This week’s reviews for Our Authors!

NEW REVIEWS FOR OUR AUTHORS THIS WEEK!

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

GOOD READ – Faith lost is an interesting tale, though hard to peg down in order to describe. I enjoy tales that raise questions of the soul’s journey and its interconnection with the longing question about the meaning of life. I can recommend it as a good read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

GREAT READ BUT… – It ended off on a cliff hanger., which is fine. Readers are left to imagine the overall outcome. However, some may not be too fond of this. Other than that, it was a great read!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PERSONAL & INTRIGUING – I didn’t know much about the Vietnam war, other than what we read in school. This book gives a personal insight into what the author went through, and though, I’m sure each soldier’s experience was different, they were all practically “in the same boat”. What the author said from the very beginning was “This story is not the whole truth because truth can’t be told in a story. Only experience can. I have to convey my experiences in Vietnam the way I lived them. That’s why I’m telling you the story in my own way.” There are some critical reviews about this book about the author being “negative towards his experience in Vietnam”. Well, frankly, I think they’re stupid because most of them were not there, and obviously they can’t appreciate a veteran’s story about his experience. A little off-topic, but had to get that out. Thank you, Marc, for your service! Overall, would definitely recommend this book!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

OTHERWORLDLY – A very imaginative world and an interesting storyline. There’s a number of good things to say about this work and I encourage those that follow this genre to read. It will definitely take you away to another reality. Once the writer hones their skill, I believe the next work will be even better.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

ENGAGING – Very engaging mystery.
Highly recommended!

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Book reviews for Imzadi Publishing’s Authors!

NEW REVIEWS FOR OUR AUTHORS THIS WEEK!

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 INTRIGUING PREMISE – 4 STARS

I like that it was opened up to a universal idea, allowing the reader to question the meaning of life and souls intertwined. Descriptive writing and colourful characters make this a good read.

SUCH A THRILLING ADVENTURE SERIES – 5 STARS

Wow I am super impressed with the author’s ability to tell a fantastic story. She had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Make sure you read the first book in the series otherwise you’ll be lost. This book is filled with adventure and will leave you wanting more 🙂 Do not hesitate to buy this series.

LOVED IT! – 5 STARS!

I’m a sucker for a good love story, but I tend to avoid the tear jerkers. You know from the description this one won’t have a happily ever after, but I’m so glad I took a chance on it. Loved the characters, loved the setting, and it’s such a sweet, heartfelt story. A very enjoyable read.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – 5 STARS!

In this excellent novella, the author hooks you right away with a crime and some excellent writing. I love Michael’s use of metaphors and the way he sticks close to his lead character – you can see things happening through Nagler’s eyes. There are a few instances where the author tells us what the character is feeling instead of taking the time to lead us there through descriptions, imagery, actions and/or thought, but I’ve noticed the best authors do this at times, and it takes little away from the quality of writing overall. A very enjoyable read.

WORTH A READ – 4 STARS

I recently watched The Man in the High Castle, so when this book popped up for .99cents I gave it a try. Enjoyable and thought provoking. The Hedgerows of June iS a good read, only beef is its too short!

 MARVELOUS BOOK – 5 STARS

The author and I share two things in common related to my father. Both are from Oklahoma and both served in Vietnam. Your book has confirmed all the stories from his service there. If I did not know better, I would swear you would be twins. He vowed he would never go back to Vietnam, and he never did. I commend your willingness to go back and try to comprehend what it was all about. Follow Marc on his venture back to the place he so longed to forget. This book is a worthy read for anyone trying to make sense of a life event. It takes courage to re-examined these events, and you tell your story so well. Grab the audiobook as well Marc narrates superbly.

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Have You Seen This 5 Star Review for The Frank Nagler Mysteries?

ATMOSPHERIC, UNCONVENTIONAL, COMPELLING POST-INDUSTRIAL MYSTERY ANTHOLOGY – 5 STARS!!

The award-winning Frank Nagler Mysteries, books 1-3 are compiled in ‘The Frank Nagler Mysteries’. This anthology contains: ‘The Swamps of Jersey’, ‘A Game Called Dead’, and ‘The Weight of Living.’

Read the first three books in this series back-to-back. This hardback compilation is the perfect gift for the mystery lover in your life!

