Book Reviews

University instructor reviews “Santa Barbara Secrets”

So, I liked Santa Barbara Secrets a lot. You have cut out your own turf and are sticking to it. As far as I know, no one has staked out this turf as you have.

The luxury life is your beat. The men hopelessly shopping for summer togs was quite funny. Also, the detective agency opens up lots of interesting avenues for sub- and parallel plots.  The ladies’ shit-kicking men remain my fave scenes. I think we need them to meet a foe whose skills match their own in hand-to-hand.

And, gotta love them kitties.

Good work, my friend, and I look forward to the next installment.

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Best always, Les Wiseman

Royal Roads University

Writer’s Digest reviews “Wyoming Secrets”

In Wyoming Secrets, a mystery / thriller novel written by Jonathan McCormick, we are presented with a fast-paced globe-hopping tale that presents flawed characters and convoluted plans in a way that keeps the reader turning pages to uncover those titular secrets.

The title for the novel seems to this reader to be haunting and interesting, providing a suggestive entry point to the work that establishes keen alignment with the genre and strong expectations. The dialogue here is particularly solid, sounding realistic and still readable, aiding the characterization and adding layers of nuance to the proceedings. An ear for dialogue is a wonderful thing in a writer and, throughout, scenes come alive and motivation seems earned as a result of believable dialogue.

The characters here are fully realized, vivid and alive, directing the action with trackable motivation which the reader can believe. And, the hallmark of well-drawn characters, they often do surprising things making them very human, which can be rare.

The overall design of the book is professional. It features an interior layout that is crisp and clean with text design on each page that is readable and presented soundly. It may seem minor but getting the interior in order is an important step in getting the reader hooked and able to enter into the flow of the work! Also, the cover image for the book is much too dominated by script font, slightly difficult to read, to allow the imagery to really take over and give the reader an impression.

University Educator comments on McCormick’s writing.

“Jonathan McCormick has just released his second book in the J-Team series. It is called 30,000 Secrets. It totally rocks. McCormick’s books (the first being Wyoming Secrets) take the side of women as heroes/heroines and enables women with strategies and tactics to help themselves with self-defense maneuvers.

A black belt in a number of self-defense arts, McCormick donates 100% of sales of his books to support abused women.

If you like a team of good gals against the contemporary ills of the world then this is the book for you. If you dig Brad Thor, Stephen Hunter, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew Vachss, Patricia Cornwell, John Connolly, Elizabeth George, or David Morrell, you want to add McCormick to your reading list.”

Les Wiseman Royal Roads University

Wiseman is the 2017 recipient of the Associate Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from the School of Communication and Culture (SCC) for his teaching in the RRU Bachelor of Professional Communications program.

American periodical’s appraisal

“In 30,000 Secrets, a genre novel by Jonathan McCormick, we are presented with a taut and captivating thriller that travels the lengths of the world and the depths of the human heart as it works to clear the convoluted plot.

The title for the novel seems to this reader to be a key to expectations, signaling a sense of mysteries and hesitancies, of the importance of what is said and what is unsaid. The overall design of the book is professional.

It features an interior layout that is clean and clear with text design on each page that is readable and crisp. Also, the cover image for the book has the gloss of a political thriller but with perhaps too much of the wedged title elements interposed.

The characters here are fully realized, vivid and alive, and often do surprising things – or do / say things that are very human, which can be rare. I especially like Jessica. In short, she is a well-developed character, fully realized on the page with a plausible sensibility in an increasingly tragic and complex world.

The chapters are nicely paced, with enough meat to make them satisfying but not so ponderous as to make it difficult to keep track of the narrative as it develops.

In fiction, so much of the pacing comes from the deployment of the chapters, how they build the suspense or momentum of the narrative arc, and in this case things move along in a compelling manner.”

Writers’ Digest

McCormick donates 100% of the “J” Team sales to women’s resource centers, domestic and sexual assault survivors groups.

Black Press Review

Writing has always been more than just a hobby for Jonathan McCormick.

With a background in martial arts and as a law-enforcement trainer, the former United States Marine has penned many articles for publications, such as the law enforcement periodicals,Blue Line,Twenty-Four-Seven, and the Canadian Firearms Journal. He was also the security columnist for the Vancouver Province newspaper.

When he decided to write his first novel, “Wyoming Secrets”, it was natural the story is set in a world that he knows so well.

The suspense thriller follows Secret Service investigator Jessica Fukishura and her hand-picked team of cow hand agent Rebecca Simpson, former Delta agent Jackson Pennington, North African Al-Qaeda fighter Jason Spencer and former junior high computer science teacher and hacker Elisabeth Peltowski on assignment in trendy spots all over the world. McCormick tells his story through a plot seeped in suspense, mystery, love, sex and martial arts.

“Wyoming Secrets” was published on Jan. 28, 2012 and already it’s destined to become part of a series called “J” Team Novels. The second of the series, “30,000 Secrets”, is due to come out in February 2017.

The series’ target reading audience is women aged 21 years and over, but the reading demographics is fifty percent male.

“I’ve used personal background for the book, including martial arts, education, military and shooting.”

All his books are available from Amazon.ca and Amazon.com

ARLENE JONGBLOETS




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