Writer: novelist - four novels published in print and ebook (one by Creativia - To Rise Again; and three by Dragon Moon Press - The Jigsaw And The Fan, Timeshaft, and In Shadows Waiting); magazine columnist; public relations.
Previous roles include radio newsreader, phone-in host, and presenter.
Married to Sue, with two grown-up children, Chris and Charlotte, and a budgie called Alfie.
Lives in Leicestershire, UK.
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Up Close And Personal - Volume 2
by Stewart Bint
Novelist Stewart Bint writes a regular column in a fortnightly magazine, The Flyer, ranging from the intensely personal, humorous and hard hitting controversy, to sheer whimsy. This is the second compilation book of those columns, taking us from October 2014 to May 2017. An extremely diverse range of subjects. Something for everyone.
Up Close And Personal
by Stewart Bint
(5.00 from 1 review)
Novelist Stewart Bint writes a regular column in a fortnightly magazine, The Flyer.
Ranging from the intensely personal, humorous and hard hitting controversy, to sheer whimsy, those columns are gathered here in one volume.
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Smashwords book reviews by Stewart Bint
on Jan. 01, 2013
Definitely worth a look. My favourite was The Cats of Athens, but I was intrigued by The Great Snipe Hunt, which I can only describe as experimental literature. All five stories held my attention right from the first sentence through to the final word.
The book is a nice mix of stories each angled around reality just being a fraction off-key, which is enough to unsettle the key character in each case.
Demonic Double Cross
on May 27, 2013
The style of the early pages reminds me of Raymond Chandler in his Phillip Marlow books. Then the narrative becomes slightly less hard-boiled as Arthur Broker's character develops. Although Broker is an out-and-out conman his finer points quickly shone through, and B. Branin was adept at making him an anti-hero, ensuring we take a genuine interest in his fate.
Comedy-horror; a fast-moving tale; and I loved the final battle between good and evil.
on June 22, 2013
The superbly-described battles in other dimensions reminded me of the great battles on the astral plain in the sadly forgotten occult novels of the great Dennis Wheatley, brought bang up to date. I loved this book...its premise, its plot, its storyline, and Veronica's skilful storytelling. Thoroughly recommended!
on June 22, 2013
In Gladstone, John A. Miller shows his skill at developing his characters and their relationship, while teasing the reader with the wider plot...all the while building to a great climax and totally unexpected revelation.
This book posed a bit of a conundrum for me: I desperately wanted to get to the end to find out what the big secret was -- John lays down some fascinating clues with conversations between the townsfolk -- while on the other hand the story was so good I just didn't want it to end.
I hope this is the first of a series of books about the wonderful town of Gladstone.
Reaping the Harvest
on June 22, 2013
So now we know we're in safe hands....we mere mortals are watched over by a race of warriors battling the bad guys.
I loved the opening sequence -- Robbie Cox doesn't pull any punches right from the off, where our hero faces up to the Big-Daddy of demons in the first paragraph. Talk about grabbing the readers' attention: mine was grabbed and held from start to finish.
The relationship between the mortal who finds himself fighting with the good guys, and his mystical helpers Tryna and Kree, is explored with finesse and humour.
And that humour is skilfully interspersed with drama and well-described battles, including the final battle that takes up the whole of the last chapter, and indeed gives us an unexpected conclusion.
Born of Water
on June 22, 2013
Okay...I'm biased, because this is exactly my sort of book. But maybe that bias should make me more critical...but there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Born Of Water. Just as naiad Niri is born of water, then Autumn Birt is born to write.
Her story skilfully tells of an epic journey, while developing the characters of our heroes and heroines. The looks and gestures that pass between them help to transport the reader to the deck of the ship or the seat of the camel. We're not simply reading about this quest...we're there with them.
on June 22, 2013
As a short story intended to drive readers to the author's series of full-length novels, this definitely hits the mark.
The air of mystery builds nicely, but I was fairly smug in that I knew the direction the storyline was going. D'Oh! It was not to be: Karen Dales leads the reader up the garden path before revealing the truth just a few pages before the ending.
