More lives than one

Like most of us I do not find it easy to blow my own trumpet. That's definitely a weakness in this nastier age of in your face. However I do want to sell my action-adventure novel, More Deaths Than One and if that's what it takes ... The editor of the Ross-Shire Journal is Hector Mackenzie. We have neither met nor have we spoken other than by e-mail, but under a banner headline reading Novel satisfaction as Ross author makes it into print, February 6th he published the following review ...

"Frustrated unpublished authors sure they have a winner on their hands despite crushing rejections from publishing houses inundated with manuscripts can but take heart from the internet based success of determined Wester-Ross writer Bryan Islip.

In More Deaths Than One, Islip, pictured right, has crafted a good old-fashioned page-turner of a yarn - the sort of book you might grab at an airport en route to a holiday in the sun and then read at one sitting on the beach.

A novel touching on themes of revenge and injustice, and containing as much derring-do as the average James Bond thriller, More Deaths Than One is a pacey, satisfying and enjoyably diverting read which also manages to include a dash of romance and an almost-believable, drugs related conspiracy theory.

Throw in a plot which resonates strongly in the war on terror era following the September 11 attacks on New York and you have a story that is potentially of interest to a very wide readership.

Drawing on his own former business background for the Saudi Arabia setting, Islip weaves in believable local colour and takes care to drop a few clues along the way to the denouement.
The story became a peer-reviewed bestseller on the Arts-Council sponsored and it's easy to see why.

With no pretensions towards great literature, it focuses instead on engaging the general reader much as a Jeffrey Archer bestseller might do. The odd stray apostrophe aside, there's really very little to quibble about.

Unlike Archer, Islip won't have the backing of a multinational publishing house and will instead rely on word of mouth and self-marketing to get his book read."

Alongside colour photos at the first signing and the front cover of the book itself he also published the full Q&A 'interview'. A further 1300 words. Too much for this blog but I'll be salting future posts with bits and pieces of it.

My book's title is taken from Oscar Wilde's stanza in The Ballad of Reading Gaol

And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
None knew so well as I:
For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.

Apt, I still think. About Hector Mackenzie's review? Give or take the Archer reference and the 'no pretensions' claim, absolutely great. Some will buy my book as a result of it. How about you? Send to for Mr Amazon. And please do let me know what you think.

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