tony cole

Biography

I am the owner of a blog that deals with every aspect of ereaders and ebooks, so whilst I am a prolific blogger, I am not a writer in the sense of a novelist.
However, I am one who reads all the time, and have even been known to read cornflake packages when lacking a real book.........
As a blogger about ereaders and ebooks, I devour an enormous number of ebooks, which I occasionally even review on my blog.

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Smashwords book reviews by tony cole

  • Ice Blue on April 23, 2011
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    I read this ebook with enormous pleasure, chiefly owing to the very vivid characterization of all the personages in the book. They all came alive in a rather wonderful way, even minor characters obviously had an existence outside the book - if you see what I mean. To be honest, I became more interested in the people than in the crime itself, which I intend as praise of this book. As a result, I am looking forward very much to the next book by this author, which I intend to read as soon as it is published. I have written a much longer review of this book on my ereader/ebook blog if you are interested. www.ebookanoid.com
  • Thin Blood on April 28, 2011
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    At Rich Adin's recommendation, I read this ebook, and the other two she has here, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was mildly surprised at the ending, as I had seen no clues which would allow me to guess the identity of the killer........ However, a good, well written and engaging read, which i recommend with a whole heart.
  • Sleight Malice on April 28, 2011
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    Once again, on Rich Adin's recommendation I read this ebook, and as with her other two ebooks, I really enjoyed it. The suspense and puzzle about what on earth was going on kept me happily engaged right to the end.... She is a good writer, and well worth following
  • Brittle Shadows on April 28, 2011
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    A wonderfully convoluted ebook. I was kept engaged right to the last pages of this well written thriller. The main protagonists are well formed and believable, in spite of the extreme situations they find themselves in, and the suspense is well structured. A good read.
  • Fatal Liaison on Aug. 15, 2011
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    I have read all her earlier ebooks with great pleasure, so I was really happy that she has produced yet another one for our pleasure. This one is every bit as good as the earlier ones, the plot is complex, the characters are fully rounded, and the ending came as a complete surprise to me.... I can recommend this ebook with total confidence, a very good read indeed.
  • The Cross of St. Anne on Oct. 01, 2011
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    I read this ebook with great pleasure and reviewed it on my blog, so if you follow this link you can read my full review of it there. A good read I thought. http://www.ebookanoid.com/2011/09/21/a-curious-mix-of-gothic-horror-and-crime-thriller-an-ebook-worth-reading/
  • Houndstooth on Sep. 04, 2012
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    I have just finished reading Houndstooth by Gary Ruse, an author whose later works I have read with interest, which mostly deal with Australian themes, but this one is a very different kettle of fish. It is in the genre called Techno-Thriller which is a sort of mix of Sci-Fi and thriller which I had not really come across before, but having read this ebook, I shall certainly look for more examples of this genre. So not only was Gary Ruse ahead of his time with this novel, which he wrote in 1975 and originally published as a paper book (obviously) and has now brought out as an ebook, but has shown what a skilled writer he is in his mastery of several very different writing genres. It all revolves around a dog..... The sort of hero of this book is the dog, Major, who is sent off on a very dangerous and extremely important mission to spy on a Russian plan to upset the balance of power between Russia and the USA, and the various adventures that befall the pooch in the course of his mission. Obviously there is a full cast of both Americans and Russians who are equally engaging as characters. One of the key aspects of Gary's writing is that no one, from the dog to the nastiest Russian is a stereotype, they all have many layers to their personalities, and thus hold our interest and sympathy throughout the book. Carefully researched. Also, and this is important with this sort of story, he has done his research carefully, so the main idea is firmly based on actual research, and is not totally fanciful. Scary idea I find, having the possibility of seeing what a dog or some other creature is seeing whilst sitting at a video screen in another country. Happily though, all his research has not resulted in a book that feels more like a sort of thesis than a thriller as is so often the case with heavily researched books (Forsyth springs to mind here for that failing). Gary uses the research with a light hand, so it all seems perfectly reasonable, and one never gets the feeling one is reading a slightly fanciful article in The Scientific American. All in all, a very satisfying and gripping thriller to pass a pleasant evening's reading, and one that I enjoyed enormously and can recommend to anyone who likes thrillers. As they say, I had difficulty putting it down once I had started to read it.
  • Houndstooth on Sep. 04, 2012
