JJ Toner


Bitten by the writing bug in my early teens, I finally started writing again in 1995 after a lifetime of plausible excuses. Since 2007 I have been writing full time. I'm working on my fourth novel. I live in Ireland under a magnificent copper beech tree with my wife and youngest son.

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The Wings of the Eagle (a WW2 spy story)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,820. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
A WW2 spy story. 1943. Kurt Muller and a young colleague parachute into southern Germany to rescue a British-Canadian agent. The war in Europe is effectively over, but the Nazis will never accept defeat. An Abwehr deserter and member of the German resistance -- the Black Orchestra -- with a price on his head, Kurt finds himself in a race to prevent the Nazis from developing the first Atomic bomb.
The Black Orchestra
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,270. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
It is 1940. The German war machine is devouring Western Europe. In Berlin, a military intelligence signalman discovers a colleague lying dead at his radio receiver... This is the story of one man’s journey through darkness to enlightenment. A cracking spy story, it is a tale of corruption and redemption, of fear and courage, of loyalty and betrayal -- and of love.
Find Emily
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,700. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Fresh out of rehab, Detective Inspector Ben Jordan has 24 hours to find eleven-year-old abductee, Emily. The odds are not in his favor, but Jordan has help -- from Emily.
St Patrick's Day Special
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,570. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Okay, this is Ireland, but shouldn’t the cops be trying to put the criminals behind bars and not the other way around?
Ovolution and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ten short Sci-Fi stories full of fun and satire. What would happen if humans started reproducing by laying eggs? Read about some tricky First Contact situations here and in distant parts of the Galaxy. And discover how we all started off on the wrong foot when those in the Firmament bungled their jobs.

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Smashwords book reviews by JJ Toner

  • The Clone Trial on Sep. 11, 2011

    Bill Owen's short story The Clone Trial is set in the not-too-distant future when human reproduction has hit a wall, and cloning has taken its place. Laws have been put in place to limit these activities. Also clones are prohibited from reproducing. This is where I had my biggest problem with the premise of the story, as I couldn't understand how the human race was supposed to survive under these restraints. Anyway, the story concerns itself with a human who is accused of murdering one of his clones. The jury is made up of an assortment of beings from around the Galaxy, including a shape-shifter and a being who can mesmerize others into telling the truth. It occurred to me that this last ability could have been used by the authorities to get to the bottom of the matter at hand entirely without the aid of a jury. Indeed, I would have thought the whole justice system could have had a makeover based on this ability alone. The whole thing takes place in the jury room as they consider their verdict. Notwithstanding the occasional flashes from the Cloning Commission to help explain the laws and regulations, and a couple of glaring info-dumps, this is a fun read - a sort of 12 Angry Men with aliens. I particularly liked the wonderful talking bird who seemed to suffer from Tourette's Syndrome. I think Bill could have made more of the story. It could have been as much as 100% longer, allowing more time and space to feed the background information to the reader in a more digestible form, and maybe exploring some of the alternative plot lines.
  • Cornerstone on Dec. 08, 2011

    I don't usually read paranormal ya. I like ya books, but I try to steer clear of the paranormal ones. I'm glad I read this one, though. When it started, I thought Nali's mom was just off her head; I couldn't see how this aspect of the story was going to end up anywhere good. (I have a friend who hoards newspapers and his house is just the way Nali's is). The explanation and the other paranormal elements were more than a tad wacky, I thought, but the drama and romance came through. Good job, Misty.