Reviews

Deactivation

Robert Kyte, Poet

Oxfordshire

‘April Cooper has been promoted to Detective Sergeant… Her mission is to deactivate a violent, far right extremist organisation, ‘The Circle’, before they can destroy her.

This well written and fast paced detective novel does not shy from the methods she needs to adopt to achieve this. A good read but not for the faint hearted.'

Harry's Awakening

Liz Morris

Devon 

David Reed

London

Rae Beeson

Suffolk

Glynn Richerby

 Worcester

Christopher Lamb

 Warwickshire

‘I've just finished reading Johns' book 'Harry's Awakening'. Splendid read! Started at a steady walking pace, picked up half way to jogging and then I couldn't put it down and spent a whole evening until the end. It got to the point where I wasn't prepared to leave it alone until I got to final page. I have a question for John...is there another book? Did Harry really get splattered on the rocks? Or was he such a hard man that even granite couldn't tenderize him? On the back page it says "the man you will love to despise"...well, I didn't think it possible to detest someone so much but I really found it hard to imagine ever warming to him. I thought the title of the book - awakening - was that Harry would see the light and develop into a kinder individual...ever hopeful me

‘I have just finished HARRY’S AWAKENING, loved it, I must say you write really well and have that ability that makes you read one more page before turning out the light. I must congratulate you on a fine book, finishing with…? I’m now looking forward to ‘Deactivation’; please send me a copy…’

‘I finished Harry’s Awakening last night – absolutely brilliant.

It was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. Congratulations.'

'Terrific'

‘Thank you very much for Harry's Awakening. As usual you manage to keep the suspense developing and increasing so that one longs to find out what will happen. This time it seems to me that you have left just a tiny crack of possibility that Harry might come back from the dead, like Sherlock Holmes - perhaps in response to public demand, as he did? You so much want him to get his come-uppance, though you could argue that that is effectively delivered by his mum. I thought there was a faint possibility of redemption in the church scene early on, but that was a flash in the pan. Cherry is a disappointment, a Good Woman who might have saved him blinded by his energy and ultimately fatal resourcefulness. I doubt if any beginner-sailor could have achieved what you describe, however. Christian Howard is a creepy figure of evil, lost in illusions. Only Harry is drawn with any depth, and we still don't hear anything much of his ideology, beyond the rabid cliches he throws at the vicar. Perhaps that is all there is to the far right. They can't even be consistent with their racial purity. Anyway, thanks again - a great read!

Truth

Christopher Lamb 

Warwickshire 

Grenville Gilbert  

Ottery St Mary

Rae Beeson 

Suffolk 

Chris King 

 Exmouth

Chris Head

 Devon

‘I enjoyed Truth a lot. You have lost none of your gifts as a storyteller. I thought your vile archdeacon was happily improbable, though perhaps some women clergy have been treated like that. The account of how urban clergy life can be was alarmingly convincing. ’

‘I have just finished reading ‘Truth’. I could not put it down! Very fast moving. Would be ideal for TV play. Ruth must have been reluctant to answer the phone or the door bell. Love the Archdeacon - not! Nasty piece of work; so un-Christian! The Bishop was no better! Some lovely people none the less. Well done! Look forward to West Country story next! ’

‘I’ve started reading Truth and goodness how I can visualise the vicarage and the surrounding area. I’ve only read the first 35 pages but I don’t want to put it down. Congratulations ’

‘I have read your novel and made friends with Ruth! She is a really compelling character, nicely drawn-someone whose life and dilemmas resonant clearly and with compassion. Ruth’s story speaks to so many of the complex issues of our time. Your story is written with a real pace and excitement. I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening, yet I wanted to spend time with Ruth and her ever patient family and well meaning parishioners as they tried to live happily in a world, our world, spinning in ever tighter circles. Well done - this is a lovely book and I really enjoyed reading it! ’

‘Thank you for the book, i have spent the last couple of days with it by my side and have just finished it. So many emotions coursed through it - so well written as usual. Looking forward to the next

Domain

Jan & Chris

Devon

Christine Smith 

West Hill, Devon

The Rt Rev’d Nick McKinnel

Bishop of Plymouth 

David Reed 

 London

Viv Payne

 Devon

'There must be a sequel ’

‘I went to Oman and read Domain whilst there. I came back and told everyone at church that the book was fantastic and whilst I was there the sultan died!

