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McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book’s plot was intriguing. William H. Coles wrote the book in such a way that even a layperson could understand it. While writing the book, he used simple words. The book was exceptionally well edited and had no grammatical errors. The plot of the book was full of suspense. My interest grew as I read each chapter. I was dying to know what happened to Dr. Hiram later on. I liked how the author used
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Hyfr Z

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I must thank William H. Coles for writing such an excellent book. He didn’t rush the story and allowed each scenario to unfold at its own pace. Although there were few characters in the books, they were well-developed and managed. What I liked best about the book’s characters was that they displayed genuine emotions. The cover of the book piqued my interest in this book. The author used this book to convey a message to readers
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Stacey Harkins 1

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really liked this book. In the first part of the book I was not a fan of Hiram at all. He was a selfish womanizer who thought he was above the law. But by the end of the book Hiram grew on me and I began to sympathize with his character. The author writes from different character’s points of view, including Hiram’s children and most of the key characters in the story. I think my
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Deborah Dodd

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Mr. Coles does a beautiful job of describing his characters. He gives excellent care to their development and how they go through learning life lessons. The author has written previous stories and has a website to learn how to write about characters and much more. I especially enjoyed how I cheered for Sophie and Ann. Will Sophie find true love? Will Ann ever forgive herself? Does Billie find meaning in life? Can Hiram keep one step
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Hakeem nuel

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are many positive aspects to this book, but what I loved the most is how the book ended. Hiram realized his mistakes and bad decisions and tried to amend them. The story of Hiram McDowell was really interesting to read. I enjoyed the book as it came with a lot of surprises and different plot twists. I also got to learn the importance of honesty and the need to desist from greed and betrayal. I
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Elendu Clement Ekechukw

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org A 5 out of 5 is appropriate for this book. From one viewpoint to the next, Mr. Coles writes with ease. Even though the point of view shifts often (about every couple of chapters), the reader is still able to appreciate the novel despite this. In actuality, the many viewpoints emphasize various interpretations of the struggle. These differences are fascinating and provide the reader with a unique perspective on every aspect. The vivid detail that was
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Raymond N

Tour of Duty 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Williams H. Coles created an outstanding work out of this novel. While reading the book, I was completely immersed in it, enjoying each chapter and desiring to know what happens next. The author’s writing was easy to follow and intriguing. This book made me admire Miles a lot. He didn’t only stand his ground, unlike the other doctors on the military base, but he upheld his morals and ethics and stuck to them. Looking at the
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Chiwenduik078

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This William H. Coles book, entitled McDowell, discusses lies, treachery, retaliation, bitterness, wrath, greed, and similar topics. I discovered that it’s best to honor promises that we make because breaking them can have negative effects on the other person. Couples should learn to treat their marriage seriously and to raise their kids in the right way. In the book, I also learned a few medical terms. Additionally, leading an impulsive, materialistic life puts one’s life in
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Remmy Adisa

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book was how the author was able to give us an insight into the character’s mind. I felt connected to the character. I felt angry when the commander kept rejecting his ideas, even though it was going to save many lives. I wondered if the military found it hard to make changes because they disliked deviating from their normal routines. The book was easy to read and comprehend. The author
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Stewardex

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The positive aspects of this book are quite glaring and sobering. You get to discover truths about our society and the reality we wake up to each day and how everyone else fares in it. We get to see people’s responses to norms and values, their perception of love and fulfillment and the never ending quest for happiness. We are made to see the resignation to a life we feel we can do so little to
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Nicole Adam

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I found this book to be one of a kind. It’s one thing to be presented with an amazing plot, and another to be taken back in time to the 1960s. But all thanks to Williams, these two were fused perfectly together. My favorite character in this book is Miles. I admire greatly his calm and composed manner, love, passion, and devotion he always has towards his patients and tasks. My favorite aspect of this book
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Maryline Adhiambo

