERARIO)

>>Javier Nuñez tiene una facilidad para trasmitir sensaciones que muy pocos consiguen. Cada uno de los relatos te harán meterte en la piel del personaje y sentir lo que está sintiendo con cada situación. (EBOOKEANDO LO DESCONOCIDO)

>>Buenas descripciones, paisajes variados, diálogos que te atrapan dentro de una lectura agil que hacen que quieras saber en todo momento como terminaran estas historias (ZONA EXCÉNTRICA)

>>El autor nos engancha desde las primeras líneas con una inquietante trama de suspense y misterio manteniendo una tensión y una angustia que no te permite dejar de leer hasta llegar a un final que sorprende, como no podría ser de otra manera en una buena obra del género (PUNTOS SUSPENSIVOS)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AMGC672/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00AMGC672/

Y una reseña para que veáis que es corto pero impactante:

No suelo leer libros o relatos de terror aunque esta vez quise hacer una excepción y no me arrepiento de ello. La verdad es que me ha sorprendido.
Se compone de dos relatos independientes. Dos historias que van aumentando en suspense a medida que se avanza en la lectura y con unos desenlaces inesperados. En ocasiones se me erizaba la piel y me costaba seguir leyendo, pero a la vez no quería parar. Necesitaba saber lo que iba a pasar a continuación. Y así lo hice.
Las descripciones son minuciosas, tanto de las situaciones como de los personajes, y eso hace que las historias se vivan intensamente, se imaginan sin ningún problema. Las sensaciones que transmite Javier Núñez son dignas de alabar. No siempre se consigue algo así con una historia.
La lectura es ágil y los diálogos se enlazan perfectamente con la narración. Lo que me ha resultado curioso es como poco a poco la historia en ambos relatos va aumentando en ritmo. Parten de un comienzo tranquilo y detallado para llegar a unos finales apoteósicos en todos los sentidos. Mi enhorabuena al autor por todo ello.
Muy recomendable para los amantes del género.

Muchas gracias por leer, y ya sabéis, si os ha interesado, ¡dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLIC!  Que os merecéis un regalito…¡Y Felices Fiestas!

 

 

Hi all:

As  you know on Fridays I bring you new books or authors. I thought I might still be in time to bring you a few good reads before Christmas, and today I bring you some  authors I know whose work has been translated to English but you might not yet be familiar with. They are all good yarns, full of adventures and fast paced, so if you want a read to make you forget the weather and the “excitement” of Christmas and help you get lost somewhere  else…give them a go! In the case of the last one that I’ve been lucky enough to read very recently, I include my own review.

 

The Last Crypt by Fernando Gamboa

The Last Crypt by Fernando Gamboa

The Last Crypt by Fernando Gamboa

- MORE THAN 200,000 COPIES SOLD IN EUROPE
– #1 Bestseller in Spanish & Russian
– “Best Action and Adventure novel of 2012 for Kindle” According Amazon Spain
– LAUNCH OFFER -75% OFF

«I could not stop reading it!.»
«I understand why this novel has been so successful.»
«An impressive and surprising ending, which gives you goosebumps.»
«You can´t stop reading. It’s great, spectacular & lots of fun.»
«It is one of the best novels I’ve read in a while.»
«The truth is that I did not imagine this book could make me enjoy as much as it has.»
«A stunning setting, believable characters, a great story and an unexpected ending.»
«Amazing!!!»

Diver Ulysses Vidal finds a fourteenth-century bronze bell of Templar origin buried under a reef off the Honduras coast. It turns out it’s been lying there for more than one century, prior to Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America. Driven by curiosity and a sense of adventure, he begins the search for the legendary treasure of the Order of The Temple. Together with a medieval history professor and a daring Mexican archeologist they travel through Spain, the Mali desert, the Caribbean Sea and the Mexican jungle. They face innumerable riddles and dangers, but in the end this search will uncover a much more important mystery. A secret, kept hidden for centuries, which could transform the history of humankind, and the way we understand the universe.

Fernando Gamboa (Barcelona, Spain, 1970) has devoted most of his adult life to traveling through Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has lived in several countries and worked as a scuba diver, Spanish teacher, entrepreneur, poker player and adventure guide.
At present, he’s the #1 bestseller indie author in Spain. His books have been translated into Russian, Greek and Italian”

http://www.amazon.com/LAST-CRYPT-Fernando-Gamboa-ebook/dp/B00MRD6LRE/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LAST-CRYPT-Fernando-Gamboa-ebook/dp/B00MRD6LRE/

Fernando Gamboa, author

Fernando Gamboa, author

About the Author

Fernando Gamboa (Barcelona, Spain, 1970) has devoted most of his adult life to traveling through Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has lived in several countries and worked as a scuba diver, Spanish teacher, entrepreneur, poker player and adventure guide. At present, he’s the #1 bestseller indie author in Spain. His books have been translated from Spanish to Russian, Greek and Italian. Among some of his bestselling titles in Spanish are: La última cripta, Ciudad Negra, Capitán Riley, Guinea.

http://www.amazon.com/Fernando-Gamboa-Gonz%C3%A1lez/e/B006RTHR9K/

The Kraken. Part 1 by Jonás Cobos

The Kraken. Part 1 by Jonás Cobos

The Kraken: Part I (The Melville Files Book 1) by Jonás Cobos

Private Investigator John Melville, once a member of the Secret Services of Condal City, is convinced by his former employers to investigate the murder of his friend Alí Bey. His friend’s death seems to be related to the theft of hundreds of platinum bullion, stolen from national reserves in the neighboring Napoleonic Republic. The robbers used Aether Disrupters to freeze officials in time. But who are the so-called “Custodians of God?”

http://www.amazon.com/Kraken-Part-Melville-Files-Book-ebook/dp/B00PT1EQAK/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kraken-Part-Melville-Files-Book-ebook/dp/B00PT1EQAK/

One of the 5 star reviews:

The Kraken is a short introduction to a series by Jonas Cobos. A mystery detective piece following Melville who is on the case of a national theft and the death of a close friend. The two seemingly disparate incidences become intwined and the plot thickens into an interesting mix of crime and mystery.

