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Independent Writers- Here Are A Few Reviews of Wondrous Novels You Have Never Heard Of, But Should

Updated on September 2, 2014

Know the Rules, my friends

Now and then you just have to lend your heart out to the psycho killer. Before it went bad it was all so good. He loved his girl and was able to keep the nightmares at bay. That was until someone did something so wrong, so unforgivable, and so criminal that anyone would spin in a tizzy when seeing the punishment so lenient.

So it starts with yet another serial killer. Everyone knows you never forget your first time and that there is always a first time for everything. It wouldn't be so bad if the repressed memories weren't getting evermore vivid. Things would be more likely to go as planned.

C. Kevin Provance brings us a novel entitled, Prisoner of the Game. Because after a while it all seems like one crazy game, doesn't it? But some games, like relationships, identities, fake identities, and body counts, tend to get difficult to merely quit. So it seems with a story begging to be written.

While this tale is peppered with a small handful of editing errors, they're minor and do not distract from the flow of the story. Actually, this demonstrates this novel hasn’t been picked at by persnickety editors, leaving it raw. That's quite a good thing since this is quite the story. It's just that our story's narrator, a troubled soul eventually known as Carter, is not the sort one can easily relate to or understand.

While anyone can recognize that this fellow was dealt an unfair hand quite early, it gets difficult to justify many of the following decisions over time. But that isn't as much of the point as it is to understand what led to the issue and subsequent results. But if we have anything to fall back on and take as a sign, it's that our narrator is still coming to terms with who he is, which seems common for this demographic while in Maryland (as Maryland factors into the story). Perhaps Dr. Lecter is assisting this chap with those demons; that is, if he isn't intent on having him for dinner.

Provance clearly devoted a lot of time and thought into this clever and diabolical tale, and it shows in the story. Because of the unlikable aspect of our narrator I came close to dismissing this story and forgetting about it. But there was just too much to know. We have numerous hints to the evil that created Carter, but where does it go from there? Does this game reach its timely end? Would he discover some new revelation regarding this game that consumes him so? I did finish the book and I am glad I did so, but there are questions mayhap to be answered in the future. Perhaps a sequel?

I recommend this read to those who find this review and I have to hand it to Provance for creating a compelling and creative tale. I particularly like the realistic additions at the end! But know this is not a story told by a character we hope to like, such as we did another Baltimore institution resident. But it is a glimpse into the head of someone we all desire to understand more, because we have all asked that question after the fact of tragedy. That is, what makes someone so evil? What drives a person to be like that? Provance offers some food for thought. And if there is a lesson to be learned here, it is simply be good to your children.

So, take the time to get a little uncomfortable and sit down in a dimly lit space and get to know Carter, particularly while the download is free. But keep in mind, you'll feel motivated to know the rules.

For the Patriotic

So, for the betterment of our country and our lives within the United States of America, we are brought Senate Bill 590190, or what’s to be popularly known as the Executive Powers Act. On the onset, this is presented to us via an excited reporter to be a new path to a greater America for all who desire more accomplishments from their government. But the plot thickens quick…

Absolute Despotism is a shocking and eye-opening thriller beginning with an everyday family gathered around and watching the news to hear this historic event come to pass, and then hanging their heads in shame and fear. Why? Because they are among the increasingly rare families who can read between those insincere lines. This is where we first meet Abigail, one of our main characters, and we follow her through some time of her life and how the Executive Powers Act affects her world. This is where we join the author, Holly Brown, on a journey through the rapid decline of a free country and people.

For all those who are truly genuine Americans in body and spirit, this is a wrenching tale of what could occur in a free country whose people are not more vigilant in maintaining those checks, balances, and the throes of power. This is because Abigail lives in a world that has already been fundamentally transformed, where suspicion and paranoia are nearly literal formations in the landscape. But then, offering hope and a possibility to take this country back, comes along Jack and Smith, two men she meets at a meeting of concerned citizens that must be kept secret.

It should be noted for the reader that Absolute Despotism begins as a well-written and thought-provoking novel, clearly plotted well by Brown, the author, and then just keeps going as such. The reader simply cannot help but to experience the 1984 flavor of the story, but with several pinches of America sprinkled into the mix and then brought to a time just a little ahead of this one. Brown clearly worked painstakingly throughout this work to create a story detailing of how it could really be, but with adding a dash of drama and ensuring there isn’t too much of anything contrived. For those who desire this country to remain a free and dynamic land comprised of a limited government with enumerated powers (or, should I state that for those who desire for this to become the norm once again), the fragrance here is not unlike a wondrous breath of fresh air from someone who sees where all of this is going.

