Author Thomas Greenbank
This was a novel I chose from my good friends at Blackthorn Book Tours. And there is one important lesson I think I took from this novel, one that a lot of people would probably miss. Never go into business with family. Nothing good comes from family sharing a love for money and greed. Someone is always going to get hurt.
GOLD! is about a couple members of the Kincaid family go into business owning a gold mining company. Of course, one of the brothers is gung-ho believing that they will immediately be rich. The other brother is skeptical but willing to take the risk on the idea that eventually money will be coming their way. A lot of money.
The sibling rivalry couple with the stresses of running an entire mining company compiled with the personal issues each one faces creates a lot of nervous tension, anger and emotional turmoil. Misunderstandings turn into disagreements which turn into arguments which then turn into full on conflict peppered with strife and hostility affecting everyone and everything in their path.
The plot is original and unusual, grabbing you from the beginning. Each chapter is actually titled letting you get a glimpse of what is coming in the next part of the story. The titled chapters also make it a whole lot easier to read and organize the story in your head and if you have to step away from the book the titles help keep you on track so you don’t feel the need to keep going back and rereading the ends of the previous chapters over and over again, wasting precious reading time that all of us fight to have.
Well written and easily organized this novel is an incredibly fast read. The structure, as I mentioned before, is perfectly set. Mr. Greenbank is fantastic at each of the different conveying character personalities. This makes it very easy to like or loathe each particular character.
There is a large inclusion of all of the cultural aspects that are different, the language differences from the United States and Australia and all the societal differences gives an entirely new cultural view to the reader, taking you to a new continent, a new country and parking you in the middle of a town that you are not familiar with and letting you learn the ins and outs from the first page all the way to the last.
Every chapter has a twist in a new direction or a crazy turn you didn’t expect, the things you thought were coming are quickly whisked away into a whole new realm that you didn’t even think could exist, let alone consider. These twists and turns are combined with the normal everyday average situations that each one of us can relate to and identify with. That is another aspect that really makes the story feel more personal but the largest way the author pulls you in like that is the way he shows the full persona of each character. There are some characters you love; some you feel for and some you just absolutely hate. Each of these emotions are fully real and experienced because the author presents them so perfectly the characters actually take on real life personalities in your reading experience.
Although this wasn’t an actual horror novel it was still very much a suspense thriller. There are definitely moments where the one-tenth of a second it takes you to turn the page seems like an eternity but once you get to the text on the next page it is always well worth it. I would recommend this to suspense and thriller lovers. If you are looking for the hardcore horror plotline kind of story, this isn’t going to give you that. But the suspense and thriller aspects are completely satisfying and totally enjoyable.
Gold! – Thomas Greenbank
Malcolm Kincaid is a self-made man. He is also a ruthless businessman and opportunist. He knows what it takes to build and maintain a business empire, but how far will he be prepared to go to achieve his goals — and what will he sacrifice along the way?
Rachel, Malcolm’s one-time fiancé; his business partner, and the mother of his child, finds herself forced to work with the man she has grown to despise.
Unaware of his true parentage, their son, Lachlan—after first studying for a law degree—advances through the ranks as their company grows into a mammoth corporation, while Rachel does her best to mitigate Malcolm’s increasing influence on him. This task becomes more difficult when Malcolm appoints Lachlan as manager of a new mine.
Lachlan soon has his own set of challenges: A fractious and sometimes domineering wife with a drug dependency, a child of his own, and a conscience that often leads him into direct conflict with his Machiavellian ‘uncle’.
Over the years, Malcolm Kincaid uses, abuses, and dominates associates and family alike, crushing all opposition in his pursuit of wealth and power.
When he allows the pollution of an Aboriginal settlement’s water supply, however, he faces justice of a kind he could never imagine.
GOLD! is a tale of greed, betrayal, family conflict, rape, and murder. It is also, however, a story of love and loyalty — and of how one man’s pride and prejudice can lead to terrible retribution.
Praise for Gold!
“Honestly, I couldn’t put the book down until I completed it. A most worthy read for anyone interested in a great story. Well done Thomas.”-– ★Pat Ritter, Published Author of 27 Books, 1988–present day.
“GOLD! by Thomas Greenbank has all the ingredients of a page turner. It has a straightforward plot, characters that are tied to the main plot and help further it rather than creating their own sub plots, a well-defined villain whose villainy runs like a spine through the whole story, setting the tone for other characters and events. ..took me back to Sidney Sheldon and Jeffery Archer, warts and all.” — reedsy.com
About Thomas Greenbank
Thomas Greenbank writes gritty Australian fiction. His debut novel, GOLD! The Kincaid Saga, was a finalist in the respected 2020 Page Turner Awards. (https://pageturnerawards.com/writing-award-finalists/thomas-greenbank)
Greenbank’s writing draws deeply on his diverse background and professional experience. From years as a professional musician, factory worker, business owner, wide-load escort driver, ceramic artist and more—to 25 years as a full-time career, there’s not much he hasn’t experienced. This diversity shows in his writing, as does his penchant for accuracy in research. Now semi-retired, Thomas lives south of Adelaide, South Australia, with his wife — #1 fan and biggest critic — Linda. When he’s not writing you’ll probably find them fishing or walking on a nearby beach.
