Author: Troy Lambert

Five Stars: Parallax View

Book Description: It’s spring, 1987, late in the Cold War, and CIA clandestine operations agent Tracie Tanner is tasked with what should be a relatively simple mission: deliver a secret communique from Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After smuggling the document out of East Germany, Tracie believes she is in the clear. She’s wrong. A shadowy cabal is work, people who will stop at nothing to prevent the explosive information contained in the letter from reaching the White House. Soon, Tanner is knee-deep in airplane crashes and murder, paired up with a young Maine air traffic controller and on the run for their lives, unsure who she can trust at CIA, but committed to completing her mission, no matter the cost… My Review:  One thing you can always count on with an Allan Leverone thriller is that it will pull you in, and you won’t ba able to stop reading until you reach the last page. This thriller is no exception. You can’t help but care about the characters, and turn the next page to find out what happens next. For a little while you’re transported back in time and you believe that a lone air traffic controller dying of a brain tumor and a wounded CIA agent may just prevent World War Three. But until the very last moment, you have no idea the...

Read More

Why Use the F-Bomb?

  It’s a fair question. A variety of people read your writing. Why would you alienate some by using certain words? What’s the purpose? It goes along with one of the ten cardinal rules for writing: Use Dialect Sparingly. What does that mean?   First, certain people use the f-word and others don’t. In Redemption Sam Johnson uses it with some frequency. He also has a certain dialect. However, Sam has just spent 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. If you had spent that much time in prison, you might say F**K too. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “My characters speak coarsely because people in real life speak coarsely.” However, if your character is a Harvard educated librarian, and she uses the f-bomb outside of extraordinary circumstances because you want to shock your reader, delete that scene and start over. Only use such words realistically.   Don’t overuse the salt. Dialect and cuss words are like salt in the pages of a book. Some adds flavor, and too much ruins the plot. Your characters don’t have to speak proper grammar all of the time in dialogue and it’s okay if they cuss. But don’t turn your reader off by overusing it to the point where they are tired of it. Foul language has gained more acceptance in modern fiction, however moderation is the key.   Suspend...

Read More

Social Media Icons

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On GooglePlusVisit Us On PinterestCheck Our FeedVisit Us On Linkedin

Find me on Authorgraph

Get your e-book signed by Troy Lambert

Recent Comments