People that have enjoyed the work of Jules Verne or H.G.Wells will take to Jonas’ writing style. His clear, bold writing is well paced and consistent throughout, a well structured read. Although it is short, it sets up what could be a great series, filled with more of the same twists and characters.

I’ve felt for a while that reading work written these new authors is a really exciting, Jonas’ ‘The Kraken’ is no exception, having all the right ingredients to make a good series, a taste of what is to come. I look forward to the rest of the Melville Files series. Pick it up.

Author Jonás Cobos

Author Jonás Cobos

About the author:

Jonas Cobos (1967) was born in Balearic Islands, Spain, grew up in Minorca. At 12 years Old he discovered a book by Agatha Christie, and that turn him in a book eater. In 2010 studied Creative Wrinting with the writer Holly Lisle. In 2012 published “Susurros en la Oscuridad” and really fast become a best seller in the terror genre in Amazon Spain. It’s one of the first Spanish writers in Steampunk genre. And his book LA CARACOLA DE NEPTUNO (Steampunk) becomes a best seller in his genre. Now his book is translated to an English and Italian.

http://www.amazon.com/Jonas-Cobos/e/B009BTWC9I/

The Manuscript I. The Secret by Blanca Miosi

The Manuscript I. The Secret by Blanca Miosi

The Manuscript I The Secret by Blanca Miosi

When a mysterious man hands Nicholas Blohm a strange manuscript, the unsuccessful author stumbles upon the chance to write the best novel of his life. However, as he starts reading it, he soon discovers that at one point or another, the story is interrupted, and the last pages left blank. Nicholas then decides to find out whether the story in the unfinished novel is fact or fiction.

He readily gathers information and confirms the characters portrayed in the manuscript do exist. Moreover, he could even meet them: the story is real. Fascinated by the possibility, he travels to Rome to acquaint himself with the cast of characters. As a result, he becomes deeply involved in the search for a secret, a missing part of the formula left by Count Claudio Contini-Massera to his nephew, Dante. Nicholas and Dante embark on a two-week action-packed adventure. All through their relentless journey, we find mystery, suspicion, clues, scientists, murder and finally, the most wanted Nazi of all, Josep Mengele.

Set in Rome, Hereford, Capri and New York, The Secret is the first of a series on which Nicholas Blohm always shows up with the manuscript.

http://www.amazon.com/Manuscript-I-Secret-Blanca-Miosi-ebook/dp/B00QFLRTN4/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manuscript-I-Secret-Blanca-Miosi-ebook/dp/B00QFLRTN4/

Author Blanca Miosi

Author Blanca Miosi

About the author:

Born in Lima (Perú) of a Japanese father and Peruvian mother, Blanca Miosi has been living for the last three decades in Venezuela. She is the author of Waldek, the boy who confronted the Nazis a novel based on the life of her husband, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Mauthausen camps. First published in its original Spanish as La Búsqueda (Editorial Roca) the work received international acclaim and won the 2007 Thriller Award. In 2009, Miosi published El Legado (Editorial Viceversa), a family saga based on Erik Hanussen, the notorious Berlin clairvoyant and personal counsel to Adolf Hitler. In 2011, and as an independent author with Amazon.com, Blanca Miosi published La búsqueda, El Legado, Dimitri Galunov, El Manuscrito I. El Secreto; El Manuscrito II El coleccionista,Amanda and now “Waldek, the boy who defied the Nazis” (La búsqueda in English Language) Her novels occupy first ranking positions among Amazon´s best sold titles in Spanish.

http://www.amazon.com/Blanca-Miosi/e/B005C7603C/

My own review of the book:

A small book hiding a big secret:

As a writer, a book titled ‘The Manuscript’ will always be intriguing to me, and Blanca Miosi’s book did not disappoint me. From the very beginning you are thrown in at the deep end and have many questions that make you keep reading.

The writer protagonist of the book, Nicholas, is having trouble writing. And right in cue, a strange man gives him a magical manuscript of sorts. It is unclear what the magic is, but Nicholas becomes fascinated by the content of the manuscript to the point that he has to go and pursue the story, no matter at what cost.

The novel flows well, and the changes in point of view narration add layers of complexity to the book, and make us feel closer to the characters, a complex array of people, from all walks of life and different corners of the world. Business corporations, Mafia, Colombia cartels, Nazi concentration camps’ experiments, writers block, love triangles, genetics…all have a part to play in this novel that’s deceptively simple. Fictional situations mix with well-known historical characters and create a compelling narrative that will leave you wanting more.

I’ve read many books and one can’t help but guess what will come next. Believe me, I tried, but the book kept going in unexpected directions.

Well-paced, with a great story, likeable main characters and some fantastic minor ones, a great dose of intrigue (and some magic) it is not surprising it was a best-seller in its Spanish version. I’d be surprised if the English version doesn’t do even better.

 Ah, and I wanted to thank my friend and incredibly talented writer Dariel Raye for featuring me in her fabulous blog. Come and pay a visit:

http://pendarielraye.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/dariels-feature-meet-my-friend-olga.html?zx=fba1021076a90388

Thanks to all the authors for bringing us their books, thanks to you all for reading, enjoy the coming holiday season, and you know, if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share, and of course, CLICK!

 

Hola a todos:

Ya sé que estaréis muy ocupados preparando las Navidades, así que pensé que os hablaría un poco de las películas que he visto recientemente, por si os apetece alguna para relajaros después de tanto trabajo.