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is enthralling and the end is really satisfying. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author creates emotional appeal when he writes about the experiences of non-Aryan during The Nazi rule. There is a lot to learn from the book, for instance, enabling the world to understand the dire consequences of ruling with selfish intent. The book is written in clear, simple language with a steady flow of events that make
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Robert Bruce-Brand

Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked a number of aspects of the book. It is less than twenty years after World War II and memories of German atrocities are still fresh in the minds of the local population. There is still distrust of people suspected of having been Nazi collaborators. The author handles this subject delicately without making it an overarching theme of the book. Ballard and his friends capitalise on their location in central Europe by taking holiday trips to,
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Eteri Topuria

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is excellent. I can’t say anything negative about it. The only thing I didn’t like was that I wished the book was even longer. I did not want to part with the main characters of the novel. I rate this novel four out of four stars because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I got pleasure from reading it and also discovered something new for me. For example, I have not heard about the Dachau
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Hokageq

McDowell 5/5 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I found McDowell an interesting character and one that evoked strong emotions in the reader. Kudos to author William H Coles, who was able to extract the gamut of emotional responses from the reader. Initially, we feel nothing but scorn and disbelief at the coldness and callousness of the character but as time goes on the empathy and even sympathy for his predicament, despite it being of his own making, begins to take control. McDowell, when
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Mystic96

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This was a masterpiece of storytelling and character development. Even if they only played a small part in the overall book, you still felt like you got to know the personalities of almost every character. It also seemed like a realistic story, like it was something that truly happened instead of being entirely fictional. This is due to the way in which it was written, following Hiram’s life but also his family’s to portray how his
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Melissa Best

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is an exhilarating read. From the first chapter, it had my full attention and never lost momentum. If anything, I was more inclined to keep reading in the second half than in the first. Coles has written an undoubtedly unique story that stretches from high-brow charity balls to the life of the homeless population. Because of the grip this novel had on my attention, and the creativity poured into the characters, I rate this book
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Jackie Kook

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was thought-provoking, well-written, interesting, and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the feeling of having just dropped into the life and timeline of the characters without the need for backstories on them. The way they were all shaped through descriptions of their personalities and motivating factors felt natural. Sophie and Paige in particular were characters I felt had compelling arcs, especially about their own lives. The ending was
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Lonawin

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author, William H. Coles, is a literary genius who created a dramatic story about a surgeon’s adventures through a tumultuous life. The book was very believable, especially considering the author’s background of ophthalmic surgery. He allowed the reader to experience the main character, Hiram McDowell’s, vulnerable life ridden with constant decision-making and significant trials accompanying such a prominent profession. McDowell is enjoyable and comes highly recommended, particularly to the reader who struggles with a distorted
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Frank Aspire

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org One thing I really liked about the book is when H. Coles made Hiram experience both sides of real life, one in which he is really privileged and has almost everything that we may all need in life, and the other side where he has nothing and has to begin his whole life from scratch. Through this, every reader gets to appreciate everything they have in life. And it’s a good learning point that we all
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Brenda Creech

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author did an outstanding job of creating the characters and their personalities. The storyline was realistic and gave an accurate view of pressures in the medical profession. As a retired nurse, I can relate to the day-to-day stress of working in the medical field; and how adding personal drama to an already stressful job can create explosive situations. I was impressed with Cole’s writing style. The narrative was easy to read, and the storyline was
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samps1910

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I had never realized the importance of a word choice in stories before reading this. Characterization, starting from the name of the character, is also something that holds significance in causing an impact on the reader. William Coles did an excellent job to help writers improve! What I liked most about the book was how straight-forward and honest the advice was. The author did not miss a beat to talk about what will be the downfall
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Remi akinluyi

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book was the author’s fluidity and how he was able to connect each chapter. All the characters in the book had their unique characteristics, but they still connected very well throughout the book. I loved the historical references made in the book. I was able to learn more about the Holocaust and the Cold War. The book contained no errors. I will rate the book 4 out of 4 stars
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readingswithsoso

