Born in 1976, he has lived all over Canada, but has called the Meadow-Ridge area of BC his home since 1992. While cycling to his job as a computer technician, he got into a fight with a car in 2001. The car won, and Joseph became a T5/6 paraplegic. This has not hampered his chances at winning the superbowl, as he's been a self-declared nerd for as long as he can remember.
Since his injury, he has focused on his writing and a little on his art, much of which is related to his fiction and can be found at www.ozero.ca. In May, 2007 he became proud father of Caitlin, followed in 2011 a son, Lachlan.
He awaits the day that stemcells or super awesome telekinetic flight powers will allow him to unfurl his black trenchcoats yet again.
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Smashwords book reviews by Joseph Picard
- Operation Tomcat
on May 11, 2017
Okay, what is this? Please no talking cat, please no talking cat... phew. No talking cat. That averted any fears that the cat and the hunk on the cover were going to be romantically involved.
But you know what? The early parts kind of play as a romance of sorts between the protagonist Tammy, and the lost cat that walked into her life. Any cat owner has had experience with gaining the trust, and eventually, potentially, the affection of a cat. They can be a bit picky.
You might be able to guess that the cat's owner turns out to be a handsome available type. A police officer.
Where you might then expect standard cliché followed by some semi-explicit hanky-panky, laced with breathy giggles, and sweaty pecs, instead we're treated to a realistically, gradually developing relationship- at the same time as a local mystery plays out, with the cat as a star player.
One thing that caught me off guard at first was a bit of the slang terminology used. Lest we forget that the author is an Australian. The differences pop up now and then, but minor things, easily understood in context, and added a bit of unique flavour. It all makes sense, as the story takes place in a corner of a small town in Australia.
I happen to know that the author is also a lawyer, which adds some realism to some of the legal-talk involved in the criminal activity being hunted down. Thankfully, just enough to serve the plot, and not clutter.
I generally read things in the speculative fiction strain, but I found Tammy to be likable enough that I was quite content to follow along with her little troubles, and the events that grew out of them, with a cute tiny twist towards the end that made a lot of sense and clicked. I surprised myself to have devoured it in one extended session.
Lately, I've had the chance to introduce myself to several TV shows that friends have been recommending, and saying were good... Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Dexter... some of those are a big grimmer than I enjoy. By contrast, Operation Tomcat provided … to use a hackneyed phrase... a feel-good experience. A badguy caught, the sprouting of love, and a likable cat.
What more could one want?
Disclaimer- I was given a copy of this for the purposes of review