Well, time for a little update. Here are the results so far from my "Hobbit Birthday Party" last weekend. Total 40 free books were picked up. And so far 4 reviews have come back, which is great in my book. The fact that people went through it so fast and got back to me is terrific. I'm hoping with time, that as people get to read it and finish the book, they'll leave reviews too.
Out of the 4 reviews I've gotten 3 were 5 Stars and the last one was a 3 star, but a very pleasant one mind you. They still encouraged people to check it out so I'm not going to complain.
This first review is from Amazon.com:
5 out of 5 stars: You'll think twice about going in the water! April 5, 2013
Exhilerating! The story kept me tense the whole way through. I normally don't read horror as I prefer science fiction and fantasy but after receiving a copy of the novel it is my habit to always read all the way through and I'm glad I did. There is even a touch of sci-fi in the mix which pleased me. The story was creative and, at times, frightening, the good way a horror book should be. A number of sub-plots rounded out the novel but it is the main plot that is so riveting. I don't want to post any spoilers except to say the concept of the evil hidden in the river is a nice change from coming from underground. For fans of the horror genre, this is a must read.
These reviews are from Smashwords:
Review by: Cath Lawrence on April 06, 2013 :
Good ideas, well paced and well plotted, with interesting and engaging characters.
But it needs a thorough editing; I felt like I was reading an unpublished draft. The common banter style made the characters tend to blur together, and really, could they not sometimes just get on with their bloody jobs instead of making with the constant sexual jokes & innuendos? And the author very badly needed to consult someone actually British for the voice of the supposedly British characters - these are teeth-gratingly bad at times. (What is Oye even supposed to mean? Oy? Oi? Aye? What kind of English are we even talking about? Seems to veer randomly cockney & posh.)
I got the book free in exchange for a review; I hope this isn't so harsh as to be discouraging. There's a lot of good in it; it just needs some balancing and tweaking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Review by: Tracy Hernandez April 03, 2013 :
As someone who got to proof read this, I must say I love it! Found a few surprises in it that were not there before! Can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Review by: Harry Dodgson March 31, 2013 :
The Bridge is an excellent book, well written. A genre I don't usually read but, I will look out for Allen's next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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