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{February 27, 2015}   RIP Leonard Nimoy

Today is a dark day. RIP Leonard Nimoy.

Mightier Than the Sword UK Publications


Today we have said goodbye to one of our favourite celebrity personalities. Leonard Nimoy, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all the joy you brought as Spock, the music, the films and the positive impact you had on the world around you. You were and shall remain an example to us all. Our prayers and condolences are with all your friends and family this evening. Your immortal words will live on long after you. Live long and prosper.


“He’s not really dead. As long as we remember him.”
– McCoy, The Wrath of Khan


As you said in your final tweet:

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had but not preserved except in memory. LLAP.”
We are sure that wherever you are now, that DeForest Kelly and James Doohan are there with you.

10407631_10153058791507777_1204458912959179165_nAnd though today we are filled with grief, the legacy you…

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{February 25, 2015}   New Book Pre-Order

Just three days to go until my latest book, Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3 is released! It’s another installment in the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series.

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All other digital formats and the paperbacks will be available for purchase on 28th February 2015

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Another fantastic book from Stewart Hennessey, a must read for all people who enjoy historical fiction as well as satire and comedy, beautifully written in an amusing style that has you turning the pages wanting to find out what happens next in the often dangerous adventures of Comrade Fox.

Comrade Fox: Low-living in Revolutionary Russia by Stewart Hennessey can be purchased for Amazon Kindle for 99p

Witty and satirical, it is wonderful to read something that is so well written that it can deal with history in such an accurate manner and yet bring it to life in such an entertaining way. It is something that captures the British sense of humour perfectly and should be read by those who enjoy great British Comedy.

For me this book was absolutely sensational. The tone and voice of it is something I can identify very easily with as the way that Fox interacts with the different characters he comes across is very close to how my best friends and I interact – right down to the insufferable messages of sarcasm and gloating that betray emotions of love and elements of reassurance.

The character of Fox is endearing and very likable almost instantly. Despite his clear and present faults, he is still someone that the reader can find charming very easily. The comical tone of the book as it explores the internal struggle of the Russian war between the Reds and Whites brings the war and strife to life through the voice and perspective of a man that seemingly has his own preservation and wealth as his only priorities in life.

The plot is extraordinarily laid out, with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and the relationships between each of the characters, especially skewed by the perspective of Fox are delightful to behold.

This is one of the few books I have read by self-published authors that has genuinely delighted me from reading the first paragraph and left me feeling just as enchanted with it by the last sentence.
For those who are British and those that enjoy a satirical and sarcastic manner will love Fox and find this book to be a real page turner.

It does rely in places on having read the previous book to this, but this is no bad thing when the writing is as good as this. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys fiction to be entertained, or to read scandal, or even to read of how even the most roguish and free-willed of men can find himself completely out foxed by a sly and cunning woman.

Smiting the Bear: The Last Stand of Comrade Fox is available for purchase on Amazon Kindle for £1.99.

Unlike many autobiographies, this book is not one that indulges the ego of its author. That is not due to any lack of successful endeavours; Hon K Lee is a man that has many accomplishments of which he could crow, instead it is a book that delves into the past of a man that leaves you feeling breathless before the end.

This book is not dry or dull as some autobiographies are; instead it is quite the opposite. The humble tone makes the book easy to read and the book description that comes with it, though it might seem like it is overselling what’s inside, the opposite is definitely true.

It isn’t a book about violence and the hard hitting brutality of the real world that you might expect from the memoirs of a former spy; yes it does have the feel of the latest top ten thriller by Ian Rankin or Clive Cussler, but the overall feel of the book is not one of aggression or self-adulation but instead one that looks at the struggles of human life, how people impact one another in positive ways as well as the negative, how you grow and change as your life progresses and that there is no end to what we learn in our lives.

This book keeps you gripped from beginning to end, has you wanting to read more with every passing word from the eloquent and descriptive way that Hon K Lee brings his life to the imagination of his readers with honesty and a deep wisdom that comes from seeing all aspects of this incredible man’s life in such a humble presentation.

Not only is this book incredible by any auto-biographical standard, it is even more impressive is an indie piece of fiction that anyone from any walk of life can learn from.

