Gregory S. Lamb
The author is a retired military officer. The settings for his novels are based on the places where he lived and worked. He has two novels and has another soon to be released.
He and his wife, Cindy live in Portland, Oregon. They have three grown sons who are creating and living out their own adventures.
This member has not published any books.
Lucky In Cyprus: A True Story ABout A Boy, A Teacher, An Earthquake, Some Terrorists And The CIA
on April 18, 2012
If you ever wanted to learn about Cyprus during the 1950s before Cypriot independence and before inter-communal conflict tore the island apart, then read this first hand account from Allan Cole. This story reads as a memoir, but what makes it interesting is Cole's amazing detail. The characters are real and so is the landscape as Cole describes it.
The author could have benefitted from some careful editing as there were a few errors here and there, but none of them were terribly distracting. I would read another book by Allan Cole because I think he's clever and honest.
on May 11, 2012
Sailing Lessons is a well written young adult summer read and a perfect companion for youngsters heading off for summer camp or taking a summer sailing course.
The author, Heather Wood created some excellent characters to weave the reader through some realistic situations that pre-teens might have to face. The story is pretty wholesome and could play itself right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I liked how James and Izzy were so focused on their love of sailing and their time on the lake that they weren't distracted by TV, the Internet, or Computer Gaming. Instead they wrapped themselves in their relationships with Tanner the dog, and Izzy's grandparents. Of course there was the main theme of James learning to sail under the tutelage of Izzy and Ted, Izzy's granddad.
Like many other traditional stories written for Pre-teens, "Sailing Lessons" doesn't address bigger issues facing young people today. What it does though, is gently introduce young readers to the idea that they can actually learn something by reading good stories.
No doubt Heather Wood will recycle James, Izzy, and Tanner into some more stories that young readers will surely enjoy. Hopefully Wood has a series planned for this audience.
on Aug. 06, 2012
When Kaitlyn Alder, the main character in "Water," Terra Harmony's second installment of the "Akasha" series gets caught in an avalanche while snowboarding, her life takes an unexpected path. Kaitlyn finds herself on a mysterious island where she learns she possesses unique powers.
Ms. Harmony uses well-crafted prose and dialogue to develop a cast of characters who possess unique powers. Unbeknown to her, Kaitlyn Alder's powers are the missing ingredient the others need to harness the power of the Chakra, a mystical spot on present day earth. Their mission involves rescuing the earth from global climate change.
Ms. Harmony cleverly sprinkles in themes that cover individual choice and situations where individuals are deprived of choice. She also hits the ecology button pretty hard. Be ready to learn a bit about oceanography while you're at it. Ms. Harmony's creative framework for this story grabs the reader's attention with a moving plot that covers lots of geography. Reading "Water" will make you want to pick up the others in the series.
on Sep. 15, 2012
Ahmad Amani's novella, "Math City" first grabbed my attention because it is wonderfully and appropriately illustrated. I didn't know quite what to expect and thought at first I was reading what might happen if a mathematician turned a very complicated equation into a story. That is exactly what the author must have had in mind. Each of his characters has a special set of qualities. All of them live in Math City where there is a social order defined by the mathematical qualities of each character.
This story isn't for everyone, but some might find the interactions among the characters Lying Line and Upright Lying Line as well as the Ones and fat numbers to be entertaining. I thought the addition of Physics City and the social conflicts between Amani's characters were a testimony of the human condition. In the author's notes at the end, Amani tells readers he's a fan of Orwell and "Animal Farm." "Math City" is a must read for fans of that genre.
The Mind Man
on Oct. 14, 2012
What if a person could concentrate hard enough to control another person's mind, making them do things they normally wouldn't? What if this person was bullied as a child and wanted revenge? Is it possible to become extraordinarily wealthy with such talents? You'll find out once you get started reading Peter Richmond's paranormal thriller, "The Mind Man," and you won't be able to put it down.
Richmond takes you on a romp around the world as he weaves together the relationships between all of the characters in this highly entertaining story. His place descriptions from Australia, Rarotonga, Mexico, and Europe make you feel like you are there right along with the well developed cast of characters who you'll enjoy getting to know.
