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I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1975. I was the youngest of three, but adding to the mix my two cousins effectively made me the youngest of five boys.
We grew up together in Bulawayo, doing what boys do in Africa; fishing, hunting, catching frogs to feed to my brother's snake, and looking back on it all I realize how lucky we all were.
Lucky, not least because we all made it to adulthood!
I cringe when I look back on our gunpowder experiments, and canon-making escapades, but it all made for a very exciting, and inspiring upbringing.
While I was always a good creative writer at school, the thought of being an author never entered my mind until much later.
When I moved to Scotland in 1992, it sparked a wanderlust in me that I have never successfully shaken off. Mountaineering and rock climbing took me to the Alps of France and Switzerland, the Dolomites of Italy, and the Himalayas of Nepal.
If travelling does one thing, it is to instill a certain wonder at the world that surrounds us, as well as the amazing diversity that can be found beyond our own comfortable cocoons. This coupled with a voracious appetite for reading, led me to dabble in writing in my early twenties. I am told that any writer starting out should write a book, throw it in the bin, then start another one. And this is what I have done, albeit unintentionally.
My first novel, 'The Gift of Chaos' will never see the light of day. 'The Rage Within' is a product of avoiding all the dreadful mistakes I made the first time around, and is, I hope, a far better book.
I still have a load of stories swilling about in my head (now sadly, air-cooled) and will share as many as I can, with as many people who will listen, for as long as I can.
I live in Blairgowrie, with my three lovely children; Sandy, Laura and Douglas, and of course my amazing wife and proofreader; Lesley.
on July 06, 2014 :
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Brilliant... Intelligently written. I loved this book.
I can't say that it was an overly happy story, as it was predominantly a lot of batters both within and outside of one's self. The Rage Within follows a man named Kellan from his past to his current state and events beyond his control rage on around him, with him drawn to the center more often than not.
The Rage Within is written by B.R. Crichton and the man knows his battle tactics. This is his debut novel and barring a couple of occasional typos, you would never know it. It was thrilling to experience the amazing against all odds tactics that would leave you vying for the "good" side to win... The world that he has created is expansive and imaginative. The characters draw you in to their stories and they develop as people before your eyes.
This fantastical beliefs and races are ones that have been more than glimpsed in other stories. This is a book that stands on it's own in originality. The book opens in a way that may turn the timid reader away, but if you can delve into this world head first and hold on for the ride, you will not be disappointed.
Crichton paints a fierce enemy and gives a face to evil, but nothing is quite as it seems in this action filled thriller. The world is described so that you can imagine you are there, listening to the conversations of the characters that he has brought to life. Each character has it's own flaws that also helps them stand out. It is refreshing to read a book with such a lively character base and interactive environment, where so many stories fall flat in mere dialogue and internal thoughts.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should definitely read this book if you are into action, battle scenes, fantasy, internal battles, sweeping landscapes, and memorable races. The ending does a good job of providing closure, while still leaving you with hope for a visit back to the mind of Crichton.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)