Gary Williams has a Bachelors Degree in IT, with a passion for music. He has provided music and voice-overs for numerous corporate videos, and had a regular music technology column in a magazine(not online - paper based - when magazines were 'real'). He has also written many songs and recorded several albums, some collaborative and some on his own.
I have also helped some other authors with designing, editing and publishing. Have a look at the link to Dr Robert James (below).
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- Treason's Choices: Seovann's Tale
on Jan. 30, 2013
Having already read The Last Death of Tev Chrisini, I found this book an extremely enjoyable foray back into that world, as Ms Bresnick bestows upon us, morsel by morsel, some of the history of Seovann, and his sister, Sanemki, and their relationship with the Chittura - a Delai Lama-like spiritual leader of the walled city where most of the action happens in this novel.
It doesn't matter if you haven't already read any of the other books set in this unique world - this work is self-contained and stands up on its own. If this is your first adventure in this world, you may find yourself hungry for more adventures into this wonderful, complex world... I've found myself chasing down this author's work, and have even joined a small throng of people gently encouraging the author, via her blog, to finish her next work set in this world
- The Earth-stepper's Bargain: A Short Story
on Jan. 30, 2013
The only problem with this short story - is that it is a short story! But, for those of us that have fallen under the spell that Ms Bresnick weaves in her tales that occur on this, now familiar, but no-less enchanting and fascinating landscape... it is another taste that is well worth the dollar invested. I managed to make the magic last a couple of days.
For those who have yet to experience the world this author creates, this short story will give you a taste of the some of the well-developed characters this author produces and a small sense of the vast, complicated landscape, with all its clashing cultures, wars, friends, foes, etc, without a huge investment in time and money. If in doubt - buy and read this story... and have a look around this intriguing world.
- The Whack Job - An Eamonn Shute Short Story
on Sep. 24, 2013
Have a read of this. It's free and it won't take long. It gives an idea of Eamonn Shute (pronounced "aim 'n shoot" - which other characters give him a ribbing about!) and his life style. I love the character and the environment Tony (the author) has set up for this guy. A 6'6'', poor man's Irish James Bond, that has won the lottery, and moved permanently to Sunny Florida, leaving his Irish compatriots to whine about the cold without him.
So this guy probably has the life most of us want. He lives in luxury, in a perfect location, with a lovely Florida-born girl friend, and to keep himself interested in life, he pokes his nose into Police matters here and there - and outdoes them at their own game. This story was great fun and is probably great intro to the author's humour and style.
- Unprotected Sax
on Sep. 24, 2013
I really enjoyed this book - the first I've read from this author. The characters are well-developed and the good guys rushing to beat the bad guys, with the assistance of the slightly more palatable bad guys, gave me plenty of inspiration to keep turning pages. The main character is complicated - a reluctant tough guy... that happens to play the sax well enough to return to that to make a living, after a military stint. There's also some chemistry at work between him and the singer in the band, and the story continually thrusts them together, then drags them apart again, which, along with the good cops trying to figure out who the dirty cop is, adds plenty of meat to the story.
This isn't one of those turn the page as fast as you can thrillers, like a Matthew Reilly or a Dan Brown - it's intriguing enough to keep you interested and turning pages, but I find, you can take a breath and relax and enjoy the journey a lot more. Having said that, I was definitely turning the last few pages faster... I hadn't noticed the pace slowly building to a climax until it really had me in its grip.
I like discovering an author that has already written so many books, because I can then go back and read the rest of their 'library'. I'll definitely be doing that with Tony McFadden, because I'm keen to see if he's perfected the formula this well in his other books. And from his bio, he intends to keep on writing, and writing, and writing... No complaints from me.
- Have Wormhole, Will Travel
on Nov. 01, 2013
This book was great fun to read. Now where did Bram Stoker get his inspiration from Dracula? Aliens! Aliens... that have been here for many hundreds of years, checking that we're not about to develop space travel and do to their planets, what we've done to native races on Earth... turn up and wipe them out.
It's got a bit of everything in it; it's a bit of a Sci-fi, with scenes from another planet, a bit of romance (across species!), oh... and a race against time to save the Earth. This book weaves the occasional fact among an added layer of fiction quite well - it makes it believable enough to enjoy the ride. Also - I'm from Sydney, so I enjoyed all the 'sight-seeing' in this book - almost like watching a picturesque movie made in my home town. A good fun read, that's quite unique.
This is the third book I've read by this author, since I discovered him through `Goodreads'... and I dare say I'll read some more of his books.
