Sally Cronin’s review on Amazon

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on May 18, 2017
Format: Paperback

I was gifted a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This novella may be a short read, but it so packed with authentic detail and action, that you feel you are reading a much longer book.

Our heritage is founded on the backs of ordinary men such as Aldred and his nephew Cynric pressed into service as were thousands of farmers and craftsmen who were sworn to the feudal Anglo-Saxon lords. The story is factual but told through the eyes of these two fictional characters as warring armies battle to gain control of Britain.

One army is led by the barbaric King Harald of Norway or Hardradå as he is known by his men. He has formed an alliance with the Anglo-Saxon Tostig, claimant to the throne, now held by his brother King Harold, following the recent death of Edward the Confessor. This invasion force has the backing of Duke William of Normandy who has made promises to Tostig should there be victory.

With all the various factions identified, the story then takes us through the build up of forces led by the Norwegian king in southern Scotland, the defeat of the army entrenched in York and the significant and decisive victory by the forces of King Harold at Stamford Bridge.

This leads to the battle that was to change the life of every man, woman and child in Britain on October 14th 1066.

The main characters are portrayed vividly, and their backgrounds and involvement in this pivotal time in history, demonstrate how human traits such as greed, revenge and jealousy leads to the deaths of thousands who follow them.

The battle scenes and the acts of barbarism are very realistically portrayed both through the eyes of Aldred and Cynric, as well as those leading the various forces. The action maintains its pace throughout the story and Jack Eason has recreated the terrifying and brutal results of hand to hand combat and archery.

This was a dark time in our history and 1066 was a turning point for a Britain about to move into the Middle Ages, Jack Eason has captured this moment excellently.

If you enjoy a fast paced story and historical accuracy then I recommend you read 1066.

Now, thats what I call a balanced review. Thank you Sally.

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Cataclysm – A Review

Cataclysm

For hundreds of years history books went unchallenged and all religious beliefs were considered to be inviolable, never to be questioned, until the era of the Teleportation Gate. Consider what would occur if the origins of mankind, together with many of the preconceptions we hold dear concerning religion, were proven to be false. How would you react? At the end of the twenty-first century, time travel became a reality. Humanity was about to get an unwelcome wakeup call.

Nothing is every straight forward…

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A very dear friend and fellow blogger who lives in South Africa, the lovely Jo Robinson, recently read and kindly reviewed my novella Cataclysm, written last year (2014).

Take note one and all, this is how a review should always be written. It’s brief and very much to the point, with not a scathing comment in sight, nor any plea for the author of the work to delete something the reviewer objected too; either that or a demand that various scenes include more detail than they already do.

At one time or another, we’ve all had these various negative types of review. Despite what the ill-informed and some publishers today may hold to be the truth, negative and often wordy complaining reviews simply don’t sell books! But neither do they hinder sales. Usually they are ignored. On the other hand, people do read reviews like this one.

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Here is what Jo had to say about Cataclysm:

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Action March 29, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Dr Gilbert Briggs invents a time machine in 2097, and from the first page of this fast paced novella, the action doesn’t stop. The secrets of ancient Earth have always fascinated me, and I loved this take on it. Gilbert and his New Zealand cohort head back to various times in the history of the planet, and find the Sun King of the Maya to be an alien, who they befriend. I don’t want to write any spoilers, so all I’ll say is that the love at the end of this book is definitely bittersweet, and the action and time mind bending were great. Romp of a story.
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Many, many thanks Jo
If what Jo had to say intrigued you enough that you want to read the novella for yourselves, click on the above cover to go to Amazon.com. Cataclysm can also be found on all other Amazon sites worldwide.