{September 30, 2014}   Book Review – Webs

Young Adult fiction is a genre that has become bogged down with vampires, werewolves, ridiculous romance stories that are weighed down with over complicated relationships, clichés and two-dimension characters.

This book by Lily Stuart is one that avoids these terrible pitfalls that so many others fall foul of to create a piece of YA fiction that is well written and a refreshing change to the literary genre. The title itself is one of many levels as the reader soon discovers in the opening chapters.

The book is written in the first person narrative and shows a great understanding of young adults, their interests and the way they speak. Running a youth group you soon get used to the way that teenagers talk and what they talk about and reading through this book you see that the author has a similar level of familiarity.

The other brilliant thing about this book is that the pseudonym that the author uses for this book is the name of the main character of the story. The narration is carried between the character of Lily and her attacker in the opening pages.

The book begins towards the end of the story and the rest of the book is made up of the classic film noir style that shows how the characters ended up in the predicament that the reader sees at the beginning of the book. This refreshing of a long established element of a stylish and sophisticated genre helps to also cement this book as one that stands out from all the others in the young adult genre.

This book is a great opening book for what looks to be an interesting Young Adult series if the author chooses to continue in this vein. This is a perfect book for anyone who is looking for a great book and refreshing take on Young Adult fiction.

When it comes to starting a new series as a reader it is always a bit of a daunting prospect. To take on a book that doesn’t have a sequel already written and out can lead to the pain of needing to read more but having to wait for what seems like an eternity. This is especially prevalent in the case of the Throne of Novoxos.

It’s hard to pigeonhole the genre of this book as it has fantastical and sci-fi events to it that are mixed with action, adventure and heavy elements that make psychological thrillers so engaging.

The book is well written from the outset with an extremely well laid out plot and engaging writing style. As you leaf through the opening pages you find yourself being drawn into the novel that seems to bring together elements from human nature throughout the ages.

The story itself follows a classic and timeless plot line that is refreshed by the intricate writings of the characters’ secrets and the many plot twists that keep you gripping your kindle a little too tightly.

It is rare to see such polished and well executed quiet moments alongside fight scenes that do not labour the story with being either too long or too short and also avoid falling into the trap of over description.

The most interesting thing about this book is how well the story bears up under the weight of the different elements that seem almost contradictory in nature from telepathic powers to political intrigue and a desperate romance. It is a book that deserves to be praised as does the author, though I do not envy Tyler Chase and the task of equalling this first book with a sequel that is as elegantly crafted and absorbing.

A great book for fantasy and sci-fi fans as well as those who enjoy action packed thrillers.

{September 15, 2014}   Book Review – Pure Vision

When reading a book that is dealing with the thriller genre and has strong religious elements to it, it is very easy to start by making comparisons to other books such as the Da Vinci Code.

This book is one that deserves to be recognised in its own right as a great read for thriller fans, not just another book that can be likened to the writings of Dan Brown.

From the outset Birney manages to paint a vivid picture for the reader, which is almost cinematic in scope. The Temple of Vimala to the Riverside Church, the atmosphere of each location seeps off the pages as you read transporting you from your favourite reading corner to places half the world away (and slightly closer to home too).

The characterisation in Pure Vision is wonderfully done. These are not just cookie cutter characters that you would lift out of any thriller book and place in dangerous circumstances; they develop very nicely throughout the story with my favourite being Jarret Williamson.

One of the nicest touches in this book is the image of the fragment of the Jeremiah scroll that finds its way into the text, seeing it on the page brings the book to life even more than the descriptive talents of Birney do. The use of short phrases that are set apart from the rest of the text to describe action, such as Maggie searching on her computer “SEARCH: Propaganda Due” are also really effective devices that help to make the story more dynamic.

Even in places where other authors would see the tension and action decline as they have to wade through problem areas of plot, or revert to clichés in order to keep the pace of the book going, Birney doesn’t have to and the ebb and flow of the narrative is enough to bring you to the edge of your seat, let you relax ever so slightly before you are plunged back into white-knuckle moments.

The chapters are short too, making it easy to read on the train or during those times of the day when you only have a few minutes to spare in your busy day.

This book is a great read and will delight thriller fans whether they are Da Vinci Code fans or not.

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