(Por cierto, si todavía las podéis encontrar, me encantaron La isla mínima, Boyhood y Relatos Salvajes).

Effie Gray

Effie Gray (2014)

Effie Gray (2014)

Director: Richard Laxton, Writer: Emma Thompson, Stars: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Tom Sturridge

Los comentarios no son muy buenos, y lo cierto es que las actuaciones son algo irregulares (Dakota Fanning tiene la edad adecuada para la historia al principio pero quizás no después), pero la historia en sí me resultó fascinante, ya que está basada en algo que fue en un escándalo en su época, pero que se me había pasado por alto. John Ruskin, un famoso crítico de arte inglés, se casa con un chica escocesa, mucho más joven que él. La familia de ella vive en la casa que había pertenecido al abuelo materno de Ruskin, que se suicidó (y por eso el resto de la familia no visita) y ella está encantada de mudarse a Londres y vivir una vida más excitante. Lo que no se espera es tener que compartir casa con los padres de su marido (Juliette Walters es maravillosa como la madre dominante y protectora), ni que el marido la ignore completamente y no demuestre ningún interés por ella, ni emocional ni sexualmente. Viajan, siempre por cuestión de estudios del marido, pero nada más. Conoce a Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (Emma Thompson que también escribió el guion) que se da cuenta de que algo no funciona en la relación, pero no de cómo están las cosas de verdad. Durante una visita a Escocia, el pintor pre-Rafaelita John Everett Millais les acompaña para pintar un retrato del marido y los dos se hacen amigos…Él está horrorizado por la forma en la que la trata su marido. Finalmente, después de cinco años del tal matrimonio, Effie decide ir a un abogado y cuando le cuenta que sigue siendo virgen, al final consigue la anulación, y luego se casa con John Everett Millais (y de hecho aparece en alguna de sus pinturas).

Effie Gray sketched by Millais

Effie Gray sketched by Millais

La película está bien ambientada, es bella (hay muchas obras de arte, hermosos paisajes y visitan Venecia), pero si no os interesa el tema…

Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Mr Turner

Y siguiendo con el tema de la pintura, ví Mr Turner

Director: Mike Leigh, Writer: Mike Leigh (screenplay), Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

Esta película ilustra el último cuarto de la vida de J. M. W. Turner, un pintor inglés, que además de ser justamente conocido por sus pinturas (especialmente sus escenas marinas), tiene a su nombre una serie de museos por toda Inglaterra. Y el Turner Prize, el premio que lleva su nombre es uno de los más prestigiosos premios artísticos (si no el más) del país. Para más conexión con la otra película, hay una escena en la que Tuner va a visitar a los Ruskin, los padres de John, y aunque John allí es much más joven, ya se dedica a hablar de arte. Y la familia compra uno de los cuadros de Turner, aunque lo cierto es que aparecen como unos pedantes de cuidado.

Mr Tuner ha ganado muchos premios (BAFTAS, Timothy Spall el premio a la mejor interpretación en Cannes, varios premios Europeos) y en mi opinión se los merece. Es una película hermosa, especialmente si os gusta la pintura, y a la vez muy humana. Turner era un genio de la pintura, pero el film no lo presenta precisamente como un gran ser humano. Depende de su padre, se desentiende de su familia (está casado y tiene dos hijas pero no vive con ellas y mantiene una relación más que distante con ellas), tiene una relación con la criada, solo sexual, y ni siquiera se molesta en decirle dónde está viviendo o con quién. Eso sí, conoce a una mujer en Margate, que le alquila una habitación, y cuando se queda viuda la cosa va a más entre ellos, y esta relación es extrañamente tierna.

Pero su pasión por la pintura, su orgullo por su obra (que se empeña en no vender para donárselo al público Británico), el retrato de la sociedad y los personajes de la época, y la gran actuación de Timothy Spall (siempre impecable) la hace totalmente recomendable. Es larga, lenta y pausada, pero si os atrevéis, no creo que os arrepintáis.

The Imitation Game (El código enigma) 

The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game 2014

Creo que El código enigma es el título traducido.

Director: Morten Tyldum, Writers: Andrew Hodges (book), Graham Moore (screenplay), Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

La película es una biografía de Alan Turing, el creador de la máquina que consiguió descifrar el famoso enigma, la máquina codificadora que los alemanes usaron durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Es uno de los padres de los ordenadores modernos, ya que para resolver el código,  construyó una máquina con un equipo de colaboradores, que sería una de las precursoras de los ordenadores de hoy en día.

No sé cómo de ajustada es la película a la vida de Alan Turing, aunque los detalles son correctos, y presentan a un hombre extraño (si es como lo presentan allí parece que debió sufrir Asperger’s, uno de los síndromes dentro del espectro autista, en su caso de alto funcionamiento), con pocos amigos, obsesivo, sin ninguna gracia social, y con un cerebro diferente y extraordinario. Benedict Cumberbatch, que me encanta en Sherlock (de hecho de Sherlock me encanta todo) está fabuloso en el papel.

La película está bien hecha, todas las actuaciones son sólidas (ninguna puede comparárse con la de Cumberbatch, aunque el papel de Keira Knightley es de los más interesantes e ilustra perfectamente el lugar de las mujeres en la sociedad de la época. No es de extrañar que su personaje y Turing se entiendan, ya que son dos marginados e incomprendidos) y la historia y el personaje son fascinantes. Hoy en día, reflexionar sobre lo que le pasó a Turing, y cómo se le pagó por todos sus esfuerzos (ser homosexual no estaba muy bien visto en aquella época, y sólo recientemente se le perdonó oficialmente) hace que nos planteemos una vez más cómo de comprensiva y flexible es nuestra sociedad para con la gente diferente, quiénes son los raros de verdad y qué sería del mundo sin ellos.

