Three years after I released Episode One: The Cairo Accord, I have a good number of positive reviews. Recent news stories surrounding the eliciting of reviews on Amazon surprise no one. Mostly, those dodgy reviews are claimed to be on electrical and high value goods, but undoubtedly this extends to books too. I’ve had several approaches to send free copies in exchange for a review, and offers by other authors to “swap” reviews. I have never succumbed to such temptation, even though I know how much good reviews count. I have, however, run foul of the whim of a “professional” reviewer, who only too easily will damn a book!
Shortly after first publication, with only episode one on the shelf. I responded to a US reviewer’s “offer” to review and I jumped at the chance. This would be my first review! And it still sits there, proud, dated October 2017, with its shockingly bad 2 stars for all the US readers (and most of the world therefore) to see! Five other good US reviews followed, but that cursed 2 stars massively drags down the average and undoubtedly has hurt the number of copies sold in the United States.
Thankfully, my UK reviews never suffered such indignity of a “professional” review, only good, wholesome readers who were willing to give my work a chance! Likewise, I’ve been delighted at Canadian readers, who have so far rated my work with unblemished 5 stars across the board.
I’ve pasted the best reviews below – of course I’ve chosen the best ones, but if you want to read the others they are all available on the relevant Amazon page, just follow the links to the books. All I’ll add, is NO FAKES here! Oh, and if you are in the US and have read my books and liked them, a good review to counter the 2 star would be much appreciated!
As always, thank you for taking the time to read.
Updated 30th Jan 2021
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