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The Lucky Man – An Act of Malice

Recent release by Author, Monika Martyn

A Review by fellow author – Sir Peter James Dotcomé

The Lucky Man – An act of Malice is the work of Monika Martyn and the story is set in Hawaii and surrounds in contemporary times.

Monika says the story was inspired by a ‘beached whale in Mexico.’

About The Author

Monika is a cocktail of dynamic business achiever and an uncluttered free spirit!

In her teens she emigrated from Austria to Canada, where she achieved phenomenal success in the cosmetic industry, allowing her to retire young and now Monika enjoys a nomadic and minimalistic lifestyle with her Husband.

Apart from her life in Canada, Monika has lived in Panama, Colombia, Mexico, and Europe.

It is not difficult to appreciate that Monika would write a book like ‘The Lucky Man…’ given her life experience and especially her travels. There is more to this though. She mentioned in her blog post entitled “Uncomfortable”: “If you want to make anyone uncomfortable, simply tell them that you own nothing. In a second, their eyes roll slightly inward as they compute the idea of what ‘nothing’ could mean and that you must be joking: they’re waiting for the punchline that what you’re saying can’t imply the same nothing that means nothing.”

As Monika has spoken of herself in this way, we would be safe to surmise that she is essentially a ‘Free Spirit.’ One who delights herself in every nuance and essence of the life that surrounds her, and who finds unnecessary baggage stifling.

Given the above, Monika was more than qualified to write this exciting story.

Genre

The story is fiction, thriller, and has healthy helpings of action and adventure.

Story Flow

I read an e-manuscript of The lucky Man and found the story easy reading. If it were not for time constraints, I would have got through reading in a day. Through eighty per cent of the reading it was brisk and found me excited and intrigued. The other twenty percent, where Monika was dealing with describing the lesser important issues of story, it was slow, but never boring.

In Part Four “One Down,” the flow takes an abrupt ‘detour’ and I went through the next few chapters feeling cheated that I never found out what happened to Jack languishing in his canoe! However, “One Down” is very interesting in itself; introducing a new location and four additional characters, who at the time, were floating on a self-made raft and then returning to an Island where they had been shipwrecked for many years. They found an unconscious Jack in his canoe and I felt happy that I was connected to the main story once more.

Part four moved briskly with a brief interlude of sex in the ranks and a little under-radar planning by two of the characters, Rose, and Mark. The only link missing in Mark’s plan was a lack of suitable transport to affect it.

Jack’s arrival on the island saved his life and solved Mark’s transport issue.

With Marks’s departure and safe arrival in Mexico, he was able to initiate the rescue of the group on the island and this culminated in an assumed happy ending. I say assumed, because there is no detail provided about a joyous reunion with Jack and family, especially his distraught mother, or for that matter, the return of Kai’s beloved canoe, ‘Kilo.’(Boo-hoo, I’m such an emotional sucker.)

I was never on the ‘edge of my seat,’ but was hooked and had, by choice,  to keep reading.

The Plot

The plot was well thought out, but lacked sufficient tight twists, which might have savored the story with little more mystery. The characters were suitably chosen each fitting well into their parts. Sequence of events was seamless.

Characters

From my viewpoint there are, three primary characters: the Protagonist, Jack, Myra, Jack’s Mother and Kai The security Boss. A solid support cast consisting of: John, Jack’s Father, brother Michael, Brody, (Jack’s best buddy), Wayne, and Bruce, two thugs. Finally Mark, Ron and Rosie, the shipwrecked islanders, followed by a host of others in bit parts.

Monika gets kudos from me for her character portrayals.

Jack is a super athletic type, tall, handsome, raised with a silver spoon in his mouth. A strong personality whose exceptional looks caused him to magnetize all women. He struck me as well-meaning and generous, but typical of those to whom all things come easily, he treated the women in his life with a relational indifference, focusing only sexual conquests. Jack gives the expression, ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ new meaning. His exploits, especially cheating on Brody, led him on a slow spiral downwards, until, when his life was severely endangered, he repented to the winds of his wicked ways; all the while promising to make good to ‘someone up there.’

Myra is a typical besotted mother, having favored Jack, over Michael, her younger son. Yet she is a strong determined woman who never stops believing her son is still alive.

Kai, the young security boss, is a simple, dedicated, loving husband and Father, caring for his Father, over and above the costly support of his own family. He is dedicated to his job and a man of integrity, who is also compassionate toward Myra and the loss of her son. Considering the inclusion of the shipwrecked Islanders, there is a fair list of characters, but the reader is never confused as to who is who in the milieu.

General

Monika is a master of the English language and pays attention to detail, sometimes lingering a little too long in this area. Her ability to make her description so effective is such, that it forms a canvas in one’s mind; this is a delightful experience, as it makes the tale live. Her technical knowledge of ‘adrift in the ocean’ with its see-saw of terrors and gentle calms; the fish and the ability to secure them in the scene of desperation left me feeling as if she was writing her autobiography. Jack’s shifting mind games, as he fights for survival, caused me to mouth alternately, “Your Karma has come to visit Jack,” to “Hang in there man, you gonna make it!”

Read it or skip it?

I read the e-book version but would have loved to read the book instead. Read it? Yes, yes, yes! My prayer is for it to hit the Best-Seller lists, not just for Monika’s sake, but for the many that would be gifted by its read.

As a writer, I not only loved the read, but learned much from Monika’s inimitable style.

Well done, go ahead now and reap your pot-o-gold Monika!

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‘Tanamera’ – By Noel Barber

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Book Review: ‘Tanamera’ – Noel Barber

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First Published in The United Kingdom in 1981.