But for those ardent readers, this isn’t just some story strewn with political opinion woven through the content; the two men who have entered Abigail’s life has her head spinning in so many new and exciting ways. In fact, in order to maintain proper within the eyes of the government but to show her feelings to Jack, she fills out relationship papers with him, because that spells young love in this world. But these two men along with a myriad of other important characters become a part of a significant whirlwind for Abigail as Executive Order after Executive Order come from Washington’s only true lawmaker.

It will likely prove utterly fascinating to the reader (unless one finds the American Way reckless, so then this might prove utterly dazzling) that Brown possesses a peculiar and poignant crystal ball. Not only is her ability to portray a collapsing America uncanny, what with all the paranoia coming from so many different directions tainting the color of the backdrop while everyone pursues the society they believe is best, but the reactions permeating through the various facets of society are quite telling. We feel we are certain Brown expected Ted Cruz to be labeled the Green Eggs & Ham guy despite his heroic efforts taking more than twenty-one hours. Brown would be saddened to see a story on the news where a little boy is suspended from school for an entire year because he was playing with a toy gun in his own yard, but not at all surprised.

There is so much occurring in Absolute Despotism (and within the confines of today’s USA) that surely would have been viewed as inane madness just a generation or two ago. But yesterday’s insanity is becoming today’s norm at a dizzying pace, which only makes this novel even more of a recommended read for those who sit there, wondering what to do about all of it. It is almost daunting to read and hear what the news reports and the anchors state almost daily in Abby’s life, all the while doing so with conviction and smiles, positive that this is exactly the way to go in order to make things better. It is chilling to witness what is occurring in our country right now, but to read this amazing novel and then turn a widened eye to the world around us will surely send that chill to the bone.

I am so glad I came across this novel and I cannot recommend it enough for those who desire that Eagle Eye’s view of where their world is going. But be warned, as that eagle grows evermore saddened by what is occurring, feeling tempted to find a perch on freer lands elsewhere. All the way back to 1849, we can see where Henry David Thoreau warned us that our governmental method is so weak that it can be bent to the will of but one single individual, and his suspicions are certainly confirmed in the present day. Within the novel written by Holly Brown, those assertions are reinforced. But we can find Brown yet another one of the true Patriots we hear calling out to America, letting us know that, if we do not do something about what is going on all around us, we won’t be able to blame anyone but ourselves when our future resembles that of Abby, Jack, and little Naomi.

314- A Number You'll Never Forget

I have to say, I very much enjoyed this novel. Now, to provide more detail than that, I have to say that I truly enjoyed what comes from the imagination of Wise, as this is a place from where bizarre nightmares originate. Things within this story are specific enough to provide exact dates of when things went down, from several perspectives. There are the children, who, in such a chilling manner, find acceptance in what’s occurring even when they know with confidence they’re going to die yet again. The same cannot be said for the adults. But before we’re introduced to Alma Harper, one of our main characters, the reader has to wonder where all of this came from.

Alma is a young music teacher who loves what she does despite having her rather common problems and issues in life, even when it comes to parents. Well, her parental issues aren’t exactly common (yet, all too common), but at first we’re unsure as to why her life seems extraordinary.

Something terrifying occurred in the town of Widowsfield, and several people feel to the need to know what that is. One particular couple who are somewhat ambitious in their pursuit of information eventually convinces Alma to get to the bottom of what she’s been ignoring once and for all. Comforted with her on again/off again boyfriend, she decides the time has come to face her past.

But we as the readers are privy to information these characters are not, so we can’t help but to chew on a nail as we witness them move into something residing on a new level of sinister. Wise brings us into this twisted tale from several points of view; not that one would need prodded convincing to leave things alone, particularly after knowing what some of these characters face. Because if there’s one thing we learn well before these characters, it is that whatever this is, it is not merciful.

