Quote from DCZ

Helen found her voice, ‘Do you know anything about the satellite system they claim to be using?’
I said, ‘A bit. It was supposed to have been decommissioned.’
Her eyes narrowed. She knew me well.
‘You believe them.’
Isobel said, ‘You really believe they could keep a huge thing like that going in secret?’
‘Classified military, unacknowledged by the government, even military personnel and certainly defence contractors,’ the details slipped from my tongue. I’d speculated, reported on and written books about such things over the years. I can’t pretend I had doubted the official line at the time: Star Wars had become an expensive white elephant. It was an embarrassment. It had been scrapped. That had been my unwavering belief. But what if those scientists who were way smarter than any politician, had continued the work on the SDI as a black project for the U.S. DOD and then, from that special position, set up a method of hijacking it?
Both women were looking at me. Waiting to hear the results of that long thinking process. I stood, picked up the bottle of JD and marched up the steps and over to the cupboard I never need to open these days. It now contains the bits and pieces I keep in memory of my parents but not that bottle of Jack.
Isobel looked up to where I’d remained in the area above the lounge, commenting quietly, ‘If you think we need to keep clear heads you don’t believe it’s a hoax.’
I had all on not to snatch that bottle back and guzzle it in one go.
‘It isn’t bound to be a bad thing,’ she said hopefully.
Helen downed the last of her whiskey, relaxed back in the chair and closed her eyes. I thought I could read her mind. I believed then that she was stopping herself reacting to my sister’s naïve ‘save the planet’ claptrap

Book Reviews

Hearing the Voice of God by David Chadwick 3*

OK in parts.

At times I found Chadwick’s interpretation too simplistic rather than pleasant and easy to read. He made some points I really could not agree with but in other places I found myself enjoying his take on John’s Gospel.

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges


A pleasant, relaxing read concerning the free gift of God’s grace.


from DCZ: Designated Conservation Zone

Blackfriars Bridge was gridlocked … It seemed as though everyone had been on the opposite side of the Thames that they wanted to be. People were in their vehicles leaning on horns, out of their cars yelling and inside trembling as they listened to that same message over the radio.
As the traffic crept into Upper Thames Street I began racking my brain for a safe place to leave the car so that I could take the Millenium Bridge.

Thrilling, eco-fiction in multi-narrative

Who, and what, is Gaia?


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 5 *

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

A successful experimental brain operation on lab mouse, Algernon, leads to a human trial on Charlie, in order to increase his very low IQ. Charlie relates his experience in a poor level of literacy at the beginning and end of the story, whilst rising to a fantastically high level in the middle of it. It is an astonishing concept, possibly analogous of its time in late 1950s New York, beautifully executed. This book can be studied, appreciated and loved from many angles. It is moving, fascinating and incredibly clever.


The Vinctalin Legacy Book 6

Zan stood, straight back to his face, and told him, “It is your laws that are a disgrace. In his society I would never have been abandoned to the likes of Roc, by my own people.”
Then she turned to look him dead in the eye, so that she could finally offload a little of the heaviness in her heart.
“When I first saw you on Tarin’s ship, gliding around with that superior attitude, I put a face to what had hitherto been an abstract object of hate. But then the longer I watched you the more I thought about what you were, and what your cronies had done to me. And my hatred grew. Until now I thought that hatred had attained a natural limit. I thought my whole being was full of it. Yet I was wrong. Because my loathing just reached new heights.”


The Body in the Dales by J.R. Ellis

Lightweight detective fans should not be put off by my review.

I bought this book because it was the first in a series of detective novels but I’m sorry to say I could not care for any of the characters in this book throughout the story. If you like a basic ‘who dunnit’ you will probably enjoy this story set in, and describing well, the Yorkshire Dales. Sadly for me, I am aggravated by the addition of dialect in writing. If you are too, I can assure you it is kept to a minimum. This is a good basic story with many suspects but I’m afraid I’d lost interest in identifying the killer and skimmed to the end.

Book Review

1* Disappointing

St. Luke the Evangelist by Kevin McCarthy

Some way into this Kindle edition, I had to check the title again. No, it is not entitled Antioch, the Crusades or ancient relics. All of which feature largely in it, while St. Luke hardly enjoys a few sentences here and there. However, in fairness, McCarthy does begin by informing the reader that very little is known about St. Luke.
Worst of all though, the book has not been correctly formatted for Kindle. Vital sections are missing. Where there were parts of interest they are disjointed and gaps of unknown proportions are missing.


Had to abandon this one halfway through.

Invasion by Tommy B Truant and Sean Platt

I didn’t get on with this book at all. Wonder if that’s because it is American with Hollywood rich main characters and I’m British: maybe I missed some humour? The story was very slow in any case.