Monthly Archives: April 2011

Chapter 3: Claims Online

The screen faded leaving behind only the pulsating message in red – We can help. After a few seconds, the dark brown tones of the voice-over actor, familiar somehow but still too hard to identify, spoke softly and reassuringly. ‘Just … Continue reading

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A Discovery of Wtches : a seekabook review

Article first published as Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness on Blogcritics. I don’t know when vampires moved from genre reading (Anne Rice’s series of books and the Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise film Interview with a Vampire marked … Continue reading

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What’s new this week-18th April

Until my new website goes live,hopefully in the not too distant future,I shall be highlighting new books in a weekly blog and this is the first. Before I do that however it would be remiss of me not to let … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Sandpit : Chapter 2

Chapter 2: The Last Resort The tortured screaming from the tiny plane’s engine had started to make his teeth ache and he wondered what the chances were that some mechanical failure would cause the flimsy craft to fall out of … Continue reading

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Writers out of favour 1: Joseph Conrad

You can see why he might not be everyone’s cup of cocoa. English was not his first language and it shows in his sometimes convoluted syntax, choice of words and subject matter. His books do not easily translate into the … Continue reading

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There is nothing quite so exciting or daunting as a new venture. It doesn’t matter if it’s a window cleaning business, a new shop, a multi million pound start-up with venture capitalists looking over your shoulder or (as in this … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Sandpit

Chapter 1 Kristin ‘The Virgin Islands? Are you crazy? Where the hell are they anyway? And why would I want to go there?’ She glared at him, her deep brown eyes showing her hurt, knowing he hadn’t told her everything. … Continue reading

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The Great Wilbur Smith

My wife bought home Wilbur Smith’s latest as a present for me yesterday. It’s called Those in Peril and it’s a standalone novel set in the Indian Ocean. At its heart is the kidnap and torture by Somalian pirates of … Continue reading

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Books I’ve never finished

A friend of mine always used to say how much he admired me for always finishing a book I had started. I was never quite sure where he had picked this up; I don’t recall claiming such a record although … Continue reading

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Enter Trampas

Those of you of a certain age may remember an American Western series which found its way onto our screens in the late sixties and early seventies and featured James Drury and Doug McClure. Doug’s character was called Trampas and … Continue reading

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