Category: Reviews

Back in December, 2011 Ms. Betty Dravis made a visit to the Facebook page for my book The Mission. She was the 29th person to hit the like button and afterwards left me a very kind post. In return I made a visit to Ms. Dravis’s page to learn a little more about her and found that she had recently come out with the book I am now reviewing, Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and other Hollywood Icons.

In Star Struck, Betty Dravis describes what it was like to interview Stars such as Clint Eastwood and well-known politicians like Ted Kennedy. In the book I discovered that Ms. Dravis and I share a fondness in Music. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, my favorite outlaws.

Through Star Struck I have learned quite a bit about Ms. Dravis and how her publication, Construction Labor News was considered the Voice of Labor in Silicon Valley back in the mid-seventies. Being someone who gets out of bed at 5 am every morning to get myself off to work, I have gained a whole new respect for Ms. Dravis.

I enjoyed reading Star Struck and highly recommend that you get your copy and learn more about Betty Dravis and her career!


Zero Balance by Ms. Ashley Fontainne









Last year I entered a book drawing in support of a new author I had met. Ms. Ashley Fontainne was giving away a couple of signed copies of her debut novel, Accountable to None. I usually don’t read in the genre that she writes in but once I began reading Accountable to None I was caught by surprise. I found that I could not put the book down and was taking it with me to work to read on lunch breaks. With her first novel, Ms Fontainne had me reading out of my genre and liking it! As a Matter of fact, the last paragraph of my review for Accountable to None read;

Between the trailer she produced for the story and the story itself, it is clear that Ms Ashley Fontainne is nothing less than talented. I expect that we will be hearing from Ms Fontainne quite a bit in the future. I for one am looking forward to it.

For anyone who had any concerns that the Sequel in Ms. Fontainne’s Eviscerating the Snake series would not be as good as the first, I can assure that Zero Balance is as every bit the thriller that Accountable to None was. I can say that Ashley Fontainne will not be disappointing her fans at all with her second outing as a writer. Out of all the twists and exciting turns that Zero Balance takes to thrill Ms. Fontainne’s readers, there was one particular twist that really knocked me on my butt. I did not see it coming and was quite astonished when I read it. But hey, you will have to get your own copy to see where I am coming from.

Ms Ashley Fontainne has written two very exhilarating novels in her Eviscerating the Snake series, Accountable to None and Zero Balance. With both, she has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is capable of writing and holding the attention of her readers. Pay attention to this Author because the future is now and I don’t see Ms. Ashley Fontainne going away anytime soon!



Accountable to None

My first introduction to Ms Ashley Fontainne was at her Goodreads author page. I had just finished watching the trailer for her novel Accountable to None. Immediately, I left her a message. Being someone who has wanted to make a trailer for my own book, I felt compelled to let Ms Fontainne know that I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Each frame was a chapter describing a book that I would be interested in reading. Accountable to None is a story of a woman who takes five years of her life planning her revenge on those who have brutalized her or let it happen. In the process, Audra discovers others who have suffered at the hands of the powerful and greedy, partners of Winscott & Associates and finds herself avenging them as well.

I downloaded a sample of Accountable to None and soon afterwards, learned that Ms Ashley Fontainne was giving away copies of the novel at The Kindle and Me; a blog hosted by Anjana Vasan. A couple of days after I registered to win, I received an e-mail announcing that I had won a signed copy. This was great, for I had finished the sample and was prepared to purchase the full copy. Not only that but upon winning a copy, I came to realize that I was meant to read this book.

Accountable to None was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was compelling and entertaining. There were moments in the book that touched me. Moments that would put a lump in a lesser man’s throat. Who am I kidding? I damn near reached for the Kleenex a couple of times. And then the ending, this is where that fifth star comes into my rating of this story. I will not give it away, I can only say that it was quite fun and delicious.

Between the trailer she produced for the story and the story itself, it is clear that Ms Ashley Fontainne is nothing less than talented. I expect that we will be hearing from Ms Fontainne quite a bit in the future. I for one am looking forward to it.

Accountable to None has earned my five-star rating!

Bill Talcott

Get Accountable to None as either an e-book or in print

I haven’t done many reviews  and would like to do more. Actually, I would like to become better at giving reviews. I suppose I could start by telling you, the reader of my review, what I liked about the book I’m turning in a review on. So, here we go.

Burn Baby Burn was the first ebook and independent author that I have read. Two milestones there. The third was that I bought it for 99 cents. Who ever heard of purchasing a new novel for 99 cents. I remember hoping that I wasn’t getting what I paid for.

It is not long after you begin the story that  you begin to see characters develop. Jake Barton has a way of writing so that you are not merely focusing on the one main character in the story, but you are finding something in all the characters that you can associate with. That also goes to say that he did a terrific job of making me see the characters. I think that if Jake Barton were offered a movie deal with Burn Baby Burn, Jude Law would play a good Dexter.

Burn Baby Burn @ Amazon

At the beginning of the story, Jake Barton went full throttle with his Suspense/Thriller. The writing was smooth and he was good with the twists and the turns that the story took. There were a couple of times when I thought I knew what was going to happen, but then, like a roller coaster ride I was once on, the track I thought we were on went that way and the car went in a totally different direction. I wrapped my arms tight around the bars that held me in my seat.  Having said that, the end of the story was good and had one of those turns in it.

Jake Barton has Burn Baby Burn up for sale at several sites But I bought my copy at Amazon.  He sells it for 99 cents but I would have been willing to pay more for it.

I began reading the story on a Kindle App for the Android phone and ended up finishing it on a Kindle that was given to me as a gift. I enjoy reading on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to reading another on it by Jake Barton.


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