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“Entropy, an elegiac crime novel whose climax reveals its bleakly beautiful pattern.” Review by Rick Schindler, Culture Critic and Author of Fandemonium

I was extremely touched when I read Rick Schindler’s review of my book, Entropy. To have my writing compared to Joseph Conrad is a dream come true. He is one of my favorite writers. I would like to express thanks to the editorial team at Wattle Publishing who worked to bring the book to publication and to their design team who captured the essence of the book and its foreboding tale on the front cover. I hope that many, more…
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Interview with David L. Blond, author of The Phoenix Year

Q. “The Phoenix Year” is a fascinating book, when did you decide to write this story? And why? DLB: It was 1977, we were living in Switzerland and I was working at UNCTAD, and the price of crude oil quadrupled after OPEC gained control of world oil prices. The plight of the developing countries was dire and there was a huge debt built up that seemed impossible to pay off (this beget the Club of Paris debt negotiations that went…
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Interview with Alex Shaw by Robert Raker

RR: Where did you come up with idea for the character of Aidan Snow? AS: The character of Aidan Snow is in part based on me. We’ve been to many of the same palaces and seen many of the same things. The major difference is that I was not in the SAS. I wanted Snow to be a bit different from the usual SAS type action heroes, he comes from a relatively privileged background - his parents were diplomats, and…
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Interview with Neil Stenton by Robert Raker

RR: WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH IDEA FOR "SAVING CARRIE?" NS: I've always enjoyed American crime TV shows (NYPD Blue, CSI, Starsky & Hutch, Magnum PI, Rockford Files) and also been to America a couple of times. The last time I was there I started to think about what would happen if we got caught up in the middle of a crime. How would we manage, what would we do, and that gave me some ideas. From there I…
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Interview with author, Joe Leslie by Robert Raker

RR: You have written "The Secret to Being Frank" –please tell us about this novel. JL: The novel is about the ability or failure of the human spirit to survive in this bizarre world of emotional conflict, fear and futility. An intense spotlight nervously falls on the protagonist, Frank Macleod, in Wales during the middle of the twentieth century. My passion for Wales, which borders on adultery, tells a graphic compelling drama of Macleod’s upbringing in a hard-knocks steel town.…
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Interview with Jon Champs – Author: “The Templar Paradox”

RR: The “The Templar Paradox” sounds catchy, what was the inspiration for this series?" JC: The Templar Paradox started out being a one off but I soon realised there was no way I could keep to just one book after I'd written a few chapters, so The Jake Sheridan Mysteries was born. The Templar Paradox itself was based on the premise of me having lived and travelled extensively in France over the last twenty-two years. Despite travelling often to where…
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Customer Review: Entropy by Robert Raker

I was very excited to receive another four star review for ENTROPY, especially in regards to the construction of character, more so The Agent. When I started writing the book I had ideas for other characters which I decided not to undertake. In early outlines and drafts, I wasn't even sure that The Agent would become a developed enough character to make an impact. In some ways I identified with his “loss of self,” and that enabled me to tell…
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Q&A with Mark King Author of Frenzy…

Most recently, I interviewed Mark King author of Frenzy. I note that you are promoting “Frenzy.” Tell us a little about this. MK: Frenzy a Daniel Jones story by Mark King is a fast paced adventure book initially written for young adults of both sexes to read, but with its vivid writing style it can be enjoyed by adults even more, no matter what their age; so people from 13 to 83 can get lost in the mystery of the…
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Overwhelming Support … Entropy by Robert Raker

Since the launch of my book ENTROPY, I have been overwhelmed by the support. I have been excited to read the reviews about the book and discuss the story with those that have made contact. Thank you At the start of this journey, almost eight years ago, I set out to write an emotional story about four people set in a small town in America. I was excited when Wattle Publishing decided to publish my book. The cover that they…
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Photograph Inspiration #3 for ENTROPY:

When I constructed the character of The Agent, I rarely used photographs for reference, but this one was essential for the character and the changes that he undergoes throughout ENTROPY. An important scene in The Agent’s journey takes places in a landscape similar to this photograph. This shot was located directly across from one that inspired The Diver. I was drawn to the image because of the vast expanse of land behind the electrical stanchions balanced against the construction of…
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