Who should read this book? Continue reading ‘Tanamera’ – By Noel Barber

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The Little Prince – Book Review Part Two

The Little Prince 

In the original book review, I discussed aspects of the book written by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. See Previous publication.

However, as promised, I will now take you on a behind the scenes journey in terms of the lives of the author and his wife, Consuelo Suncin and finally the death of the author.

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The Little Prince

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A Book Review

The Little Prince was authored by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1943), a French nobleman, in 1943.

De Saint-Exupery was an aviator and the author of several bestselling novels, but the Little Prince far exceeded his wildest dreams. Continue reading The Little Prince

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Book review: The Lost Boys of Bird Island

History shows that all political systems have their cupboards filled with skeletons; most, that were the result of terrible tragedy, often for millions of people. Yet, in every age, there are women and men who rise to the challenge of exposing these horrors; even if the result is the loss of their own lives……..

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The Hundred-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

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“The violently burning tanker now drifted along the edge of the quay towards the center of the town. During this last journey, it set fire to all the houses along its route, a distance of 2.2 Kilometers. The wind was coming from the South-East that day, so it didn’t take more than twenty-five minutes before, literally, all of Vladivostok was ablaze….”

JonasBest seller, by author Jonas Jonasson.

A book review by sirpeterjamesdotcom.

It pleases me no end that every now and then I pick up a book that I WILL NOT put down. The net result is that after three evenings I had gorged four hundred pages, with absolutely no literary indigestion. Quite the opposite in fact; I was left with a fun-filled warmth and satisfaction. In this state I thanked the author, Jonas, in my heart, for all the hours he had spent, preparing a great read – just for me; you too hopefully!

In essence Jonas has created a most fascinating character, Allan Karlsson. Please believe me; a character that you have never read about before, but would hope to meet someday. This character is so different to what you would expect a fearless hero to be.

Allan has no desire to take part in either political or religious dialogue and quite without any insistent approaches to defending those desires; he quietly slips away from anyone who persists in having these discussions.

The story begins with Allan, moments before he was required to appear before a group of people, to celebrate his one-hundredth birthday, slipping out of his bedroom window at the old age home. He did this for three reasons; one to get a bottle of Vodka from the community supply shop and secondly to escape the clutches of a tyrant director at the old age home. Thirdly, when you read Allan’s story, you will equate his circumstance in the old age home to that of an eagle trapped in a cage at your local zoo (no criticism intended for the much needed work performed by these establishments).

I love this story so much, that I’m tempted to share it with you – in detail!

But I won’t rob you of the reading experience.

What you must know is that at the point of Alan’s escape, you get taken on a fast moving, edge of chair experience. You will be gripped with excitement and howl with laughter in almost every chapter.

The author, Jonas, very cleverly weaves us though Allan’s background and this, all the way through the years of the 1920’s to 2005. In other words, whilst you are part of Allan’s escape route in 2005, with each chapter you are transported back a decade or so, in order that you can understand what makes this most remarkable character so fascinating.

One moment you are running with the centenarian as he variously is avoiding a criminal element and the police, who want an explanation for an alleged murder and the next chapter taking you back several years into Allan’s past.

Allan’s journey takes you though counties like Sweden, Russia, Indonesia, South and North Korea, China, France. He introduces you to people like Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Nixon, De Gaulle, Stalin, Maotse Tung, Kim Jong Il; all of whom he not only meets but also interacts with, personally. Whilst this is all fictional, you can’t help but let it flow into your conscientious reality.

Outside of the famous characters, you meet five of Allan’s close personal group.

A group that has been brought together by, some might call ‘fate’; I call synchronicity. Fleeing the terror of angry merciless gangsters and the police, this most unlikely collection of people, forms a very close bond.

Important to mention here, among the group, was a fugitive elephant,Elephant Circus called Sonja…..just to increase your curiosity!

Finally, I am an absolute sucker for stories that end ‘happily ever after’ and uncommon as it is today – this one does.

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The Kite Runner

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A Novel by Khaled Hosseini – Book review by sirpeterjamesdotcom.

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California.Kite Runner

The Kite Runner became a bestseller after being printed in paperback and was popularized in book clubs. It was a number one New York Times bestseller for two years, with over seven million copies sold in the United States.

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The Seven Daughters of Eve

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Author: Bryan Sykes

A Book Review, by sirpeterjamesdotcom

This book, for me, was a very appealing read. Aside of the many pages of scientific technicality (Bryan Sykes is after all, – a scientist and not a novelist). Yet, I thought, considering the scientific information that was required to explain how he and hisThe Ice Man - Seven Daughters Book team achieved what they did, he managed very well in keeping me glued to the pages. Toward the end of the book I was rewarded by seven chapters of novel styled writing, which gave me an insight into how the seven daughters of Eve could have experienced their earthly term.

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The Five languages of Love

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Dr. Gary Chapman

Book Review of a New York Times Best Seller.

What is Love?

In his book ‘The Road Less Traveled”, M.Scott Peck differentiates between ‘love’ and being ‘in love’:

“I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. Love is an act of the will – namely, both an intention and an action”. “Of all the misconceptions about love the most powerful and pervasive is believing that ‘falling in love’ is love or at least one of the manifestations of love”. “We fall in love when we are conscientiously or unconsciously sexually motivated”.

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The Science of Success

Wallace Wattles
Wallace D Wattles – 1860–1911
A Book Review
Who should read this book?

I rather like the way the author himself suggests who should read these pages:

“This book is practical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories.

It is intended for men and woman whose most pressing need is money; who wish to get rich first and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which these conclusions were reached.”

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