To add some meat and depth to our story, Wise brings us into the world of Alma and her boyfriend, Paul. Their relationship hasn’t been the best or the most stable, but we do recognize their love and attraction to one another. In fact, just about every character has at least one demon of their own to combat, and this fills in our story, giving a greater and multifaceted read.

Regarding that, Wise is more than adept as a writer. This is so well done as a piece of writing, demonstrating to the reader that this was a choice well made. The descriptive phrasing is constructed brilliantly right from the start, and all the sentence structure, plotting, twists and details point straight to someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Those who enjoy great reading will appreciate this great writing.

Our multifaceted story brings just about everyone back to Widowsfield, where nothing goes on as anyone might have guessed it would. In fact, once the reader reaches the very last page, it becomes all too clear the cycle of horror ends for nobody, not even them. So, while many of us just might be a little closer to the truth and wonder just where else this might go, we can rest assured that this is a ride we’re happy to see continue. So, make sure your hands and arms are completely inside the vehicle until it comes to a complete stop, whenever that takes place. Just know that should you hear the chattering of teeth, things are going to get weird.

314 isn’t just a number, but it is a book any horror and suspense lover should be eager to read.

Guild of Fallen Clowns

On This Day, Your Life Will Change

Now and then, readers desire something off the beaten path and away from the mainstream. Now and then, readers desire to get away from writing seemingly afraid of the written and unwritten rules. Every so often, readers want something truly fresh and unique. They want something that really, truly, hasn't been done before.

Now and then, you just have to go into the world of fallen clowns.

Francis Xavier created something truly original. The world of Alan, often known in the clown world as Boogy, is a sad man largely afraid of his own shadow, and certainly his neighbors. Alan delivers pizza when he isn't Boogy, so these are the jobs of this man in his thirties. He’s horribly unsure of himself and struggles with virtually every aspect of social interaction.

As the reviewer, I should point out that before I noticed much of the story (until I've read several pages in), I did notice how Xavier took the time to do this right. This story is nicely written, with good descriptive phrasing, polished sentence structure and careful editing. The story flow is sharp and seamless, indicating this is not some self-indulgent, vapid attempt. I say that because many readers have seen someone’s so-called good idea make it to book form, only to please and satisfy the writer and, perhaps, his Mom. But this is nicely done, albeit with a subject matter that makes many cringe.

To be more precise, Xavier created something with a subject that creeps the bejesus out of many people. For whatever reason, many people don't like clowns. But that could change with this story, or at least the fascination level could rise. Because we're seeing changes for Alan and within him, and the serendipity he's experiencing cannot be denied. But it might not be serendipity for some of the others; for them, such a description might not be fitting at all. This is because Xavier isn’t clowning around with the drama. There are life & death situations here.

As Alan continues with many dramatic and positive changes in his life, his contact with Peepers, a ghostly clown from the other side of the mirrors within the Haunted Labyrinth of Mirrors and within the Guild, finds a greater and deeper hold on Alan. But not just Peepers. If you have a particular issue, dear reader, there's a clown for that. If you have a special fear, there's a clown for that.

Xavier took a lot of (twisted) time to bring us a clever and complex story with uncomfortable issues we can all relate to in one way or another. There are a few characters here you might have met before, in one manner or another. Further, he's done so in a way that is deliciously mischievous. Like a mischievous clown? So, who's the brunt of this? The characters, or us? How would we respond to what we've seen in the Haunted Labyrinth of Mirrors? How would respond to the appearance of Peepers or any of the others? What clown might enter our lives, and why?

Certainly, we're seeing a grand development in Alan. He's standing up for himself and taking a stand, yet still humble and unsure enough to seek help and guidance. Alan’s life is changing in so many ways, and some for the better. At least Mary, his new girlfriend, thinks so. In fact, the entire way this story is put together by Xavier is wonderfully thought through, with details and specifics included that a lesser writer might have dismissed. The fun little twists and turns throughout the plot inspire a sinister little giggle from the reader, who's wondering just how far this can go. The procession through the tale is seamless and the flow builds to a tension taunting one to keep reading despite any need to stop. This is truly a fun and clever novel.

And the way this closes? The ending of our story is truly fitting for this work, coming to an end that prompts the reader to demand a sequel. People’s lives are changed in ways none of them ever would have expected, new friendships are formed, and lessons are learned.