This was an interesting find. First let me say it was a delightful read. This is a novel that has all the earmarks of a successful thriller mystery story. We have death, money, a questionable past, a bright young man, his relationship with his farther and the presence of Daddy’s crooked mob cronies always in the vicinity.
A young man has long since buried his father. He always wanted to please that man and yet never felt he fully measured up to the bar that his father set for him at the moment of his birth. Still, he went and made a life of his own, away from his father.
Things were going fairly well until one day his mother calls and says she has a letter for him from his Dad that she found in a bunch of his things. As I think anyone would be, the son is a little leery about opening this letter. What could possibly be in this letter that his father hadn’t told him already? His mother won’t open it and she doesn’t want to discuss it.
So, what’s with all the mystery? What kind of information is lurking in that letter? This young man knows his father was a mobster and not always walking the straight line. He knows his old man did and got involved with some very questionable, if not down-right wrong activities.
Here are the actual blurbs:
“Years after the death of his gangster father, a young man discovers a letter that sends him reluctantly defying the mob as he races to locate a hidden treasure.”
Inside dust jacket front flap:
“It’s been six years since the ultimately untimely death of Blackie- a charming rogue who endlessly pursued “The Big Deal”- when his son discovers an enigmatic letter telling of a cache of stolen money. Feeling no choice but to pursue his father dream, he embarks on a search that leads from New York to the strip in Las Vegas and ultimately to the south of France. Along this life altering journey, he is confronted by the dangers of his father’s past as he unravels a decades-old mystery, while revealing other long-buried secrets.”
Once in possession of this letter the son is soon pulled into a world of his father’s unique personality and communication, not to mention his father’s old business associates, leading him to investigate the past in order to understand the present. Winding through all kinds of dangers and strange and suspicious obstacles, he makes his way onward, determined to solve the mystery of his father’s cryptic letter.
But soon he finds that along with many other things, people, friends, acquaintances and business partners, the people and things he knew as a kid were not all what they seemed. Now it’s a question of who he can trust and how much he can trust them.
This was a gripping and exciting read. I tore through it once I finally got to it on my reading list. What a great find! The mystery aspect of this book is written so well that you are completely absorbed, wanting to know everything, just like our main character, who is also narrating the story.
This novel is filled with surprised, twists and turns, one thing after another bringing constant questions, constant answers and constant suspense. Any thriller or mystery lover is sure to totally dig this book.
Moonlight Becomes You
Author Robert Herold
This was a selection of mine from the good people at Blackthorn Book Tours. I originally got interested in this when I read the summary/blurb for the novel.
“The Eidola Project travels to Petersburg, Virginia, to investigate a series of murders in the Black community--rumored to be caused by a werewolf. Once there, danger comes from all quarters. Not only do they face threats from the supernatural, the KKK objects to the team's activities, and the group is falling apart. Can they overcome their human frailties to defeat the evil that surrounds them? Winner of two 1st place wins from the Southeastern Writers Association, including Best Novel!”
I must say I got more than I anticipated out of this novel. It does start a little slow but once you get to the meat of the story the action is practically nonstop. This is a story full of supernatural villains, real-life villains, good vs. evil, romance and all kinds of mental and emotional drama. All carefully and expertly woven into a tapestry of a tale. From the beginning you start this slow climb through the details and by the time you get near the top it all seems to be masterfully coming together. Then with rapid and consistent pace you finish the ascension with a satisfying finale worthy of the time spent reading.
Excellent action all the way through. There is a strong and very real KKK presence in the story. This of course leads to some very disturbing scenes in the book. However, if you compare what is in the story to the things that really happened in this country alone, I’d say the content in the story is a fairly mild representation of the racial issues in that era. I understand that this might make some people uncomfortable but it was a reality and still is to a large degree. I think it was bold of the author to include such situations so that people who haven’t experienced that kind of discrimination can get a glimpse of what it is like.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was a fast read and very easy to get through. The chapters are well organized and everything flows perfectly. Truly a must read for any thriller lover.
Book Information: Moonlight Becomes You by Robert Herold
Acclaim for Moonlight Becomes You
Moonlight Becomes You earned 1st place in two categories for the Southeastern Writers Association, including Best Novel.
About Robert Herold
The supernatural always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since Robert Herold's mother refused to allow him, as a boy, to watch creature features on late night TV. She caved in. (Well, not literally.)
As a child, fresh snow provided him the opportunity to walk out onto neighbors' lawns halfway and then make paw prints with his fingers as far as he could stretch. He would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their front lawn. (They were skeptical.)
He has pursued many interests over the years (among them being a history teacher and a musician), but the supernatural always called to him. You could say he was haunted. Finally, following the siren's call, he wrote The Eidola Project, based on a germ of an idea he had as a teenager.
Ultimately, he hopes the book gives you the creeps, and he means that in the best way possible.
The Flip Side of History
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