Daniel Jones Doom by Mark King #Bookreview @author_king #dystopia

Daniel Jones DoomDaniel Jones Doom by Mark King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daniel Jones Doom is the second book in the Daniels Jones series which fits the YA/ dystopia genre. Daniel lived with his family in a very primitive society, ruled by a set of procedures and the Over-Seers who are saviours of humanity. Village elders look forward to their Day of Achievement on the turn of their 40th birthdays as a reward for all their hard work in life.

All this changed for Daniel when he found out what really happens to people once they enter the Achievement Centres and forced him to flee. Doom continues the story from book 1. Daniel now travels with Mary and Gwendolyn, two other outcasts who know the truth about the Over-seers, but they are constantly afraid of capture by the ruthless Hunters.

They find Jack, a boy left alone after his parents were taken. He has access to technology never seen by Daniel and together they form a plan to return to Daniel’s village and tell his father the truth before he reaches his Achievement Day and it is too late.

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My Book Reviews In November Issues of Fleet Life & Elvetham Heath Directory

I’m really lucky in that I have another outlet for my book reviews where I can help spread the word to others about some of the books I’ve read.

I get a page in each of these monthly local magazines, which benefit from on-line versions to reach a world wide audience.

This month’s Fleet Life books were;

The Soul and The Seed – Arie Farnam

Stranger at Sunset – Eden Baylee

Frenzy – Mark King

Seaside Dreams – Melissa Foster

How I Changed My Life In A Year – Shelley Wilson

View the online version http://www.fleetlife.org.uk. Click on the online directory tab and load the magazine. Find my reviews on page 27

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This month’s EHD books were;

Lost Souls – Penny de Byl

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring D.E.L. Connor

The Landland Chronicles – Dallad Sutherland

Patriot – A.S. Bond

Bend With The Wind – Suraya Dewing

View the online version http://www.ehd.org.uk. Click on the online directory tab and load the magazine. Find my reviews on page 6

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Please note this is a voluntary task I get no monetary rewards for my reviews and the editors decision about which books we use is final.

Guest Author Mark King

Today our guest is Mark King, author of yesterday’s book Frenzy. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5HT

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Let’s find out more about Mark and his book.

1) Where is your home town?

I live in the city of Norwich in the county of Norfolk in the U.K. It’s one of Britain’s most historic cities and the hub for present day literature. Norwich is the only English UNESCO City of Literature with a thousand year history of writing right up to the present day. A lot of major award winning English authors of both sexes over the last twenty years have some type of connection to Norwich or Norfolk. That’s only just a small piece of what makes Norwich a great place to live and somewhere I am extremely proud to be associated with.

2) How long have you been writing?

I have been writing professionally for nearly four years. Since the release of Frenzy a Daniel Jones story I have been writing on the manuscript to Daniel Jones Doom the Sequel to Frenzy which should be published around the end of 2014, as well as magazine articles and on my world-wide blog at always-hanging-around.

3) What was the one idea behind Frenzy?

The idea first came for me one Monday morning during the recent financial crises that had engulfed the whole world while I was driving. I had a secure job with staff under me working for blue chip clients while handling a multi-million pound budget; and I was absolutely miserable traveling to my first working appointment of the day. Governments around the world had virtually bankrupted themselves for generations to come to save the banking system, or more specially the people at the very top of it, and now the rest of us are having to pay for it; either through higher taxes, or a reduced standard of living. The retirement age was increased to 68, and will probably increase to 70 if not more, and then I realised there may not be a golden age of retirement anymore. Most people can expect a life of toil before they die. In that moment the Bankers became the Overseers, the seven procedures became the lies we have all been told and the achievement centre is the promise of a golden old age that future generation may never see. By the time I arrived home that evening the story was set in my head. I knew I had to resign from my job to complete the book. That’s exactly what I did and Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story by Mark King is the finished product.

4) Who are the Over-Seers?

The Over-seers represent not just the bankers, but all the people at the top of the finance system who have had a feeding frenzy off humanities labour since the liberation of the finance system that started in the early 80’s. Taking grotesque risks with our future, and our children’s, while taking out monstrous payments in bonuses which has left behind a hideous mountain of debt for us to clear up.

5) Can you tell the readers briefly about Daniel’s village life?

Daniel’s life is like most people’s lives today. It has its ups and downs and can be hard trying to cope with life’s daily trials and tribulations, but he, and everyone else in his community, believes if he works hard, keeps to the rules (seven procedures) and believes in the new gods called the Over-seers it will all be worth it in the end; because he can retire to a life of relaxation and security. Just like until recently when we were all told that if you worked hard, paid your dues and believed in the consumerist society you could retire at 65 to a relaxing life of cruise ships and enjoying time with the grand-children. For a lot of people this isn’t going to come true.

6) What happens to villagers on their Achievement days?

Now that’s for the readers of Frenzy a Daniel Jones Story to find out! But all I can say other than this is that it always takes people by surprise when they find out the truth, just like Daniel.

7) Tell us about the Triclops.

The Triclops are terrifying walking machines that stand hundreds of feet tall on three legs thus you get the first part of the name Tri. They have a body that transports the Over-seers over the land with a centre viewer that looks like one eyed-monster, just like a Cyclops, so you get the second part of the name, clops. We in the U.K are under constant C.C.T.C surveillance that keeps us under control, and the Tri-clops is the Over-seers tool of fear that keeps humanity of the future under control.

8) How long has Mary been in the desolate Lands?

Mary is just a young girl when you first meet her in chapter one and then she’s in her mid-twenties when in the resistance she rescues the young Gwendolyn. When you see her again later in the book she is her mid-sixties so in one way or another she would have spent sixty years living in a land of destruction when the Overseers first appear and take control. The story is based in the near future and the warnings signs of the Over-seers arrival are mentioned in the book. Some would say those very same warning signs are present today! There have been unprecedented weather events throughout the world recently. Are these a sign of things to come?

