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review 2016-10-11 02:52
The Jack in the Green - Frazer Lee
The Jack in the Green - Frazer Lee

Mild-mannered Tom McRae keeps having the same night terrors over and over. He keeps reliving that horrific morning when he was six and his parents were brutally murdered. His wife isn't able to provide any relief. She's trying to recover from her own nightmare of having a miscarriage and is in a semi-catatonic state from all of the meds she's on. Tom's boss sends him to Scotland to secure a large tract of land to be used in extracting biofuels. The small village of Douglass isn't too keen on the idea of someone coming in and hacking down all of their trees. They still cling to pagan rituals and celebrate their holidays, such as Samhain. On top of that, a group of hippy protestors also have a beef with the whole thing. Last, but certainly not least, Tom is stuck with his overbearing and obnoxious co-worker, Dieter along for the ride. Tom's nightmares begin to spill over into his time in Douglass when he's not sleeping and he begins to question his sanity. Is Douglass more than it appears or is Tom losing his mind?

 

Frazer Lee slowly unravels this tale with a sophisticated voice and a nice vocabulary. Tom seems like a sad sack that you can't quite put your finger on whats going on. This was turning out to be a solid 4-star read before it ground to a halt towards the end and then the "tie-it-all-together" ending felt too rushed to me. Almost as if the story ran out and there wasn't a better way to explain things, so lets just throw all our cards down and show you our hand. Or, I wonder if this story suffered from the dreaded editors knife in an attempt to keep it under so many words for the publisher. This dropped it down to a 3 1/2 stars for me. Other than that, Lee can write his ass off. I have no doubt I'll be reading much more from the Brit. Theres a reason he was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. In The Jack in the Green, you can see why.

 

 

 

3 1/2 Jack and Jills out of 5

 


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review 2015-08-12 00:29
Review: The Leper Window (A Daniel Gates Novella) by Frazer Lee
The Leper Window (A Daniel Gates Novella) - Frazer Lee


I received a free copy of The Leper Window from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

At just 54 pages The Leper Window is a short and fast read. I didn't feel as drawn in as I would have liked and that's due in part to it being short and not having as much substance as I would have liked, it felt like it was part of a larger story, and also in part due to some of the wording. The wording in places put me off and I couldn't take it seriously at times. Especially when the author was referring to the MC and his "Morning warmth"

 

Don't get me wrong, it's worth a read and the author did a great job of creating the environment and atmosphere but I just felt like I was only skimming the surface of what is a larger and more detailed story, which I guess from the title may be the case. Perhaps if I had read more about Daniel Gates previously I would have enjoyed the context of this one more.

 

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text 2015-07-29 23:28
100% done with The Leper Window by Frazer Lee
The Leper Window (A Daniel Gates Novella) - Frazer Lee

 

Review to come.

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text 2015-07-28 19:56
4% done with The Leper Window by Frazer Lee
The Leper Window (A Daniel Gates Novella) - Frazer Lee

 

"Daniel felt morning warmth at his groin and began to wish the owner of the voice had brought her delivery to his bedside."

 

Morning warmth? Lol makes it sound more like he's wet himself rather than saluting the sun with his morning wood.

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review 2015-01-05 18:57
The Skintaker by Frazer Lee
The Skintaker - Frazer Lee


I received a copy of The Skintaker from the author in return for an honest review.

The Skintaker felt a little slow to begin with but that time was used to introduce and to get to know Rosie and her family and to give some detailed background to the characters.

I enjoyed reading this one, the time period of the plot was well written and the character dialogue and interaction worked well. The twists and turns of the story kept it interesting and held my attention, the descriptions of the scenes and environment made them easy to picture in my minds eye.

I enjoyed how Rosie's character developed and grew in the story, she's really put through the ringer and I liked how her confidence and determination grew as the story progressed. From the way the story ends I would like to believe there is going to be more to this story, I want to know what happens to the characters next. Don't get me wrong, the book is wrapped up nicely but there is an opening there for more should the author decide to do so.

(3.5 stars)

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