I have received two more international reviews which I feel I should share with you, in part, even if they’re not as complimentary as the last.
Due to an inaccurate plot synopsis by the author of the Kirkus review, I do not want to reveal the full content of that evaluation. Although I find it hard to believe most of the criticisms as a result of the incorrect interpretation of the fictional story, there are some that I have taken to heart, and will keep in mind when writing the next novel, while striving to achieve five stars.
This appraisal does not provide a star rating, but here are a few excerpts from the Kirkus Review.
“In this violent but compelling page-turner, crime victims seek revenge against vicious criminals who are simultaneously seeking revenge against each other.”
“…a failure to explain the scheme that led to all the killing.”
“Fortunately, suspense keeps the narrative plowing through significant speed bumps…”
“Realistic dialogue and engaging descriptions of exotic places lend an air of believability…”
“A feast of suspense and slaughter for fans of ‘Reservoir Dogs’–style violence.
Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744
Once again, due to the inaccuracies of the plot synopsis by the author of the Blue Ink Review, I am reluctant to provide that evaluation in its entirety. Although the errors in analysis of the novel lead me to believe that it was not read thoroughly, I have absorbed some of the criticisms contained therein and will use them to my advantage in the future.
As with the Kirkus Review, a star rating is not offered here either, but I have taken some extracts from it.
“The deaths of loved ones perpetrated by men from a crooked multinational company prompts family members to exact revenge in this fast-paced, yet underdeveloped mystery.”
“E.D. Bird’s action-packed book is at its best in detailing gruesome torture scenes and danger in a game park when a raging bull elephant charges after Tabatha while she and Chester make their escape. “The elephant was crashing through the trees like a monster; they were no match for his great size, weight and strength. Branches as thick as his thigh were snapping like twigs as the animal bulldozed his way through the Mopani trees.””
Well, that gives you all an idea of what some international review boards think of my novel, Bitter Sweet. While these two reviews are not terribly encouraging, I shall persevere with my writing and continue to strive for five…
If you have ordered your copy, or intend ordering one, I wish you all ‘happy reading’!
Remember, copies in paperback, hard cover and e-book formats can be ordered on line at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.