Greta van der Rol
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.
She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.
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Smashwords book reviews by Greta van der Rol
- His Name In Lights
on March 09, 2011
Set on Io, arguably the most dangerous of Jupiter's moons, this hard SF novelette reminded me very much of the late, great Isaac Asimov's work. It is a mixture of well-researched science, robots and politics with a very clever technological twist and a good dose of humanity. Mind you, it is now some years since Dr Asimov passed on and our knowledge of robots, computers and the like have come a long way. Jansen has done her homework. The setting and the tech are convincing and the political situation is all too plausible.
The story is written from the point of view of Daniel, half human half robot, and the female boss of the company which created him. Eilinn is a tough, hard nosed woman with a softer side. I particularly liked the way Jansen described the internal wars between Daniel's robot and human sides. Whether there is any significance in her choice of Daniel as her hero's name I don't know. But I, like many Asimov fans, remember Daneel.
This novelette is the forerunner to a novel. I shall look forward to reading it.
- The Cowboy Next Door
on Sep. 28, 2011
This is a fun read. It's well written and it's easy to connect with Lilah and Clay. I could relate to both of them. I enjoyed the journey. Recommended for a quick read in the park or on the beach.
- The Rune House
on Jan. 10, 2013
It's an interesting tale. Certainly not a 'whodunnit', it's more looking at history from 2 directions.In the present, two elderly detectives are drawn into a murder investigation at an old girls' school.
In a second arc, the history of the house is revealed through time from when it was first built in 1575.
There's no doubt the author knows the history of the period. I particularly liked (if that's the word) the section on the Civil War.
Although the writing is ok, in my opinion the novel could have been improved with a serious edit - but that doesn't mean it was unreadable. The characters of the two detectives was very well drawn, as was their changing relationship.
On the down side, I found it difficult to get my head around the many, many characters in the family tree. For me the ending was something of a whimper - but I don't think everyone would agree.
Well worth a read if you like history and mystery with a scoop of paranormal.