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Offline John A. A. Logan
25 May 2012, 07:01 AM | Post: #21

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Offline LindaGruchy Reading The Chandelier Ballroom by Elizabeth Lord
25 May 2012, 07:31 AM | Post: #22

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Brilliant review, very gratifying (but I hate trying to read white on a black background... makes my eyes do all funny).
Offline John A. A. Logan
01 Jun 2012, 01:27 AM | Post: #23

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Thanks Linda! I know what you mean, it's black on dark grey that does it to me usually!

New five-star review on Amazon from Roz Morris, author of MY MEMORIES OF A FUTURE LIFE and NAIL YOUR NOVEL:

5.0 out of 5 stars
If someone died beside you, how do you survive?, 21 May 2012
By roz morris "Roz Morris, author: Nail Your Nov... - See all my reviews
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A story about a man who survives a crash in which his wife dies. But the driver who caused the collision is hunting him down because he is worried about being identified.
From this apparently straightforward premise comes a story that is tense and gripping - but far from simple. The characters Thomas must outwit are unhinged, amoral lowlifes, from a milieu that gentle Thomas has never before had to encounter - like most of us who live normally and quietly. This gives the novel a universal, mythical quality. This is a story of survival, but not just physical escape. It is a crawl back to life after a clash with barbarous, feral forces. It is also a clash with conscience - if someone died beside you, and you feel responsible, how do you survive? Do you even deserve to? How can you ever redeem yourself to live a normal life? Thomas finds himself in a world where men have no consciences as he does battle with his own.

But this is no story of navel gazing. The plot works on a literal level as well as a symbolic one and the characters are solid as much as they are embodiments of forces. The prose is bold and unfancy, yet supple enough to connect with the vast and elemental. Although there is a good deal of violence, which Logan doesn't shy away from, he has a knack of not showing it to you, but still giving you the impact of the experience. So a cat watches mesmerised as something horrid and bloody goes on in a family's living room (itself another level of irony only visible when you step back and analyse). I frequently found myself rereading pages - not because of any problem with clarity, but because a phrase drummed in my head long after the plot had dragged me past, demanding a second look to enjoy it again. The storytelling is effortless, the echoes are long lasting. Do read it.



29 five-star reviews now on Amazon UK!

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Offline John A. A. Logan
08 Jun 2012, 07:23 PM | Post: #24

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30th five-star review of The Survival of Thomas Ford up now on Amazon UK:

5.0 out of 5 stars Good and evil in the crucible of an intense plot, 3 Jun 2012
By Joni L. Rodgers (Houston) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: The Survival of Thomas Ford (Kindle Edition)
We all know that cruelty and greed of this caliber exist in the world; we hope we never end up on a collision course with it. We'd like to think that we know how we would respond when our own sense of right and wrong is in the crucible, but every once in a while, a book comes along to remind us that, no, we don't.

The plot unfolds with intense Stephen King style storytelling, but there's something very Cormac McCarthy about the portrayal of Ford, McCallum and Ferguson. The story is about good and evil, damnation and redemption. The author won me over with his fine craftsmanship in the opening pages, and once I was hooked, I couldn't look away, even though I'm not usually a big reader of books that take me to the darkest side of human behavior. A car crash is such a credible, instantly relatable way to slam characters together, and everything that comes after is almost inevitable, given the nature of people in general and these entirely believable characters in particular.

I've recommended this book many times since I read it, and (perhaps the highest praise) had a horrible nightmare inspired by it weeks after I'd stared with dry eyeballs at the final paragraphs.
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Offline John A. A. Logan
28 Jun 2012, 04:58 AM | Post: #25

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31st five-star review of The Survival of Thomas Ford popped up on Amazon yesterday, thank-you very much Peter!

5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, clever and original thriller, 26 Jun 2012
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I became interested in this book after it was recommended to me by another author, and as a result of the string of top star reviews the book has received.Being of the belief that reader reviews are generally very reliable when in good number,I got a copy on kindle. I do not usually read thriller or suspense titles, though I'm always looking for those with an original twist or which are unusually well written, and this promised - and delivered - on both fronts. From the very start of this book, I was, as many other reviews have stated, gripped by the off-the-wall (but also familiar) characters, the twisting narrative and the fine pace and tone of the writing. The story builds with a deliberate and unrelenting pace, not rushed but judged to let events unfold with real tension. I don't like giving plot summaries, so I won't, but I very much recommend this title as a great read, fresh in the genre, tense and with a nicely sinister eye for when the seemingly ordinary and mundane can yield real threat value. I'm looking forward to Logan's next one.
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
28 Jun 2012, 09:42 PM | Post: #26

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RE: Reviews for The Survival of Thomas Ford

Just posted my review...