I couldn’t recommend this story any more than with both fists raised high and giving it open praise. I am quite sure many have passed it by, thinking such a story could never be worth the trouble or time invested, but I’m here to inform everyone that The Guild of Fallen Clowns is a wonderfully written story and should be read by all who enjoy fun reading. And allow this reader and reviewer to inform you of this- if you decide to start this story today…

On this day, your life will change.

Roddy J Dryer is the author of Tangled in Climbing Nightshade

Idolum by Tracee Ford

This suspenseful crime drama begins with a prologue sure to hook you for the remainder of the story. Superbly written by Tracee Ford, this novel deserves a wide and heavily populated following of avid readers seeking that next great mystery. If you’re looking for a writer you haven’t heard of yet and would like to explore a bit away from the mainstream, chances are this is a great place to start. But be quick, as Tracee Ford is going to be a well-known name if she continues writing like this.

While referred to as a Paranormal story, the occasional hints to such aspects of Idolum are quite subtle, which, because of the way this is written, is all that’s required. At first, we get to know several of our main characters while they’re brought together because of the actions of a particularly brutal serial killer. Two of our primary characters are Nick and Lauren. Nick is a tough cop with a military background and a preference for traditional police work, while Lauren is a bit more subtle, with an educational pedigree and psychological background, possessing of an uncanny gift for getting to the solution of a crime. These two can barely tolerate one another at first, but work through the difficulties and eventually become indispensable to one another.

The story jumps right into the thick of things at first as they seek a killer who is quite smart and readily keeping a step ahead of the team seeking an arrest. But there’s plenty more going on in the lives of our characters, and families are large. The killer backs off for whatever reason (the story explains that serial killers often take time to cool off), so Nick and Lauren have their regular lives to live, but now their lives are also coming together as soon a romance kindles between them.

Ford has done an exquisite job in pulling this story together from more than one direction, as we have a mystery to solve and several young women have had their lives taken so unfairly, but we also have a heating romance developing with two seemingly very different people. The time flow of the story can be quick at times, with more than a year passing before passing the first half of the book, but Ford writes in a manner that keeps the reader engaged and truly taking to these rich, vivid characters. The transitions are seamless and it’s easy to keep turning the pages. If I were forced to complain about something, I can say many readers today are spoiled with an extra line break between scenes but there is little or any of that here. That’s the best I have.

Ford did well to bring us so close to the characters and having the reader falling for them, because once the pace picks up and drama unfolds, we become nearly desperate to know just where this could go from one page to the next. Suddenly, Lauren’s staunch confidence and assuredness is put to the test on several levels, just when she was on the verge of bringing a stop to their target. As for Nick, he becomes desperate to do what he can for his love while still maintaining his professionalism as a cop.

From there, the author does an incredible job in placing the readers into the hearts and minds of our characters, bringing our hearts to a race. The concerns and actions they think and feel when things seem to be at their very worst tell us so much more about who these people really are, and the readers are sure to be thankful for that. Ford has well demonstrated an extraordinary ability to weave a wondrous story filled with heart, romance, mystery and drama, and the heartwarming final chapters are certain to ensure we’d know this author’s name when we see it grace a book cover again.

Idolum comes highly recommended. I have become aware that this is Ford’s second novel (her first is The Fine Line) and I feel every confidence to recommend that one, too, and I have no idea what it’s about.

Trucker Fiction

For those not overly familiar with the sub-genre known as Trucker Fiction, it should be explained here and now that this genre is both comprised of very few works and of works that mostly are substandard when compared to more prominent genres. The thing is, many of these are created by truckers who, over time, have created a wonderful story in their head and decided they had a book there. While that may be correct, most of them are more truckers than they are writers and the work demonstrates that.

But now and again, those searching can occasionally find both in the work, as made evident in a high-quality novel or story coming along now and then. It's safe to say such a gem has been found in the novel, Ice on the Grapevine by R.E. Donald.

With many of the novels within this niche, it's easy to determine almost right away whether the writer is truly able or merely deserves an E for effort. The reader should easily ascertain whether to continue within the first few hundred words and often less. Through following this method, the reader will be more than happy to read Ice on the Grapevine all the way to the end.

To be fair, Mrs. Donald does possess an educational background and level of experience giving a boost of credibility to her writing ability, but this should only be regarded as a plus. In fact, with many who have pursued a novel with no substantial education within the subject matter, the absence quickly shows. So, kudos to Mrs. Donald for bridging the gap.

