Berend Van der Poll
I was born in South Africa in 1979 and discovered my love for writing twenty-three years later. I find it very easy to create good characters, because each one of them is created using a part of me. As a child, it was hard settling down and making friends, because we moved around a lot. When I am not writing, I am enjoying fine pencil art - something I have been doing since I was seven years old, and spending time with my beautiful family.
I live in Fish Hoek with my wife, Melanie, and Tyler – our son.
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Gone to Shit: Surviving
Life is never going to be the same for Michael Munroe, his brother and his family. Seven years ago, scientists warned the world of a NEA – near-Earth asteroid – but assured everybody that it posed no threat to life on Earth. They were wrong. Billions of lives were lost, leaving only a million survivors scattered across the globe.
Siphewe Fasala idolised his father, but everything changed for Siphewe the day he died. Turning to a life of crime was his way of showing that he did not care.
The Praying Mantis
Every day, men’s bodies pop up all over Cape Town. As Detectives Reeve and Porter investigate the case, the trail gets ever colder. All the victims are killed with the same cold and merciless precision. All foreign businessmen. All unidentified.
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Smashwords book reviews by Berend Van der Poll
- Dragon Kin and other fantasy stories
on March 27, 2012
I recently finished the Dragon Kin anthology and I reviewed each one separately. Here they are:
When I was introduced to Karas, I instantly fell in love with the character. The reason for this could be because I saw a lot of myself in him. Karas' humour was top-notch, even though he meant to be serious. When Karas ventured to the other side of the Great Sea, he wanted to be alone and just live his life in his cabin. As soon as Sasha was introduced, this was when I paused for a long time. I thought about her character for a while, and the Sasha character that Vanessa created for the story left me speechless, and this was not because Karas couldn't stand the sight of her after his cabin was destroyed by the dragon, but because they were two totally different people, and in the end, they worked together.
Vanessa's characters in Dragon Kin were more than perfect. The way they were created just fascinates me. I personally think that Vanessa Finaughty is only giving us a taste of what she is really capable of!
If Vanessa Finaughty wrote a full-length novel with Karas and Sasha as the main characters, I will be in my element!
I immediately felt for Jeepers the second he was introduced. There was something about him that I could relate to, and this is what connected me to this character. Was it his unluckiness? Was it his place in this world? Was it because of the accusations made against him? Was it his impatience of starting something small and mastering it before moving on to bigger things? Yes.
Jeepers’ mind is always calculating. There’s never rest for him. He wants to prove his greatness, and because he has no guide, he tries everything and gets nowhere.
I found the story very, very entertaining. Vanessa Finaughty’s Jeepers’ Creatures is definitely a must-read. It taught me something, and it will definitely teach you something!
Kill to Live
Vanessa Finaughty gives you only what you need to get through this story, and this made Kill to Love great. When it all came together, it was unexpected. As you start reading this story, it will point you in a different direction. However, when Vanessa is ready, she will put you exactly where she wants you. And this is not a bad thing. Well done, Finaughty!
Wow! This was truly an entertaining story and very cleverly written. At first, I thought the black-clad man researched what was required of him, like any assassin would do, but then it hit me! Not here to spoil anything for anyone, but Kudos to Vanessa Finaughty for slapping me with the unexpected. Brilliant!
The Bounty Hunter
The opening scene, alone, got me excited. Princess Maia really grabbed my attention. Vanessa created a character, a beautiful girl, who I have no words to describe. Not only does she have a few gifts of her own, but she is one of the strongest characters I have ever come across in Vanessa Finaughty's books.
What I learnt from this story is that desperate measures call for desperate times, and sometimes we are pushed to make decisions even if some of them are the wrong ones. We all make choices, and sometimes it takes you to show somebody the worst, desperate side of you before they are able to look into your soul and see the good.
Well done, Finaughty! You never stop surprising me!
There is not much action in this story, and the way Vanessa put it together, it was perfect and I enjoyed every page. I could sense a build up to something huge especially on Jayla and Abelard's journey to save the phoenix eggs. I got the sense that there was a surprise waiting for Jayla and Abelard around every corner. Although Vanessa didn't keep anything until the end of this story, I found myself paging ahead to find out what happens next, but stopped myself from doing so. This is a brilliant piece of work and it's very well-written. The characters are strong and only Vanessa Finaughty is capable to doing this! I highly recommend this!
on Jan. 25, 2013
I must have read this book in 5 minutes, but the ride JL Devereaux takes you on in Bliss makes it feel much longer than that. This is a great story. Short, sweet and super sexy. The mysterious Bliss left me wanting more. More in a sense of 'who is she?' However, it is the mystery of Bliss' that makes the story so tantalising.
- The Imposition
on Jan. 26, 2013
Wow! I really enjoyed The Imposition. Just the fact that it was unexpected. It shows that anything can happen in the office and make your day so much more worth it. Beautifully written and descriptive. Looking forward to more!
- Masked Scent
on Feb. 07, 2013
It probably took me just a little over an hour to read this. I found this a very different approach. It's not something I am used to (mixing fantasy with erotica), but I ejoyed it. It also shows that JL Devereaux still has tons of surprises hidden away somewhere.
I am a fan! Keep up the good work, JL! Your work is art.