...is a good critique partner. Someone who knows what they're talking about; someone to tell you you're getting it wrong, yet not trample your story into the ground. For whatever reason – and I'm still thanking my lucky stars – Stephen Spencer cheerfully reads my attempts at writing, and manages to make something resembling a silk purse from a sow's ear.
Stephen's a complete professional, and in my opinion, the best new thriller/mystery writer to emerge over the past couple of years. I read his debut novel "It's Always Darkest" and turned green with envy. Stephen effortlessly creates characters so real I swear they step from the page and go home at night to their families. My particular favourite is Bentley Cramer; Paul's boss – a man large enough to attract his own solar system.
Stephen's "Paul Mallory" thrillers have been compared by other reviewers to the works of David Baldacci, Alex Berenson and Brian Haig. For me, the Mallory series is America's answer to Ian Fleming's James Bond.
If you're looking for a thrilling read for your kindle, and enjoy tight plots, larger than life characters, written with a dash of nostalgia and humour – please don't miss out – do yourself a massive favour and sample one of the "Paul Mallory Adventures" by Stephen Spencer. I guarantee you'll soon be singing Stephen's praises.
If you don't have a kindle, all of the "Paul Mallory Adventures" are available in print form, and you can read samples at Stephen's website by clicking here.
Don't tell him I sent you – in fact – don't mention this post; he might decide to start charging, and I could never afford the quality advice Stephen so freely gives.