ODIN’S SHADOW, one of the best novels I ever read. #GreatRead
Last May I had the pleasure to read a fantastic novel by then indie author Erin S. Riley titled ODIN’S SHADOW. I wrote and placed a review on both my site and on Amazon (a strong five star review). Last summer, the author was picked up by a publisher, Soul Mate Publishing, and this novel was no longer available to purchase through Amazon. I just found out that ODIN’S SHADOW is now scheduled for release by the publisher on April 2. It is well worth the read, and I am copying my review below, and I will repost it on Amazon upon publication.
Sensational… a nearly perfectly written novel crossing genres… encompasses Historic Literary Fiction and Thriller in addition to Romance
As an author myself, I have read a substantial number of novels of many genres for over the last half century, and ODIN’S SHADOW definitely resonates as one of the best. Examples of other works meeting my “best” list include ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand, TIME AND AGAIN by Jack Finney and THE CITADEL by A. J. Cronin.
Erin Riley focuses on the late ninth century and the savage and brutal invasions of Ireland by Viking raiders, and it follows these raiders back to their homeland in Norway. The raids result in enslavement of many Irish inhabitants, and for one young Irish girl a forced marriage to a War Lord. The civilizations of both Ireland and Norway of this time in the past are well researched and depicted…. As a reader my senses could feel the environment the characters experience while coping with emotional and physical conflict. The plot is well developed, but it leaves a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end…. Riley has left just enough to entice the reader to read her next book in a series, A FLAME PUT OUT.
This novel is for adult readers.
I stumbled upon an exceptional read while doing research for my next novel, TAINTED VALOR. This read is an autobiography written by a Marine Sniper about his experiences in Vietnam. It is the fifteenth book but first nonfiction work I have reviewed on the “Recommended Reads” page of my site and on Amazon. (Check out all fifteen reviews by clicking the “Recommended Reads” tab, above) I am copying my review for this autobiography below:
A powerful autobiography that reads like a novel:
While doing research for my next novel, I came across DEAR MOM: A SNIPER’S VIETNAM written by Joseph T. Ward. This autobiography about Mr. Ward’s experiences as a Marine sniper during the Vietnam War is an exceptionally good read. The book is told by copying the many letters he wrote to his mother as preambles to a fuller and detailed accounting of the events he experienced as a Marine both in training and in Vietnam. Although my interest in reading this book was to obtain information to help me develop parts of my work in progress (of which I did), I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I highly recommend DEAR MOM: A SNIPER’S VIETNAM that was first published almost twenty-four years ago.
I have just updated the Back Cover Blurb for Breaking Liberator’s Shackles to provide a better description of what the reader of this novel may expect. As soon as Amazon and Kindle complete processing (anticipated to be a few days) all future copies will contain the following blurb (http://amazon.com/dp/B00TDTN3BC):
Grant Metzger’s nightmares ceased almost two decades ago… until tonight.
Brutalities he sustained from Japanese soldiers are vivid again. Terror of war-time imprisonment torments him, but new fears compound his emotions. His son, Doug, a Green Beret about to deploy to Vietnam is likely to operate behind enemy lines. Grant is engulfed by anxiety that his son could be captured and forced to endure similar inhumane treatment. Grant’s secrets of survival may one day save Doug’s life, but to do so he must reveal past horrors… never shared with anyone.
Breaking Liberator’s Shackles watches Grant’s emotional shackles vanish through love for his son and faith in the Lord.