Gracias a todos por leer, y si os ha interesado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you’ll remember last week I brought you some of the books I had reviewed recently that I though you might find inspiring if you were looking for something to buy for your nearest and dearest (and of course, who’s nearest and dearest than your good selves?). As I’m a writer and an avid reader, I’ve always loved to have books as presents, so…

I started reviewing for BTS-e Magazine a few months back. The deal is that the reviews belong to the magazine although we can share bits of them and links. I’ve read now a few books and thought that although I wasn’t going to share the reviews (or only a bite-sound of it) you might find something interesting there. I’m also sharing the description of the books for more info.

Here is the link to the magazine where there are many more reviews (you can also click on the button down for up-to-date numbers of the magazine). Some of my reviews will be still pending, so consider this a preview:

http://btsemag.com/magazine/

For horror lovers:

The Devil's Woods by Brian Moreland

The Devil’s Woods by Brian Moreland

Fear wears many skins.

Deep within the Canadian wilderness, people have been disappearing for over a century. There is a place the locals call “the Devil’s Woods”, but to speak of it will only bring the devil to your door. It is a place so evil that even animals avoid it.

When their father’s expedition team goes missing, Kyle Elkheart and his brother and sister return to the abandoned Cree Indian reservation where they were born. Kyle can see ghosts that haunt the woods surrounding the village—and they seem to be trying to warn him. The search for their father will lead Kyle and his siblings to the dark heart of the legendary forest, where their mission will quickly become a fight for survival.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Devils-Woods-Brian-Moreland-ebook/dp/B00DUB258Q/

http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Woods-Brian-Moreland-ebook/dp/B00DUB258Q/

Just a snippet of my review:

Written in a direct style, with vivid descriptions that make you live the action, psychologically complex characters you get to care for and a good rhythm that never lets you off the hook.

And I did like it so much that I repeated with another one of the author’s books:

The Vagrants by Brian Moreland

The Vagrants by Brian Moreland

Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering.

Journalist Daniel Finley is determined to save the impoverished of the world. But the abandoned part of humanity has a dark side too. While living under a bridge with the homeless for six months, Daniel witnessed something terrifying. Something that nearly cost him his sanity.

Now, two years later, he’s published a book that exposes a deadly underground cult and its charismatic leader. And Daniel fears the vagrants are after him because of it. At the same time, his father is being terrorized by vicious mobsters. As he desperately tries to help his father, Daniel gets caught up in the middle of a war between the Irish-American mafia and a deranged cult of homeless people who are preparing to shed blood on the streets of Boston.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vagrants-Brian-Moreland-ebook/dp/B00K1WUCIC/

http://www.amazon.com/Vagrants-Brian-Moreland-ebook/dp/B00K1WUCIC/

This is seriously scary read (and I love my horror!). Don’t say I didn’t warn you and come crying back to me!

Here a brief snippet of my review:

The story is shorter and tighter, graphically rendered and truly terrifying. Prepared to be scared.

If you like thrillers that keep you guessing:

In His Eyes by Nina Pierce

In His Eyes by Nina Pierce

*** SECOND PLACE WINNER in the suspense category of the 2014 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL AWARDS ***

It’s always wonderful to be noticed … or is it?

To those around her, Maggie Callaghan appears to have the perfect life…a handsome husband, three beautiful children, and her own business. But beneath her thin veneer lies a dark past and self-doubts. When evidence of her husband’s infidelity surfaces, Maggie leases a cottage on the Maine coast and prepares for her inevitable divorce. But a serial killer is on the hunt–and he’s marked Maggie as his next victim. Now her beachside retreat is the focus of an undercover FBI investigation targeting the murderer who’s left a trail of bodies across two states. As lies and secrets are revealed, Maggie realizes her life depends on knowing who’s protecting her–and who’s got her in his sights.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/His-Eyes-Nina-Pierce-ebook/dp/B00H2BBPNG/

http://www.amazon.com/His-Eyes-Nina-Pierce-ebook/dp/B00H2BBPNG/

I must admit this books wrongfooted me from the very beginning. It is written in a very intriguing way, and it goes to show how point of view can be put to excellent use.

A brief extract from my review:

Red herrings, confusing clues and creepy guys with secret identities will keep you guessing throughout. A gripping read.

And, if you need something gentle and relaxed for all ages try this romance:

Firecracker Queen by Cat Shaffer

Firecracker Queen by Cat Shaffer

A NEXT DOOR Category Romance

How can one small town cause Betsey Jones such big problems?

Betsey Jones has one simple desire: to spend a peaceful summer in her hometown of Milford Falls, Michigan, while she decides what to do with the rest of her life. But Betsey hadn’t figured on being blackmailed into competing in the Miss Firecracker contest, mentoring a teen who didn’t want a faux big sister or coming face to face with Quentin Hayes, the cocky jock from her high school years.

Quent knew his editor wasn’t happy with him, but he never expected to be banished to Milford Falls to report on a beauty pageant as punishment. Once there he realizes his past wasn’t quite as he remembered it, Betsey is far different than the usual beauty queen wannabe and that everything he’s always wanted may not be what he really needs.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Firecracker-Queen-NEXT-Category-Romance-ebook/dp/B00LAGEJHS/

http://www.amazon.com/Firecracker-Queen-NEXT-Category-Romance-ebook/dp/B00LAGEJHS/

Although it’s set during the summer, I think it might be the ticket for Christmas when sometimes things can get quite stressful. No big surprises, just a gentle ride, full of characters you’d like to have as neighbours in real life.

Comfortable as an old pair of slippers….It will make you smile but it won’t rock your world.

I hope you might find something of interest to yourself or one of your loved ones. But don’t worry, I’ll keep bringing you more ideas and suggestions on Fridays. 