This anthology of the Frank Nagler Mysteries contains the first three books in the series: Swamps of New Jersey, A Game Called Dead, and The Weight of Living, as well as a bonus short story. Set in the fictional post-industrial city of Ironton, New Jersey, each novel has a different theme, giving each a distinctive feel and a new experience for the reader. Swamps of New Jersey’s theme, to me, was about decay; the corruption and decay and breaking down of post-industrial America, where the stable, blue-class way of life most people enjoyed has gone and isn’t coming back. It’s also about what lies beneath, be it beneath the murky waters of a swamp, or behind a friendly face or respectable facade. A Game Called Dead is, on the other hand, a cat and mouse game between a ruthless, ambitious murderer and the symbolic champion of law and order. The who is almost immediately apparent, but the tension is built over what they’ll do next, and how the protagonist will prevail. The Weight of Living concerns the cycle of abuse and how people live with their traumas, alone and together.

Michael Stephen Daigle’s writing style is dynamic and vivid, with long atmospheric streams of description that let you taste the grit of Ironton’s streets in your mouth. He accurately captures the simultaneous despair and defiance common to post-industrial towns, colored by Nagler’s perspective. Nagler is not a hard-boiled detective relying on his fists and his pistol. Instead, he’s a perceptive, thoughtful protagonist, whose melancholy threatens to, but never succeeds in, dampening his sense of right and wrong. His words may be cynical, but his actions belie his inner hope that no matter how bad things look, they can get better. Wounds can be healed. Wrongs can be righted. It’s this inner conflict that makes Frank Nagler a compelling protagonist.

In the interest of transparency, I should mention that I am a member of a writing group that Michael Daigle is part of, but these books were already published well before I had joined. I purchased this anthology (and the fourth novel, The Red Hand) on my own and have received no compensation of any kind for this review.


Pick up your copy of ‘The Frank Nagler Mysteries’ today!

Available in paperback, hardback and ebook formats! Then, check out ‘The Red Hand’, the prequel to this award-winning series and get to know Frank as a young detective, Martha when she was more than a memory and Charlie as he terrorizes a still thriving Ironton, NJ.

Imzadi Publishing books receive rave reviews!

This has been a wonderful week for the authors with Imzadi Publishing, our authors and their books have received wonderful reviews! Check them out and then click on the book cover to purchase your own copy today!


THE FRANK NAGLER MYSTERIES BY MICHAEL STEPHEN DAIGLE

REALLY GOOD – 5 STARS!

Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020

This book is so top notch. It’s like a really good Scotch. Very satisfying, feels old school, seems like reading it made me cooler, or at least feel like a cooler person. This is a perfectly well crafted, balanced, detective thriller.


WELL WRITTEN CRIME DRAMA – 5 STARS!

This was a well-written crime story. The protagonist detective character was well crafted and the plot flowed in a manner that made this a real page-turner. Definitely recommend.

CONTENT IS DARK AND GLOOMY, BUT AS USUAL, AUTHOR DELIVERS A POWERFUL, WELL-CRAFTED STORY – 5 STARS!

The author avoids sensationalism here. As dark as the plot gets, what stands out, as usual, are the characters and dialogue. There is never a lack of scandal in Ironton, New Jersey, a city whose glory days are in the past, but where a few good people hope to make real and lasting improvements.
Police detective Frank Nagle is one of them. One of the best things about this series is that readers can start anywhere and not feel like they are missing out on so much. The author is very adept at giving enough of the backstory to whet readers; interest in going back to earlier novels.
Characters who have appeared in earlier novels of the series reveal some surprising things about themselves in this book. The author makes it all fit together in a fast-paced riveting story.


MARC CULLISON

FIVE STARS – 5 STARS!

A very well written and interesting memoir. I also enjoyed reading about his return to the states and his thoughts about Vietnam.


ALDREA JOHNSON

MAGICAL ADVENTURE! – 5 STARS!

This is an entertaining fantasy tale–perfect to escape into a whole, new world for awhile. Fun!


RON SHANNON

A SOLID BOOK – 5 STARS

Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020‘The Hedgerows of June‘ is a great book. Ron Shannon Is a talented author; every aspect of the book is high quality. “Hedgerows” is a well-written page-turner with a narrative that kept my attention until the end.

The main and supporting characters are well-developed. It was clear to me that the setting was well-researched.

 I ENJOYED THIS! – 4 STARS!

At first I wasn’t sure I would be able to stay interested in a fiction book but this one kept my attention from the first page. Being from New Jersey I enjoyed the parts of the book that were set there. Overall it was a worthwhile read and interesting story!


COLLEEN MICHAELS

VERY GOOD ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I don’t usually read romances, but this was good. It was a genuine tear-jerker with a satisfying ending. Also has some unique destinations. Very good, the perfect beach read.

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Saying thanks when hard work paid off

The books in the Frank Nagler Mystery Series are each deserving of the awards they have recieved, they are compelling and masterfully crafted. We at Imzadi Publishing feel privileged to work with Mr. Daigle and look forward to the next installment in this series. If you haven’t read a Frank Nagler Mystery yet these are sure to satisfy craving for a good crime novel and are available in print or ebook today!

