I liked the first book in this series, Dark Origins, enough to proceed to this second one. The murderer is less creepy than Sqweegel, but the story asI liked the first book in this series, Dark Origins, enough to proceed to this second one. The murderer is less creepy than Sqweegel, but the story as a whole is just as good, if not slightly better. The video clips that support the text are less punchy, less or a requisite to enjoying the tale, but better made and their interspesion in the book is more accomplished than it was in Dark Origins. Hughly recommended. I read it in a day, including viewing all the clips....more
I really loved the two novellas released under this single title. Male-male romance, well written and with great characters. A delicious read that I cI really loved the two novellas released under this single title. Male-male romance, well written and with great characters. A delicious read that I couldn't put down. Highly recommended!...more
This is the second book in the Alan Lewrie stories. It covers actions in and around Yorktown, America, during the (American) Revolution. The hero, AlaThis is the second book in the Alan Lewrie stories. It covers actions in and around Yorktown, America, during the (American) Revolution. The hero, Alan Lewrie, stumbles and whores his way to glory and becomes a more experienced seaman and combatant in the process. I still find Lewrie a relatively unsympathetic 'hero', but the character has a wry wit and his tale is an interesting one, well told.
I am not familiar with the historical facts of the era this book is set in, but assuming they are accurately portrayed here it's no wonder the revolutionaries achieved their goals. It's intriguing seeing both naval and land battles written from the viewpoint of the eventual losers. Despite the author being n American, the tales are told sympathetically and one still roots for the English and their allies as a consequence.
I find I have developed almost as great an interest in naval artillery as our hero Lewrie. This second book is far less tied up by naval language, though, than the first and thus flows better. I recommend it if you would like to read a more gritty, less glorified, story of the British Navy at their most interesting than you might find in other similar series. I like the author's telling of things and I am already devouring the next book at a pace. Apparently some earlier additions were misprinted in the latter part, but the cover shown is the latest edition and has no such errors in it. A cracking read, very enjoyable and compelling. I recommend it....more
Alan Lewrie is the illigitimate son of gentry. His landed family are a bunch of reprobates who set him up for a fall, clearly having an undisclosed agAlan Lewrie is the illigitimate son of gentry. His landed family are a bunch of reprobates who set him up for a fall, clearly having an undisclosed agenda for doing so, and thus he finds himself in the Navy. He makes the best of it, though, as rogues are wont to do, discovering that he even has some talent for certain aspects of the job.
The author goes a long way to make us dislike his hero at the start of this novel, so it took some time for me to develop any degree of empathy with Alan Lewrie. The story is still good, though, and possibly the character of Lewrie is far closer to the real men who went to sea for King and Country than other heroes of similar naval series.
Clearly the author 'knows the ropes', and is keen for us to be likewise, which means that for me there is a bit too much naval jargon thrown at the reader at times. The map of a ship at the beginning of the book was very useful, though.
Aside from the flaws mentioned, this book could have been a four star. I've already ordered the next in the series, so I guess I liked this one enough to recommend it....more
Steve Dark is a retired criminologist. The case that broke him and sent him running away with his sanity in tatters is back to haunt him. Sqweegel wanSteve Dark is a retired criminologist. The case that broke him and sent him running away with his sanity in tatters is back to haunt him. Sqweegel wants to play some more, and only his old adversary knows the rules well enough to be a worthy adversary. Can Steve Dark do this again though? Can his new life--his life with Sibby Dark and their as-yet unborn baby--take the strain of him climbing back inside an horrific serial killer's warped brain? You'll have to read the book to find out.
I wasn't sure about this 'diginovel' when I first started reading it. Could I trust that the website with the 'bridges' would be there when I logged on? Would the videos add to the book, or detract? In the end, the experience of reading my (and the world's?) first 'diginovel' was an enjoyable one. Admittedly, being a fast reader, I kept my computer up whilst reading, so that I didn't have to keep logging on. I just entered the codes for the bridges as I came to them, every half hour or so, and it was still a bit irksome til I got used to the idea. The videos were pretty good, so that eased the pain. Did the videos enhance the book? Well the performance given by Daniel Browning Smith definitely made Sqweegel a very disturbing bad guy for me. Not sure about the rest of the casting though. The version of Steve Dark that I had in my head was a lot more dishy, and more complex, than his celluloid portrayal. That's the joy of books, the characters and the settings are exactly as you imagine them to be.
Anthony E. Zuiker has presented us with a 'novelty' novel by interspersing his text with online video pieces. The videos reminded me of (the even darker) 'Girl Number Nine' short, featuring Gareth David-Lloyd. The book, which could be read without bothering to watch the videos--though I recommend that you do view them--is a quite good, dark crime novel. The hero is pleasantly flawed, the psycho is suitably barking yet clever, the heroine is brave. I will definitely be looking to read the next in the series and can recommend that others try out the 'diginovel' experience for themselves. I do hope, though, that if the idea catches on the use other authors may put the format to has equally good acting and production values as well as using the 'bridges' appropriately.
Best bit of the book? What Riggins learns but doesn't tell Dark....more
I really loved this story. The characters are very well-rounded and their tale is sweet, engrossing and has a perfect ending. I fell for Zach the momeI really loved this story. The characters are very well-rounded and their tale is sweet, engrossing and has a perfect ending. I fell for Zach the moment I met him, as does Ben; I can see why. I adored Ben's family and friends too, all of whom come alive on the pages, alongside the handsome and realistic main characters. The setting, Hill Valley, is delightful too.
I read it in a day, which is always a sign of a fabulous read, especially since I am a word-by-worfd reader rather than a speed reader!
I'm going to be reading RJ Scott's 'Oracle' next.
Thanks to the author for a terrific tale of compassion and affection....more
I loved the two novellas in this pack. The characters are sassy, real, attractive and smart. This isn't a soppy romance, nor is it thinly disguised poI loved the two novellas in this pack. The characters are sassy, real, attractive and smart. This isn't a soppy romance, nor is it thinly disguised porn, it's a good quality thriller. Yes, the main characters are two males in love with each other, and that flows through the whole story, but it isn't the whole story, it's the undertow of a very good whodunnit. Love it! Well done Andrea Speed!...more