‘I greatly enjoyed reading Domain on my way out to Cyprus and during the Synod of Cyprus & the Gulf. It was then really interesting to talk with some of the chaplains from the Gulf States not least Chris who you met during your time in Oman and who was very interested to see the book, as was the wife of the former ambassador to Oman… So thank you very much for letting me have that copy, and as with the previous books, it is quite a page turner and certainly opened my eyes to a culture with which I am in no way familiar. I now feel rather inspired to find an excuse to go and visit Oman!’

 

‘I have just finished your latest book - wonderful. You have a knack with your writing where you just have to read another page before turning out the light. I'm now looking forward to your 2019 book - sorry, no peace for top authors.’

‘An author who researches his subject well and brings his characters and locations

brilliantly to life on the page.’

Harry's England

Anne Widdecombe

Devon

Rowan Williams  

Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge & former Archbishop of Canterbury  

Richard Atkinson

Bishop of Bedford, Chair of IFN UK

Rae Beeson

 Suffolk

Lorna Brice 

Devon

'A novel of our times with all the twists of an accomplished thriller'

'An author who is admirably qualified to explore the tragic and complex world of contemporary extremism and who writes with vigour pace and insight.'

'Readers won't like Harry McNamara one bit, but will want to get to the end to see what happens to its central character in this well crafted novel and story of our time.'

'Harry's England was absolutely brilliant. Congratulations!'

'Long awaited sequel and not disappointed. You love to hate Harry McNamara. Scary parallels with Trump's America. Where the ill-informed masses are groomed to believe the hate and bile projected by wannabe politicians. Look out for Harry's mum, the quiet star of the novel.'

IStanbul

Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullally 

Bishop of London 

Prof. Maria Socorro Suarez Lafuente 

University of Oviedo, Spain

Philip Algar 

Devon 

Rae Beeson 

 Suffolk

Cynthia Hebden 

 Leicestershire

'In the context of our multi-faith world and with a mix of the familiar and unfamiliar this drama succeeds in both entertaining and challenging the reader.' 

'Succeeds in fusing everyday life, firm beliefs, political action and the characters are carefully drawn.' 

’An enthralling read and I have nothing but admiration for the way in which you controlled a complex plot, without losing track of events or characters. I had to ration myself to reading so many pages a day as otherwise I would have finished it too quickly!’  

‘Absolutely brilliant. I don’t think I have ever been so gripped by a book. I couldn’t put it down.’ 

'Excellent read. Couldn't put it down.  

Insight into IS and all the Muslim tensions as well as the interaction here.' 

Flashbacks

Lesley Bement 

London 

Rowan Williams  

Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge & former Archbishop of Canterbury  

Dr Irene Pérez-Fernández  

Spain 

Rt Rev Oliver Simon 

 Devon

Christopher Lamb 

 Warwickshire

‘Have been reading it this week. I can’t put it down! Great book…It’s brilliant…. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I can't wait for the next one in the trilogy. Well done! I am spreading the word and recommending it to everyone. Congratulations!’ 

'An author who is admirably qualified to explore the tragic and complex world of contemporary extremism and who writes with vigour pace and insight.' 

‘Controversially current, intense and compelling debut thriller, grappling with themes and issues pertinent for contemporary societies’  

‘A well-paced compassionate story of competing commitments and ideologies among which we live. A moral tale which highlights the limits of human capacity - and the consequences’  

‘I have just finished Flashbacks and very much enjoyed it.  It is a real page-turning thriller, without producing the usual sense of anti-climax I often experience at the denouement.  This is partly because you feel no need to wrap everything up in one volume, with two more to expand in.  It had the feeling which Frederick Forsyth generated for me in The Afghan.  I hope you'll take that as a compliment!’  

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