- Book 'Em - An Eamonn Shute Mystery
on Nov. 23, 2013
I've said in another review of these Eamonn Shute stories how much I love his lifestyle. This guy has the lifestyle we all want. If you think you don't deserve or wouldn't enjoy a lifestyle like his - I know a couple of therapists that seem to have a great reputation and am happy to pass on their details! We get a hint that in the past he has won the lottery - and we don't really know whether this was the real focus of his unfinished PhD in maths or not... maybe he was just lucky. Whether he was 'just lucky', or skewed his odds somehow, the millions he won allowed him to ditch the cold of Ireland for the tropical heat of Miami, buying the whole top floor of a building overlooking the beaches and scoring a lovely girlfriend along the way.
So, there's the perfect lifestyle that most of us can picture ourselves in (soon to be all of us - after a few sessions) and I was probably already entranced, well before parts of this lovely lifestyle threaten to unravel. The lovely girlfriend is falsely accused of murder and... off we go. Oh, and did I mention that Eamonn came from a really bad, down and out part of Ireland... so bad he thought it necessary to become a bit of an expert in martial arts - so he's quite at home in a bar fight.
So, the scene is all set, and it lights, camera, action. Off we go, racing against time, to find out who really committed the murder that the lovely girlfriend has been accused of. There's plenty of twists and turns in the finer details of the plot.
By the end it was, sort of, like riding along with a racing driver around a race track... you can see a corner coming, but the driver doesn't appear to have even thought about hitting the brakes yet; I could tell I was almost at the end of the book, and disaster still hadn't been averted. Sure enough, just like the racing driver, Mr McFadden knew he had just barely enough time to hit the brakes and throw you around that last corner, and onto the home straight.
It was a great read. And, like I said, I'd probably be happy to read about Eamonn doing boring day to day stuff, let alone an adventure of this scale.
- G'Day L.A.
on Dec. 12, 2013
A fascinating thing about this book is how every alternate chapter is written in the first person and third person. So, every for every chapter written in third person, there's a chapter after that written by a male author - thinking and feeling as a female.
This means you get the first person 'feel' of the girl realising she might be able to set up the bad guy for a fall. Then, in the next chapter, we get the third person description of the bad guy that's excited at how he has actually set her up, and how she's taken the bait. And so on.
It is worth reading the whole book to get to the fight scene three quarters of the way through. We get a first person description of the fight as the model turned actress struggles with the bad guy - catches him out with a few kicks to sensitive areas! Again, we get both sides of the chase, capture, evasion, retaliation and it keeps you guessing as it turns each corner (a maze of corners would be better analogy).
I also enjoyed the characters... and I dare say anybody who has had anything to do with show business will recognise the 'realness' of these characters - the victims, the exploiters and the rare stable person that can actually make a career out of any type of show business.
As with Mr McFadden's other books, again quite unique, and cleverly executed. I've read a few of his books now and, as ever, will reserve my judgement until I've read all his books, but I am getting ready to make that statement that you only make about great authors: "with Tony McFadden books, you just can't go wrong".
- G'Day USA
on Jan. 09, 2014
This book users the same fascinating format as G'day LA, where chapters alternate between first and third person, giving us the overall perspective in third person and then that's backed up with the internal experience and thoughts of the hero (in first person).
When he writes his books, Mr McFadden seems to dabble in infinite variations of his already successful formula. In another of his books, one of the main characters is framed, and ends up in jail while her boyfriend, Eamonn Shute, spends some of his riches figuring out who framed her - the reader knows pretty early who this is, and has to watch them figure it out.
The variation of that formula in this book, is that G'day USA is more of a 'who done it' (the reader doesn't know the real killer) and, in this case the falsely accused makes a run for it and has to figure things out for herself (she probably developed her detective skills in the last book, G'day LA). We get updates here and there on what 'the killer' is doing... but we don't know who it is. In this regard it, sort of, reminds me of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', where we find out late in the book that two characters are actually one person (while trying not to give too much away).
I am now a definite fan of Tony McFadden, and this is another great read by him.
- The Changeling Detective
on Feb. 13, 2014
This book was intriguing and a lot of fun to read. The author manages to make the changeling thing quite believable, with his description of what he can and can't do... and we get to ride with the character in first person as he discovers knew aspects of his ability he didn't know about. I suppose near death experiences will do that to you.
The twists and turns in this book are subtle, so that I was unaware of exactly how it managed to keep me so hooked all the way. I love the humour in this book! A little way into the book, the changeling detective decides the time has come for him to be honest about his abilities to a woman who becomes his new sidekick. Shortly after, as he is just about to become intimately involved with her, he tells her, "I can be any man you want me to be!"
The quality of this novel is superb. I hardly found any typos or omitted words (and I always do - even with the huge volume publications). I notice that the author offers services, such as continuity checking, to other indie authors. This novel is a shining beacon leading the way for other indie authors.
My only complaint about this book is that the sequel isn't written yet. So, you'd be doing me a big favour if you also read this book, and then also told the author to get on with writing a sequel!