Thanks to all the authors who’ve worked so hard to bring us these awesome books, and thanks to you for reading. And you know the drill: like, share, comment and CLICK!

Ah, and as a bonus, you’ll have noticed Sally Cronin kindly featured one of my selected carols in one of her posts in the series of the 12 days of Christmas. When reading the comments I remembered this parody of the 12 days of Christmas by Frank Kelly (Father Jack in the series Father Ted). I had to share. It always makes me howl with laughter. Do click!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkF7fpw-wI

olganm:

Thanks to Sally for having me as one of her Festive guests in the 12 Days of Christmas celebration, especially next to the wonderful Reading Ape! Cheers! Or Fum, fum, fum!

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

Welcome to the first of the Twelve Days of Christmas and a little trivia to get you in the party mood. I have canvassed some friends of mine here in blog land to help me out with some of their favourite music for this time of year – carols and also music that reminds us of family gatherings, parties and our childhood.

I tried to remember the first Christmas that I was aware of as a child. I must have got the general idea of the concept of presents quite young as at age seven when we moved to Malta I began the practice of putting a pillowcase on the end of my bed from around mid-October…. I think this ticked my mother off somewhat because she sat me down at the beginning of December and told me that Father Christmas did not exist and that from now on I…

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Hola a todos:

Como siempre suelo traer nuevos libros los viernes, y como se acerca la Navidad y con un poco de suerte habrá más tiempo para leer, decidí traeros dos novedades de autores que nos han visitado antes, y que prometen daros una Navidad sin pavos, ni turrones, pero llena de emociones.

Primero, el nuevo libro de la gran autora Francis Molehorn:

Médium de Francis Molehorn

Médium de Francis Molehorn

Médium

El oscuro ladronzuelo Douglas Zitzky se encuentra accidentalmente teniendo que representar el papel de un “médium”, un adivino que toma contacto con el más allá y se comunica con el espíritu de los muertos.

Doglas se aferra a esa posibilidad con ambas manos. El truco le podría arreglar todos sus problemas económicos y podría dejarle una importante suma de dinero para rehacer su futuro en otro sitio. Además de recobrar a su amada, que desapareció hace meses, por obra de los mismos delincuentes que lo presionan para que les pague lo que les debe.

Pero ¿qué hay detrás de esa oferta tan tentadora? ¿Quién es esa bella chica que lo tomó por un embaucador que veía el futuro y -más peligroso todavía- el pasado? ¿Podrá su amigo y mentor, Porter, ayudarlo a sortear todos los peligros que amenazan su vida en su camino hacia la fortuna?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFKHB0S/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00OFKHB0S/

Y la novela más reciente de Mario Escobar, que lo está arrasando todo:

Caribbean Island de Mario Escobar

Caribbean Island de Mario Escobar

Caribbean Island 

Libro Top 100 Amazon en Estados Unidos, Francia, Alemania, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, México y España

Este libro contiene el primer, segundo y tercer single de Caribbean Island y es continuación de El Círculo.

“Tras el éxito de El Círculo con decenas de miles de libros vendidos, Mario Escobar nos sorprende con una aventura apasionante que tiene de fondo los Paraísos Fiscales, el dinero sucio y la lucha de millones de personas por sobrevivir”.

Comentarios de lectores en Amazon sobre novela anterior:

“Me compré este libro para tener algo que leer en el avión de camino a Hawaii pero al terminar de bajarlo decidí darle una “hojeada”, error más grande, ya no pude dejar de leerlo y lo terminé mucho antes que mi viaje comenzara” .
Elisabeth Argueta

“Un final tremendo. Una vez iniciada la lectura es muy difícil parar ya que en todo momento captura muestra atención En definitiva lo recomiendo”. José Rojas

“I really love this book! When you start, cannot stop. I didn’t expect that ending either. Te deja todos los sentimientos encontrados.” Christian M

“Tremenda trama, Mario Escobar con esta novela verdaderamente te atrapa, hasta llegar a un final que choca violentamente contra lo que has preconcebido seria el final.” Luis

“Mientras un huracán se aproxima a la isla, un hombre y su esposa deberán atrapar al asesino y salvar a su hija de sus garras”.

Argumento de la novela Caribbean Island:

Edward Rod, policía en Londres, tras caer en la bancarrota moral y familiar, decide aceptar un puesto de inspector jefe en una isla del Caribe. Su esposa Margaret está a punto de abandonarle y regresar con su hija a Inglaterra, pero unos crímenes inesperados les obligarán a permanecer en la isla mientras se desata el huracán más virulento de los últimos veinte años. Edward tendrá que salvar a su hija de las garras del presunto asesino.
Muna es una cristiana iraquí refugiada en la isla que sobrevive como monitora de buceo, pero oculta un terrible secreto. Samia, una prostituta de lujo, parecer ser el único testigo que puede identificar al asesino.
¿Quién está tras el asesinato de varios millonarios en uno de los paraísos fiscales de El Caribe?
¿Por qué está desapareciendo dinero de sus cuentas?¿Logrará Edward salvar a su hija en pleno huracán?

Mario Escobar es historiador y escritor, con más de 30 títulos publicados ha visto su obra traducida a una veintena de idiomas. Sus novelas y ensayos ya han conquistado a cientos de miles de lectores.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPBK0SS/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00NPBK0SS/

Por si acaso preferís probar antes de decidiros, Mario Escobar también ha publicado su nueva novela en tres singles. Os dejos las portadas (y enlaces) porque también son espectaculares:

Caribbean Island 1

 

Caribbean Island Primera parte:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PVBWDZ8/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00PVBWDZ8/

Caribbean Island 2

Caribbean Island Segunda parte:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PVBWEDE/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00PVBWEDE/

Caribbean Island 3

Caribbean Island Tercera parte:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PVBWE2U/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B00PVBWE2U/

Luego no os quejéis de que no sabéis qué hacer.

