Sunday, October 26, 2014

Full of mystery, suspense, and thrills!



Author Michael W. Smart gives readers a fresh voice as he delivers a fully developed story with Dead Reckoning, his debut novel. Descriptions so graphic you’ll feel the sea breezes of the Caribbean, taste the flavors of the local foods, and feel the sensations of earth, ocean, and sky. Mother Nature at her best! But that’s just the beginning. Most of all you’ll meet real-life characters that will take you deep into the unfolding drama of Dead Reckoning.

Smart fills his writing with edge-of-seat mystery, and since he gives his characters a wide berth, their behavior creates conflict and tension page after page. But Smart allows tidbits of humor to add flavor and realism to his plot.

The author has developed a winning character in Nicholas Gage who takes the lead, and has a history that arouses the reader’s curiosity and imagination of who he really is. The author unravels enough details to lay a thread to Deadeye, the second novel in the Bequia mystery series. Nicholas Gage is in a peer group that includes Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, John MacDonald’s Travis McGee, and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

I wouldn’t dare spoil your read of Dead Reckoning by telling secrets of Nicholas Gage, but I’ll pass this one along. Gage has two love interests that divide his attentions, except when he can intimately enjoy both together. However one is a part of his soul, calming him, and the other stirs his emotions as she is out to claim his soul. Should I mention heart-felt drama at this point?


As if that isn’t enough drama, Smart lets the undercurrents of the underworld shatter the tranquility of the restful resort world of the Caribbean Islands, with deadly mischief, raising the threat level for everyone, and especially for Nicholas Gage and who and what he treasures the most.

If you love the tranquility, and also the excitement of sailing the seas, then you’ll enjoy that extra bonus and thrill when you settle down to read Dead Reckoning, and Deadeye. Both hit the target of Five-Star reading entertainment.

Keep your writing pen filled with more mystery, suspense, and thrills, Mr. Smart. Give us more Gage!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A challenging read from the mystical realm!



Author Elle Klass takes a bold step into the mystical and paranormal genre with her Eye of the Storm. The title itself is open-ended, as readers will discover, and Klass leaves readers with the notion that the storm is not over, its effects spreading widely into a world of shadows and unknowns.

Klass apparently has a streak of playful wit as she sets up her story for her readers. Be sure you read every word of her book carefully or you’ll miss it. I did, until a fellow reader explained. Klass plants her challenge, and buries deep other nuances for the reader to figure out. After all, you’ve now entered Elle Klass’s mystical world.

Fans of the paranormal genre will welcome Eye of the Storm to their reading shelf. It’s a fresh take on the off-center, the off-kilter, and the unexplainable world without the clear-cut boundaries of reality.

But Klass is not content to deliver a neat little cookie-cutter story for her readers. Instead the ending is the beginning of yet another mystery with an edge as sharp and penetrating as a precision scalpel, and yet as murky as the mystical twilight zone.

Writing about things or an “existence” that reeks with the unexplainable must be difficult and a challenge for a writer. I tip my eReader to Klass’s debut entry into the paranormal genre and give her Five Stars for Eye of the Storm.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A fast-moving drama of life on the run!



Street-wise and on the run since the age of 12, trying to remain in stealth mode as she crisscrosses continents, she finds herself in yet another strange environment, but through the help of a “street” friend, she’s “legal” and lethal, when needed. Current name is subject to change, due to unforeseen events. That’s the story world author Elle Klass thrusts her readers into.

The author gives readers a fast-moving story of life on the run with her Baby Girl series. Klass provides twists and turns in her plot, and doesn’t hesitate to load her story with conflict and challenges for her mysterious protagonist.

As a reader, I found it interesting how Klass puts her main character through a variety of roles that most people couldn’t fathom, and yet there is that consistent thread of believability woven throughout.

In many respects, Klass’s Baby Girl series reminds me of the long-lasting popular TV series, The Fugitive, by Roy Huggins. Baby Girl is a suspense-filled depiction of the “hunted on the hunt.” And Baby Girl is current day, real time, back to back, clock-ticking excitement, and made significantly different with Klass’s female protagonist. Baby Girl is a read that will whet your appetite for more of the series.

Baby Girl is a series worthy of Five Gold Stars shining in the light of day. But as readers, we’ll have to wait for Klass to bring from the shadows of the street the conclusion. Author’s choice; we’re waiting Ms. Klass!