Former Ten Stars pilot Rick Barrett is having a bad day. Not only is he jobless and broke, in a seedy spaceport bar he has been forced into a winner-takes-all poker game with a homicidal cauliflower. Salvation is at hand in the shapely form of Irish redhead Julie Halloran. Julie has a proposition for Rick that could end his financial worries - but does she also have a secret agenda of her own?
Take Control of Your Pain is a guide for anyone suffering from pain, be it acute, chronic, post-operative, emotional, joint pain, or something else.
As the title suggests, the emphasis is very much on 'taking control' of your pain and working collaboratively with your medical practitioner to manage and relieve it.
The manual has a strongly practical approach, with checklists and exercises to set you thinking about the nature of your pain and how best to deal with it. But there is also plenty of advice on drugs, diet, lifestyle, and so on, all written in Lesley's chatty, friendly style.
If you suffer from any sort of pain, this manual - written by a nurse with over 25 years' experience - will help you understand and deal with it, and guide you towards a happier and hopefully pain-free life.
Cave is an intriguing and unusual novel, with vividly portrayed and believable characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing to the end.
I would describe it as a mystery adventure. At the beginning, the protagonist, Marty, finds himself trapped in a deep cave in North Wales and left to die. The action revolves around Marty’s attempts to find a way out, alongside flashbacks that introduce readers to the other people in his life. Through these, we gradually piece together what has happened to Marty and who has tried to kill him (and why).
Marty is a flawed individual with a few skeletons in his closet. He nevertheless captures the reader's interest, if not always our sympathy. Through the flashbacks we find out about his relationships with the two women in his life, his estranged wife Carole and university girlfriend Beth. We also meet his circle of (mostly male) caving buddies, some of whom have surprising secrets of their own. The majority of the novel is actually set above ground, focusing on Marty's job as a forensic chemist, his student days, his return to single life (and his old hobby of caving), and other trips and expeditions he has undertaken.
Although self-published, Cave has been written and edited to a professional standard. It’s not an all-out action adventure (though there certainly are some dramatic scenes in it), but rather a novel about people and relationships, secrets and regrets. As such, it should appeal equally to both male and female readers. In my opinion, it would also make an excellent movie. Highly recommended for lovers of intelligent fiction.