Book Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Horrible

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Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by ADMIN-TOM

As an Indie Author, I’ve had my fair share of great reviews, bad reviews and on several occasions’ horrible reviews. I’m no doubt not alone in this revelation that not all reviews of a writer’s book are going to be good reviews. As writers, all we can hope is that the majority are good reviews, and the bad/horrible ones are very much in the minority.

The truth is we have no control over what our readers write about our work. And it is a fact that one person may love your book and the next person to read it may hate it. We must accept that and live with the potential consequences.

What I do find galling is the opinions some reviewers feel they can share about our books and even our writing style or marketing. One reviewer wrote of my Brittle Sea, “I hate cliff-hangers.” Fine, but there are many out there who love cliff-hangers, which is one of the reasons I wrote the trilogy with a view to employing cliff-hangers. It was not, as another reviewer stated, a cheap marketing stunt.

Opinions on my writing I can accept, but cheap pot-shots at other aspects of my books is something some reviewers employ because they have nothing better to say.

So, I now employ a warning at the start of the blurb for The Brittle Sea, that hopefully will deter those hating cliff-hangers. At the same time, I’m pointing out the price for book one is FREE and the other two in the trilogy are $1.99 each. Not exactly designed to break anyone’s bank.

But never mind. Onwards and upwards. With an average of 50 plus percent 5-stars on my book’s reviews/ratings, I think I’m safe from being deluged by bad reviewers.

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cover for my book The Brittle Sea

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A young Magda Asparov travels alone from her home in Ukraine to America, to marry Matthew Turner, an unscrupulous American businessman. It’s an arranged marriage and part of the dowry is land in America the Asparovs own. But this parcel of land holds a secret only Turner is aware of. It has a huge reservoir of oil beneath it.
Magda’s journey is cut-short when her ship, the Titanic, hits an iceberg & sinks.
Magda is rescued by another ship, captained by Richard Blackmore.

In the ship’s sickbay, it’s discovered the survivor has lost her memory. The crew of the rescue ship give the survivor a name, Maggie, to use until her memory returns. But as the ship sails to New York a new personality in Maggie takes hold, stifling Magda in the process.
On reaching New York, Maggie accepts Captain Blackmore’s offer of help and occupies Blackmore’s guest room in his apartment. But over time, the couple fall in love.

Meanwhile, Matthew Turner feels Magda is still alive and has unleashed his henchman, William Harker, a crook, con artist, money shark and murderer. Turner hates to feel his investment has slipped through his fingers and is keen to track Magda down and keep alive his hopes of cashing in on her oil field. Harker is told to find any trace of Magda among the survivors arriving in New York.

Harker discovers Magda is alive but is unaware of who she is. Harker makes his plans to snatch Magda away from Blackmore. Leaving Blackmore as collateral damage and his life in ruins.


“This one has it all – mystery, corruption, murder, kidnapping, love, revenge. Don’t plan to read it as a stand alone. You’ll definitely want the next books in the trilogy because the ending of book one is a cliff hanger. I couldn’t put this book down although I became so worried about the fate of Blackmore I had to regroup myself. Tom Kane did one helluva job writing this set.”

“This book has everything Romance, Murder, Mystery which automatically hooks you to the story.”

“Set against the backdrop of early 20th century America, an incredible story of love, loss, injustice, perseverance, mental illness & heartbreak.”

“A fictional romp through history, full of well-written twists & turns.
An arranged marriage, tragic love story & a bad guy you’ll love to hate.”

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