(BLOG TOUR) All The Little Children – Jo Furniss

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Book Blurb:

When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.

Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.

When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?”

My Thoughts:

Welcome one and all to my stop on this tour for ‘All The Little Children’ by the brilliant Jo Furniss.

Be prepared for a non stop ride from start to finish; thrills, mystery and in the end a story about family, no matter what.

There are no fuzzy introductions, no back story to ease you in, you are dropped in the deep end. Despite the ubrupt beginning I found the story quickly established itsself. The main character Marlene Greene handles being flung into a post apocalyptic world the way any of us probably would, by any means nessesery. There are lots of children in this story and I liked how this didn’t shy away from difficult situations and the outcome of them.

If you like descriptive stories then this has enough for all of you, I like listening and watching the story in my head and well described scenes such as the ones found here make it a joy.

The narrator for this fine tale is Fiona Hardingham, a new name to me but gave each character life, both young and old. With great voice distinction you soon got to know each character like they were sitting with you.

My only wish would be to know a bit more of the back story of the main characters, but if that’s all I have then I cannot complain.

It has been great to be a part of this tour, so if you are wanting to experience the apocalypse from a slightly different angle then this will definitely be one for you.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Little-Children-Jo-Furniss-ebook/dp/B01MR8641A

You can follow Jo Furniss here: @Jo_Furniss

Jo Furniss website: http://www.jofurniss.com

Jo Furniss

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the
glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the
UK, she lived in Switzerland and Cameroon, and currently resides with her family in
Singapore.
As a journalist, Jo has worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including
Monocle, The Economist, Business Traveller, Expat Living (Singapore) and Swiss News. Jo
has also edited books for a Nobel Laureate and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has
a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. In 2015 she founded
http://www.SWAGlit.com—an online literary magazine for writers in Singapore.

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Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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Book Blurb:

“Imagine a dystopian future where citizens are forced to live in a virtual reality just to escape the unsettling state of the present. Narrated by actor Will Wheaton, this thrilling story is a fast-paced adventure that pits thousands of desperate members of humanity against each other in the ultimate race for the winning prize.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And, like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who died with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late 20th century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

Narrator Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing Gordie Lachance in the film Stand By Me. More recently, he has appeared in several episodes of the TV series The Big Bang Theory as himself.”

 

My Thoughts:

Well ladies and gentlemen get comfy in your haptic chairs, put on your visor and get ready for a rewind to the 80’s, that you will remember for a very long time.

I was born in 1981 so growing up I missed most of the best things of the 80’s but listening to this it makes me want to step back in time. And through this story you can re-live some classic moments.

I loved Wade, the unlikly hero of our tale, as he realises the enormity of his situation he faces a number of interesting and retro tasks he seems well suited for.

I loved all the 80’s references some I got, like the Atari 2600 (I had one), Commodore 64, Douglas Adams, Monty Python, all which I loved and still do, some good things just never leave you.

There was alot of detail in this 15 hour epic, each glorious hour was a crossroads where past and the future regulary had near miss collisions.

As with all good sci-fi stories there is a faceless evil organisation trying to get everything for itself, and I was concerned that sometimes they could have.

It’s funny how competition can bring the best and worst out in people, and as Wade and his new friends forge ahead with the ultimate quest, things inevitably get in the way.

The line between reality and virtual reality keep a healthy distance from each other, online you can be whoever you want, but is it who you really are?

Will Wheaton narrates this brilliant book, the young ensign crusher has come along way from the bridge of the enterprise, a great storyteller.

This was a brilliant audiobook, fantastic detail, narration and writing, I wait eagerly now to see the movie, hoping it will live up to what I have heard.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ready-Player-One/dp/B007ROETX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528349270&sr=8-1&keywords=ready+player+one+book

You can Follow Ernest Here: @erniecline

and his website is: http://www.ernestcline.com

The Tiger Temple,The Hiram Kane Adventure Series Book 1 – Steven Moore

Book blurb:

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before “The Rooster” takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.

The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless. “

My thoughts:

If you want to explore forgien lands, track down and defeat the forces of evil, all without leaving your house then this series is for you.

Meet mild manared adventurer Hiram Kane, expert guide for all things outdoors. While he never seems to actively search for danger, it always ends up finding him.

Set in the beautiful island of Bali, which is one of the many places I would love to visit one day. The descriptions of the countryside and urban area’s were enthrawling, I could close my eyes as I listened and I could see everything in my mind in glorious 4k. Such is the brilliant detail of the author and the storytelling of the narrator.

Before I get on to the narrator I want to say more about this story, the characters were well rounded even the ones that only made fleeting appearances. The good characters left me feeling warm and fuzzy like a summer Bali evening and the bad ones left me feeling angry and wishing all manner of bad things to befall them.

Even though it only runs for 3 hours 18 mins in length, you would be hard pushed to find more action and thrills stuffed into such a small box of time, well paced and left me chasing my breath when it was all said and done.

The narrator for this action packed tale is Kenneth Bryant, his voice fits the story superbly, told at a good pace, this is one narrator I can definatly listen to again.

So if you are looking for an explosive thrill ride set in exotic lands, then I can highly reccomend this. As the opener to what is garunteed to be a great series, dive in, you know you want to.

You can buy it here:

You can follow Steven Moore here: @StevenScribe

Or his website: http://www.stevenmooreauthor.com

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And you can follow Kenneth Bryant here: @kennethbryant67

Or his website: http://www.kennethbryantvoicetalent.com

The book launch of Presumed Dead by Mason Cross 18.4.18

A warm welcome dear readers to a quick review of tonight’s (18.4.18) event, with Mr Mason Cross.