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. The writing was very compelling and it got me hooked from the very first sentence. It had the perfect balance between historical facts and fiction. The story was very interesting and the historical facts were not overwhelming. Instead, they complimented it really well. Something else that I appreciated in the writing was the number of descriptive details of the characters and scenes. The author goes over the details in a
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Liney Eyo

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book allows the reader to get an insight into what living in such times could feel like. The book portrays what finding or not finding self and love can cost us as human beings. I believe in finding love and happiness if you earnestly seek it and take the right steps towards it. After reading this book, I am convinced that this book will be an inspiration to people who have lost hope in humanity
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EmmaGraciela

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is written in a way that each of the chapters has its own separate plot (similar to a “slice of life” story). It’s also written from multiple points of view, which adds depth to the overall storyline. This is a unique writing format, especially for historical fiction. It’s a breath of fresh air from the tense, gloomy, and tragic nature of most wartime historical fiction. There are so many positive things about this book
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Tonymamy

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Life is an adventure, a journey. Sometimes we face troubles but troubles may lead to good things when we learn a lesson from them. That’s the main message shared by William H. Coles in his historical fiction book entitled Tour Of Duty. I really love this book and I recommend it to those who need motivation in life. It is for both young people and adults. Read the entire review here… Tonymamy


Ochieng Stephen Owino

Tour of Duty 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has brought to life a myriad of characters that help to shape up Tour of Duty into a wonderful story. The main character has also been well-developed; he is very imperfect, but yet kind and thoughtful. The book is clearly well written, and it is very obvious that the author has put a lot of work into researching the facts. Coles has also put real-life emotions and events into the book, depicting the
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Orizon

The Surgeon's Wife 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved every aspect of the book and found it hard to put it down. Every event in the book kept me hooked on discovering what would happen next. In addition, I appreciate how the author gives every character a voice of their own. My favorite character is Mike. Although he had flaws, he was willing to risk everything for love. He was hardworking, and this paid off by him being the best in his field.
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty 5/5 Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite Tour of Duty by William H Coles is set in France, in the tumultuous 1960s at the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and conflict in Vietnam at the height of the Cold War. The story unravels as physician Miles Ballard, inducted to serve in the US Air Force, arrives for his tour of duty at the US Air Station in Châteauroux. He is met at the airport by Ingrid Stern
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty is a work of fiction in the historical and realistic drama subgenres and it is a standalone work. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by William H. Coles. In his new novel, this prolific author brings life in the 1960s to full living color, focusing heavily on France and its experiences during the Cold War. American Air Force physician Miles Ballard takes a central role as he follows his path
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty by William H. Coles is a historical novel set in post-war France in the 60s, principally on an American airbase, part of Europe’s defensive strategies against the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation from the Soviet Union. Miles Ballard was a newly graduated doctor, drafted into the United States Air Force and posted to the Châteauroux Air Base in France. He immediately struggles with the strict military protocol and the apparent clash between the physicians’ commitment to do
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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty During the Cold War and with the prospect of a nuclear attack, Miles Ballard, an American medical officer who also works in the army, travels to France for training. He is forced to work with an unreasonable and narrow-minded superior and serve as the general’s doctor, a role that other people avoid for strange reasons. He instantly makes friends with Oliver and Ingrid, who is Oliver’s wife. The biggest obstacle Miles faces is choosing between upholding 2 the army’s highly
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Reviewed by Iza Grek for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty by William H. Coles is a historical novel set in France in the 1960s. Central character Miles Ballard arrives at the US Air Force base and soon gets a taste of the French hostility towards Americans. Nevertheless, his work as a physician is all-consuming as he attends to not only General Thomas Read but many who seek his medical expertise. Miles’s life is interwoven with the other military doctor, Oliver Stern, and his wife Ingrid who is
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Reviewed by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty 5/5 William H. Coles is a realistic novel set in France during the 1940s. Miles Ballard is the charming young protagonist sent to work as a doctor in the air force. Honest, hardworking, and ambitious, Miles is liked by everyone he meets, except his superior, Colonel Barney Springer, who makes life difficult for Miles. Springer refuses to support any of Miles’s projects and continuously berates him for taking the initiative. He misinterprets Miles’s honesty and desire to do the right
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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty, a gripping novel by William H. Coles, is set in France during the 1960s. It is here that Miles Ballard serves as a doctor in the Air Force. Although he becomes the General’s physician, the hospital commander considers any suggestion insubordination. Our hero’s life interweaves with that of other characters as a Jewish woman who seeks information about her family; an ex-girlfriend who would like to reconnect; and a journalist who is the adopted daughter of the
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty follows a set of characters at a US Air Force base in 1960s France during the Cold War. Written by William H. Coles, the book opens with Miles Ballard, a physician newly drafted into the Air Force who finds himself assigned as the GMO to Brigadier General Thomas Read of the Châteauroux Air Base. After arriving in Châteauroux, Miles soon becomes friends with fellow doctor Oliver Stern and his wife, Ingrid. When the General’s daughter Alyce Read,
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Reviewed by Gordon D. Durich for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Americans in France. Not so unusual, or is it? Tour of Duty by William H. Coles is set in 1960s Europe in the Cold War era during a nuclear attack threat. Physician Miles Ballard is serving in the Air Force at US Air Station, Châteauroux, France. Ingrid, the beautiful wife of Ballard’s best friend Oliver Stern, there to locate lost relatives in the Holocaust and ascertain their fates, welcomes Miles. Enter Alyce Read, a New York Herald Tribune writer in
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers’ Favorite

