Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – Mike Biles, Harmony Kent, Jean Lee #Offer from Andrew Joyce

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore Update with reviews for authors on the shelves and an offer today from Andrew Joyce for his book Mahoney.

The first author with a recent review is Mike Biles for his new release A Bit about Britain’s History: From a long time ago to quite recently.

About the book

Could this short, elegant, volume be the only book on British history you’ll ever need?

A Bit About Britain’s History is for anyone who wants a serious, yet light, introduction to Britain’s amazing story. If you don’t know the basics, or would like a reminder, this book is for you. It is also perfect for those that didn’t enjoy history at school, but who have suddenly realised they’d like to understand it a bit better now.

What did the Romans achieve? How did Christianity arrive? Who are the English and why did they fight the French so often? What is Henry VIII’s greatest legacy? When did democracy start and people get the vote? Why on earth did Britain get involved in WW1?

Organised clearly and chronologically, A Bit About Britain’s History covers every period from a long time ago until quite recently. It begins by briefly mentioning that the place was once inhabited by extremely large lizards, and ends up with a post-war 20th century consumer society. Brief articles explain the essential aspects of Britain’s past, including how the ancestors of its current inhabitants arrived, how they fought each other, formed nations, fell out over religion, acquired a large empire, became gradually more democratic, helped win a couple of world wars and were left wondering what to do next. At the end of the book are detailed timelines for each period, which provide useful reference and make fascinating reading in their own right.

A Bit About Britain’s History might be the only book on British history you’ll ever need; or it might be your stepping stone to more in-depth academic reading

A recent review for the book

Helen Kain  5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, engaging from beginning to end September 18, 2019

In this gem of a book, the author creates a beautiful tapestry from the disparate and jumbled threads that comprise Britain’s complex history. Written clearly and concisely, with injections of wry humour, the book captivated my attention from start to finish. Visitors to Britain’s cathedrals, castles and stately homes will especially welcome the detailed timelines, which allow the reader to discover exactly how each particular bit of history fits into the overall picture. Several friends will be receiving this for Christmas!

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The next author with a number of recent reviews is Harmony Kent for her latest release Fallout: Are You Safe?

About Fallout


The year is 3040. The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space.

Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, the surviving humans avoided democracy and opted, instead, for a non-elective totalitarian system.

The new way worked well, until now. A crazy, despotic president releases a nano-virus on the population. No one was ready for the fallout. It came anyway.

In this post-apocalyptic world, can you stay safe?

One of the recent reviews for Fallout

Kevin Cooper 5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story 7 September 2019

Wow! I’ve never been a great fan of the post-apocalypse genre. Movies I’ve watched going back as far as Mad Max and on through I Am Legend have never been viewed a second time. And until now, I have never read a post-apocalyptic novel. However, Harmony Kent’s FALLOUT may be the catalyst needed to change all that. I would most certainly watch it if it is ever adapted for the big screen.

FALLOUT is a gripping tale of survival guaranteed to keep reader’s entranced as they follow Priya’s story where danger lurks around every corner and no one can be trusted… Least likely those who she comes to depend upon.

This is one of those books you simply do not want to put down. It is full of unexpected twists and I can happily say, not at all predictable. Harmony Kent has way of preparing the reader for an expected outcome for each scenario and skilfully delivering an alternative one. She is an exceptionally talented writer. FALLOUT is a fascinating story. I will most certainly be following her work from now on.

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A selection of other books by Harmony Kent.

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And the next author reviews being posted for her latest release is Jean Lee for Night’s Tooth (Tales of the River Vine Book 1)

About Night’s Tooth

Mississippi River Valley, 1870s. The white man wields rails and guns to bring law to the land. But there are more than wild animals hiding in the territories, and it will take more than guns to bring them down.

Sumac the bounty hunter needs no guns to hunt any bandit with a price on his head, even one as legendary and mysterious as Night’s Tooth. But Sumac didn’t count on other bounty hunters coming along as competition, nor did he expect hunters sharing his own magical gifts.

It’s one man against a gang and a mystery, all to protect a train that must cross the territories at all costs…

Inspired by classics like For a Few Dollars More and fantasy cult favorites like Highlander, “Night’s Tooth” is a western with a fantasy edge set in the Fallen Princeborn universe.

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is a vivid and immersive little novella, where magic and murder abound in the gritty and desperate old ‘wild west’. The realistic setting and surreal characters collide in a strange and utterly intriguing way, making the reader anxious to know more of this unfolding story. And surely there is much more to come… can’t wait!

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Also by Jean Lee

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And finally today the latest release from Andrew Joyce – Mahoney is on offer at 99c/99p until September 30th.. A great deal.. and I loved the book…I am resharing my review today.

About Mahoney

In this compelling, richly researched novel, author Andrew Joyce tells a story of determination and grit as the Mahoney clan fights to gain a foothold in America. From the first page to the last, fans of Edward Rutherford and W. Michael Gear will enjoy this riveting, historically accurate tale of adventure, endurance, and hope.

In the second year of An Gorta Mhór—the Great Famine—nineteen-year-old Devin Mahoney lies on the dirt floor of his small, dark cabin. He has not eaten in five days. His only hope of survival is to get to America, the land of milk and honey. After surviving disease and storms at sea that decimate crew and passengers alike, Devin’s ship limps into New York Harbor three days before Christmas, 1849. Thus starts an epic journey that will take him and his descendants through one hundred and fourteen years of American history, including the Civil War, the Wild West, and the Great Depression.

My review for the book August 3rd 2019

There are an estimated 76 million people around the world who claim Irish ancestry with around 42 million in the United States. I am one of those with origins in County Cork at the time of the Great Famine.

This makes Mahoney a must read for all whose roots lie in this small island republic with only a population of 4.5 million today. The first chapters are chilling as we read of the devastating  famine, and the treatment by the British, of the already impoverished Irish in those years. But it does lay the foundation for the story that follows, and demonstrates the courage, perseverance and creativity required to start a new life from scratch.

A new life of opportunity was promised in a land that was still in its infancy. Getting there in a Coffin Ship was hazardous. Setting foot in the new land was almost as tough as the one left behind, especially if you were Irish. But you cannot keep a good man down, and Devin Mahoney, descended from the High Kings of Ireland, is such a man. He has to navigate the prejudice and poverty just for the privilege of taking the lowest paid and most back-breaking work, building the new nation’s infrastructure that is about to be torn apart by civil war. We relive those desperate years through Devin’s letters home to his wife as he continues to fight against injustice.

In part two of Mahoney, we meet Dillon who carries the same determination and drive to succeed as his father. The vastness of America beckons and over the following years, Dillon explores the west and experiences the life of a cowboy and gunslingers, before heading to California in search of his fortune.

In part three, the next generation of Mahoneys is in the hands of David. Having been raised with plenty, he finds it hard to relate to his heritage, preferring to immerse himself in the pre-crash high life in New York. But all good things come to an end, and that is when the Mahoney blood within his veins is needed to bring him redemption and new path in life.

The book was riveting from start to finish, painstakingly researched, with wonderfully developed characters that are fascinating to walk beside. There is sorrow and anger at the deprivation, but deep respect for those who are forced to leave their homes to find sanctuary, and a safe place to bring up their families. Not just from Europe but those suffering from prejudice and deprivation in the deep south of America. There is plenty of adventure as well as interesting secondary characters, both good and evil, to keep your attention.

I highly recommend that you read the book and for just a few minutes, imagine your own family history, and how your ancestors overcame their struggles to enable you to enjoy all that you have today.

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Also by Andrew Joyce

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm… Sally.

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