Showing posts with label Robert K Swisher Jr. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robert K Swisher Jr. Show all posts

Monday, 10 August 2015

A Circle Around Forever by Robert K. Swisher Jr.

I've reviewed two books from this Author recently. Both were from the Bob Roosevelt series, which I liked very much. When I was asked to review Roberts latest work I agreed settling in for a fun read. Maybe I should have read the blurb first just to prepare myself as this book is very, very different to what I've read from this author before. It took me a few chapters to settle in and let the story pull me in. It did at times, but I found this a hard read. I'm just not a spiritual person and this just wasn't the book for me. However as a reviewer I stick to the questions;
Is it well written?
Are the characters believable?
Would other people appreciate it?
The answer to the first two was yes, with some to the third. Resulting in a four star.
A Circle Around Forever by Robert K.Swisher Jr

Barbara has been haunted by the ghost of her late grandmother Bertha since her funeral. Bertha was given away by her father and as her birth caused her mother’s death. Her brothers’ cruelty sowed the first seeds of hatred in young Bertha and were nurtured by a mysterious voice, causing her to committing unspeakable acts. This bitter vicious ghost is not at rest and tells Barbara that her son  Shannon, will give what she searches; a nothingness. A battle for the boy’s soul looms; orchestrated by forces older than time.
I’m familiar with this writer because of the Bob Roosevelt series, which I liked very much. I was asked to review this; his latest work and was rather surprised that this is by the same writer. I’m not sure the same reader that enjoyed a ‘bucket full of Lies’ will enjoy this book.
This is a rather serious book, written from a deeply spiritual place. Many chapters do begin with a biblical quotation. It explores human emotions like hate, love, jealousy and envy. I have to admit that I found it at times bleak and hard going. However it is well written epic piece of work and at times quite poetic. If you do like literature to make you think and question the more spiritual things in live, this will be the book for you. A work to read slowly and reflect on.


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Trout Fishing for Bodies by Robert K Swisher Jr

This book I've bought myself as a wee treat. I liked the first book in the series and when I finished it I bought the follow up. I do like Robert K Swisher's easy style. I also like when you can really tell where an author is from and with Robert you can taste America. Book 2 didn't disappoint and gets a deserved 5 star.
Trout Fishing for Bodies by Robert K Swisher Jr

I was a big fan after reading the first book in the Bob Roosevelt series; A Bucket Full of Lies, so I looked forward to reading the second book. I wasn’t disappointed; it’s as good as the first if not better. Even though this is book 2 in the series, you won’t be lost if you read this one first.
After a trying case where Bob Roosevelt got himself in a lot of trouble and danger, he and his trusted Volkswagen beetle head for Colorado. He hopes to find some calm, fishing for trout in the Colorado hills. What he catches is more than he bargained for. His obnoxious guardian angel, warns him to get out of dodge but Bob is determined to solve this murder. This book has a fine cast of characters that get up to all sorts of shenanigans. Barbara, the victim had been turning the heads of some local married men and there is no shortage of suspects. Bob and I were none the wiser as to who did the murder until near the very end. Unlike Bob, I did not get shot at while we were trying to figure this crime out.  
Again, the wise cracking between Bob and his guardian angel is great fun, but I have to wonder by now why Bob doesn’t listen to his angel a little more as he seems to be on the money most of the time with his warnings. I suppose if I had a lecherous, hateful monk whispering things in my ear, I might just do the opposite to spite him. It certainly adds entertainment for us, the reader.
Clever, witty and entertaining. Definitely not a weak second. If you liked A bucket Full of Lies, you will love this.