9) This is a Daniel Jones Story, are there more adventures to come?

Yes. The sequel to Frenzy, which is initial titled Daniel Jones Doom, should be published near to the end of 2014. I have kept to the same fast pace, exciting and vivid story telling that is to be found in Frenzy. In fact I like to think that the sequel is as good or has even surpassed the original book in a thrilling and stimulating read that will keep everyone from young to old, of both sexes, glued to the pages as the story unfolds.

10) Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Readers can follow my weekly posting on my blog at always-hanging-around and through my Twitter page @author_king. I’m also on Goodreads and there is a Frenzy-a-Daniel-Jones- story Facebook page. I’m also on Google+ and for people in the media I’m on LinkedIn. Also I can be contacted via email at markkingtheauthor@gamil.com. My books are available through most outlets and also on Amazon U.K and Amazon U.S.A hard back or kindle, Nook and iTunes etc.

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Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thank you Mark and Good Luck with the launch of the next book.

Frenzy by Mark King

Frenzy: A Daniel Jones StoryFrenzy: A Daniel Jones Story by Mark King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Frenzy is a book in the YA/ dystopia genre. It opens with some powerful imagery which is featured throughout the book. There is much fear of that which causes the BANG. BANG. BANG.

Daniel lives with his family in a very primitive society, ruled by a set of procedures and the Over-Seers who are saviours of humanity. Village elders look forward to their Day of Achievement on the turn of their 40th birthdays as a reward for all their hard work in life. Life is simple in the village, Daniel helps his father as a wood cutter.

All this changes when curiosity gets the better of Daniel and he discovers more about the Over-Seer’s way of life. He runs away to the Desolate lands where is meets Mary and Gwendolyn and together they go on a hazardous quest for a Golden Shield.

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Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Mark will be joining us on the blog tomorrow as our guest author, come back and find out more about him and his book.

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 19

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

August 24th – Lent some books to my mother-in-law today who enjoys reading. Have been having a clear out and made a collection of items for the charity shop.

August 25th – Sent out a group e-mail to everyone on the Romancing September Tour to start creating some Buzz and support for the tour and all the lovely authors who are taking part and hoping to spread the news about their books. Finished reading Frenzy by Mark King.

August 26th – Completed 30 pictures that can be used on Twitter during the Romancing Tour. Walked round to a friends house to drop off a birthday present and picked up litter on the way home. Started reading Dark Water by Jan Ruth

August 27th – Left a tip with the barber who successfully scalped my son this morning. My book review today on the blog is for The Landland Chronicles by Dallas Sutherland, a good fantasy for younger readers. Helped out another friend with the bus timetable for college next week.

August 28th – Agreed to read and review two more books today, my list is getting rather long, but then I love reading. Added two more books to the book review team list this evening. Drafted up a guest author post for Mark King for October and have been liaising with reviewers and authors over book review books. Good deeds received, lots of lovely people are getting behind the promotion of the Romancing September tour which starts on Monday. Thanks for all the tweets and posts.

August 29th – Saw a gentleman drop a £5 note today, picked it up and returned it to him. Reading has been really slow this week, I’ve had 24 working hours of accounting book work to complete.

August 30th – It’s been really windy over the past day so there has been lots of litter blowing around. Picked up rubbish this morning and again this afternoon.

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 18

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

August 17th – Was at the park by 9.15 this morning to play some tennis with my son, nothing fancy just an hour of whacking the ball back and forth and over the fence and laughing at ourselves. It’s been windy and the overflowing bins have been spreading their rubbish about, so I had a good opportunity for a good deed and I picked most of it up, some of it was spread too far and wide to get.

The book review team are working really hard and I am getting lots of reviews in ready to post out on the blog, plus I’m getting quite a few requests for books to be added to the team list.

August 18th – My books arrived from Amazon today, some to share with family and friends and one particularly for me You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Her books are truly inspirational, she teaches you to change your words and thinking because every ache and illness is a die-ease of the body and a reflection of our fears, guilt and criticism. She helps you turn around from disbelief in yourself and your life to one filled with love. It’s not a quick fix nor an easy process but one which I want to make.

August 19th – I love reading articles on the Kindness Blog and this morning I read about a 99 year old lady who makes a dress everyday for little girls in Africa. Her ambition is to make her 1000th dress by May next year to coincide with her 100th birthday. Little Dresses for Africa is also a charity. Check out the post here http://kindnessblog.com/2014/08/19/99-year-old-lillian-weber-makes-a-dress-for-a-small-child-in-africa-every-single-day/comment-page-1/#comment-30779.

Posted my review of Patriot by A.S. Bond

August 20th – Finished off the last draft post for The Romancing September Across The World Tour. Am a complete bag of nerves today, oldest child is sitting her driving theory test this afternoon.

Hooray she passed the first part of the driving test, we just need loads more work for the practical.

August 21st – Picked up litter while I was out for a walk. Finished reading The Soul and The Seed by Arie Farnam a really good fantasy thriller. Sent a birthday card to friends in Australia.

August 22nd – Found the new bus timetable for when college starts again in September for my oldest child. Copied the info and sent to another friend. Today I’ve been reading Stranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee

August 23rd – Noelle from the book review team sent me a review of the Britannia: The Wall by Richard Denham and MJ Trow we’ll be posting the review next week. Drafted up my post for Eden’s book and posted my review to Goodreads and Amazon. Started reading Frenzy by Mark King

Good Deeds received; Mum dropped by with some chocolate Tiffin