Gracias a Francis y a Mario por sus obras, gracias a vosotros por leerme, y si os ha gustado, y sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

I’ve been talking about books and recommendations for Christmas and intended to carry on giving you suggestions, just in case you’re getting stressed over the task of having to choose something for your loved ones.

A few of my blogger friends are very talented artists and I wanted to invite  you to visit their pages for inspiration and just the pure joy of contemplating their creations:

Janet Weight, with her magical hummingbirds and watercolours:

http://www.janetweightreed.co.uk/

Vera Komnig, whose abstract art always manages to bring my spirits up with the colours and textures so vibrant. As she acknowledges that not all of us have huge walls, like in the art galleries, she has created a collection of smaller pieces that I believe would make incredible Christmas presents:

http://verakomnig.com/kunst-kaufen-buy-art-fur-den-der-schon-alles-hat-ausser-platz-an-der-wand-for-the-one-who-already-has-everything-except-wall-space/

My friend and sister in arms blogger, Sally Cronin, has been posting in her blog Smorgasbord over the last few weeks, a variety of posts with ideas of presents for Christmas and I had to share (as she’s much more thorough than I would manage to be). Don’t miss the art by Sarah Vernon (whose work I love), books, music, suggestions for your author loved ones….

http://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/sallys-grotto-the-christmas-gift-emporium-of-unique-indie-endeavours-week-four/

And she keeps updating it, so keep visiting.

Author and master blogger Seumas Gallacher

Author and master blogger Seumas Gallacher

Now, due where do is, Seumas Gallacher, master blogger, Scotsman extraordinaire, writer of bone chilling thrillers, and one of the most congenial men in social media, was kind enough to give me this award:

Written Acts of Kindness Award

Written Acts of Kindness Award

(Psch…: If you want to know a bit more about him, check my previous post)

Among the rules are that it can be given as many times as you want but only to one person at a time. I’ve like to give it to all the readers, and to my fellow bloggers who have become a family to me. As the rules say I can only give it to one at a time, I’ll offer it to the aforementioned Sally Cronin on behalf of the troops.

Author and all around good egg Sally Cronin

Author and all around good egg Sally Cronin

If you want to know a bit more about her work, you can check my previous post here:

http://olganm.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/guest-author-sally-cronin-media-health-books-dogs-and-everything-else/

Here are the rules:

  1. You are welcome to give it out as many times as you like, but it is only to be given to a maximum of one person per blog post. If you wish to give multiple rewards, please space the blog posts so the sincerity is maintained.
  2. Introduce the person; say how they encourage, help or inspire you; then link to their work and/or social media profiles. There may be a specific post you wish to link to which helped you. It’s up to you.
  3. Please publicise your award post to Twitter or Google Plus using the hashtag #writtenkindnessso that others can find and follow the award winners.

This award is open to anyone to use. You don’t have to receive it, in order to be able to give it. Once you have received it, it isn’t obligatory that you must pass it on.

Please, everybody, feel free to share and pass around as it is for all of you!

Thanks for reading, and if you have enjoyed it, don’t forget to like, share, comment and of course, CLICK!

 

 

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis escribo y me gusta mucho leer así que también hago reseñas. Me he dado cuenta echándole un vistazo a las que he publicado últimamente que parece que por una combinación de empezar a hacer reseñas para otras publicaciones y blogs, y una serie de otras cosas, había acumulado varias reseñas que no había publicado en mi blog (más en inglés que en español). He leído algunos libros en español que no he traído aquí, o porque son lecturas beta o porque forman parte de algún otro proyecto que aún no está listo (pero es muy interesante). También he leído algunas traducciones de autores españoles al inglés (como la maravillosa Waldek de Blanca Miosi) así que entre una cosa y otra, cuando me puse a repasar, encontré una reseña reciente que aún no había compartido con vosotros en el blog. Así que os la traigo. Espero recordaros algunas de mis lecturas recientes y seguir recomendando nuevos libros, especialmente de cara a la Navidad. Pero si andáis a la búsqueda de recomendaciones, no os olvidéis de echarle un vistazo a las novedades literarias...

Y ahora, os dejo con un libro que es tan original como su autor:

Las profecías oscurad de Javier Haro Herráiz

Las profecías oscurad de Javier Haro Herráiz

Las Profecías Oscuras de Javier Haro Herráiz. Un nuevo Mesías muy postmoderno.

Si se pudiera decir que hay una “norma” con respecto a las novelas, las de Javier Haro Herráiz se salen de ella.

En general suelen ser cortas y parecen una novela por entregas o fragmentos (o más que nada un cómic o un serial de aquellos del cine de hace años, donde ataban a Paulina en los raíles del tren y te quedabas sin saber qué pasaba hasta la semana siguiente) donde cada episodio podría ser leído independientemente, así que os las recomiendo si tenéis poco tiempo y solo leéis a ratos. Y como es típico en estas historias también existe un narrador invisible que suele recordarnos dónde estamos o en qué punto dejamos la acción (que puede resultar algo sorprendente si la leemos de un tirón).

El autor, al que no le faltan ideas originales ni situaciones imaginativas, confía en que sus lectores sean tan creativos como él y sus descripciones de las situaciones, la acción o los personajes son básicas y breves, para que cada uno se pueda crear su propia película en la cabeza. En este universo, las mujeres son guapas y los hombres, hombres.

Las Profecías Oscuras nos propone una situación con muchas posibilidades. El nacimiento de un nuevo Mesías en circunstancias muy complejas. No os contaré detalles, pero la historia básica la conocéis ya, aunque los detalles os sorprenderán. ¿Qué creéis que haría un Mesías moderno? ¿Cómo daría a conocer su mensaje? ¿Se le recibiría mejor o peor que al anterior?