Tour of Duty Tour of Duty by William H Coles is an outstanding literary historical work set during the Cold War, in post-war France. In 1960, Miles Ballard is inducted to serve in the US Air Force. He arrives in France and immediately becomes aware of the French hostility to Americans. Miles’s hope of providing patients with proper care is hindered by military bureaucracy and an antagonistic boss. His social circle includes Oliver, a fellow military doctor, and his wife, Ingrid, who is
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Daniel Rhodes – The Book Commentary

McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles presents the tragic fall of an arrogant man from grace. Hiram McDowell is a brilliant, admired, and respected surgeon with many flaws — arrogance, narcissism, and boundless pride. He is a selfish man who watches his climbing partner die on Mt. Everest, belittles his wife, ignores his children, and tricks his colleague. The author paints the picture of a man who cares for no one but himself, and surprisingly, he seems to move from one
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marshall dell

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 The Amish Girl Short Story from the book: The Amish Girl is a sweet but sad story of love loss and yearning. The author left a hint of reconnection by mentioning Belize a country in central America that she may have been forced to go to where there are a number of Amish folk. While that would be interesting I personally like the way it ended. Old memories grow sweeter by the day. I have read thousands of short fiction
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The_bookwarrior

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Every short story I read was simply relatable, which was my number one monumental positive aspect about the book. The author seems to possess a skill to assessing the status-core of today’s norm and depict it in stories. Once again, recalling from the story of the gift, Catherine’s parent seems to fail to understand that premarital sex is a thing of the past. Instead of counselling her and cautioning her about life at large, they just
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Fola_M

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org He is arguably known as the father of modern short stories and one of its most prolific writers. He is none other than the great poet, Edgar Allan Poe, who once said: ‘A short story must have a single mood, and every sentence must build towards it.’ In Illustrated Short Fiction of William H.Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles, Edgar’s statement rings true. The book comprises thirty-three short stories, two graphic novels and one novella. The
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nerdychikka

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I did enjoy reading this book. As an avid reader and huge fan of short stories, this has to be among the best pieces I have read so far. The plots are written in beautiful and artistic ways that help readers form imagery as they read. All the themes discussed are very contemporary, making the whole book relatable. At first, I thought the themes were too dark and morbid but the themes addressed are real-life problems
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Adrienne Abad-Alipe

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I appreciate the dark-adapted characters I have met in these stories. Characters that may easily be perceived as pure evil and malevolent until you get to know them more and realize how capable of goodness even these people can be. One example I can think of is Harry. The nature of his work alongside his cousin, Antoine, is too despicable for words. Their job is to transport a Chinese kid they had just picked up from a
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Viva Marina