We've all benefited from this diversity, as this extraordinary novel quickly demonstrates.

Our story leaves the dock quickly, with a body discovered just off the highway. Plus, this isn't just the typical stiff. The next scene introduces us to Hunter Rayne. Hunter is a trucker who was once a Canadian Mountie and turned to professional driving for reasons he’s reticent to explain.

While it seems convenient that the husband/wife team accused of dumping the body also happen to be acquaintances with Hunter, any notion this story is overly contrived ends there. Hunter is trying to get a load going home (it is his daughter's birthday) and things are difficult until his bristly dispatcher has him retrieve a load confiscated because of a crime.

From there, he's involved, trying to help a couple he sees as good people while the authorities think the case is all but closed. It doesn't help that these two, from a legal standpoint, are their own worst enemies. What with both in jail but far from one another, they’re either clammed up or lying outright to protect one another. But there are plenty of people who believe these people are innocent and diligent work is put in to prove that.

The way Donald weaves a tale shows incredible attention to the details, evident with how all the characters play such a vital role in the story. Further, because this is a story involving truckers and trucking as well as the drama of the crime, even our hero’s dispatcher is in the thick of things, which was a smart addition.

Another great aspect of the story is how it easily crosses the borders of the two countries and mixes the subtle cultural differences. The authorities mix and clash with the issues relating to the case, demonstrating the author’s ability to see into this story rather than just the words and the blinking cursor; an indispensable talent required for extraordinary writing and storytelling. Donald is also good at mixing things up with a combination of professional issues combined with personal struggles, cementing in the reader’s confidence that this is the work of a talented wordsmith.

Donald keeps us there but also keeps us guessing. It’s as though something new pops up every few pages or so, with new and unexpected developments coming with each passing chapter, both to keep the reader engaged but also to propel an already hard-charging story. The author keeps us guessing about who the culprit is all the way to the last few pages. After all, we’re not privy to who did what and why until the very end.

As said, the small sub-genre of Trucker Fiction is tiny indeed, and sadly filled with a lot of poor quality work. But this reviewer states that not only is Ice on the Grapevine the finest in the genre I’ve seen (but please note that there are two other novels in the Hunter Rayne series and this is the second), but easily stands with the finer work of any genre in fiction. So, if there is anyone out there who knows of better trucker fiction than this, or even nearly as good, I beg you please bring the story to my attention.

Roddy J Dryer is the author of The Egocentric Predicament and A Trucker’s Tale

Western Genre

So, there I was, sitting in the Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, which is located in the shimmering metropolis of Groveland, Florida, working on some sort of project. This particular time was a few years ago (’08, I think) when I was sitting there late morning.

Okay, Groveland is rather sleepy and consists of three lights.

I couldn’t help but overhear when Dr. Stone entered the library and offered to leave a couple copies of his recently published novel, Trail Hand. He was talking with a few of the library staff while I was sitting nearby, detailing some of the issues he endured while seeking publication and so forth (while I, as a writer, thought, you got it in there, though, so congrats) and they were more than happy to have the book. The conversation with this local veterinarian (Dr. Stone heads the Veterinary Trauma Center in town) continued for a few more minutes before the good doctor needed to get going, and then he did just that.

Just a bit of time passed before Mike, the gentleman who ran the library at the time, approached me with the novel. Mike knew I was also a struggling writer seeking this grail so he approached me with the novel and what he knew of Dr. Stone. He sat down with me and we discussed what Mike knew from the moments of conversing with the good doctor and asked if I would be interested in reading the work. While I can honestly say I was never one to fall into the target demographic of Western reading, I would be more than happy to support the local effort.

I took the book home and did read it, and I can say I quite enjoyed the novel and that I found it very memorable. Not only did I enjoy the Western story and all the fun that goes with that, I found Dr. Stone’s method of writing along with his first-person delivery of the story exquisite for this sort of work. Dr. Stone didn’t just take us back by writing in such a way; he brought us there. But what I really took from the story and found memorable was that this story, and the ways in which our hero pursued his adventure, was never overblown or seeming of something too heroic. No, it was quite believable and seemed very much like something someone of the era may experience.

