I’ve just noticed a couple of new reviews around the place. There’s this one for RealmShift on Smashwords:
Review by: Laurens Leurs on Dec. 13, 2009 : 5 Stars
An interesting and strangely compelling read. This books is a pretty unusual mix of fantasy, action and horror but much to my surprise this actually works. The story quickly becomes a page turner.
Also this one for RealmShift on Smashwords:
Review by: Cathy Russell on Dec. 02, 2009 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed this book, especially the underlying philosophy that belief shapes reality. I have to admit though, it was fun watching a superhuman capable of kicking the Devil’s ass.
The writing style was engaging, and the characters were well thought out. I didn’t like the villains much, nor did I sympathize with them, but at the same time I could see their point of view and how they got to be the people they were. There was plenty of action, and the more I progressed in the story the more I wished someone would make it into a comic or a movie. The plot and characters would be great in either one.
This same person also posted a very similar review on Amazon.
Then there’s this one for MageSign on Smashwords (which is a hell of a review!):
Review by: cbell on Nov. 27, 2009 : 5 Stars
I read RealmShift and enjoyed it immensely, so I jumped straight into MageSign for some more Isiah.
I loved both books! I shivered whenever a realmshift happened and I was running alongside the characters throughout the book. To be there sharing in their adventures was truly being ‘lost in a book’ – my favourite way to pass time.
Alan, you made me gasp out loud at one part and I couldn’t stop reading until I’d worked through that story line. It was awful, it was astonishing, it was heart-breaking and it was wonderful to read. Thanks for that sleepless night.
This book was totally engrossing reading and I couldn’t wait to get home from work each day to dip back into your world. I felt sad when I finished. I want more.
I intend to search for everything written by Alan Baxter and devour it.
There are these two reviews for Ghost Of The Black: A ‘Verse Full Of Scum, again from Smashwords:
Review by: Juli Monroe on Nov. 25, 2009 : 4 Stars
The pacing was good, and the story was enjoyable. I liked how the author gave us just enough information to understand the story universe without going into too much exposition. I am looking forward to the author’s other books.
Review by: E. Patrick Dorris on Oct. 19, 2009 : 4 Stars
I really liked how the futuristic setting took a back seat to the almost crime-noir story and character. It was like Micky Spillaine meets Bladerunner. I could actually go back and read some old hard-boiled detective fiction after this, but I’d have a feeling that this would still be more fun!
A couple of places the author slipped into present tense language in the narration, and it took me a little out of the story, but only a little. This was a fun read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for such.
Some of you I’ve since met around the interwebs, thanks to Twitter and other similar places, so I want to throw out a direct Thank You! if you’re reading here. It’s not only great for me to hear that you’ve read and enjoyed the books, it’s also invaluable that you’ve taken the time to write a review. Nothing helps an author more than positive word of mouth. I appear to be doing something right.