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The Donovan Creed Series – John Locke

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When I first got my Kindle and was discovering all the new authors I could access so easily, I came across John Locke’s Donovan Creed series. The books are inexpensive, and he’s sold a million books in a four or five month period in 2010 or 2011, the dates escape me right now. That was quite an accomplishment in my estimation, and all those people belies a trend worth joining. I jumped in and bought the books. They are not Pulitzer contenders. They are entertaining, creative, amusing, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was hooked.

The lead character Donovan Creed is an assassin working for the United States government and the mob. Right there I found this character intriguing. His exploits, relationships and conquests are quirky and as imaginative as he is. I love Locke’s imagination. I love the dialogue; it’s quick and sharp and fun. This whole series is fun. Isn’t that why we read mysteries and thrillers, for fun? Locke insures you will have a good time with his plots, twists and turns and fabulous cast of characters.

I purchased my books from Amazon which is where he sold the million books. He is also on Nook, so accessibility is no problem. My links are to Amazon because that’s just how I roll. You do have to read the books in order, as they build on each other. The books are:

Lethal People

Lethal Experiment

Saving Rachel

Now and Then

Wish List

A Girl Like You

Vegas Moon

The Love You Crave

Call Me

Maybe

Callie’s Last Dance

Invest your money and your time in this series…you won’t be sorry.

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All For One – Ryne Douglas Pearson

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All For One – Five Stars

Books can be good reads without masterfully crafted prose. A good story can be told simply. A great story is told by a wordsmith, one whose prose is laden with descriptions and metaphors that challenge the reader to think more, to feel more, to be transported into the author’s imaginary world completely. The prose in a great story envelops you and draws you in and never lets you go, till the end where you exhaled, finally returning to your world.

All For One is a great story. The author is a wordsmith. It was an intricate story of innocence lost, madness made real, justice sought, and reconciling a dark past with a dark present.

I won’t go into the story except to give you the basic outline. The story is best left to unfurl as you read it, letting the plot twists and intricacies play out like the surprises they are meant to be.

There’s a murder of a young boy who is a bully. It is presumed that his classmates did it, but which one? There’s a beloved teacher. There’s a retiring cop who is known as the Kidde Catcher who can elicit the truth from a child, no matter how dark and deep the truth is. There are secrets, there are voices real or imaginary and there are complications.

The author can think as a child thinks, can portray a bully and the evil he is capable of, and he can convince you of madness, taking you down the path towards the truth of the past and the present.

I got the book on my Kindle when it was offered for free on Amazon recently. I am now a fan of this author. I bought another of his titles, Confessions, in hopes that he crafts his words with the artistry he used in All For One. I’ll review it and let you know if the artistry is a one shot deal.

I would say to you to read this one, and that it’s worth the time and money.

 

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