Fast forward to a few years later, now just a week or so prior to this writing, and I was sitting in Groveland’s Burger King (nonexistent when Dr. Stone’s book was first published, if I recall correctly) with my daughter, Margaret. We went there for some lunch and since she is nine, she likes some of the prizes that come with the Kid’s Meal. While she figured out the prize, I pulled out my Kindle (also nonexistent when Trail Hand was first published) and took advantage of the WiFi in order to peruse the eBooks at the Kindle store. I have piled on this thing more books than I need, but there’s just so much room. Anyhoo, I was browsing through the cheap deals (100 for less than 3.99, I think) when I came across Trail Hand for just $1.99.

I was quite sure this was the same story I read a few years prior, and the writer, R.W. Stone, was surely our good Veterinarian. I made the purchase and did indeed confirm this was the story I read before.

Well, it had been some time so I decided to read it again.

Again, I really don’t fall in line with this genre habitually, but I like a good read of any sort and this is certainly one of those. Our protagonist is just as our title suggests, and he was hired to help move a large number of horses a long distance for a rancher. Him being a gringo working with many Mexicanos presented some trust issues, which were surely common in the day, but he worked to earn their trust and did just that, even though they didn’t like the way he noticed Rosa, the green-eyed and lovely daughter of the boss.

Our hero, Owen, is doing his job when suddenly he wasn’t. It turns out he’s victim to a surprise attack and was lucky to live through it. But once he was recovering from the attack, he soon found his problems were only beginning, particularly after he found out the herd was taken by bandits, one of whom suspiciously looked like our hero.

But the thing is, this man is a man of his word and his honor, and in those days, such things were worth more than anything one might find shining in his pan. We join our hero as he pursues those who wronged him and those who hired him, and I am here to say this adventure was more than enjoyable for any reader. We’re brought to the table with Buffalo soldiers, gunslingers, corrupt bankers, and plenty of adventurers seeking their way through the Wild West of the time.

It was particularly enjoyable to see how Dr. Stone utilized his wide array of characters to put together a thoroughly enjoyable adventure; so much so that if the reader is doing more skimming and less reading, the reader could easily lose track of who is doing what. Suffice it to say that Trail Hand is quite the enjoyable story and comes highly recommended. In fact, I take pleasure in taking this time to recommend this story even a few years after first reading it, since it was a motivator for the way I wrote one of my novels. The particular one is a modern day western and I ensured my protagonist never did one thing someone of his ilk would never do, which was a consideration prompted by Dr. Stone’s novel. It worked well for his cowboy, so I felt I would see how it worked for mine.

All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good book, and one written by one who is not a celebrity writer but indeed has his hands full with animals needing a good hero. You see, Dr. Stone heads a Veterinary Trauma Center and his office does not provide routine care. He and his people experience significant adventure every single day.

In the back of Trail Hand, we see where Dr. Stone tells us his next story is Vengeance is Mine. Dr. Stone continued forward with his writing through PublishAmerica and his second novel can be found there.

Roddy J Dryer is the author of The Egocentric Predicament and A Trucker’s Tale. He lives in Groveland, Florida.

Wonderful Reading Here, My Friends!

A Tremendous Read

That’s it. It’s over. When it comes to listening to or giving one moment’s worth of attention to those who say the self-publishing and independent publishing worlds exist only to provide a place for substandard work and the self-indulgent wannabe writers who create that work, I just cannot allow these morons another instant. The people are nothing but ignorant, arrogant fools who wouldn’t know quality writing if it was hurled at them from a moving bus. Everyone needs to know, right here and now, that locations such as Smashwords, Diesel, Kobo and the others such as PublishAmerica offer incredible works of exceptional quality not yet run through the filters of the traditional publishing process.

The trick is one must find them. These works have not been processed via the homogenizing and pasteurizing acts afflicted to the work commonly found within the mainstream, and many of them (most, honestly) haven’t even found the opportunity. So, they’re raw. And truthfully, these endless catalogs of available work provided by the unwashed masses are inundated with poor quality writing. They just are. But in between the poorly done books and pathetic short stories there are quality nuggets to seek. So many of these can be quite good and worth the time and money (particularly true since oodles of these are free or perhaps just ninety nine cents) and they represent a realm where the publishers and agents haven’t rubbed their currency fondlers all over everything. For the true lover of the written word, these locations offer work not seen on the mass-produced brochures. Further, they offer great reading wealth to those willing to do some digging.

