Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Page 32: The Craft (Published)

My book, The Craft by Thomas Talbot, is now available for purchase on the iUniverse web site.  Right now the book is available in hardcover and softcover.  The ebook will be ready in the near future.  The book is also available on Amazon (see link at the left), Barnes & Noble, Borders and Books A Million.

I am in the process of having a web site developed so I can keep everyone up to date on how the book is doing and obtain feedback from readers.  I'll let you know when that is ready.

Thanks you for following my blog and reading the book.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Page 31: The Craft (A Preview)

Yes, I have written a book that will be published in the very near future.  I don't have a definite date yet, but will let you know when it is available.  I just finished approving the final edits.  The book is historical fiction in genre and is entitled The Craft.  The story takes place in 1826 and features secret government agents working for President John Quincy Adams.  They are trying to find William Morgan.  Remember him, the scoundrel who wrote a book revealing the secrets of Freemasonry?  His disappearance at the hands of Freemasons in upstate New York touched off a national scandal that year.

The premise of The Craft is that Morgan was a spy for the British during the War of 1812.  The president's agents have found most of the spies from that era, but the one who has eluded them is William Morgan. A man who knew Morgan during the War of 1812, Matthew Prescott, is recruited to assist the presidential agents in their search for Morgan.  Their charge from the president is to find Morgan, and bring him back to Washington for trial and punishment.  Of course, the task turns out to be not quite so simple.

The action begins in Washington and moves to New York City, Albany, and various locations upstate such as Lewiston, Fort Niagara, Rochester and Batavia.  A few others are included, but read the book to find out.  Several historical personages find themselves caught in a very dangerous and far reaching plot hatched by rogue British agents.  The book even provides my own version of what may have happened to Morgan.

Stay tuned.  More information will be forthcoming.  Leave me your contact information in the comments section if you would like to know where to purchase the book.  It will be available in hardcover, paperback, and in ebook format.

Page 30: True Blue

OK, this is the second book in a row  I have 'read' in audio format.  However, my Kindle is not languishing unused.  I am reading another book on the device and even have a real hardcover book waiting in line.  I must confess, though, I like listening to books from while I am doing other things around the house that don't require any concentration.  My favorite device is my very portable iPod Touch that now has a great Audible app.

True Blue by David Baldacci is the first book in a new series that features the Perry sisters.  Beth is the DC Chief of Police and her sister Mace has just been released from prison after being framed for crimes she did not commit.  The book is typical Baldacci.  There is plenty of action, a fast-paced plot, good characters and government conspiracy aplenty.

Mace is trying to get her old job back on the DC police force, but as a convicted felon it is a stretch that it will every happen.  Her sister has been watching Mace's back while in prison and finds a job for her as a research assistant to a professor at Georgetown.  It is an understatement to say that Mace is a loose cannon, and does not like people telling her what to do including her sister.  This adds to the story line and makes it much more interesting.  Mace teams up with a lawyer from a Georgetown law firm to help solve a murder.  Roy, the lawyer, is the one who finds a colleague in the break room fridge.  So much for Roy's motivation.  Mace just wants to solve a high profile crime in order to get her old job back.

This may not be the best book David Baldacci has written, but it is good just the same.  If you like thrillers, plot surprises, non-stop action, and believable characters this is the book for you.  As usual here are a couple of reviews.

The first is from Publisher's Weekly

"This promising first in a new series from bestseller Baldacci (First Family) introduces Beth Perry, chief of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police, and Beth's younger sister, Mace Perry, a former police officer dubbed the Patty Hearst of the twenty-first century after she was seized by bandits, drugged and taken along on a series of armed robberies around Washington. Mace, who's just getting out of prison after serving a two-year sentence, is willing to risk everything to clear her name and reclaim her life as a cop by cracking a big case on her own. The rape-murder of a powerful lawyer as well as the killing of a prominent U.S. attorney provide Mace an opportunity to vindicate herself. While Baldacci draws his characters in bright primary colors, and some of the action reaches comic book proportions, he delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys. (Oct. 27)" 
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This review is from Amazon

"Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.

Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.

Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal."

If you like thrillers and have never read David Baldacci, try this book.  I think you will be checking out the web for more of his work.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Page 29: The Rembrandt Affair

Daniel Silva has done it again in The Rembrandt Affair just released July 20th.  Gabriel Allon is back with his wife Chiara and a cast of supporting characters including the wonderful Julian Isherwood.  This time Gabriel is not after a terrorist or assassin, but a painting.

I listened to the audio version of this book and found it to be a very unique experience.  The reader was very good at accents and made the characters come alive.  I don't get this when I read a print book, although reading a print version is still my number one choice for a book.

The book opens in Cornwall where Gabriel is trying to retire while Chiara heals from her horrible experiences in the previous novel at the hands of a Russian oligarch.  Of course, Gabriel is unable to stay retired and agrees to find a lost portrait by Rembrandt that is stolen from an art restorer in Glastonbury, England.  The restorer is murdered during the theft.  Since Gabriel is one of the best art restorers in the world, known only to a very few, as well as an agent of Israeli intelligence, he is convinced by Chiara to find the portrait for Julian.

Gabriel starts searching for the painting by investigating its past.  What he finds is a trail of greed and evil that includes the sole Holocaust survivor of a Jewish family that once owned the painting, an SS Officer who stole the painting and was taken on the underground escape route out of Europe that was run by the Catholic Church, an art thief in Paris and a very wealthy Swiss businessman.

Daniel Silva does not disappoint in this book.  It is well written, has great characters, and moves at race car speed to its conclusion.  For me, each book in the Gabriel Allon series is like becoming reacquainted with an old friend.

Here are some reviews of the book.

"Of those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best."
-The Kansas City Star

"The perfect book for fans of well-crafted thrillers ... the kind of page-turner that captures the reader from the opening chapter and doesn't let go."
-The Associated Press

"Filled with remarkable twists and turn of plot, and told with seductive prose, The Rembrandt Affair is more than just summer entertainment of the highest order.  It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money."