Michael Stephen Daigle

The hardest part of writing at times is knowing too much.

In the case of THE RED HAND, the Frank Nagler Mystery series prequel, that was surely the case. I had written three books about Frank Nagler, Ironton. N.J., and set out to write the fourth.

I had a choice – Go forward, or go back and examine the story from the beginning.

I went back, deciding answering questions about the past would help the series move forward.

That’s went it got hard.

I knew too much about Frank and the town and the story that needed to be told.

And it showed up in the writing, which was flat, predictable and boring.

There is this: If as a writer you are bored with what you are putting on paper, the reader will be, too.

So, I started over by beginning the story in the middle.

It worked.

It gave…

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Another 5-Star review for ‘The Weight of Living.’ Thanks from a grateful author | Michael Stephen Daigle

https://michaelstephendaigle.com/2019/02/13/another-5-star-review-for-the-wright-of-living-thanks-from-a-grateful-author/

Nagler book four done: ‘The Red Hand’

Michael Stephen Daigle

It’s done. The fourth Frank Nagler Mystery, called “The Red Hand.”

It’s done as much as it can be before going through an editing process and revisions, and all the stuff that follows the suspected completion of a book.

Before I describe the book, I would like to note the real life loss of one of the popular settings in the stories, Barry’s, a restaurant in Dover, N.J.

The real Barry’s was one of numerous businesses destroyed in a terrible fire this week. The fire, apparently fueled  by natural gas, destroyed a block of businesses and apartments in Dover’s historic downtown.

It’s a terrible loss, homes, jobs and futures. Agencies are working hard to help those who suffered these losses.

Barry’s was the kind of place that every downtown needs, fast, loud, filled with stories. As a newspaper reporter working in Dover for eight years, it was a place for…

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A new review of the Frank Nagler Mysteries. Warning: contains high praise (and the author is stunned)

We couldn’t agree more with this review of this very talented author’s work!

Michael Stephen Daigle

We writers sit our desks and bemoan what we think is an inattentive world,

and then this arrives:

Thank you, Deborah Dameika. High praise, indeed. Thank you for reading the books, and taking the time to send me your thoughts.

 

“I purchased a trilogy of your books at Riverwinds in West Deptford.

I loved them! Could not put them down once I started the first one!

(The Swamps of Jersey, The Weight of Living and A Game called Dead).

I know you are writing the fourth and fifth book! Can not wait to read them!

Excellent writing! It grabs your attention and holds you. You are right up there with Stephen King!  

Thank you for your writing gift. I am truly looking forward to your next books.”

The Frank Nagler Mysteries:IMG_5950“The Swamps of Jersey” (2014) is about political corruption and murder, and I attempted to write it…

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Voice actor veteran Lee Alan to read and produce audio book of ‘The Swamps of Jersey’

We are so proud to represent this author. His stories are so well crafted, well worth the accolades they earn. Stay tuned for more information and perhaps even a teaser or two from the upcoming audio book!

Michael Stephen Daigle

In another step to place the Frank Nagler books before readers, my publisher, Imzadi Publishing of Tulsa, has engaged a voice actor to read and produce an audio  book of THE SWAMPS OF JERSEY.

The book will be read and produced by Lee Alan, a 35-year professional voice actor, artist, writer, composer, producer and published author.

According to his website, he is a Peabody Award Nominee, winner of 14 Silver Microphone Awards and a former ABC Radio and Television performer, program executive.

His site: http://www.leealancreative.com/.

The first Frank Nagler mystery. Available at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Wal-Mart

I am honored and thrilled to have such an experienced voice actor take on our project. Welcome.

The plan is to have the piece produced by the end of April, with the general release to follow shortly thereafter, I’m guessing early May.

Watch this space and any other space I can use…

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Christmas ball

Some seasonal words from one of our award winning Imzadi Publishing authors, Michael Stephen Daigle.

Michael Stephen Daigle

The rain-smeared lights dripped along the dark glass, the reds and greens, blues and yellows running, Annie thought, like angels’ tears; beyond, in the street a few cars huffed at the stop light and then burst away, swallowed by the darkness.

Annie shook her head and shifted the small Christmas tree to the center of the window display and settled the wrapped boxes at the base. Tomorrow the shelter families would come for their annual party.

It always broke her heart to see the little ones. They would smile when they pulled off the wrapping to find a small bear or doll, a little train set, but the sadness would never really leave their eyes, she knew.

They would stroke the arms of their new coat, wiggle their fingers in new gloves and hold out their legs stiffly to admire a new pair of boots.

But Annie knew they would…

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