James A. Anderson is a retired journalist and graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He lives in London, Ontario, Canada with his wife Sherry and two Basenjis, Remba and Wakili. Deadline is his first novel.
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by James Anderson
One minute Anna Childs was there and the next…..she was gone. Just like that.
Her father, Scott Childs, owner of Bayfield’s local amusement park – Wonderland – is frantic. Teen sleuths Katie and Trevor Mackenzie are investigating her disappearance from the Death Ride. But Anna doesn’t appear to have an enemy in the world. Who in Bayfield wants this girl gone?
by James Anderson
The Daily Express chronicles continue. Bringing you more news, more murder, action and romance.
The Scorpion is a terrorist. A nameless, faceless killer leading a team that plans to attack North America bringing death and destruction in a daring scheme called Operation Saladin. Katie Cannon and Andrew Chase are planning their wedding, but their happy day may bring more than expected.
by James Anderson
A serial killer -- The Wolfman – prowls the streets of Toronto kidnapping young professional women, then targets crime reporter Katie Cannon who has been writing about his rampage.
Trevor Trevanian, a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, is abducted by al-Qaida and taken on a perilous journey to Pakistan to face an uncertain fate.
Deadline combines murder and action in a big city newspaper.
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Smashwords book reviews by James Anderson
- Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller
on Nov. 01, 2011
Move over John Grisham! There's a new legal thriller writer on the scene who deserves to hit best seller status
Hostile Witness is the first book in the Witness series by Rebecca Forster. It's quite a read and I found it a real page turner.
Forster certainly knows her way around a courtroom and this novel gives the reader a fascinating glimpse into the California legal system -- warts and all.
Josie Baylor-Bates is a criminal defense lawyer dealing with childhood abandonment issues and haunted by an old case where she got a murderer off who turned around and killed again. She takes the case of a young girl Hannah Sheraton, accused of killing her step-grandfather, a prominent justice on the California Supreme Court.
The trial scenes are riveting. Forster aptly captures the cut and thrust of the adversarial system.
Her characters are strong and complex, the writing fast-paced with short sentences that captivate the reader and make you keep turning pages. The plot has so many twists and turns that this reader couldn't guess the real killer.
If you're new to Forster's novels like me, you are in for a real treat. And this one you can currently pick up for a bargain since it is free. I paid for it quite a while ago, but it was $2.99 well spent. I definitely want to read her others. 5-stars and well deserving of 10 if I could give it.
Count me in as a new fan!
- Two Simon Grant Mysteries
on March 29, 2012
Wonderful, Complex Mystery
I've never read such a wonderful, complex mystery in a long time. Mira Kolar-Brown's writing reminds me a lot of P.D. James.
She elevates the genre to a much higher literary standard. Mind you, this is not a fast-paced, page-turning read. It takes some time and one has to concentrate because of the many plot and character complexities. Not my usual reading fare or preference, but I quite enjoyed the journey and the rather surprising conclusion.
It is a very complex mystery set in northeast England where I lived for a while as a young boy. It brought back some fond memories.
There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist,Detective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer called Dancer. Told through the skillful use of flashbacks, the story brings out the complexities of Inspector Grant and what makes him the way he is. The book is rich in complex characters and will drive you crazy trying to figure out who the killer is. I didn't.
HIDING THE ELEPHANT is a wonderful read, very satisfying and I can't wait to read the followup novel [[ASIN:B0042RUNZE LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)]. Both books are a bargain at 99 cents. You can even get them both in a special edition, [[ASIN:B005SHNRB4 Two Simon Grant Mysteries].
- Two Simon Grant Mysteries
on July 18, 2012
This sequel to HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)is even better than the first and that was one great read.
Once again we are taken back to the England of the 1990s and also the 1960s in various flashbacks which only enhance the story and flesh out the characters and their motivations. This is another of Mira Kolar Brown's complex mysteries that is a joy to read, although it is not an easy task because of the complexities of the plot and the many diverse characters she introduces. I usually whip through a book in 2-3 days, but not this one. It took me over a week to read because I had to reread sections to keep the story straight in my head and to truly appreciate her many interesting characters.
Inspector Simon Grant is a complex man who is very moral and forthright on some fronts, but not in others. He is involved in an adulterous relationship with his wife Pippa's sister whom he has impregnated. Very spicy stuff.
Ms. Kolar Brown deftly deals with many issues in this novel, not to mention a double serial killing of two young women. The identity of the killer and the motives were a complete surprise to me.
This is a very good read and I hope Ms. Brown will be continuing with further adventures of Simon Grant.
- Knight Progenitor
on Nov. 12, 2012
Knight Progenitor by Sharon L. Reddy
This is a massive fan fiction epic from an author who is a true sci-fi fan.
It is eloquent, intelligent and well written science fiction that covers a wide spectrum from Doctor Who to Star Trek the Next Generation. Many of your favorite characters are here in stories and novels that run from the highly excellent to a couple that are mediocre, but still enjoyable. One of my favorites is the story where Doctor Who is imprisoned on a planet of only females who want to use him to rebreed the population. He is given seven wives and kept perpetually exhausted. What a brilliant concept and highly entertaining story.
This book is massive and, at over 205,000 words, one of the biggest books I’ve read in some years. It rivals War and Peace for staying power and challenge to the reader. It took me over a month to read it because I could only handle a few sections at a time and had to turn to other books for respite. Even Dr. Who and Star Trek fans can only handle so much. I wouldn’t recommend trying to read it all at once.
The book is unlikely to interest those who are not fans of the show unless you really want to read exceptional science fiction writing. It is currently available free on Smashwords, but I believe the author has withdrawn her books from Amazon over a dispute.
Highly recommended. Just don’t expect a quick read.
- Adventures of a Southern Girl
on Jan. 17, 2013
A simply delightful book of short stories and real life experiences with a decidedly southern touch.
I read this book over three days and it brightened each of those days for me. Very uplifting stuff. I highly recommend it.
And guys, you can finally learn the secret of why our women take so long in the restroom. Very amusing. Glad I'm not a woman.
The author is a great storyteller and has a definite way with words. The southern touches were nice and reminded me of a car trip we took through the southern states some years back. Great and friendly people. But that's anotha story....
The stories are funny, amusing and sometimes very touching and moving. Some wonderful human moments here.
Do yourself a favor and read this book by a talented new author.
on Feb. 04, 2013
Just finished BOOMERANG by Alan Hutcheson. A wild and crazy thriller with some zany characters.
It was an interesting storyline but not enough suspense and action for me though. Dragged in the middle, but picked up in the latter half and the ending was solid and satisfying. There are a few editing and proofing issues, but not serious enough to harm the story.
The writing is good and competent and the author really grabs you with the opening chapters. There is quite a bit of humor in this thriller. Set in Australia and Arizona. A satisfying book, but had the potential to be much better. A solid 4-stars.