The man of mystery was in town to launch book 5 of the brilliant Carter Blake series, a fun night.

Tonight was compered by another well known Scottish author Douglas Skelton who pulled no punches when it came to the quick fire questions he directed at Mason, with great stories and anicdotes each question was answered with honesty and humour.

To quote Douglas,”If he thinks he’s just sitting basking in the limelight…” Mason then had a quiz round to deal with, 2 categories; his top 10 places for a book to be set and his top 10 detectives. Unfortunately neither round went terribly well.

Then to round off the night, the questions were opened up to the audience, a few good questions were asked and answered, such as “if you stopped writing Carter Blake what writer would you like to continue it for you.”. Mason suggested Skelton could pick up the story, nut Skelton was complimentary dubious that he could live up to the style.

All in all an insightful night, with Mason and Douglas on top form, a laugh never far away, if you ever get the chance to hear either or both of these fine home grown author’s , I would highly recommend it.

You can buy presumed Dead here:

Also follow Mason Cross: @MasonCrossBooks

http://www.masoncross.net

Also Douglas Skelton: @DouglasSkelton1

http://www.douglasskelton.com

Shrouds Of a Darkness – Brock Deskins

Book blurb:

 “Leo Malone: Vampire, body guard, Private detective, and all around pain in the ass is hired to find a client’s father who has gone missing, but not only is the missing man an accountant for the mob, he is a full-blooded werewolf.

What seems to be a simple case of a werewolf run amok turns into a massive conspiracy that threatens to reveal the existence of both species as the brutally dismembered bodies of humans begin turning up all around Brooklyn.
Leo quickly finds himself embroiled in fights between werewolves, vampires, the mafia, and the local police. Luckily, violence is what Leo knows best.”

 My thoughts:


I absolutely loved this, having not listened to a good vampire vs werewolf for a while I went in a little wary. I thought I was going to get the audible equivalent of the Twilight Saga, thankfully I was wrong, and this review can continue.
The central character is vampire P.I. Leo Malone, he is everything a private investigator who doesn’t care should be; brash, over confident and kick ass. The plot of the story is nicely paced and the character’s gel nicely, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The level of violence is what I expected but death is dealt out in a classy and final manner from very personalised weaponry to little things that make a big bang.

Our storyteller for this adventure is Steven Jay Cohen, I really enjoyed his narrative style, he told the story with fantastic drama in all the right places.

If you want a bit of vampire fun and to escape real life for a while, I would recommend you give this a go.

You can find it here:

Also you can follow Brock Deskins here: @BrockDeskins 

Also his website for his other great work: http://www.brockdeskins.com

Will To Live – Rachel Amphlett

Book Blurb:

Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realizes the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realizes the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him….

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….”

My Thoughts:

Welcome back to book two in this thrilling five book series in the ongoing life of Detective Kay Hunter.

Coming into book two we find Kay still in the police and still on the hunt.

The story of this one revolves around trains and railways, I have learned so much about railway lines since listening to this, who said audio books aren’t educational?

I was immediately swept along on this tale as Kay and the team try and figure out why people are dying on the rails, but as in book one Kay’s past is never far behind her.

The progression of Kay as a detective grows as this series progresses and it is believable and exciting to follow.

It’s the same with the other key players on the team, although you don’t find out much more about them, you can feel them growing as people, which I enjoy.

I love the mind of the killers in this series so far, being scared to death, then being run over by trains. I never want to meet these people at night or during the day. What does it say about the mind of the author? The mind boggles and shivers slightly.

Narration is brought to us again by the brilliant Alison Campbell who does this series no end of good with her easy to listen to style.

Another cracker of a thriller, if you are not on board with this series yet, you have no excuse, the more I listen, the better it gets.

You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Live-Detective-detective-thriller-ebook/dp/B06XZHB17C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1522961537&sr=1-1&keywords=will+to+live

You can follow Rachel here: @RachelAmphlett

And her website is: http://www.rachelamphlett.com

How I lose you – Kate McNaughton

Book blurb:

“When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But their story ends on page twelve.

That’s no reason to stop reading though, because How I Lose You is a story told backwards – and it’s all the more warm, tender and moving because we know it is going to be interrupted. It’s a story Eva thought she knew – but as you and she will discover, it’s not just the ending of the story that she got wrong.”

My thoughts :

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate McNaughton to my blog and her debut novel “How I lose you”.

Where do I begin, there was so much packed into this 11 hour story, I have so many thoughts, I will try and make sense of them for you all.

First of all this story doesn’t play out in the normal way of beginning, the middle and the end.

Instead this turns everything on it’s head and tells you events from a point in time somewhere near the middle and goes backwards, this was a brilliant piece of writing.

The two characters, Adam and Eva, seemed so real I have to remind myself this is just a fictional story. Eva I immediately could get behind, Adam at first I found whiney and annoying but he slowly grew on me.

The story jumped between present and past frequently but it was easy to follow and didn’t leave me lost. This book shows how you think you know family, till you find out the truth.

In the same way I really enjoyed the past/present moves I also found the descriptions of London and later Berlin where the majority of Eva’s story takes place.

And speaking of Berlin, brings me nicely onto the teller of this amazing tale, Jessica Ball I found her narrative mesmerising I could close my eyes and in my mind picture everything she was describing, also she did a very good German accent, look forward to hearing more from her.

An all round amazing listen and a fantastic debut, easily one of my favourites of 2018, can’t wait to see what is to follow.

You can find it here : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07B1HNRXQ/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1522042707&sr=8-1

You can follow her on Twitter here : @katemcnaughton