Another great read from Alan Reynolds. The story is well paced and well written. The varied strands of the story are woven together beautifully and the suspense is kept up throughout. As the story builds you are kept on the edge of your seat. Another book that I had to stay up into the early hours to finish and I must admit that the last paragraph really did surprise me.
This is what the judges of the 2017 Wishing Shelf Awards said about Valley of The Serpent
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 21
Writing Style: 9/10
Of the 21 readers:
20 would read another book by this author.
4 thought the cover was good or excellent.
21 felt it was easy to follow.
20 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
16 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
5 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
21 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
20 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
‘Thrilling stuff. I enjoyed it.’ Male reader, aged 54
‘Has pretty much everything a good thriller needs: plenty of pace, exciting setting and a moral dilemma.’ Female reader, aged 36
‘A corrupt company but Harry stands his ground. There’s a good message in there which is very relevant today. The writing style is spot on for this genre; not overly descriptive with
emphasis on pace. In terms of thrillers, this author knows what he’s doing. Just try to ignore the bland cover.’ Male reader, aged 64
‘Superb story with evidence of diligent planning and research. Note to author: change the cover. It’s horrible.’ Female reader, aged 69
To Sum It Up:
‘A gripping thriller with an important message. A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
I’ve read a few books by this author and always find them a good read. This is a great sequel to The Sixth Pillar and enjoyed getting to know the psychology of the characters. The plot is exciting and keeps you engaged right to the end.
Yet another fantastic book from Alan Reynolds. What I love about his novels is how he builds the characters. By the end of each book, I feel like I really know the people personally. Great book. Highly recommend. Highly recommend Taskers End as well.
The new novel from Alan Reynolds is called ‘Twelve – a date with obsession’ and will be available shortly – here is the back page synopsis:
‘In his latest novel, award-winning author, Alan Reynolds, delivers a tense psychological thriller. Sarah, an ambitious senior manager for a prestigious departmental store, decides to find a partner using an on-line dating website. After rejecting eleven potential suitors, she reads the profile of Jez Steadman, the twelfth. On the face of it, Jez ticked all the boxes; rugged, sensitive, intelligent and, importantly, solvent, but Sarah was soon to find out that all was not what it seemed. What follows is a relationship that develops into an obsession. Sarah becomes attracted to the new compliance manager at the store. How will Jez react when he discovers her affections for him have been stolen by someone else? The story will have readers gripped to the final page.’
Well folks, here we go with a new novel. There is a strange feeling writing ‘Chapter 1’; one part is daunting – another 20 to go, another part is exciting wondering where the story will lead. This time I do have a title but I will keep that for now. Here is the first paragraph.
Hi it has been an exciting few days – the screenplay of Flying with Kites has been completed and we will be starting the process of trying to attract the attention of producers and directors. The new novel, Twelve, is now with the proof-reader for it’s final edit, Taskers End has been re-edited and is with the publishers for publishing as a second edition, The Drive, a novel I completed at the back end of last year has had a second edit and the first chapter will be on the website shortly. It’s all go! Please don’t forget, the first chapter of Twelve is available to read on the website. http://www.alanreynoldsauthor.com
The new book has been edited and is with the proof-reader. It’s called ‘Twelve-a date with obsession’. I have added it to the website (‘In the works’ section) where you can read the first chapter; there is also a ‘first-draft’ cover design (it will change) and synopsis. I would welcome any feedback