An American Pope by Paul Xylinides – A Review

BOOK | FICTION | LITERARY
AN AMERICAN POPE
PAUL XYLINIDES
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

A modernizing American has assumed the papal throne. One of His first acts is to select a seventeenth century priest for canonization. The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints recoils in horror at the new pontiff’s choice. Against a backdrop of Vatican intrigue and infighting, a long-unsolved crime comes to the attention of a retired detective. The forces that contribute to it reach far back into the distant past. No one can truly fathom the life of the candidate for sainthood including the nun and priest who join forces to prepare the submission to Rome.

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The Good Kill: A Killian Lebon Novel – A Review by Lee Hall

Many thanks to Lee Hall for reviewing my latest novel THE GOOD KILL. It’s such an honor and so very rewarding when someone like Lee gets your work.

You really need to learn more about Lee if you are just now being introduced to him. He is not only the creator of fine, independent literature himself, he is also one of its biggest supporters with his willingness to focus so much of his time and effort in reading and prolifically reviewing the work of so many other independent authors, authors who I am sure are just as grateful to Lee as yours truly right here is.

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An enthralling, gripping tale of epic proportions taking the reader on a ride full of twists, turns and action…

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Kurt Brindley has constructed an intricate  story that immediately immerses readers into the brutal world of organised crime,  drug and sex trafficking and a gangster underworld all of which is centered around main character Killian Lebon. This warrior and former navy seal embarks on a journey in search of answers and revenge while also dealing with a huge level of trauma. He’s a character that for all of his flaws and even dark moments you cannot help but admire and get behind.

The story unfolds gradually via a gripping and very readable style with the emphasis on Brindley’s descriptive full sentences (proper sentences, how I have longed for thee…)  with a series of stories and characters that all eventually find themselves linked later on. There are a wealth of three dimensional realistic characters…

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I’ve been got…

For years my barely read first novel INSIDE THE SKIN (formerly The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor) had been pegged at 15 meager but oh so appreciated and loved Amazon reader reviews…

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However, as of today there are now only 7.

I mean, c’mon…

Thanks Amazon.

Sigh…

#itainteasythiswritinggig

There’s a story here somewhere…


This abandoned car is oh, I don’t know, maybe a half mile or so from my humble yet lovely abode and it’s been parked right there for as long as I’ve lived in my said humble yet lovely abode, which has been oh, I don’t know, maybe eighteen years or so.

Every time I pass the beautiful, wabi-sabi of a relic on one of my walks, I always think to myself, I bet there’s a heck of story to go along with that thing…

And I also always tell myself that one of these days Ima gonna write my own story about it.

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What Comes — A Poem by River Dixon

Dang. Have you checked out any of River Dixon’s writing yet?

Dude’s got serious game.

As is evidenced by the reblogged poem below.

Just put his latest release on my Want to Read list.

Can’t wait to read it.

Chances are, by the look of things, it’s gonna get bumped up in the queue…

Dang.

The Stories In Between

It’s different these days
I find it hard to remember
The person I was, back then
Or why I would do the things I did
Self-destructive tendencies
Taken to the brink, time and again
But always pulling back at the last second
Why?
Was there a part of me that knew
Someday I would have a reason to change
Something worth being a better person for
Maybe hope lived within, waited
Behind all the nonsense I believed true
So close, so many times, but never quite there
It’s strange though
There are parts of me that I miss
The reckless abandon, living like there’s no tomorrow
The romantic notion to live fast and die young
But now content in the slow lane
Hoping that death has a long way to go
To get to where I am today

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The Good Kill by Kurt Brindley — A Review Tales Review

A big thanks to Jeyran of Review Tales for the kind review of The Good Kill. If you aren’t familiar with her fantastic site chock full of book reviews, guest posts, and so much more, you really should click the link below and head on over and check it out.

While we’re on the topic, I’d also like to thank Whispering Stories of their review as well. Whispering Stories is another fantastic site that is an awesome source for book reviews, author interviews, blog tours, and more.

Good stuff!

Review Tales by Jeyran Main

The good kill is a thriller story written about Killian Lebon. He is an ex-Navy SEAL Senior Chief who happens to have an accident in one of his missions. With an explosion at the scene, death threatening injuries and a failed mission, he retires and begins to deal with the trauma and after effects of the endeavor.

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Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo | A Miranda Reads Review

If you’re going to go negative, this review by the wildly popular Goodreads reviewer Miranda Reads that I’m reblogging here for your entertainment and instruction is exactly how it is to be done.

You’re welcome, now do yourself a favor and go check out more of her magic…

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IT WAS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

Whelp…that was horribly disappointing…

I cannot begin to explain how utterly…blah this one was.

SO many people recommended it, and I honestly feel a bit awful with the low rating – but ehhh, what’s the point of goodreads if I can’t rant? 

How to Write a Hit YA Novel 101 

(In 5 easy steps!)

1. Make your main character ugly

“She’s an ugly little thing. No child should look like that.”

Like realllllllly ugly.

Pale and sour, like a glass of milk that’s turned.

And she must be skinny, but in the malnourished-and-kinda-hot sort of way.

AND REMEMBER 
– she can never be so ugly that the Generic Love Interest(s) aren’t attracted to her!

I’m sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.

Your Main Character must be ugly enough so that…

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Building 51 By Jennifer L. Place – A Lee Hall Review

By way of reblogging this very well-written and intriguing review of Jennifer L. Place’s amazing sounding book, one of which I will def put on my “Want to Read” list as soon as I finish up here, I’d like to introduce you to my new friend Lee Hall, the author of this very well-written review.

Lee was kind enough to respond to my call for Indie Author recommendations and I am the better man for it. Not only am I now aware of Jennifer’s horror novel which I look forward to reading very much as it seems to be right in my wheelhouse, I am now aware of Lee’s fantastic website full of other such well-written and intriguing Indie Author book reviews; and, just as important if not more so, I am now aware of his own fine-looking list of what I am sure to be deep, verisimilitude-inducing reads, particularly his book Teleporter which is about a twenty-something slacker turned superhero, and which is now def on my “Want to Read” list:


 

 

So do yourself a favor and check out Lee’s website chock full of wonderful things that are sure to pleasure the discerning reader…

And do me a favor by letting me know what other awesome Indie Author books I should be reading…

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Urban exploration horror filled with tension and some truth…

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Building 51 follows the events of seven friends as they embark on an exploration excursion. Their destination the Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane; a real place with a real history that can be described as harrowing to say the least.

Exploration of abandoned places is a specialist niche in the genre of horror and one which I very much enjoy. Films such as ‘Grave encounters’ and ‘House on Haunted Hill’ come to mind but in terms of books, Building 51 is the benchmark and makes for a roller coaster tension filled read.

Fusing elements of real history and the paranormal make this story and the characters in it feel like something is lurking and watching them. Something is and this gradually becomes apparent manifesting itself in a range of unique and creepy ways.

The overall flow of the book…

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Any Fans?

House of Leaves

 

Been wanting to read this for a long time but now that I finally have it…

I find its presence rather… intimidating.
 

#prayforthetimidreaders

 

 

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

So, I just created a new page called “Writing Resources” where I’ve listed all the books in my library that I consider as resources critical to my self as a writer. Check it out – hopefully you’ll find some use out of it. And I’m always looking for new books to further my development so hopefully you’ll visit the page and post in the comments section resources you find critical to the development of your own writing self.

Out of all the books listed on the page, this inspiring little book, without a doubt, has had the most influence on me as a writer.