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Reviews for The Survival of Thomas Ford have been popping up quite quickly lately on Amazon.

The 200th one came in on Amazon.com, the U.S. site, around Christmas Day, and then the 207th review appeared there a few days ago.

On Amazon.co.uk, the UK site, The Survival of Thomas Ford has 93 reviews now.

That amounts to nearly 300 reviews total if Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com are combined (though not quite 300 as there are a few reviews duplicated on both sites).

It has taken 3 years for the 300 or so reviews to accrue on Amazon for The Survival of Thomas Ford, so roughly 100 reviews a year, or 1 review every 3 or 4 days, on average.

Noticing this led me over to Goodreads, to seek out some other 3-yearly statistics for The Survival of Thomas Ford.
The “Rating details/Book data” section there tells me that:

1053 people on Goodreads have “added” The Survival of Thomas Ford
276 have “rated” it
63 have reviewed it
And that “81% of people liked it”

On Goodreads the reviews break down as:
47 5-stars; 86 4-stars; 90 3-stars; 43 2-stars; 10 1-stars

On Amazon US the reviews break down as:
68 5-stars; 65 4-stars; 40 3-stars; 10 2-stars; 24 1-stars

On Amazon UK the reviews break down as:
63 5-stars; 14 4-stars; 7 3-stars; 3 2-stars; 6 1-stars

 

The Survival of Thomas Ford has had 150000 downloads in total so far, so thanks very much to everyone who has downloaded over the last 3 years!

 

A few wee review snippets from Amazon/Goodreads:

 
“Excellent read. Not your garden variety thriller, this one has twists and unexpected turns all the way to its dysfunctional and disturbing end!”

“This story grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let go. I continued to think about it even after I had finished reading it. A real spell binder. A psychological thriller.
Does evilness get passed down from parent to child? It definitely does when it comes to Jimmy and his father.
Well written with good character development.”

“I enjoyed the story. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout the book! I would read this authors books. It was interesting.”

“A very wild ride this book. I think a very emotional too. You just keep reading all night long. Good one.”

“I’ve recommended this book to my son and my daughter-in-law who reads a lot. I found this book to be a spell binder.”

“A motor car accident leaves one dead and one survivor. Thomas Ford doesn’t remember how he survived the crash that killed his wife, only the bird like face of the other driver he swerved to avoid. The twists and turns the story takes encompass the other driver and his passenger’s guilt and fear of being caught and what they will do to avoid that capture. Do “bad seeds” reoccur generationally? What causes someone to be so twisted from practically infanthood? Does the past come back to haunt us in inexplicable ways?
Logan manages to write a gripping psychological thriller with beautiful and descriptive prose that carries the reader along, creating a tension that keeps us reading. We have to know what happens. The story is told in alternating voices allowing the reader to know where the protagonists are in their thinking processes.
Recommended.”

“I’m really enjoying this so far. Love the prose, gritty and the characters are more than a little twisted (Jimmy)…”

“Amazing! Read this book in one evening, it’s so addictive! All the characters are brilliantly created and get the perfect reaction from the reader. Will definitely be reading more from this author.”

 
The Survival of Thomas Ford available on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Thomas-Ford-John-Logan-ebook/dp/B006Q68W7U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420912714&sr=1-1&keywords=the+survival+of+thomas+ford

 

 

The Survival of Thomas Ford available on Amazon.co.uk:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Thomas-Ford-John-Logan-ebook/dp/B006Q68W7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420915486&sr=8-1&keywords=the+survival+of+thomas+ford
http://www.johnaalogan.com

 

 

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Over the weekend, whilst recuperating in bed from a rather nasty brush with outdoor exercise (see previous blog-post), I was surfing the Internet, checking out the competition among other things. I like to read about other authors who write in my genre, especially those whose writing I have enjoyed. I learned a couple of things that have had something of an effect on me as a writer, a reader and a human being.

First guy I checked out was John A.A. Logan. I’d just finished his rather excellent book The Survival of Thomas Ford. It was a free download for a few days (why I got it of course) and one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I tracked him down on the web and found this blog-post, which is really worth reading for any aspiring author. It’s interesting and saddening.

http://authorselectric.blogspot.com.tr/2013/12/every-dog-has-its-day-by-john-a-logan.html?spref=tw

Later, I found myself…

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Happy to announce that The Survival of Thomas Ford is free on Amazon Kindle from 16-20 October!