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Most of the stories in this book are exceptionally beautiful, unique, and come from different topics. Reading this book was a very interesting and exciting experience. Each ending is satisfying, even though most of them are sad and mysterious. At the end of my reading, I wondered which chapter was my favorite, and I had a hard time picking one. However, one of my favorite chapters is “The Wreck of the Amtrak’s Silver Service.” The best
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MS Lefty

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked how his stories didn’t always have a “happy ending” but an ending that I had least expected. Although they hit us hard, they portrayed the reality of life. The stories are navigated based on human emotions and not based on anything that justifies which is right or wrong. The readers can have a different perspective on life after reading this book. I’d suggest people to read any one of the stories whenever they felt low
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kennedyodindo

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Another aspect that I like about this book is the uniqueness found in some of its short stories. Consider The Activist, for instance. The story doesn’t read like those I have read before. Told from the perspective of a young girl, this story has newness to it because it approaches activism from a very creepy angle. Still on why I enjoyed reading this book, I like the sentences many stories here start with, specifically Dilemma, The
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Stella Bereebera

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked this book especially because of the uniqueness of each of the stories. I found each story different and interesting, and was amazed at how all those ideas could come from one person. I also liked the illustrations for each of the stories because they satisfied my imagination. They were all unique and the two graphically illustrated books were an added bonus. Additionally, I liked that the book was able to draw my emotions both
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FABIAN_BATS

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org He introduces the book with an important definition of the term “Literary Fiction”, he clarifies that it is distinct from general fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, auto biography and non-fiction. Further definitions and explanations give the readers insight into what authors do, and why they would prefer a certain literary work more than another. Some chapters educate the reader on commonly misused terms. Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide is concise and straight to the point,
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Manas Ranjan Mishra

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved and enjoyed various things in the book. I liked how the author incorporated examples from famous literary works, such as Little Red Riding Hood and works of William Shakespeare like the famous play Hamlet, to illustrate themes in a way that is easy to grasp. I also loved how the author explained how to avoid repeating common mistakes with the help of comparisons and deep analysis. In a nutshell, I believe that the book
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apadanag

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I’m excited to have read this book. I’m keen to find out more about his other works. He anticipates that a novel should be well written without being compromised to the nature of the writer’s belief and environment. Inspiring writers would definitely find this book helpful. Coles gives sound counsel to the reader which is interesting throughout and he further shares this book as a self-improvement guide through inspiration and motivation. I would twice recommend this
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Angelique O 4

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has put together an astonishing collection of thirty-three short stories, including breathtaking stories like; The gift, The Wreak of the Amtrak’s Silver Service and Nemesis. In his book, Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000- 2016, each character is caught in a specific situation- desperate to get out. Though the stories are, as the title suggests, fiction the accuracy of his stories blew my mind! Each character is realistically created, and that
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Shubham Shah

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It was my first time reading the works of Mr. Coles. I didn’t know what to expect but I got the most unexpected tales. Some complex emotional traits, such as betrayal, despair and anguish, are touched upon. I was totally hooked to the pages. The narrations will leave you thinking to fill the gaps at the end. It does not necessarily have happy endings. Most of the tales have dark motives behind them. One cannot remain
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Eva Nyaburi

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love how William H. Coles brought the characters to life in all the stories. Readers can feel the presence of the characters in the book and the different roles they played in each piece. There is nothing that I disliked about the book. The stories I found to be wholesome, and the characters were lively and well developed. I enjoyed reading this book, from the first narrative till the last one. I rate Illustrated Short Fiction
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Moseh2021

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the book. The book grabbed me from the beginning till the end. There are no unnecessary events and situations which can distract the reader from reading this book. Many stories were opened, others ended in suspense while others were explained vividly. This book promotes moral values to young people in the society. Themes were relevant and well explained. Characters were different and involved in different situations and roles The book had a lot of
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Adelle v

