Continuing my series on making potential Christmas presents of my novels, why not check out Uncle Flynn and/or Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge?
“Max Bradley didn’t like to climb trees.” – Uncle Flynn, opening line.
Intended readership: Children and adults who enjoy a good adventure story.
Uncle Flynn, my debut novel, was received very positively. On the surface it is a properly old-fashioned treasure hunt adventure, but it contains underlying themes about overcoming fear and the dangers of mollycoddling. The book is dedicated to my eldest son, and was largely inspired by our many excursions over Dartmoor, as well as a bit of local history.
Here is the blurb from the back of Uncle Flynn:
When timid eleven year old Max Bradley embarks on a hunt for buried treasure on Dartmoor with his mysterious Uncle Flynn, he discovers he is braver than he thought.
Together they decipher clues, find a hidden map and explore secret tunnels in their search. But with both police and rival treasure hunters on their tail, Max begins to wonder if his uncle is all he seems…
Some review snippets for Uncle Flynn:
“Harking back to the wonderful adventure stories of Arthur Ransome, Uncle Flynn is a welcome return to the excitement of outdoor exploits in wild surroundings… Action-packed puzzle-solving pleasure for children and adults alike, with a neat twist in the tale to keep you guessing.”
Mrs Alice R Brewer, Amazon.co.uk
“Don’t pass this one by. I have been burning through the free NOOKbooks and this is the absolute BEST. Doesn’t matter what type of fiction you like to read, I can imagine this would capture just about anyone’s attention – and heart.”
willreadanything, Barnes and Noble.
“Could not put the book down, so enjoyed the journey. Recommended it to my 12 year old grandson who now wants me to be his book reading adviser. Loved by three generations.”
Brinney, Barnes and Noble.
Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge:
“Being trapped inside a haunted house was turning out to be every bit as terrifying as Tim had feared.” – Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge, opening line.
Intended Readership: Children and adults who enjoy books like the Alex Rider series.
Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is a gripping and scary tale involving spies, monsters, haunted houses, mad scientists and lots more besides, with action and thrills to spare. It was actually inspired by the nightmares of my youngest son, and the book is duly dedicated to him.
Here is the blurb from the back of Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge:
Curiosity lands Tim Rawling in a world of secrets, spies and a desperate race against time.
The haunted house, the monster and the mad scientist are only the beginning of a terrifying adventure.
This novel is easily the most neglected of my released books, which is, I think a crying shame as those that have read it have loved it. Anyone who has rated it online has given five stars, though there are hardly any reviews to quote. Why not buck the trend and give it a go?