Did it make me want to check out Karen's award-winning "Chosen Chronicles" series? You bet.
The Night the Lights Went Out
on Aug. 16, 2013
A frightening scenario well depicted through the eyes of a young soldier on a mission through the dangerous countryside of a Britain without electricity.
A well told story, where the reader quickly empathises with the soldier. The hardships and dangers are nicely documented, and I found myself genuinely caring for our hero, and hoping he would eventually find happiness with the woman he encounters in a commune.
The ending is just right in paving the way for a sequel.
If the author does continue the adventures of this young soldier, I will definitely be reading them.
Barnaby's Bigger Book of Shorts
on Sep. 22, 2013
An excellent cross section of bite-sized short stories...some will make you think, some will make you smile, some will make you squirm, some will make you want to know more, but all will make you glad you bought this book.
Barnaby Wilde's imagination is in full flight here, with an extremely wide range of stories, including fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, supernatural, everyday situations, and the wonderful Shaggy Dog Story. I particularly liked the series of stories from the Vertigo Research Labs.
They are all well-written, with some excellent descriptions which take the reader right to the heart of each scene. In many cases I felt I was actually there...and in some of the stories that was perhaps a little too uncomfortable (I'm thinking of the guy trapped in the magician's cabinet, and the one in his orange onesie in a completely featureless landscape).
In short -- there isn't a story here that I didn't like...and that's most unusual for me. This book has spurred me on to produce my own collection short stories --
I Dream of Zombies
on Oct. 19, 2013
“I Dream Of Zombies” is an ideal read for lovers of this particular genre.
While the plot has been seen in many guises in both film and book over the years – i.e. zombies over-running an area and threatening the very survival of a country or even the world – this book’s strength lies in two areas:
First: character development. I was rooting for one particular character, Ellen, right from the start because of the way Vickie Johnstone defines her vulnerability and reliance on those around her. Ellen’s vulnerability is the real backbone of the story.
And then, while I felt her protectors, Tommy and Marla, could look after themselves, their characters grew and blossomed as an increasing number of other vulnerables, including two young children and two elderly people, join the band of travellers seeking sanctuary from the zombies.
Second: the graphic descriptions of zombie attacks and their effects. Having fled London before the zombie horde really took hold, our heroes later have to make a journey back into Tottenham, and we are treated to descriptions of the carnage there, which adds intensity to what could happen to the rest of the UK if the zombie virus is left unchecked.
Vickie Johnstone intersperses the horror and action with a little humour (okay, fans of a well-known soccer team won’t find the destruction of their ground funny, but rival fans will!) and moments of tenderness – I’m thinking here of a conversation between the two sisters on a narrow boat.
While the book moves nicely to a largely satisfying conclusion as far as our band of refugees are concerned, two questions remain. However, it is extremely likely that those answers will be forthcoming as Vickie Johnstone continues her fascinating story in the next book in the series.
As a lover of this genre I give “I Dream Of Zombies” five stars, and eagerly await its sequel.
Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver
on Oct. 26, 2013
The second book of a trilogy is often the hardest to write…the author needs to maintain interest in the settings and characters from the first one, while developing them to set the scene for the third novel. And, of course, the book has to be a self-contained story in its own right.
So, does John A. Miller succeed in this with Gladstone 2 Missing In Denver?
You bet he does. While much of the build up and all of the action takes place away from the wonderful town of Gladstone, everything that made the first novel in his series so readable and entertaining, is there.
The characters continue to develop well, as they display skills we didn’t see in the original – Susan and Stewart are surprising again; and the action-packed finale gives a feel-good factor in more ways than one.
The plot builds somewhat tantalisingly, making the reader want to zip through the pages on the ereader to see what’s going to happen. When you reach the action you realise that while it’s been building, John A. Miller has nudged character development further into the story and you haven’t noticed.
UK best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer once said to an interviewer: “Don’t call me a writer, because I’m not. I’m a storyteller.” And that describes John A. Miller to an absolute tee. His story flows with tight description and well-paced development, building to its action-filled crescendo.
