KILLER BYTES: A Novella of Intrigue by Alan Williams
At the request of the author, an ARC electronic edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from the author): A killer is stalking London; a banker is already dead, killed in an explosion, and there are more victims in the killer’s sights. Techno geek and Internet journalist, Wil Jackson becomes inadvertently embroiled in the investigation when he interviews one of the murder victims, and the killer starts communicating with Wil via the Internet.
Can Wil help the police stop the killer before the body count increases further?
My Thoughts and Opinion: This is the second time this has happened to me and I feel that it is the greatest honor and most humbling experience to be bestowed with and that is to be entrusted with an author’s manuscript for review.
Through blogging and the PR company, Partners In Crime Tours, I met someone who is an outstanding blogger and reviewer. After working with him on several projects, I had a feeling that he might also be a writer. I asked and he said that he had been working on a novella and asked if I would read it and give him my honest opinion. For me, that’s like being asked to be the Godmother of someone’s baby. Such an honor yet also a huge responsibility.
He sent me only the first half, as the 2nd half was with his editor. I started reading with great skepticism because now it was going to be the moment of truth. And within a couple of weeks I had the entire book so that this review now reflects my impression on the entire read.
The novella starts off with a prologue and within the first couple of pages, the book grabbed me. The suspense and action was fast paced. The writing style flowed and it was easy to create my own imagery from the detailed prose. The characters were well developed and became life like due to his descriptive writing. There were only two (2) items that I felt that could be improved upon, which with time, mentoring and professional advice, would help make this blogger’s work into an author’s success. Those 2 items were, and only during a couple of places in the story, a bit of simplistic dialogue and the other being of tweaking to make the story in certain places tighter and more mature. My rating is based upon his writing, story line, the development of characters, and the fact that this is his debut as a novella. I am not rating it as compared to seasoned authors.