“Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author, polymath and occasional smarty-pants.”
John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time between the UK and Thailand.
His novel 'Everyone Burns' is the first book in the 'Time, Blood and Karma' series.
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- The Run (The Running Suspense Collection #1)
on Sep. 02, 2012
A gripping short tale which will keep you engrossed to the end: how an ordinary day can turn into a living nightmare. I defy you to put it down once you've started reading! Highly recommended.
- Newspaper Bundle
on Sep. 26, 2012
Diane Strong's 'Newspaper Bundle' is a collection of charming vignettes which often bring an unexpected smile to the lips. She writes in a fluid, engaging style and one which creates a feeling of intimacy with the author; a sense that you are privy to her thoughts and feelings. I went through the book in one sitting and was consequently late for work. It was worth it.
"Newspaper Bundle' is a great introduction to Strong's writing, which has deepened with her 'Running Suspense' series.
- The Beginning (Whispering Pines Book 1)
on Oct. 06, 2012
“The Beginning” opens with one of the best first chapters I have read in a long while. I found myself thinking: first five minutes of James Bond movie.
The story itself is very visual and evocative, and the characters deftly drawn. There is a dizzy mix of action, mystery, murder and psychic voodoo playing out against the background noise of family skeletons rattling loudly in the closet. You root for the good guys and hiss loudly at the bad guys. The action comes thick and fast and I found myself staying up until 1.30am to finish the book. Impossible to leave it alone for long once you’ve reached the mid-point - wife, kids or work notwithstanding.
I did find some formatting/typing issues in the text which a little more time in editing could have smoothed out, and (being a cynical Brit) would have liked to cut out some of the more homespun American dialogue. I found myself wanting to get back to the action – of which there is a lot!
“The Beginning” is the first in Charles Wells’ mystery/thriller series “Whispering Pines”. Will I be reading the next in the series? As you US-types might say, “You betcha!”
- The Nightlife: New York
on Jan. 19, 2013
So you think you know all about vampires? And about vampires and sex? And about vampires having sex? Ha! Travis Luedke lays into the whole genre like a man possessed. Strong, strong meat indeed, Travis. Hang on tight, it's a white-knuckle ride ...
- Old Mr Bitterman: Criminally Insane
on Jan. 29, 2013
This is a nicely put-together portrait of a curmudgeonly killer. More of an extended character sketch than a story per se, I enjoyed the unfussiness and slick style of Frick's writing. I look forward to reading a longer work from him.
- Parallel Jump
on Sep. 20, 2013
A Nicely-Crafted YA Novella
This is a nicely-crafted YA novella with an interesting central plot element involving interconnectivity at a number of levels. It is both a well-thought through and a pacey read.
My only complaint is that is was not longer: I think Ms Garriepy had enough material to expand this into a full-length novel. She has left the door open to a sequel, and I hope we will see one soon ...
- Closing Shift
on March 12, 2014
'Closing Shift' is an elegantly written and beautifully structured short story, with all the right ingredients to pull at your emotions. I loved it and wanted more, much more.
I will be reading more from Ms Garriepy very soon! Her full-length novel,'Buck's Landing', is already on my Kindle.