Gordon Howard

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Smashwords book reviews by Gordon Howard

  • Parallel Worlds: Nothing is as it seems on Sep. 30, 2012

    Heather Noell started out with a tough mission. Write a book that depicts the concepts expressed in an overview book written by Anastasia, a woman who lives in the Russian wilderness in a storyline that is understandable to teenagers. The book has a wonderful storyline about two teenagers (Amelia) and (Matthew) and their adventures on a camping trip in a Utah National Park. Through the adventures of Amelia and Matthew, be prepared for a read that makes you think about what life would be like if Anastasia's purported capabilities of Teleportation, Bi-location, Telepathy and other metaphysical philosophies actually existed. If you, like me, do not necessary accept all of the concepts depicted in this book as fact, it at least makes you think ... what if this could really happen ... how would it change our world. Enjoy the book. I did.
  • Blood Ties on Oct. 16, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, the characters seem real and I particularly enjoyed the subplots running through the book. (e.g. It is a good mystery story. Mix that with the interrelationships between families fighting over the years, romance between the characters and personality clashes between the local cop and her new boss and you have a great novel!)
  • Surviving the Fog on Oct. 22, 2012

    Action, Adventure, Survival! What happens when 50+ teenagers are trapped in the Sierra mountains by a deadly fog that turns their mountain retreat into a virtual island? This book explores the many challenges facing the tribe including over a period of years. The beginning was a little slow but it really peaks your interest after a few chapters and holds your attention throughout the book.
  • Fiddleback on Nov. 13, 2012

    An interesting story line. The problematic life that Maeve has experienced along with the mysterious Breuer captures ones attention right from the start of the book. The characters are well developed but I found the editing problems (e.g. misuse of correct pronouns, missing words, etc.) to be extremely distracting. At one point in the book there are several references to the “blacksmith” replacing the lock on the door. Usually I can ignore these types of issues in books but in this case there were far to many to ignore.
  • Heller's Revenge on Dec. 15, 2012

    Another great book from J.D Nixon! Many comparable books written by her peers are also great but none have the complexity of characterization that you see in both the “Little Town” and “Heller” books. In “Heller's Revenge” you see this characterization in the main characters. You are never quite sure who Tilly really likes and who she doesn't. Her likes and dislikes change by the minute and add in her explosive temper and you never know what will happen next. Then there is Heller. Are you ever really sure if he is a good guy or a bad guy? You never know where these books are going. Once again … well done J.D.
  • Blood Feud on Dec. 29, 2012

    The saga continues. I love these characters. I must say J.D. really shuffled the deck with this book and it will be very interesting to see where she goes with the next book in the series. A wonderful mix of a great crime story line, humor, and characters who are real. The have tempers, don't always react to things the way they should or you expect them to. In other words, they are very human.
  • Heller's Girlfriend on Jan. 11, 2013

    JD continues her Heller series with another fast-paced novel. Evil predators and Tilly caught in the middle trying to do her job. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? Your never quite sure from minute to minute. You will love this book and the others in the series.
  • Heller's Punishment on Feb. 07, 2013

    A really fine read. As in all of the previous Heller books, you relate to the main characters. Heller is totally fixated on Tilly but try and figure out if he is a good guy or a bad guy or both at the same time. It's a challenge. Then there is Tilly. Her relationship with Daniel and Niq reminds me a lot of “Wendy and the Lost Boys” They are not her children but the might as well be. This book has funny spots, dark spots, lots of action and is a true credit to this up-and-coming author. Enjoy!