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org These stories were well-written and easy to read. The stories are about human nature filled with love, hope, hate, and lust. But also with love lost, lost chances, hardships, sickness and so much more. I think what struck me most about these stories was love. We, humans, crave to be loved. To be accepted. We tend to look for this elusive thing in the wrong places, while what we are looking for is right in front
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The Reviewer63

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles has addressed the major common issues of every society, ensuring that no particular race is being scolded, as the plots are set in different regions and cities of Africa, Asia, and Europe. The characters are real descriptions of the author’s ability to develop unique characters with uncanny endings. His style in every story is smooth and flowing, and the details helped to imagine every scene as being with the characters. In every story, he has
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Mvjdarling

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Do you love reading short stories? Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles will be your go-to book, containing life lessons. The writer did a great job in this book; it consisted of short stories with topics that teach valuable lessons and make it enjoyable. Also, as I read the book, I wondered what the next story would be about just by reading the topic. When it comes to the author’s
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cutecandy90

The Spirit of Want 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want by Williams H. Coles is the story of a woman who never knew how to love because she never allowed herself to feel loved by her foster family. This was the foundation of a series of unfortunate events for her aided by the decisions she made. Fortunately, Luke was able to gather his life back together as he moved on with Elizabeth. The book is a depiction of what happens in real
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dpadgett1

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles provides such a crazy yet believable story. Hiram McDowell is such a complex character who we love to hate, especially at the start of his story. Many events that happen are so surprising yet fit right into Hiram McDowell’s life. We are able to see things that are a direct result of McDowell’s actions as well as things that are just bad luck. The characters’ emotions were so descriptive and raw that it
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Caleb 044

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed almost every aspect of the book. As an aspiring author, I really benefited a lot from the many teachings that were there. I learnt how to begin and end a fictional story in a captivating way, how to use humor and suspense in the story, and also how to best express abstract feelings like love and hate in your story. The best part of this book is that the author not only told us
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TriptiK

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The ability to convey the whole spectrum of emotions associated with a character in short stories displays the author’s skill. Characters created by the author are so realistic as to allow readers to connect with them. A fast read, the book engages the audience immediately and captures the psyche with captivating stories. Regardless of one’s taste, there is
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Maria Dimitrova

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book grabbed me from the beginning. In fact, this is exactly what happens in many of the stories – the story of the main action begins from the first sentence, without wasting time. There are not many unnecessary descriptions and events that can distract the reader from the mainline of action. Another thing that was repeated throughout the book was that the end of many of the stories remained open, and although some things along
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lumenchristi

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is well-formatted and arranged. It is exceptionally edited because I found no errors in the book. The author delivered the book in simple and plain English that a pure beginner can easily understand the concepts explained. Perhaps, because it is the content I have been looking for, I was never bored while reading the book. The use of case studies to buttress his points gave a better insight into his explanations and credibility. The
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Eva Nyaburi

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Many people enjoy reading literary stories because they get to experience various adventures through the characters in the book. A great story takes the readers to a different world where they are entertained and they become one with the characters in the book. An author must therefore be able to write a book that captures the heart of its readers and one that is remarkable. However, most times authors fail to express ideas in their stories
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Jose Josphat

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I picked this book since I had an interest in writing, and it did not disappoint. The book was enlightening and opened my eyes to how to write catchy literary stories. I also found it educative as well as entertaining. There was nothing to dislike in this book. As a lover of fiction reads, I found it a masterpiece as it offers insights on the professional formulation of a fiction story. The book teaches fiction writers
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Ebi Robert

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Conclusively, this book is a very interesting piece which serves as a comprehensive guide for fiction writers. I hereby recommend this book for fiction and non-fiction writers. I also recommend it for poets, dramatists, and literary critics. While it may look like a piece for literary fiction writers on the surface level, it is undoubtedly relevant for writers of all literature genres. This is because one, two, or even more of the things discussed in the book
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Norna Haniaden

Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles explained this writer’s literary fiction guide very well. All ideas are well-informed and are equipped with examples of wrong, right, and good writings. So it enlightens me as a reader because I am not just reading pages of theories about good characterization, dialogue, conflict, and motivation without practicing it. Reading this book enables me to point out excellent characterization, the best point of view to use, how to serve a good dialogue, adding humor,
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Maja Anuszewska

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I also liked how clear and concise the guide was. Every new topic was initially introduced by the author through either a short description or dictionary definitions. That allowed the reader to learn standardized definitions of certain words and avoid any misunderstandings. After the general introduction, the author provided an in-depth analysis of different parts of a fictional story. The topics were illustrated with examples from well-known books and movies. The reader could also easily learn
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Luchris_michael

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book taught me a lot of things. I learned how valuable and important good characterization is. I also learned that imagination allows for the growth of characterization in a book. I enjoyed the author’s presentation of the guidelines and principles. The author used simple words that helped me flow well with the book. I love the part of the book that explains why literary stories fail. It will help me to have a picture in
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Victor ODEYEMI

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed this book so much that I did not observe any negative aspect in it. The writer gave diligence to details while writing this informative and educative piece. Obviously, this is coming from an authority in this noble field. This book covers every aspect of storytelling that will make a writer more competent after reading it through regardless of his/her level of accomplishment. It was exceptionally edited and thoroughly formatted. Hence, I rate this book
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Azizah Amatu Z

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is very useful for people who are just starting to make fiction stories, because of the basic and principal things in this book. There are no negative aspects to this informative book. Everything is professionally edited. I didn’t find any typos or grammar errors in this book. This book deserves to get a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Because this book really opens up knowledge about writing fiction stories. Each chapter in
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MysticSpade

McDowell 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author did an absolutely exceptional job creating and developing these characters. Their quirks, unique physical features, and personalities made them personable on a whole other level. In the beginning, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate a character like McDowell as much as I did. As the main character grew, my hate turned into sympathy and I learned to love him. Even minor characters like Willie and Winona were exceptionally developed. This
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Gary Pro

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the best aspects of this book is that it is simple to read; the author tried to use simple language throughout the book and define every term that you may encounter while reading. As a result, this book is suitable for readers of all backgrounds, whether experienced writers or first-time writers. The ideas in the book are also well organized, with detailed information on each topic, examples to illustrate each point and a summary
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Amna Khalid

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the division of the book into two parts, and both focus on different components. Furthermore, the best thing is that the author has mentioned relevant content under headings and sub-headings. It will help readers to find the content they are looking for. I liked how the author chose a step-by-step approach to write the entire book and carefully organized the chapters. For the readers who want to understand where they lack and why their
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Johan Erasmus

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about this book is how useful and valuable it is in serving as a guide for writers. Coles draws on an abundance of experience (including his published fiction and non-fiction books) and clearly understands the requirements for exceptional and original literary fiction. His tone is authoritative yet patient, and he remains respectful to other literary domains. The book succeeds in providing the correct tools for creating a quality story. Without a basic
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Mariangela I

The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The short stories vary in genre and length, the shortest being of one page and the longest being sixteen pages. They all are very interesting, touching subjects such as race, poverty and disability. My favourites were “The Gift”, for Catherine’s point of view of disability; “The Indelible Myth”, because the mix-up of rumors and actual memories, especially from a child’s perspective is a topic very close to me; “Dilemma”, treating one of the biggest moral questions of
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Divya T

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The first thing I like about the book Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is, it evokes the writer within a person. Even a person who has not much interest in writing seems to gain interest while reading the book. The book has many examples from short stories to Shakespeare’s novels to compare and understand the subject matter discussed by the author. Some chapters have a one-line definition at the beginning
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Caleb Fx

Creating Literary Stories 4/4 Review from OnlineBookClub.org While reading the book, I liked and enjoyed very many things. Firstly, I liked the fact that William H. Coles has introduced the book by giving us some of the definitions of the different vocabularies used in fiction writing. Secondly, enjoyed how the author has used several examples from various literary stories such as Emily Brontë’s, Wuthering Heights in explaining some concepts to help us easily understand. I liked the fact that the author has explained
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