I started a new series when I went to bed last night (wee hours this morning really).
It is by an author I still see as relatively new to me, even though I have finished 13 of his novels now. The first novel, The Protocol
by J. Robert Kennedy
, was the fastest book I had read in a long time ... it was that gripping ... an over the top thriller with a high body count.
Anyway, up until now, I have stuck to reading 13 novels in that Professor James Acton series (somewhat Indiana Jones meets Da Vinci Code plus some).
For some time, I have been thinking I really should try one of his other series etc. In fact he has done two spin-off series, the first book of which was set around the time of Book 6 in the Professor Acton series. However he's done some others too, so I spent some time getting dates of when written or at least released.
I discovered he did a murder mystery series early on, that went for a total of 3 books, the first of which he released on Amazon at the same time (September 4th 2011) as the first two novels in the Professor Acton series. So I have now started that ... and got quite a few chapters in, before deciding I really should go to sleep. I've not resumed today yet, because it was my mum's 85th birthday and I have been busy ... and I obviously slept in for the first bit.
He is a damn good economical writer ... no wasted words and keeps the pace up. He seems to have come out of nowhere with the release of those three books.
Apparently he has consistently been the highest selling Amazon author .... and still no page on Wikipedia.
I belong to his email club and get notified of new releases and bonuses. He is a prolific writer, with his dad helping out with research. But just recently he has raised things another notch, by learning the great benefits of dictation ... so that means he has started producing even more novels ... even going back and resuming series, after asking fans first.
I don't think he will ever win any literary awards from what I have seen of his writing so far. That's not to say he is a bad writer ... far from it. If literary awards were given out based totally on great use of words, he would probably win, as he sure knows how to write to the point and never bore you, while keeping pace and energy high, giving you a thrilling ride. He tackles tough subjects at times and has certainly been involved in the odd controversy. He often likes to mix historical chapters with current time ones ... showing both cause and effect for his fictional narratives ... whether it be Religion, China, Archaeology, Terrorists, Secret Societies, American Military (etc), Hitler, Myths, Legends or some grand conspiracy.
His first Professor Acton novel, The Protocol
, is still free, which you can grab on its own, or with four others, also free ... which includes the one I have just started reading - Depraved Difference
(Detective Shakespeare #1). My reading list for 2020