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Offline John A. A. Logan
28 Jun 2012, 10:08 PM | Post: #27

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(28 Jun 2012 09:42 PM)Stu Ayris Wrote:  Just posted my review...

Omg

Thanks Stu! I regard this one as a certified "CRACKER"!

5.0 out of 5 stars First Class!!, 28 Jun 2012
By Stuart Ayris (Tollesbury, Essex, England) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
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The Survival of Thomas Ford attracted me a while back for two main reasons - the title and the cover. Both hinted at darkness and mystery and left me intrigued as to what the story within was all about. Having now read the novel I can see how fitting is the word 'survival' and how pertinent is the use of shadows, dark and light on the cover. I shan't give away any of the plot here but I will speak about the writing. I must confess to not quite knowing how the author has achieved to create scenes and characters that appear more real and memorable to me now than when I first read the novel a couple of weeks ago. It is that fact alone that has led me to write this review for, initially, as soon as I read the book, I felt a little disappointed in it, let down in some way. Now I love books and I will defend books I love to anyone. Perhaps it was because I had read it in amongst some of the nineteenth century classics? Who knows? What I believe now though is that I was disappointed not WHEN I finished it but BECAUSE I'd finished. I had somehow turned into the reading equivalent of a sulky child who is angry at ice-cream because he's eaten it all and there is none left! The descriptions, the dialogue, the set-pieces and the pace are all first class. You can see the characters, you can hear them, and you will most certainly remember them. All I can say is read this book. If it has the same effect on you as it did on me then great. And if it doesn't, it's nobody's fault - and there is always ice-cream!
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04 Jul 2012, 08:07 PM | Post: #28

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From Amazon UK:

5.0 out of 5 stars One that will stick with me., 7 May 2012
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Wonderful characters who have haunted me throughout the reading, even to the point that one invaded my dreams.
I found myself frequently thinking of the story and wondering what would happen next when I wasn't reading it.
A book I spent my days so looking forward to pick up again in the evening.
A treasure for thriller fans.

The Survival of Thomas Ford
32 five-star reviews on Amazon UK
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One from Amazon.com, thank-you Coberue!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense nove., June 6, 2012
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I am not usually a fan of bloody, violent novels. But,even though I had to cringe to keep reading this one, I really enjoyed it. The suspense kept on building and that's what held my attention. The characters were well developed and you cared about them until the end - then you cared even more.
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This post was last modified: 24 Jul 2012 06:50 AM by John A. A. Logan.
Very happy to report that the 40th review of The Survival of Thomas Ford is now in (which is also the 33rd five-star review)
I remember when I started back in January (having published on December 25 while everyone else ate turkey) I thought that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to ever get 40 reviews.
Thank-you Kindledays!

5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling page-turner, a quite extraordinary book. 23 July 2012
By Kindledays
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified PurchaseOutstanding. I lost two days of my holiday to this extraordinary book.

I bought it on the recommendation of someone who seems to have had an instinctive understanding of the sort of book I would enjoy. I'm so glad I listened because once I started reading The Survival of Thomas Ford I was drawn into something really quite extraordinary.

From the first paragraph I was mesmerised. Yet the clear bare prose of the opening pages had a haunting quality that lulled me into a world I had not - could not have from the gentle opening - anticipated. A compulsive read, a story that gripped and shocked with its unsparing clarity. Characters as wicked as they were believable, they became even more believable as the story progressed I think because, however wicked their thoughts (and we were not spared their dark thoughts) their vulnerabilities were also laid before us, like real people's thoughts justify actions even when those actions are terrible and the consequences of those actions more terrible still.

A thrilling page-turner, a literary fiction novel that swept me into the at times feral-like lives of ordinary folk. Set in the Highlands of Scotland, the dialogue was perfect and true. Yet it could equally have been set in any part of the world. Something about the unflinching way the author held up these people with their most basic human drives and motivations, their flawed reasoning, their loyalties and their desperate need to make something of their lives, guided - or haunted - by elements of mysticism made this feel almost like a ghost story at times.

Beautifully written, this is the first book where I was moved to 'highlight' a passage on my Kindle:

'Paper odds were for cowards, who wanted an excuse for not trying. If you were going to dare to try to shape the future you had to forget about such things. You had to try to change your mind into a machine that could create diamonds, then you had to use the diamonds as tools to cut your name, your family's name, into the glass surface that other people called the future. Then other people would read your name there.'

Through such insightful and beautiful descriptive passages I was able to feel an uncomfortable degree of empathy and understanding for Jack McCallum and the desperate measures he had been driven to throughout his life. The observation that earlier in history he might have been a great man. Society does that, doesn't it? It changes the goal posts. But the human spirit has its own path.

A brilliant book.
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