Maybe, and this is only very slight, the writing occasionally gets in the way of the story with some of the dialogue, where a contraction or two would ease the reader into the next sentence a little more naturally.
Oh, and by the way – another surprise – who goes missing in Denver was definitely not who I expected it to be!
While characters may go missing in Denver, there’s certainly nothing missing from this story – hence five stars. And roll on Gladstone 3. I’ll be at the front of the queue for it.
Vampire Assassin (Jane #1)
on Nov. 24, 2013
As an introductory story to the Jane series, this serves its purpose in an informative and entertaining manner.
The storyline revolves largely around how Jane became a vampire, which is interesting and lively. The story also sets up a slightly different "take" on vampire mythology without pushing it too far in the "Twilight" direction.
Readers are taken along at a good pace through descriptive text and narrative -- and its perfect tone more than compensates for the somewhat scarce dialogue.
Not what I was expecting...which made it a more attractive read for me.
on Oct. 26, 2014
One man's tale of distributing justice in his own unique way, as the "gentle marshal."
A story of justice and right, against racism, intolerance, downright wickedness and greed.
John Miller skilfully weaves a love aspect into the wider story of how one man can make a difference in fighting the bad things in the world. It has shades of The A Team television series, with the goodies moseying on into town righting wrongs, then moving on. A tale of developing love, honesty and trust.
Descriptions take us directly into each and every scene. For me, John Miller's words were painting a vivid picture and it was almost like a movie unfolding in front of eyes: I wasn't reading this story...I was in there with the good guys and bad guys.
OK, this is not great writing in the true literary sense, but that's not what Miller is all about. Miller is about spinning a fine yarn, and in this book he certainly comes over as a master storyteller. In my opinion, that's what today's publishing industry needs to focus on -- master storytelling, in preference to artistic and literary use of language.
Story should be king. In Trail Dust story is King, Queen, Prince and Princess all rolled into one, to such an extent that many scenes in this tender and touching tale brought a tear to my eye -- then just moments later I was on the edge of my seat as we were thrust into gun battles and other tense situations of the "gentle marshal" emerging in triumph.
on Nov. 23, 2014
As this was the first true erotica novel I've read (yes, okay, I know...I've led a sheltered life) I wasn't sure what to expect, other than gratuitous sex.
I certainly wasn't expecting a well-plotted, well-written story with exceptionally good character development. But I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised when Losing Faith gave me all that, and much more -- 'cos I've read some of this author'ss other books, and his masterful storytelling flowed throughout this fascinating tale.
Yes, the sex was there, well described in a multitude of ways, but it certainly wasn't gratuitous. It was an essential part of the story, and played a vital role in developing both Faith's character, and her husband Selby's.
It is also a part of how we see other characters change throughout the book -- some for the better, some for the worse.
Not the sort of book I'd recommend for my maiden aunt, but for everyone else...absolutely! I loved the interplay between tenderness and humour, and it certainly made me smile throughout. In fact, I can safely say when I was feeling low, it kept my pecker up. Five stars all the way.
The Star Agency
on March 06, 2016
Loved this story...but then I'm a sucker for what I regard as old-style science fiction told in an entertaining and interesting way.
Neat build-up on Earth, where our young hero is faced with a mystery which is solved with the help of a girl, who I'm sure we're all rooting to become his girlfriend. I won't say what happens...SPOILERS.
Then, off we go through space to a high-tech planet where a "can't refuse" proposition is put to him.
As he settles into his new home light years from Earth we look on in awe at the new technology opening up to him...and the alien creatures he encounters. There were shades of the comic-dramatic reminiscent of the Star Wars bar scenes, When Theo pushes his luck with an ugly alien. And the twist about that -- well I never saw it coming.
R.E. Weber's writing flows along nicely, from the nice, gentle beginning and middle, to the more action-packed final third.
Good descriptions throughout...I really felt as if I were there with Theo, experiencing his exciting new life.