There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.
In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.
Meet Terry Tyler
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Blackthorn’, set in a post apocalyptic England, 115 years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.
A selection of books by Terry Tyler
A recent review for Wasteland
A bleak future where people think they are getting equality by surrendering privacy, where huge corporations control daily life down to the food that goes into a body and what people do in their spare time, how they think, how they behave. All too easy to believe, all too easy to see heading our way.
And that, perhaps, is what makes Tyler’s books so very troubling.
And then, there is the hope of humankind. Those who live outside the system, in the wasteland. Yet to me, the true wastelands were the megacities, and the ‘wasteland’ the real world. In the megacities life was wasted, not lived fully; people carried on as drones, consuming and existing in an endless, unquestioned cycle. In the world outside the megacities there was the hope of mankind in individuality, courage and hope.
Told with Tyler’s distinctive style, this is a fantastic book. I loved it. Twists and turns and shocks, along with action, aplenty. The end was so exciting I actually managed to turn my kindle off by gripping the sides too tight! Highly recommended.
Meet Yigal Zur
YIGAL ZUR is a noted writer and journalist who has written 13 books till now in Hebrew. His thriller Troubles in Paradise is the first to feature ex-Mossad agent Dotan Naor and takes place in Thailand. His second thriller Death in Shangri-la which was the first to be translated into English (published by Oceanview 2018) continue to feature Dotan Naor and takes place in North India. The third thriller in the same series is Lost in Lotus Land and takes place in Ko-Samui, Thailand and in Cambodia . ZUR wrote as well travel books and guides to India and China, a script for “Menelik – a black jewish prince” which was filmed in 1999. Amongst his published works are the novels Dark Prune, Spring of Almond’s Blossom, and The Monsoon’s End,. He has hosted successful tv travel shows.
One of the recent reviews for Passport to Death
“Passport To Death” by Israeli author, Yigal Zur is one of a series of thrillers featuring private investigator, Dotan Naor, former operative of the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet. It is set in the back alleys, dive bars and sex clubs of Bangkok, Thailand. On this occasion, Naor is briefed to search for a missing girl, Sigal Bardon, daughter of a wealthy Israeli family. His investigations take him to the underbelly of Bangkok life, the seedier side of this popular tourist city, infested as it is with drugs, the sex trade and just about every other crime or sin known to mankind. Layer by layer he uncovers the clues, each one drawing him inexorably into the bowels of Bangkok society, yet no closer to locating Sigal than when he started out. Is she already dead? Murdered? Overdosed? Anything is possible in the Kafkaesque world into which she seems to have plunged. But despite the horrors Dotan encounters along the way, he is determined to find her – or at least her body.
“Passport To Death” has been translated into English from Hebrew and unlike many translated books it does not seem to have lost anything in translation. It is a thriller, a page-turner from beginning to end. The writing is descriptive, very visual as Yigal Zur takes the reader through the seedier side of Bangkok; it is clear that the author has an expert knowledge of life there – and certainly not as a tourist. The prose is cleverly crafted. Take this example in one character’s dialogue: ‘Her voice painted a picture, as if a delicate brush moved through the air when she spoke, sketching a scene as she described it.’ And the dialogue is not without its lighter moments, despite the dark subject matter of the story: ‘My name is Ivan. Around here I’m known as Ivan the Durian.’ In “Passport To Death” Yigal Zur has crafted a superb, yet different thriller. At 208 pages it is not a long book. Which is good, because once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down.
Meet Marina Osipova
Marina Osipova was born in East Germany into a military family and grew up in Russia where she graduated from the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. She also has a diploma as a German language translator from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. In Russia, she worked first in a scientific-technical institute as a translator then in a Government Ministry in the office of international relations, later for some Austrian firms. For seventeen years, she lived in the United States where she worked in a law firm. Eventually, she found her home in Austria. She is an award-winning author and a member of the Historical Novel Society.
One of the recent reviews for How Dare the Birds Sing
This is a new author for me and one I plan to check out further. An ultimately sad but beautifully written story set in the thirties / forties, in Russia and Germany. A story of love and tragedy in turbulent times, which also gives a wonderful insight to everyday life in those times. A quick look at the author’s bio, revealed she has lived in Russia and Germany, which is no doubt why she has been able to create such an authentic story. There is a wonderful mixed bag of characters, which are brought to life with vivid descriptions but also fine details, which made me able to relate to them, despite the very different times in which we live. Highly recommended but have a tissue to hand.
Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.