Sunday, April 28, 2019


The Mound Builders, book 1


Review by Roy Murry, Author

Ms. Saadia's native American series are enjoyable because she puts in extensive research into them. You can tell by the way the history into the prose is not opaque, but gently hidden in the native's conversations.

With little written history, she grabs the reader into a plausible story that of a great tribe along the Ohio River. That tribe consumes the goods of smaller tribes on that tributary and using those men as builders of the Mounds - large buildings.

This story begins with the Tribute Collector and his niece. He is out collecting what the Royal Sun tribe demands of the lesser ones using force if need be. His niece moves up the royal ladder.

The collector brings back a strong-headed young man, who has proved his capabilities in killing and is to pay his penalty for that act. After a bloody battle to please the ruler, the young man meets the young niece by happenstance. You need to read book two to see if that story continues, as I may. 

Ms. Saadia story is compelling with an event that changed the world in 1205, according to some historians. That event overshadows the juncture of the two young people meeting and the way the Royals’ conflict with each other over it. 

This novel is well written and fast-paced - one seating read.

Saturday, April 20, 2019


The Sweet Taste of Sin


Review by Roy Murry, Author

When you give up something precious of yourself, you will never get it back. That loving act is the beginning and the underlining love keeping the main character engaged with the past, present, and possible future of her romance. 

Ashlyn falls in love with a famous person, a Fontaine, in film school college. Handsome and wealthy Dante falls in love with her also, but there is a side of him that he will not let her in. They break up.

Then the story begins a few years later, and all emotions come to light again with an unfortunate event. Here is where the Taste of Sin starts with conversations and acts of sin that lead to another 'On again; off again,’ rollercoaster ride that does not seem to end.

However, it does end. Romantics will like the end; others will not. However, the written emotional conversations will keep the reader hoping for the best, as they should in a well put together beginning of a series - THE FONTAINES. 

Only reading on, will the love affair be fully developed between Ashlyn and Dante. It's worth the chase to get the series - the first book free on KINDLE.


Sunday, April 14, 2019


  A Psychic Detective
         Kate Pierce
      Crime Thriller


Review by Roy Murry, Author

At times Ms. Sutter has the reader on the edge of their seat, but I found this thriller not believable. The writing is good, and the characters understandable. However, the story didn't come across as real.

Kate's character is well put together for a series. So, in telling me, the author gives away to the fact that Kate will survive any event.

I like police thrillers. This one didn't keep my attention completely.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review of Ireland, A Novel

Ireland, A Novel
Frank Delaney

Review by Roy Murry, Author

"Explore all you like ---this Ireland; no family worth the name is without a secret. And you should know that in this country a secret is something everyone else knows," is said to Ronan when finding out a secret in his life. He is on the last road of his journey to find a Storyteller that started when he was nine.

Through short stories, many told by the Storyteller, letters read, people on Ronan's life quest to discover who he is, and lectures of his history professor, the reader will find the rich history of Ireland. This history told from before the Norman conquest to the Easter Rebellion of 1916 in a novel form that keeps your attention.

The roots of Irish myths, heroes, and the common man is in prose that will delight the reader - how the Irish tell a tale is fun to read. I read some stories over again. And you will too.

IRELAND, A NOVEL is one of the best reads of my career as a reviewer of over four hundred books.