Now and then, we can come across a treasure of great value. Because today’s unique literary market offers an immense amount of free and inexpensive quality reading in print and, particularly, for the eReader, it behooves many people to search for their reading material there. In fact, your reviewer has made reading found on sites such as Smashwords, Diesel, Amazon and Kobo the primary source for reading pleasure. The reasons are, one- because the materials are extraordinary cheap or of no cost at all. Two- because the people publishing there meet innumerable obstacles keeping them from finding the way to traditional or mainstream publishing but still have something to offer, and three- because this reader and writer is on a mission to, one book at a time, provide some public recognition to aspiring writers who have yet to achieve genuine success for their wonderful work.

And have I found something wonderful! The novel, Ghosts of a Tired Universe by Jonas Samuelle is a wondrous, champion read for anyone who loves a good book. In fact, I cannot recommend this book enough, particularly for those daring enough to break away from the Lamestream and willing to read work that those surfing the Lamestream would find unsuitable at best.

The first thing the reader will notice when beginning this story is that the author took the time to do this right, and clearly possesses the ability to demonstrate the talent required to pursue such a daring and unique read. It is just that because this story is not merely some literary piece flowing well and engaging the reader with choice writing albeit the story is mundane. No, with this story, we find a writer with a wonderfully creative and imaginative mind capable of seeing a part of reality hitherto unseen by the remainder of us. Here, we are truly brought into something we never imagined before now, and this is done with a literary flair absurdly absent from such a genre.

Our story begins with a discussion with a man met in neutral territory by a journalist who desires to know what has affected the entire world. This unique individual has a story to tell that just might shed some light on what’s gone on and has affected everyone in such a way, and here is where we are first exposed to characters named Charles du Pont, Dormius and Mira, who, after meeting with tragedy, meet with incredible adventures, starting with unexpected turns of success and unwanted fame. Our characters are artists, and Charles demonstrates a talent through sculpture never before seen and therefore sought by the world. But Charles’s reality is influenced by situations beyond what others perceive.

Jonas introduces us to a mind capable of recreating a new universal reality. His mind, even though he claims to be, in small font, a writer and alcohol receptacle, has created something never there before. If Aleister Crowley’s ramblings had any aspect of the truth to them, his assumption that all imagined becomes real within another dimension informs us there’s a universe out there unlike any others around. This new reality isn’t just the darkness concocted by Koontz or King; no, this realm contains marvels hitherto seen by nobody until Jonas brought this to us.

There is darkness, however, since Charles, Dormius and Mira suffer such unfair evil, but how they cope is just extraordinary. Jonas possesses a rare talent as a writer, where he can lure us from a common greasy spoon to dimensions of amazement and do so without jerking the reader from one place to another while the writer demands they keep up. Too many writers shove us around, expecting us to carry their water while they trot from one clever point to the next, alluding to the notion that the reader is dull if he gets confused. No, Jonas brings us there at a pace where we are shoulder-to-shoulder with our protagonists, seeing their transformation from young artists enjoying life to people experiencing wonders everywhere on the scale.

The multidimensional aspect of the story is fascinating, particularly when one considers the place from where certain nemeses affecting Charles and Dormius, and then, Mira, are pulling some serious macrocosmic strings. Then, Charles and Dormius are eventually prepared for something beyond their first assumptions only to find a place and task they did not seek. But, Charles has been experiencing numerous life-changing events throughout the course of our story, implying his level of preparation just might be beyond what anyone expected.

Come with me, lovers of fine writing and word-crafting; there’s a universe getting an overhaul, and if you’re sharp, you get to watch the fun.

As stated above, this work demonstrates with no question that awesome writing and wondrous books can be found where many believe the work is beneath their contempt. For a mere $2.99, I was able to read a story I will surely never forget, and because I have done so, I feel richer for it. I feel as though I found a wonderful secret; a secret told only to those who don’t let the powers-that-be make their decisions for them.

Go to Smashwords or directly to the website of Jonas Samuelle and obtain your copies of his fine work. Then, once you’re done, you can resume your search for exquisite writing among the independents with confidence. And if there’s one thing for sure, you’ll never look at your universe in the same way again.


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