Personalmente me pareció que los personajes y las situaciones daban para mucho más, pero no puedo negar que la novela me dio qué pensar, me intrigó y la consumí muy rápidamente.

Un cómic sin dibujos, o una novela postmoderna que se centra en las superficies y en la banalidad de la vida moderna. Os dejaré que lo decidáis vosotros. Yo estoy a la espera de lo siguiente que nos depare el universo del autor.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093AAEFE/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B0093AAEFE/

Gracias por leer, y si os ha interesado, ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid y haced CLICK!

Hi all:

As you know I love to write and read and I’ve been quite busy reading and reviewing of recent. Apart from sharing in the usual places, I also do reviews and share now in Literary World Interviews. And I realised I had not shared those here. So, as Christmas is coming, well, see what I’ve been reading and you might find something for a loved one (and of course, loving thyself is a great policy!).

For the writer you love, what better than:

Self-publishing Steps

Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales by Seumas Gallacher

Seumas Gallacher is a writer with a large on-line following. In this book, Mr. Gallacher shares his experiences of self-publishing. From his discovery that this was indeed a possibility, to now having thousands of books sold to his name.

This is not a detailed manual on how to format your book, or how to create you cover. There are plenty of posts, books, etc, that share that type of information. This book offers general advice on the topic, and it is concise and to the point. Moreover, it emphasises the author’s personal experience, that is, of course not fully replicable by anybody else. If you have not read Mr Gallacher’s posts in the various social media, you don’t know how personal his style is. His advice is sound and has to be adapted and transformed by every author. One of the points Mr Gallacher emphasises is the business aspect of writing. Although you might see it as an expression of your inner being or as a need to inform people of something, or as a deep felt vocation, if you plan on making a living out of writing, or trying to, you must approach it professionally as a business, the same you would any other. Of course, your reasons for writing could be others than to make money out of it. In that case you would be well advised to create your own definition of success and not worry too much about rankings or sales, although this book would still provide a useful general guide.

Personally, I found the book clear, easy to follow and a quick read. Mr Seumas’s personal style shines through. I particularly enjoyed the non-internet part of his experience that demonstrates the importance of making connections, knowing the area you work in, and not being shy. Try it. If they say no, you’re no further back that when you started, but if they say yes…the sky could be the limit.

I recommend this book to new authors and also to those who have a number of publications to their name. You might be reassured you’re doing the right things, you might wonder about a change of strategy, and you will enjoy the style of writing and discover plenty about the business. And also a few things about this great and generous author.

http://www.amazon.com/Self-Publishing-Steps-Successful-Seumas-Gallacher-ebook/dp/B00JBL6K80/

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene. Do you know who you really are?

In Atonement. Tennessee a few residents don’t and they make some interesting discoveries throughout the novel.

If there is such a thing as your “standard novel” and I’m not sure there is, Atonement, Tennessee is definitely not it. Although some aspects of the story might seem familiar to readers (we have a newcomer to a small and seemingly fairly quirky town, a catalogue of slightly odd characters, hidden and dark stories behind perfect surfaces…), others definitely will not. Although we spend most of the time in Ralda’s head (her given name is Esmeralda and that plays quite an important part in the book), we also see things from the point of view of Lilith, her cat, and that allows us to gain more knowledge than Ralda has, but from a peculiar viewpoint that means we are observes and what we see is unfiltered by either reason or prejudice.

Other novel and original aspects are its mixing of the everyday and the magical/paranormal. There are dogs barking, cats sneaking out, moving companies that keep getting delayed, but also strange and eerie mirrors, a cemetery that is part of the property and hides many secrets, attractive but strangely bizarre men, unknown magical birds, and fairly unusual dreams.

Ralda is self-reflective and we not only see things from her point of view (for the most part) but her internal dialogue works as a narrator who accompanies us. But how reliable a narrator is she? The many everyday worries that surround her (will the cat get out of the house? Will she finally get her possessions back? How much will it cost to repair the house?) keep pulling her attention away from the many strange and fantastic things that are also happening. She doubts herself, but she’s shown as dealing well with other people’s problems and being highly effective. When it comes to herself, though, things are more complicated and she does not want to accept that she can be at the centre of unknown powers and events. It is not so much that she’s trying to misguide us; it is that she does not even want to allow herself to think about certain things (like what she might feel for the male characters).

Although something mysterious happens early in the book (that seems connected to one of the objects), this is by no means the main mystery. Why Ralda is there and who she is are at the heart of the book and by the end we might have our suspicions, but like the protagonist, we lack information to come to any conclusions. We have the answer to some of our questions, but can only speculate about others. But this leaves room for a sequel and I hope the author will be working on it as you read this.

The writing style is engaging and accessible, there is enough description to fire the imagination without being overly detailed and doing all the work for the reader, and the chosen point of view offers fascinating psychological insights into the main character.

What did I love about the book? The setting, the fabulously strange house, the cemetery, Lilith, the sheriff (not as onedimensional as everybody thinks), the friendship between the four women, the locket, the bed, the dreams…It reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe but not as dark.

What didn’t I like? That there isn’t a second part to tell me more about the mysteries that are suggested but we don’t get to know enough of.

Who do I recommend it to? If you like spooky tales, old houses, mystery, cats, legends, magic and stories about women I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Ah, let’s not forget unusual birds and cemeteries…Is there anybody not included?

I encourage the author to bring us part two very soon. We want to know more!

Here the book trailer, in case you want to get in the mood for the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koggOn6vcDs#t=57

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HGSVA8A/

Create Space: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481826948/

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/atonement-tennessee-teagan-geneviene/1117790203?ean=2940148918431

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Some Luck by Jane Smiley. A novel about the things that really make life what it is.

