Susan Boulton: author
Susan Boulton: author

Reviews -2016-2018 - Hand of Glory

 

 

Superb review on Lisl Zlitni's blog;

 

Review of Hand of Glory.

More reviews for Hand of Glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review on Barnes on Noble.

 

Review

 

"It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time."

 

 

Reviews on Amazon.com

 

 

Reviews on Amazon.com

 

 

Review of Hand of Glory on the British Fantasy Soc website.

 

Review

 

“The story is full of slang, swearing and dark situations which show how power can get in the wrong hands and have the potential to cause havoc.”

 

 It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.

It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.=====vIt's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your time.It's a ghost story... but not quite, for the ghosts flow from the horrors the characters have faced, both in childhood and in the trenches of Flanders. It's a murder mystery... but not quite, for from the outset we know "Who done it." It's a police procedural... but not quite, for the procedures come from a time long passed. It's a love story... but not quite, for the two lovers are war-damaged goods, and only rarely do they take center stage together. Whatever the book may be, it's unique and well worth your timeGeek Pride Review
 

Review

 

"It was refreshing to find that the soldiers in Boulton’s novel are neither heroes or villains, but utterly human.  Boulton uses her portrayal of their shattered humanity to capture the grim despair that saturated World War One and the subsequent peace.  Ultimately, for all the supernatural elements, Hand of Glory is a tale about the true cost of our humanity and how we should remember those who have died."

 

 Review by Retired Royal Naval Commander and author, Roger Paine

Review

 

"Her use of dialogue, whether it is the crude obscenities of the soldiers, or the nuances of conversation at home in the 1920’s, is masterful and her characters, despite Gothic overtones, are real people.

The author’s imagination is channelled to ensure a fast paced story which keeps the reader wanting to reach the final page.  But it is a book recommended for reading in broad daylight rather than by firelight on a dark winter’s evening."

 

Two new reviews of Hand of Glory are in.

 

One in Starburst Magazine, one of the oldest Genre magazines around.

 

Starburst Review.

 

“This isn’t really a tale of the supernatural, although the sequences describing the hand of glory are very well put together. This is a novel about war and its after-effects, as seen through the eyes of several very different characters. It’s also a novel about the nature of grief, and of the way soldiers were treated when they returned home from the front line. These were men who would never completely be able to return to ‘normal’ society, whose physical and mental scars would pursue them forever. Susan Boulton tells their stories very well – the scenes on the battlefield are especially convincing – and her characters, despite being the familiar stereotypes, are nicely colourful creations.”

 

 

And one in Sffworld by N.E. White.

 

Sffworld review.

 

“Regardless, if you’re a World War One aficionado, this is a book you don’t want to miss. It mixes war and post-war trauma with a mythological tale that is both imaginative, and disturbingly real. There’s always going to be thieves among us. Let’s just hope none of ‘em get any ideas from Susan!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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