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  • David L Atkinson

    An excellent story with well defined action and characters

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    Author Colin Holcombe has begun his writing career with a very strong example of the genre. The tale is well sculptured and described with thoroughness. The characters in the story are credible and engender emotions within the reader which is always a good sign for me. The author handles the action well and it is quite unique to have such vivid description of someone dying. Hihgly recommended

  • Andrew Nairn

    Good premis, fast pace, multithreaded plot

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    Due to time constraints I only read the first 50 pages of the book. The premis is good, and the characters are clearly defined, the story rattles along at a good pace. The prologue seems a bit laboured and I think that the section about the air rifle could be cut down allowing the reader to get to russian roulette much quicker because this is where the story gets tense and captivating. The story could do with more dialogue in my opinion, and using dialogue interspersed with gestures and mentioning body language to show the reader characters rather than telling the reader about the characters would, I think, make it more lively and immediate. For example:- The boy held the gun in his small hand, and slowly rotated the cylinder, listening to it click as each chamber moved into line with the barrel and firing pin. "So I spin it and then shoot?" He looked quite pale, the blood draining from his face. "Yes! How many times do you need to be told?" The bully sneered through his th...Due to time constraints I only read the first 50 pages of the book. The premis is good, and the characters are clearly defined, the story rattles along at a good pace. The prologue seems a bit laboured and I think that the section about the air rifle could be cut down allowing the reader to get to russian roulette much quicker because this is where the story gets tense and captivating. The story could do with more dialogue in my opinion, and using dialogue interspersed with gestures and mentioning body language to show the reader characters rather than telling the reader about the characters would, I think, make it more lively and immediate. For example:- The boy held the gun in his small hand, and slowly rotated the cylinder, listening to it click as each chamber moved into line with the barrel and firing pin. "So I spin it and then shoot?" He looked quite pale, the blood draining from his face. "Yes! How many times do you need to be told?" The bully sneered through his thin lips and nudged his brother. "Too scared ?", the brother pointed at him as he spoke in a loud mocking tone. "I'm not scared!" He was petrified but dare not admit it to these two bullies. He raised the gun and ran his hand over the cylinder spinning the single bullet around with a loud rattle. The hand holding the gun was shaking a little and the gun felt heavy and awkward as he lifted it to his head and touched the still warm barrel against his temple. "I'm not scared!" He screamed and pulled the trigger. Hopefully this is what you're looking for and it's of some help. Regards, Andy (more)

  • stephen  page

    A superb thriller

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    First Time Hard: What a Thrilling Novel This is a superbly crafted thriller. Beautifully paced, unsettling at times, but appropriately so for a story that explores the nature of what is at times a portrayal of pure evil. There is light and dark in this novel, and the light is in good contrast to its darker half. An act of childhood evil becomes the ironic downfall of these gangster twins, nonidentical, but equally disturbing in their nastiness. Richard Drake is an antiques dealer, and it is his misfortune to become the focus for complex story, as the action unfolds, and we embark upon a journey with just a little romance. The likeable police inspector Paul Manley is deserving of his patience, and displays the kind of humanity that we would hope is present in all of our guardians. Although complex, it is a simple story, told well, and to my mind, leaving nothing loose by its end. I would be delighted to read more by this author, and this book would make for an extraord...First Time Hard: What a Thrilling Novel This is a superbly crafted thriller. Beautifully paced, unsettling at times, but appropriately so for a story that explores the nature of what is at times a portrayal of pure evil. There is light and dark in this novel, and the light is in good contrast to its darker half. An act of childhood evil becomes the ironic downfall of these gangster twins, nonidentical, but equally disturbing in their nastiness. Richard Drake is an antiques dealer, and it is his misfortune to become the focus for complex story, as the action unfolds, and we embark upon a journey with just a little romance. The likeable police inspector Paul Manley is deserving of his patience, and displays the kind of humanity that we would hope is present in all of our guardians. Although complex, it is a simple story, told well, and to my mind, leaving nothing loose by its end. I would be delighted to read more by this author, and this book would make for an extraordinary film, but it is a great read, and I heartily recommend it. (more)

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