Ben Brown was born in Reading, England. He struggled through school academically. Diagnosed with dyslexia meant being removed from class to attend “remedial” lessons. Ben did not enjoy reading and writing, and left school early to work with his father as a builder. It wasn’t until his mid twenties that Ben persisted in teaching himself to read and finally read his first novel.
Ben emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1990 where he now lives with his wife Michelle and two teenage children Chelsea and Zac.
He planned his first novel each day while working as a bricklayer, to pass the hours. His love of scientific facts, futuristic possibilities and fast-paced action is what makes this, his first novel a great read.
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- Flawed Gods
on June 26, 2012
Flawed Gods is a beautifully woven hybrid of both sci-fi and fantasy. The author manages to move seamlessly from our world, to those she has created. Unlike with so many fantasy books, at no point did I feel that she had taken a step to far. She handles the balance between believability, and outright fantasy, with all the skill of a tightrope walker. At no point does she topple into the cliché, or over trodden paths of others.
The characters in this book are well formed and completely compelling. Doella, the main character, is a good example of this. I could totally see her in my mind’s eye, and I wasn’t always sure that I liked what I saw. That’s one of the things I liked about this book, too often characters are too black or white. For me, Doella was kind of gray—as are many people in the real world. Nobody is perfect, least of all, a flawed God.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of both fantasy and sci-fi—the rest of you will love it too, I know I did. Five stars.
on April 02, 2013
I loved this book, but that's no surprise; I loved its predecessor too. Like a chef producing a spectacular meal, the writing skills of this author make every paragraph a treat. I wanted to savour every word and image, and by the end, I wanted seconds. The characters are strong and well rounded, and the story keeps the reader enthralled throughout. This novel is another triumph from Angela Mortimer, and I certainly hope to read more from her. I have to say, this book really enhanced the enjoyment of my Easter weekend. Thank you, Angela.