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    I have just finished reading Houndstooth by Gary Ruse, an author whose later works I have read with interest, which mostly deal with Australian themes, but this one is a very different kettle of fish. It is in the genre called Techno-Thriller which is a sort of mix of Sci-Fi and thriller which I had not really come across before, but having read this ebook, I shall certainly look for more examples of this genre. So not only was Gary Ruse ahead of his time with this novel, which he wrote in 1975 and originally published as a paper book (obviously) and has now brought out as an ebook, but has shown what a skilled writer he is in his mastery of several very different writing genres. It all revolves around a dog..... The sort of hero of this book is the dog, Major, who is sent off on a very dangerous and extremely important mission to spy on a Russian plan to upset the balance of power between Russia and the USA, and the various adventures that befall the pooch in the course of his mission. Obviously there is a full cast of both Americans and Russians who are equally engaging as characters. One of the key aspects of Gary's writing is that no one, from the dog to the nastiest Russian is a stereotype, they all have many layers to their personalities, and thus hold our interest and sympathy throughout the book. Carefully researched. Also, and this is important with this sort of story, he has done his research carefully, so the main idea is firmly based on actual research, and is not totally fanciful. Scary idea I find, having the possibility of seeing what a dog or some other creature is seeing whilst sitting at a video screen in another country. Happily though, all his research has not resulted in a book that feels more like a sort of thesis than a thriller as is so often the case with heavily researched books (Forsyth springs to mind here for that failing). Gary uses the research with a light hand, so it all seems perfectly reasonable, and one never gets the feeling one is reading a slightly fanciful article in The Scientific American. All in all, a very satisfying and gripping thriller to pass a pleasant evening's reading, and one that I enjoyed enormously and can recommend to anyone who likes thrillers. As they say, I had difficulty putting it down once I had started to read it.
  • Perseverance Triumphant! on May 24, 2013
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    In Ruse’s world, as in the real Victorian world, steam power is the basis of everything, but he has carried it to almost lunatic levels – The mind boggles slightly at the idea of a space ship that relies on steam for all its power, but why not? A very enjoyable and memorable book. Anyhow, this story, which I read at one sitting as I found it both griping and totally enjoyable – if remarkably silly – is all about how our universe is about to be invaded by horrible aggressive aliens from another universe, with the help of a number of Earthlings who have been recruited to help this invasion by the promise of being given total power on earth – foolish individuals. A strange cast of curiously believable characters. As befits a book that is not entirely serious (!) set in Victorian Britain, all our heroes are amazingly correct, patriotic and upright (and emotionally crippled too, of course) and the villains are absolute cads, personified in the chief villain, a certain Baron Siegfried von Zoltoff, who speaks as all good German villains should with no end of “v”s and “z”s and who is totally bad. So the main point of the story is the attempt on the part of our heroes – a motley collection of robots powered and controlled by fuzzy orange caterpillars (OK, I told you it was a strange and silly story didn’t I?) a love lorn telepathic woman and the subject of her love, a British (and how very British too) captain, the captain of an extremely Victorian sort of space ship – to rescue queen Victoria who has been kidnapped and whisked off to Mars (in passing Ruse allows Victoria to actually say the following “About bloody time“ which somehow I rather doubt the real Victoria would ever have said…. I shan’t describe the story any further, as I want you to go and buy this wonderful story for yourselves, and don’t want to give away too much of the story line here. Ruse has managed to create a very believable (well once you get into it at least) sort of high tech Victorian world, full of brass levers, gauges, puffing steam engines, evil villains,very heroic heroes extraordinary weapons all of which rely on steam to give them the energy they need to work, all mixed with loads of 21st. Century technology and a truly Steam Punk feel to it all. What on earth is Steam Punk? Steam Punk means anything that sort of mixes Victorian steam powered things, lots of gear wheels, valves, chains,cast iron parts and totally 21st Century technology – Thus in the world of Steam Punk, a computer can exist happily enough, except that unlike the real ones, these ones would work with steam power and loads of valves and levers. I once wrote a post about a Steam Punk ereader (link) which pretty well typifies the idea. A most enjoyable read for anyone. Anyhow, this is an ebook that is great fun to read, would amuse just about anyone of any age I would think, well perhaps not a child under about 8 years of age, but anyone else should enjoy this story, which somehow I suspect may well be the first of a series of similar tales involving the same cast of heroes and villains, at least I hope so. Also a website for this ebook. Steam Punk Adventures in Space – Great Fun Gary Ruse, A most prolific and varied author has done it again. This time he has ventured into the curious world of “Steam Punk” with his latest ebook. With the wonderful title of “Perseverance Triumphant!” he takes us into a Victorian world which has developed space flight (among other technical marvels) owing to a box of papers that Nikolai Tesla sent back in time – the ins and outs of why he did that I shan’t discuss here, you will have to read the book yourself to discover that important information. For the fun of it, Ruse has also set up a website hosted by the good Baron Siegfried von Zoltoff, in which we are introduced via a series of very Victorian portraits to all the main characters in the book. I particularly enjoyed what happens when you pass your mouse over the Teddy Bear…….