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Smashwords book reviews by Jeff Taylor
- Duplicity - A True Story of Crime & Deceit
on June 22, 2012
All I can say is “wow.” This is an amazing true story about complete and utter betrayal and picking yourself up afterwards. The story focuses on Paul and his marriage to Audrey Munson, a seemingly nice woman with three children. But once married it becomes apparent that she is living a double-life as a prostitute/scam artist. The fact that this really happened to someone is just shocking to me. Everything about Audrey is completely corrupt.
After splitting up with Audrey, Paul goes on an epic quest discovering more and more of her secrets and becoming a stronger person for it. You can’t help but put yourself in Paul’s shoes and wonder what you would do in a similar situation.
The book is a real page turn that will suck you in immediately, a great read, and worth reading just to educate yourself on some of the people out there. Five Stars!
- My Familiar Stranger: Romancing the Vampire Hunters (BLACK SWAN 1)
on June 25, 2012
I love the paranormal romance genre and this particular book is a one of the best I have ever read. I loved the Elora character and the plot takes some turns that keep you on the edge of your seat and is filled with plenty of steamy moments. My Familiar Stranger really builds up a unique and detailed world for the next books in the series.
The book is well written with interesting characters put in hot situations that leave you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next erotic romance fix. Five stars.
- The Body
on July 27, 2012
This is a very clever sci-fi short story. It takes a bored and tired bachelor and puts him in an extremely strange and comedic position and we get to watch him struggle to get out of it. The plot moves very fast and keeps going in strange directions that are impossible to predict. Simon is a great character and I loved reading his thoughtout the course of the story. I managed to read it in one sit and was laughing throughout, all the way to the great ending. Definately recommend checking this one out.
on Sep. 12, 2012
If you are a fan of war stories or are just looking for a great book you are in luck. This book hooks you from the first page and you won’t be able to put it down till its last. The plot is very engaging and all of the characters are very believable and have a lot of depth. This is a very human story that really shows the personal struggle of soldiers with families. The book is fast paced and relatively short for a novel making it a very exciting read. This book is certainly worth taking a look at.
- There are no Unwounded Soldiers
on Sep. 17, 2012
This is a great collection of poems about the horrors and difficulties of war. They are beautifully honest and you can tell a lot of heart went into all of these poems. It is very clear that David (the author) has seen a lot difficult times in his years as a soldier and his poetry capture this emotion wonderfully. There is a lot about friends and loss and at times you simply need to take a break and let it sink in. If you have ever suffered through a war you are sure to connect with this beautiful poetry.
- Every Soldier Needs A Soul
on Sep. 17, 2012
This is the last book in David McDonalds gripping collection of war poetry. Most of this book has a very different tone than the others and you might even find yourself laughing a little at times, but overall it still has the honesty and the heart that made the others so memorable. These poems feel a little more personal than the others and of course are very entertaining. This is a great conclusion to the series and one that will stick with you long after you finish reading it. If you haven’t started reading this series you should seriously check out “There are no Unwounded Soldiers.”
- I Never Raised My Son To Be A Soldier
on Sep. 17, 2012
After reading the last book in this series I had to check out this one. It continues its look and the hardships and difficulties that every soldier faces. David (the Author) writes in such a perfectly descriptive way it transports you right to the scene. More of these poems have tell the story of soldiers feeling betrayed and abandoned by the politicians at home and I particularly liked “Who Went to War?” Any person that has a heart is sure to connect and enjoy this collection.
- Paranormal Summer
on Nov. 07, 2012
This is a really good paranormal/fantasy book. I liked the way the plot just kept on pulling me further and further in. It never gets boring thanks to the fact that you are never really sure where it the story is going to end up next. It just got harder to put down with every page. It also had really good characters and character development, which is really important for a story.
This is an overall very good book. Anybody who is interested in magic or paranormal genre books will certainly get what they want out of this.
- 151 Excuses for Missing Work
on Nov. 14, 2012
I have never really been one who often misses or is late for work but on seeing this book I thought that it would be good for a laugh and would have an off chance of helping me out at some point later on down the road. All of the excuses are small and difficult or impossible to confirm but are still very understandable and easy to believe. When you think about it 151 excuses are a heck of a lot so anyone is sure to find at least a couple in here that they could pull off.
- 151 Great Pick Up Lines...
on Nov. 24, 2012
I bought this book expecting that it would be a huge collection of cheesy pick up lines that I could never pull off, and while it has plenty of those I was pleasantly surprised that it also had some really good ones I can actually use. The book is pretty straight forward, it begins with a few pieces of advice that is sure to help and then gets straight to the list. It has a pretty wide range of pick up lines, so whether you are trying to pick up high school girls or co workers there are appropriate lines in here.
Whatever your personality there has to be at least of few pick up lines in this that you will like.
- Survival Guide for Beginners
on Dec. 13, 2012
I have always been one to over-prepare, just in case things get really ugly, so when I happened to find this book on here I decided it was worth taking a look at. This really is a great guide for people unfamiliar with any kind of disaster survival. It covers all of the basics; being prepared mentally and physically, essential medical supplies, water purification, etc. And, it does all this in a simple, easily understandable style that will make you feel confident you are ready for whatever disaster life could throw at you. I seriously recommend checking this one out.
- Barriers of the New World
on Jan. 18, 2013
It took a few chapters for this book to really draw me in, but once it did it just didn't let go. It's an exciting dystopian suspense novel with very well drawn out characters that make for an interesting and exciting story to keep you up well past your bedtime. I definitely give it 5 stars. It's fun, interesting, romantic, and the plot goes in directions that you just don't see coming as you're reading. An exciting story that really puts you within each scene as it takes place, with beautiful descriptions of each scene. If you're into action, romance, and the sci-fi genre, this is probably a good pick.
- The Rules: A Supernatural Experience
on Feb. 05, 2013
This was a interesting little short story that was very well written by little known author Quincy Simpson, and it's quite an exciting read. He has a unique voice and does a great job of drawing up a unique character who grabs your attention while still being easy to relate to. The story moves along at a nice pace, really sucking you in as it progresses, keeping you guessing as to what exactly is going to happen, and the finale doesn't disappoint. It's easy to read in one sitting, but I suspect I'll read it more than once. A great short story and on that I would definitely recommend checking out.
- Ministry Of Morgasm
on Feb. 15, 2013
What an odd, quirky and fascinating tale! The author weaves a strange story that I found to be somewhere between "Being John Malkovich" and Woody Allen's "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)". The writing is good-very good- and i found it akin to either being in someone else's head, or maybe reading their secret diary. The characters, though different, are believable, and the dialog is sharp and authentic within the context. Very enjoyable, and I look forward to seeing other work by this author.
- The Testimony of Satan
on Feb. 23, 2013
I was not quite sure what to make of this book but I decided to take a chance on it and all that I can say is "money well spent". The author has a very distinct voice and does a great job of making a unique and interesting character that is still strangely relatable. The story moves along at a good pace, drawing you in more and more as it progresses and the finally does not disappoint. I cannot say for sure that everyone will like this book but I can guarantee that you will be thinking about it long after you finish reading it.
- The Believer's Guide to Entreprenuership
on Feb. 27, 2013
This should be a very informative and inspirational read for anyone out there who is interested in starting their own business but lacks the basic knowledge or confidence to get going. The book lays out a simple but ingenious strategy to creating a strong foundation for your business. It is an easy to follow guide and reading in really makes you excited and puts you in the right state of mind when beginning. The advice is very solid and helps to motivated you to see things through. Worth a look if you could use a push in the right direction.