Ted is a cop who doesn't like his job and dreams of changing careers to become a California wine grape grower. His wife isn't on board though and when a freak accident happens on the local interstate, Ted finds himself getting swept up into the most gripping investigation of his career. He involves his reluctant wife Sally, who's relationship with the antagonist, Adam Henderson creates even more tension for Ted.
You'll have to read the story to learn about Adam. Richmond did a fantastic job creating his "Mind Man," Adam who is responsible for most of the plot. Ted does something really cheesy near the story's climax but it was essential to the plot and sets everything up for a satisfying conclusion. I'm sure other readers will look forward to the sequel just as much as I am.
Day of the Living Pizza
on Nov. 12, 2012
Who would have thought that a story about people turning into Pizzas would be so funny, especially when there is some mystery mixed in for good measure. Vickie Johnstone, author of several other fun and witty novels will brighten your day with "Day of the Living Pizza." Her character names alone will give you pause for a belly laugh. I'm glad to have stumbled on this story and discovered the Gage Project. I hope it has been tremendously successful.
3 Heads & a Tail
on Nov. 12, 2012
Until reading this humorous tale about relationships between characters that tend towards being shy, my favorite animal character was "Buck" featured in Jack London's "Call of the Wild." Vickie Johnstone's story is a different kind of novel that also features a dog as one of the main characters. The story begins shortly after Josie, the protagonist moves into a flat with two male housemates, rather make that three if you include Glen, the golden labrador retriever.
Without spoiling the fun by describing how the relationships unfold, I'll just say that Glen has now replaced Buck as my favorite doggie character in a novel. Ms. Johnstone's characters are all wonderfully developed and she does an amazing job giving doggie voice to Glen and Mimi.
For readers unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), "3 Heads" is a product of a one month sprint at writing a full length novel. The story is packed with humor and has a wonderfully developed climax and conclusion. For a light hearted "feel good" read and a good laugh, you won't want to miss this one.
The William S Club
on Dec. 26, 2012
I was hooked from page one but must warn that some of the passages in this novel are explicitly for adults only. Banks's mystery thriller opens with William Harvey snatching up property during the blitz in WWII London setting up a legacy of wealth for the Harvey family.
The beautiful young present day investigative journalist Charlotte Burke is invited on an international press tour by the Harvey property corporation, but Burke has a secret to protect from the Harvey family. She stopped using her real name, Victoria Baker to distance herself from her father Paul Baker who was imprisoned as a result of his own dealings as an employee of William Harvey.
The story is action packed and full of twists and turns as Burke slowly uncovers the underbelly of the Harvey family secret. However, her investigation is not without danger. For Burke and her colleagues, some of the danger comes from their entanglement in the twisted debauchery that William Harvey Jr. feeds upon.
The author wants readers to despise the antagonists and uses graphic sexual situations to drive those aspects of the story to the forefront. In the opinion of this reviewer, the story would have held it's own without the graphic detail of these passages. The suggestion of debauchery and lurid sex would have been enough for readers to get the idea.
The two sets of secrets, the Baker's and the Harvey's collide in a suspenseful conclusion. For a debut novel, Riley Banks cranked out a good one. However, the mixing of the lurid sex and erotica into what would have made for a well crafted and well written mystery thriller might be off putting to some readers. I'm looking forward to reading another from Banks without the extras.
Kiwi in Cat City
on June 13, 2013
I was so happy I won this young adult series give away, especially so since I was already familiar with indie author Vickie Johnstone's poetic and humorous style.
When Amy and her younger brother James decide to follow their pet cat Kiwi to find out where she goes and what she does, their discovery was nothing short of transformative. The first thing they discover on their journey to Cat City was that Kiwi could talk. A little more pixy dust and soon the children were changed into kittens. When they arrived in Cat City, they learned there were some "cat knappings" and Kiwi, being the detective she is, lead the investigation as to who, where, what, and why.
This story was a fun read and full of humorous play on words. Though billed as young adult genre, I think most adults who have children, or anyone who has a cat for that matter, would enjoy reading it too. I'm glad I won the whole Kiwi series and am looking forward to reading the others. The only issue I have with the story is how it might best fit into the YA genre - as in what specific age group. It reads well but maybe a bit long for a ten year old reading on their own. Then again, it is shorter than any of the Harry Potter series and in the opinion of this reviewer, is just as "Cat -p-tivating."