Ian Robinson Author

I've written two books: an illustrated non-fiction 'Some Picnic!' and a fiction 'Rough Diamonds'. My plan is to make 'Rough Diamonds' into a movie and a TV series.

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"To Be Me and Be Free" shows promise

UniqueRebel24's book is two chapters long and it is unfinished.

"To Be Me and Be Free" is a fantasy about Riley (a she) an 18 year-old who's been abused since she was six. She finds out she's a werewolf and flees her home. The author's technical writing skills could do with improvement. Eg. sentences end and without a space, turn to the other person's reply.

A promising start.

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Great start

Your writing is rich and descriptive. Eg. "She fiddled with her badges and the sewed, weird stuffed creatures she had made on her bag." She introduces Richard, he had 'a specific dress code that made him unique and beautiful'. Later, after seeing the four spirits standing next to the grave, she turned back to look at Richard. He'd dissappeared like the vaporous spirits who were alongside the grave. Vivid writing.

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An interesting read

Vampire-governer Marcus Wasilewski rules Algharakh with a marble fist for five centuries. He classifies the vamps as a superior race which severely oppresses the wolf race. Racism is eminent and the wolves demand justice, as Senator Frank Morton brings the country to the precipice of a political shift.

For two lovers, Sam, a werewolf, and Erin, a vampire, a forbidden bond forms between them. Will their unique love withstand the cruel prejudice that surrounds them and end the race feud or will they be ripped apart by the very thing that brought them together.

Erin's 300th birthday is looming, and her overly-protective parents had agreed to her moving to an apartment across town with her childhood friend, Alex. It was roomy with white walls, high ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Utterly the opposite to the 900 year-old manor her parents called home.

Nearby, Sam, a wolf with a tendency to get drunk, stared out the window at the other wolves. At least there was no damage to property or fires, not like the previous time.

A very interesting read, with the descriptions and characterizations worth reading.

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An enjoyable start

Read Masks of Morality by Terri Lynn Mumley's first, before reading the follow up Monsters Behind the Masks. The second book gets off to cracking start and builds momentum from the beginning. What dark force is driving monster behind the masks? In book one, subtle clues within bloody symbolic messages was left on a dead dove outside Caryssa's friend, Anna's art gallery. Caryssa, the main protagonist, left her fast-track Silcon Valley fifteen years ago, thirteen and twelve years since the death of Anna's daughters, and a year since the murder of Caryssa's art gallery security guard. Another dead dove was found in the second book, Monsters Behind the Masks. What if there are iconic messages on there as well? I'll wait to find out. Recommended first 16 chapters.

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Interesting

Poetry has to be in the eyes of the reader. That makes it difficult to be objective. I found the choice of ultra short phrases and sentences set a style. Interesting because the author captures the essence of a particular object in a few words. I read it not without a struggle. A very interesting approach. (I didnt give it stars in plot rating as there, in my opinion, wasn't a plot. When I clicked the 'submit' button, my review returned this message: 'Please rate this stories plot' and didn't advance, so I gave it a random score in the plot scoring. I request the author ignores that score)..

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An excellent read

Faultless. Dominic Breiter's Judson Bottom is deep and rich with characters and it's a colourful, constructive and stylish read. I highly recommend it as "not-put-downable".

The protaginist Mickey Fontanel, a police officer with a undeservably scrappy name, rides a Harley Davidson. He is the father of Bruno. Bruno's once good friend, Ismael, leaves a damning letter to his parents against America and he states that he was "spiritually repressed" in the US. He defects from the small town to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. Fotanel assumes the wedge that divides the two teenagers is Ismael's religious streak and Bruno's less deferential position.

Breiter's book covers well the effects of the disturbing issues in the US. Like the hounding press that gathers on the front of Ismael's parent's house, and the marauding biking gang which Fotanel started as a well meaning group and parted from when they turned foul.

Breiter's book is eminently readable. I recommended it.

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Heroes risen? And Demons...?

Heroes and Demons is a story about an expedition by four various professional people 'unearthing' a mysterious temple far underneath London. It was meant to unlock the secrets of our origins and everything that came before, and an inner power unlocked which seems like a glorious gift. But, when sinister forces begin to atack them from the dark, they realize they will need all their power to overcome it.

Dr Rick Carter - a part-time gay and alternating to a rest-of-the-time heterosexual. He was a self-assured doctor of psychology, much of whose research and published works had been on the cognitive process of religion and its beliefs. He had left the county of York and worked in occupational health for a large tech firm of Biogenesis. There he'd reunited with Dr Sandy Harris - a fiery university buddy with whom he had a twisted friendship.

Ben, full name Jose Benjamin Ramirez, had his British mother's side awarding him his passport, and, I quote: "his father's side had given him his sun-kissed skin and thick, black hair and the days on his father's farm as a teenager had given him the muscles that made all the women (and some men) to swoon". It was with he who Rick had the gay relationship.

Ruth Sellers had worked for multinational giants to a family-run bakery. She had been appointed CE of Biogenesis four years previously, answering to a board of eleven whose power could shake the world. She had the power to walk into an Iranian prison with absolute immunity. Her means of travel to choose from were a luxurious private jet, a Humvee (armoured), or a sleek limousine. Ruth excercised her might to free Rick from a prison in Iran, by offering a place on her team to undertake the exploration.

All the characters are fleshed out with an introduction which is richly detailed.

The story launches with a dramatic and tragic bank heist, when Sandy resists one of the bank robbers who was pointing a gun in her face, by punching him. A shot was released fatally wounding a female bank teller and injuring Rick. He 'died' twice getting to the hospital She saved him by stemming the flow of blood from his gushing wound. Twice.

The narration develops at a fairly fast pace. The team have to travel and ride to get to the Temple deep under London and drama unfolds through a series of conflicts and the deaths. Heroes and Demons has a climactic ending. Recommended.

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Finding Peace

I followed this guide to finding Peace and I found it works by freeing the mind of thoughts. Not a story, so there's no plot. Relaxing. Meditative. Reflective. Calming. I found Peace.

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Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Starting one’s own business is a major undertaking. Even if it’s a great idea, there’s a lot to consider, such as: knowing if there’s a market for this business, startup and operating costs, marketing, and much more. How about starting a business providing picnic lunches? Not just the sandwich and drink type of picnic, but the gourmet type, complete with the appropriate wine, dishes and utensils to serve the picnic. Sounds like a great idea, but also a lot of work. Savor the tastes of insalate di mare, the vinegary, lemony, garlicky, olive oily, parsley, black peppery chunks of seafood. Or the chilled cucumber soup, the tonnato, the lamb casserole, the mielie bread, and much more. No, this is not the basic picnic lunch. This is a feast for a special occasion. And what better place to offer these gourmet picnics than in one of the most picturesque regions of the world, just outside Rosetta in the Midlands of KZN, South Africa.

Ian Robinson and his partner, Athena, both with experience running a small business, decided to do just that. The result is Horizons, a Gourmet Picnic business. The theme behind the name, Horizons, suggests looking as far as you can and expecting great things and so much more. Now living in the United Kingdom, the partners built up a fantastic business which they sold as a going enterprise in 2007. Some Picnic! traces the beginnings of Horizons, from the initial idea, to finding the right location, to mapping out a manageable and sustainable business plan. The author, Ian Robinson, is obviously a storyteller and his experience in the picnic business shines through this story with humor and beauty. A good read.

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A charming, short story.

The way Mrs. Rahman turned the story from dark and dreary to inspiring and cheerful, was commendable. Grammar could do with improving, but it doesn't take away from the uplifting tale.

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