There is something very attractive about settling down to read the story of a family and getting to know them for a lengthy period of time, as if they were family friends. In the case of Last Hundred Years Trilogy, of which Some Luck is the first novel, a hundred years, no less.

In an era when people don’t seem to have time for anything and everything must be shorter and faster today than it was yesterday, the promise of space and time to see characters and situations develop feels like a welcome luxury.

Jane Smiley’s new novel that starts with the kernel of a young family living in an Iowan farm, has been described as an epic and it is, not only for its large cast of characters (no big figures, no huge names, just people like you and me), but for its breadth, spread and ambition. Some Luck follows several generations of the same family (and they keep coming) through their lives and that of their country and the world. The novel is marvellously democratic, with no hierarchy of voices or experiences, and the same space is given to a toddler trying to understand the world around him and the functioning of his own body than to somebody drawing their last breath.

Readers get to know the many characters from inside, in a non-judgemental way, as you accompany them through their lives in their own heads, and you might like them and agree with them more or less, but you come to accept them as they are.

The book reminded me of a recent and wonderful movie Boyhood although the novel’s reach is greater but the feeling of peace and reflexivity you experience is similar.

The author’s ability to use brief but descriptive language, and combine it with extremely subjective, stream-of-consciousness passages, and quasi poetic everyday wisdom (and philosophy) creates a beautifully textured patchwork of a novel. If maybe the dimensions of the canvas are smaller, this could be the War and Peace of this generation.

This is a novel that moves at a sedate and calm pace, made of little moments and small steps; in summary, a novel about the things that really make life what it is. Extraordinary in its everydayness. I hope to meet the family (that has become mine as well) again very soon.

Paperback:  http://www.amazon.com/Some-Luck-novel-Jane-Smiley/dp/0307700313/

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Some-Luck-Jane-Smiley-ebook/dp/B00LB89SA8/

Dead drop by Jesse Miles

Dead drop by Jesse Miles

Dead Drop. A P.I. and Philosopher at home in L.A.

When I read the description of this novel in Net Galley (I obtained a free copy there) the premise sounded interesting. I enjoy mystery, suspense and crime thrillers. For me, the best are a combination of a gripping story and unforgettable characters. With regards to the story, it could be a fascinating and well described setting, or it might take place at an interesting historical moment, or in a peculiar background… And the characters…Real human beings with quirks, conflicts, lives, and voices. A P.I. who gets a job checking a possible case of embezzlement in a huge corporation (that as you can imagine quickly become far more complicated than that) and who also teaches Philosophy sounded promising on both counts.

Apart from all that, Dead Drop (the meaning of the name is explained in the novel) has elements also of the spy thriller. Jack Salvo, the detective, is in quite a few ways, your typical P.I. The novel is written in the first person and therefore we don’t get much on the way of other people’s point of view as to how Jack comes across to others. He seems popular with the women (although in some cases it is unclear if that might not be due to the attempts of the female characters at getting inside information from him), he knows about everything, he is well conversant with L.A. (I’ve never been there but to my untrained eye, the details seemed convincing), he is self-assured…and he teaches Philosophy and seems to enjoy it. But other than that little detail about him (and a very late brief discussion about his life with one of the female characters who becomes his love interest, Lily) I didn’t get the sense that I learned very much about the character or that he was much more than a collection of all his characteristics (that were neither offensive not particularly endearing, other than his interest in his teaching).

The plot is well developed and combines research, intrigue, action and mystery. Nobody is who they seem to be, and the story takes Jack from the corporate world, through veterans of the French foreign legion (and Philosophy experts to boot), bit actresses, luxury car garages, good old fashioned surveillance, breaking and entering, Swiss bank accounts, murder and bluff and double bluff.

The style of writing is clean, direct, easy to read, and fast-paced and fits in with the story. In summary I enjoyed the book but thought it could gain by developing the main character a bit more. Some of his reactions towards the end of the novel and his love story seem a bit sudden and not completely in keeping with the persona developed throughout the rest. As this is the first of a series of novels it might well be that the background will come more into play in later novels and it might allow the character to grow and become more multidimensional.

A solid story, a good and interesting read, just a notch below the unmissable category.

 http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Drop-Jesse-Miles-ebook/dp/B00NMO1S9I/

I hope you find something you, or someone you know, might fancy, but don’t worry, I have more to come. Also do check my previous recommendations, new books, and I’ll be reminding you of other suggestions on Fridays posts coming up to Christmas. 

Ah, and is that time of the year when we fancy something a bit new, so I decided to change the cover of my YA/NA novella ‘Twin Evils?‘ the story of two twins and their friend where things might not be exactly as they seem. And to celebrate the new cover it’s only $0.99.

See what you think!

Twin Evils? by Olga Núñez Miret

Twin Evils? by Olga Núñez Miret

Thanks to all the writers featured for their books, thanks to you all for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and of course CLICK!

olganm:

As you know I’m writing a series with angels on it, and what should I find in my Triberr stream today? Thoroughly gorgeous post!

Originally posted on raaniyork:

Processed by: Helicon Filter;Wings… When hearing this word, most of us instinctively think about birds. Of course, they are, after all, what we permanently have right in front of our eyes. (At least some of us… some others forget to SEE them… but that’s another story…)

Birds do own wings. Beautiful wings they use like we use our arms. And birds can do what we never will be able to do: fly. Flying apparently is supposed to be THE wish of every single person on earth… how often have we thought: “I wish I could fly”, and really wanted to just spread our wings and go. And how often we were faced with reality. We can’t do this!

Beautiful, wonderful, amazing birds!

Wings2

Oh well… some others of us, when hearing “wings”, they instinctively dream about THIS: But I figure, even though I like eating them too… these aren’t really the wings I’d like…

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