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Stephen J. Lewis never sailed the darkened seas as a child. He was never handed a suit of plate armor by his parents, or taught esoteric magic by his preacher. These deplorable shortfalls of his upbringing led him to a single conclusion: apart from back alley dentistry, the world is precious short on adventure. So he quit his job and began filling in the blanks. DEAD MEN TELL NO LIES is his first novel and, with occasional breaks for ghost pepper infused Thai food, he resides in the captain's quarters working on its sequel.
on June 03, 2011 :
One of the problems I have run into with Smashwords is how to separate the amateurs who have no hope of making it as a writer and those who show true promise and have written a truly professional novel on their own.
I often have trepidations scrolling through all the books on Smashwords wondering if the book I think sounds good is really going to bore me and end up wasting my time and money.
While “Dead Men Tell No Lies” started off a little confusing, after about 30 pages into it (well 30 pages on my Nook) the story really began to take shape and draw me in. By the end of the novel I had become engrossed in the story and it's characters.
Unlike a lot of fantasy I read there are no superheroes here. I hate nothing more than reading about some godlike character that can singlehandedly take on an army, is never wrong, and loves puppies. The heroes here are real and fallible.
This is no short story (over 450 pages on my Nook) and once I got into it I found it to be a very easy and enjoyable read.
I was surprised to find such a well written book by a first time author.
If I had bought this in a bookstore I probably would have paid over $20 so the $3 price tag feels like a pretty good deal.
When the second book comes out I will certainly pick it up.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)