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World War Z by Max Brooks – five stars

May 12, 2020


World War Z Max Brooks 9780715637036 2006 Brilliance is not a world I toss around a lot. Yet when I start considering World War Z by Max Brooks, it might be worth considering. Max Brooks first really came to attention with The Zombie Survival Guide. This was a fictious handbook on how to survive in […]

The Institute by Stephen King – Four stars

October 1, 2019


The Institute Stephen King 978 1529 35540 6 Hodder & Stoughton 2019 Any new Stephen King novel is always keenly anticipated. And rightly so. I was working in a bookshop and was able to grab my copy straight out of the box when they arrived. Yahooo! When we think of King, we think of ‘horror,’ […]

The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham – 5 stars

August 24, 2019


The Cruel Stars John Birmingham 9781789545920 August 2019 Del Ray Whether it be felafels, time travel, alternative future or fighting oddball demons, John Birmingham is always entertaining and worth reading. He has now turned his hand to space opera and The Cruel Stars was easily my most anticipated reading of August. The Cruel Stars is […]

Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Gary Bell

August 22, 2019


Beyond Reasonable Doubt Gary Bell 9781526606136 August 2019   Pretty much every aspiring writer is told to ‘write what you know.’ What that brings to the writing is greater verisimilitude, of believability by applying what you know. If that knowledge is something such as your profession or vocation then all the better.

The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

February 10, 2019


The Secret Runners of New York Matthew Reilly March 2019 Macmillan 9781760559076     Generally despicable teenagers of the super-rich having access to a curious, secret and ancient technology. Nothing could go wrong there, right? One of the hallmarks of a Matthew Reilly story is how he researches things, to give it an overall appearance […]

2028 by Ken Saunders – don’t judge a book by its cover!

February 10, 2019


2028 Ken Saunders Allen & Unwin 2018 978 1 76063 106 2 There is that old saying: don’t judge a book by its cover. And in this case that really is true. The cover of 2028 really is a poxy piece of crap that just about anyone could have done. I had little difficulty in […]

Firefly; Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove

December 29, 2018


After quite a layoff, Words by Ross is up and running once more. It shall shortly be back on its own domain etc but for now I am too excited by getting to review this book that I could not wait until everything else was done. Firefly; Big Damn Hero James Lovegrove 9781785658266 Titan Books […]

BOOK REVIEW: Getting Away With Murder by Duncan McNab

April 22, 2017


Getting Away With Murder Duncan McNab 9780143780786 Vintage 2017   With his background in the police, as a private investigator and investigative journalist, Duncan McNab has a set of skills and experience which enable him to dig deep into narratives such as this. And he does it well. It is easy for many of us […]

BOOK REVIEW: Never Cry Again by Jim Cole

February 26, 2017


Never Cry Again Jim Cole self-published via Xlibris 978-1524504694 2016 Never Cry Again   The saga of 12 years in the life of a rural boy, born in a bawdy house, living in extreme poverty with his mother in the poorest part of a southern Arkansas town. Drew observes his mother entertaining numerous ‘uncles’. When […]

BOOK REVIEW: Sleep Then My Princess by O N Stefan

January 5, 2017


Sleep then my Princess O. N. Stefan Payella 2015 978 1 5199 7523 2 Sleep then My Princess is an emotional thriller set in Arizona. While mourning the death of her husband, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by recurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, someone is […]