The Max Power Book Awards ; My five star reads… 

The Max Power Book Awards ; My five star reads… 

In advance of the 2015 Max Power Book Awards I would like to remind book lovers of some of the great books I have read and enjoyed by reposting here some of the five star reads I have enjoyed on the way to posting my 100th review on amazon. Pick one of these wonderful Indie books today and discover a whole new world of talent.



5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker, August 11, 2015

This review is from: Things Fall Apart
Great book. Living through the 80’s in Dublin in many ways gave me a connection to Edinburgh during the same period. Both cities were ravaged by drugs, particularly an influx of cheap heroin and families and communities were destroyed by the devastating effect it had on them. Here we have a mother trying to cope with her children as the epidemic sneaks up on her and her struggle with the self-denial is at sometimes painful. This is an excellent portrayal of people on the edge, fighting to cope with the colossal assault that addiction is on a family. Having witnessed the effect on families in my own community at the time, I can confidently applaud the author for getting her portrayal spot on. But leave that aside for a minute. Was I hooked from early on, did I love the narrative and was I convinced by the dialogue and drawn in by the story as it developed. It was a yes in every case. This is a cracking read. A well deserved 5 stars from me.


5.0 out of 5 stars A clever tale, May 16, 2015

There’s nothing like a good story well told. That’s what you get with this perfectly paced well balanced tale from a writer I know I will be going back to. I like a bit of creepy, especially when it is well done. The trick is to keep the momentum up and where so many others have tried and failed Lost Girl gets the balance just right. I never spoil a plot so I wont change that today. I will say that while I am only familiar with the setting for the book from films or TV, I found myself reading with a Tennessee accent after a few pages and that for me means I am right in the story. Great descriptive writing, smart dialogue with an intriguing narrative. I know this is part of a trilogy so I can tell you for sure I am going to be reading more from this spook spinner. Pick it up and enjoy


5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, March 31, 2015

This review is from: An Unlawful Act In Libya (Based on a true story)
I read this superb little book in one sitting. What a well told story. It is indeed harrowing and taught but fundamentally this is a story with an instant hook that just pulls you along in such a fashion that you don’t want to let go. The dramatic tension is so well crafted that I have rarely been so absorbed in a story literally from start to finish. My only criticism and it is not a fair one for it is selfish, is that I would have preferred the book to be longer because I enjoyed it so very much. I wont spoil the story other than to say that it is a simple premise and set in Libya under Col Gaddafi. The main Character is an ambitious Egyptian salesman who bites off more than he can chew and through his naivety finds himself in peril. Enough said I wont spoil it for you. A brilliant read.



5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, July 13, 2015

This review is from: Angels Blood (Kindle Edition)
Definitely an enjoyable read. Loved Tavia the main character, loved the characterisation in general which was very clever as here the story deals with werewolves and the author has created her own set of rules and social norms for the pack that made sense despite the fact that she is dealing with creatures of myth and fantasy that have been written about so many times, it is tricky. However here she creates a world where it is easy to become engrossed in the plot and happily suspend belief to enjoy the story. There are some long passages of narrative which can be difficult to get right in order to maintain momentum but the book was perfectly balanced for me. I read it in two sittings lounging in the sun and it is a testament to the writer that I raced through the book so fast. Perhaps the most important thing from my perspective are the characters. I have to be engaged with the characters as an absolute and Sallyann Phillips really knows how to create believable characters that I could picture perfectly and in Tavia she has made a nicely imperfect, well rounded heroine that I completely got. Nice twist on a well used genre, good use of language, a pacey tale with more than enough going on to keep those pages turning. I really enjoyed this one. Five stars.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great epic read, November 7, 2014

This review is from: The Iron Masters
Graham Watkins The Iron Masters is far from my usual target read but I was delighted to have picked it up. Quite an epic tale spanning not just time, but place and capturing the complex chicanery of the great 18th century industrial era, this book has it all. Graham has filled the pages with clearly well researched detail, but cleverly entwined a riveting tale between the many historical details, that I must confess I can only assume to be true. I am never a plot spoiler but I can tell you that you will enjoy the journey and the ultimate destination in the well written historical novel. Well done graham, Lovely Characterisation, wonderful detail and a great read


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7 thoughts on “The Max Power Book Awards ; My five star reads… 

  1. Reblogged this on Write-Escape and commented:
    Check out Max Power’s choice book awards!
    I’ve read two of the books that Max Power has recommended here, and I agree with him. They are fantastic. Just downloaded John Smith’s book, An Unlawful Act In Libya. Can’t wait to read it!

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  2. Excellent work Patrick, and I like the new clean look – which I can read! 🙂
    I’ve read and agree with you on two of these, and I’ve got two more on my TBR. With your recommendation the other will be joining them.
    Have shared on Twitter, Google+, and two FB pages.

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  3. Love the layout here! As Tom Benson noted–clean and easy to read. And thanks so much for including Lost Girl in your 5-stars. I’m going to check out a couple of these listed for adding to my TBR!
    Have shared on Twitter, two FB pages, and Google +.

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