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 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 superb collection of short stories for a worthy cause., July 14, 2015

This is an incredible collection of short stories from a variety of international Indie authors, who have come together to help raise money for MacMillan cancer care. It is a book to be picked up not only because this is such a worthy cause, but the multiple talents of the authors involved make this one of the finest collection of short stories you will ever pick up. From the elegance of Lesley Hayes opening story right through to Nico Laeser’s beautiful tale at the end, this anthology is peppered with fantastic stories. It is almost impossible to single out any one story due to the sheer quality of each of them. I enjoyed them all, Dolphins Dance by Mike Billington was a wonderfully evocative piece for me, Katerina Sestakova Novotna has a touching story using Hawaiian mythology and traditions as a backdrop. Brilliant stories from BL Pride, Sylvia Fae and Andy Updegrove and clever tales from Tom Benson, Luicinda E Clarke, Christoph Fischer and Eric Lahti. I could really list them all. This is the book to pick up for two great reasons. Number one, all funds go to a great cause and number two it is a superb and I will repeat that superb example of what a short story collection should be. Often books of short stories falter under the demand on an author to be consistently good with each tale they tell. Perhaps it is the sheer variety and individual talents on display here, that puts this up there as a fabulous book worth reading. Pick up this book today, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging, September 3, 2015

I’m turning into a Diana J Febry fan. This is the second book I have read from her in the last month and I have to be honest – that’s a rarity for me. I like to add variety to my reading schedule but in this case I had picked up both books for my Kindle and having read and enjoyed the first, I decided to read the second and I am glad I did. I had forgotten all about good old fashioned murder mystery tales of late as I have veered away from them in recent years. They can be tedious and predictable but not so with this book. While both Bells on her toes and this follow on book Point of no return, retain the same two detective leads, they stand alone and there is no need to read the first before the second although for character development I would say it is best. This book is an example of a writer getting better with experience and also a good demonstration of how to develop characters in follow on books. Very much in the vein of solid thought provoking, keep you guessing, old fashioned, dare I say English (as a compliment) murder mystery stories, this is a quality piece of work. The great thing I think is the pace of the story, it engaged me from start to finish and the thing I had forgotten that I mentioned earlier was the fun I had as I began to try and guess the ending. Believable dialogue, a strong narrative and very much a character driven book, Diana J. Febry hit all my key markers for a good read here. Most importantly, I enjoyed the story. She sets the scene right from the start and allows it to develop in a way that is natural, entertaining and engaging. I can forgive most things if a story is good, here I had nothing to forgive. Really worth adding to your library. Pick it up you wont be disappointed.


5.0 out of 5 stars A clever little tale, May 8, 2015

A short book perfectly told about a trio of vampires and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. I whizzed through this book and while I am not normally a vampire book fan as such, John Hennessey did the genre proud. I always look for originality, pace, and great characterisation in a book. Murderous Little Darlings scored on all counts. The story is simple enough but cleverly contrived to catch the reader out which I liked. Five stars well deserved. You can’t go far wrong with this clever little tale.


5.0 out of 5 stars A good story, November 4, 2015

I did rather enjoy this book. Sometimes I come to a book with a misconception and I did in this case. For some reason likely fatigue, I skimmed the blurb and expected something different. When I read the book I looked back and was bewildered that I misunderstood. The story without giving anything away centres on the problematic interfamily dynamic that exists when one person, in this case the mother struggles with depression and how her daughter in particular though not exclusively, copes in the circumstances. It is a difficult subject to write about in fiction and I think Lisa Shambrook has managed to not only tell this tale without being too maudlin or melodramatic, but she has really made this a book that you will read fairly quickly if you are drawn in as I was. Personally, Lisa took me on a journey that was well written, nicely contained and essentially, the key for me – a good story. 5 enjoyable stars from me.


5.0 out of 5 stars great story, February 9, 2015

I like a cracking tale and I am not afraid of a bit of swearing but I tend not to go for romance books. I expected more romance than action, drama and in particular suspense so I was actually pleased that while there is romance involved it didn’t kill the mood for me. If you don’t like sex violence and bad language this is perhaps not for you but if you want a sparky, well paced piece if intrigue that keeps you guessing then this is definitely the one for you.

Plenty to keep the reader engaged, this has all the right ingredients. I like the setting, Salem seems so familiar to me as it has been used in so many books and movies, but importantly The Killing Times is very original. I liked Elizabeth La Rue and that went a long way to help me engage with the book. Lead characters have to have something special about them so when a writer gets that right, it is half the battle. Definitely one to pick up with my earlier warnings in mind, but there is the added bonus that if this is your cup of tea, you can find plenty more Morgan Kelley books to keep you going. Great Mystery and suspense, I am officially a fan. Pick this one up




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6 thoughts on “The Max Power Book Awards ; My five star reads..

  1. Another great bunch of titles Patrick. Have read and enjoyed three of them and have the other two on my TBR. Will get sharing. You’re doing a sterling job with this, and I think everybody is getting into the swing of it now. 🙂

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