Author: Nick Jones

Lou Malloy The Run Begins front cover

Lou Malloy: The Run Begins – J. Frank James

Lou Malloy: The Run Begins is the prequel to Dead Money Run, J. Frank James’ novel about the straight-talking criminal hard nut Lou Malloy, whose involvement in a $15 million heist lands him in prison for 15 years. Set 15 years earlier, The Run Begins explains how Lou Malloy went from being a frustrated 18-year-old living with his parents, to a criminal willing to attempt a multi-million-dollar casino robbery. As his parents prepare to move the family to Florida, much to the dismay of their children, Lou’s older brother decides to do a runner in the middle of the night. When his...

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A Tiny Feeling of Fear - M Jonathan Lee

A Tiny Feeling of Fear – M Jonathan Lee

“I want to tell you everything because I’ve never told anyone my secrets before. I’m hoping that being honest with you may just save my life. And perhaps yours.” This quote from the opening pages of M. Jonathan Lee’s third novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear, is one of many moments in which the central character, Andrew Walker, addresses you, his confidant, directly. Such monologues with the reader can be effective in any book, but when the character in question is in severe personal turmoil, when he is living a lie to his colleagues by day and suffering from...

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Tessa the Tank book cover

Tessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle Show – Jen Phillips

When I first read the name Tessa the Tank, I instantly thought of another children’s book character with a similarly alliterative name. I’m sure Tessa’s creator, Stoke-based writer Jen Phillips, wouldn’t mind this, as she has stated in interviews that Reverend W. Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine was the inspiration for the book. The good news is that while there are several obvious similarities between the two, Tessa does ultimately succeed in having a charm of her own. At just 28 pages long, many of which are made up of illustrations (also by Phillips), Tessa’s story is a short...

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Jumper - Rebecca Scarberry

Jumper – Rebecca Scarberry

There’s a lot to like about Jumper, the first in a series of children’s picture books by Californian writer Rebecca Scarberry. For starters, its hero is rather different from your typical children’s book character. Instead of focusing events around a child or a personified animal, Scarberry allows us to see the world through the eyes of Jumper, a cute red beach ball who is determined to escape confinement in a toy shop and travel to Carnival Castle – a nearby amusement park that Jumper has overheard kids enthusing about. An inanimate object stuck in an enclosure may not sound like fertile...

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Man angry because of Amazon spoilers

Why I don’t read Amazon book reviews

In this blog, I’m going to tell you why I don’t read Amazon book reviews. First of all, this isn’t an Amazon-bashing article. I know many people dislike the corporate giant for various reasons, but that’s not what this is about. Besides, as someone who has self-published a couple of books through Amazon, it would be a little hypocritical of me to rage against that particular machine. No, this is a rant about a specific issue I have with Amazon book reviews (although it also applies to other popular book review sites like Goodreads). I want to talk about one of...

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