82 reviews on Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Thomas-Ford-John-Logan-ebook/dp/B006Q68W7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413450406&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Survival+of+Thomas+Ford%5Bbookcover:The Survival of Thomas Ford|13328789]

157 reviews on Amazon US:
http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Thomas-Ford-John-Logan-ebook/dp/B006Q68W7U/ref=pd_sim_kstore_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=0N7GX8G2NY6ZVHSZDPH9

*WINNER OF A SPECIAL AWARD IN THE EFESTIVAL OF WORDS BEST OF THE INDEPENDENT EBOOKS AWARDS 2012*
*GOODREADS UK AMAZON KINDLE FORUM BOOK OF THE MONTH*
*ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT AUTHORS BOOK OF THE MONTH*
*AS SEEN IN AMAZON UK VIDEO ADVERT FOR KINDLE PAPERWHITE*

“This is writing and literature at its best. Imagine Stephen King combined with maybe Cormac McCarthy and a bit of Edgar Allan Poe tossed in”
Bestebookreviews.blogspot.co.uk

“Beautifully written…compelling…literary fiction/tartan noir/thriller/zany black comedy…Logan dances on a literary knife edge…blazing talent”
Linda Gillard, author of A LIFETIME BURNING

THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD

Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver has no intention of ever letting himself be identified, not to mention what his father’s intentions are…or those of his girlfriend, Lorna, the hospital cleaner.

The young driver’s father is Jack McCallum, the powerful entrepreneur who has built a housing empire, McCallum Homes, on the high hills surrounding the city. Jack has his own dark secret to protect, as well as his business edifice to hold onto. There is no way in the world that Jack McCallum will ever let anything threaten the future of McCallum Homes…

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Shoes have illuminating walk-on parts in both The XX Factor and Agency Woman - photographs: postgutenberg[at]gmail.com Shoes have illuminating walk-on parts in both The XX Factor and Agency Woman
– photographs: postgutenberg[at]gmail.com It is to a new novel that we at post-Gutenberg find ourselves turning to answer the question of whether the human race can continue by sexual reproduction – now that men and women have begun to live and work in ways growing ever less distinguishable.

In The XX Factor: How Seventy Million Working Women Created a New Society, published last year, Alison Wolf tells us that among the trend-setting elite of educated, high income-earning couples in the West, and for both men and women …

The new graduate norm is a full-time job, whether you are single or part of a couple. With no old-style wife to come home to.

Men in this social tier, she says, ‘put in more unpaid household work … the more educated the women.’ Will the shrinking gender…

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He grew red roses and white lilies on the edges of deep shade in his lush garden — the owner of the page for today in every diary that was ever ours — and the birthday card we could have sent him, if he were still here, might have been a salute to his green thumb.

But birthday cards addressed in familiar scripts on stamped envelopes have been making their way to the same old-media life-after-life as floppy disks. E-cards are a thin substitute. We have seen scarcely any not designed for mass appeal in styles that remind us of our multimedia-artist friend LCM’s opinion of the look of the Facebook site: ‘It’s like walking into Walmart.’ Paper cards, in the decade or two before they began to vanish, came in an infinite variety – from Hallmark-treacly and bland to clever, quirky, idiosyncratic and even cryptic, if you knew where…

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THERE'S BEEN A MURDER

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Thomas Ford is the only survivor of the car crash which killed his wife. He is also the only witness who would be willing to identify the young, reckless driver who caused the crash. But the driver has no intention of ever letting himself be identified, not to mention what his father’s intentions are…or those of his girlfriend, Lorna, the hospital cleaner. The young driver’s father is Jack McCallum, the powerful entrepreneur who has built a housing empire, McCallum Homes, on the high hills surrounding the city. Jack has his own dark secret to protect, as well as his business edifice to hold onto. There is no way in the world that Jack McCallum will ever let anything threaten the future of McCallum Homes. Robert Ferguson, the passenger who was with the young driver on the day of the crash, curses himself for ever getting into the car. He watches…

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Happy to announce the release of my new novel, Agency Woman, on Kindle!

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Available here on Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Agency-Woman-John-A-Logan-ebook/dp/B00I6VUFAA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391592682&sr=8-1&keywords=agency+woman

Here on Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Agency-Woman-John-Logan-ebook/dp/B00I6VUFAA/ref=la_B008NTJW54_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391593133&sr=1-1

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A lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the remote Highlands of Scotland.
The new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really be far more to her than there at first seems?
They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition, abduction, bloodshed and torture.
The modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really be love that has dragged him back into it all.

A dark, Scottish tale of conspiracy, espionage, murder and terrorism, with an existential edge, and the spirit of an ancient mountain looming at its centre.

“The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.”
Soren Kierkegaard

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