Monday, 3 September 2018


Just finished reading an excellent novel - THE ATHEIST'S DAUGHTER by Renee Harrell.

Here's my review:

A new and refreshing take on the Young Adult horror genre
The Atheist’s Daughter by Renee Harrell is a new and refreshing take on the Young Adult horror genre. You’d think that after there have been so many books written in this genre that it would be difficult to come up with a storyline that is both original and exciting, but Harrell has done just that. I’ve read a considerable amount of horror stories and I have never seen or heard of the evil creatures of this type that haunt this gripping book.
This well crafted and subtle novel crackles with energy and tension and moves convincingly to a very satisfying conclusion. The principal characters are well developed and extremely believable. The mysterious evil specters that provide the horror are frightening and interesting in the tradition of classic horror stories. I hope in future novels we learn more about the evil monsters of the – Unending and the mysterious protagonist Kristin.
The main strength of the author is to develop characters that the reader will care about and they do so in a fashion that makes the plot move along quickly without any boring phases.

The author has perfectly set this book up to be continued in a sequel and I look forward to the next chapter in what I hope will be a series.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

Longstreet Or Lee - Who was best suited to win at Gettysburg

Longstreet Or Lee

The most important battle of the American Civil war was the bitter three-day engagement fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July 1863. Prior to this battle, the rag-tag armies of the Confederacy under the superb leadership of General Robert E. Lee had basically fought their superior supplied and larger Union enemy to a stand-still.

Fresh off his stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Lee took his Army of Northern Virginia deep into the heart of the enemy territory and encountered the Union forces at the small town of Gettysburg.

Perhaps the worst mistake ever made by Lee was his decision on July 3rd to launch a daring attack against the Union positions south of Cemetery Hill. His attack was an utter disaster and many historians would argue that this was the point that finally turned the war in the favor of the Union.
During the pre-assault argument - Longstreet told Lee – “It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arranged for battle can take that position.”

Lee’s fool-hardy attack is known as Pickett’s Charge after General Pickett who led the assault. The attack resulted in over 6000 Confederate casualties and ended the battle with a Union victory.
The irony of the situation is that Lee’s chief subordinate officer, the famed veteran Confederate General James Longstreet had vehemently disagreed with Lee regarding Pickett’s Charge and would have instead fought a defensive battle at Gettysburg.

What would have happened had Longstreet been in command of the Confederate forces at Gettysburg?

If you are interested in this scenario, try my alternative history fiction novel – GETTYSBURG REDUX.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

RAMBLE ON… a 420-themed novel

Tomorrow is international 420 Day and for those that partake of cannabis, you will find my novel RAMBLE ON… a 420-themed novel. It’s the story of Jessie Cayne, an Army brat, football star and small-time drug dealer in El Paso Texas during the 1980’s. Jessie becomes involved in a series of tense, dangerous action-packed incidents. 

It’s a story of Drugs, Sex, Rock N Roll and Murder.

I’ve added a series of classic rock songs to the book, so the reader can listen to these classic tunes as the story unfolds- try RAMBLE ON…, available only at AMAZON.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

WHERE SCORPIONS HUNT, by JOHN R. STUART - Available exclusively at AMAZON

Available now exclusively at AMAZON, the sequel to BLACK STOCKINGS-RED BLOOD.

If you like hard-boiled detective stories you'll love :


Some men deserve to die, it’s only a question of who gets to kill them.

Ex Military Policemen, D’Angelo and Cayne are struggling to earn a living as private investigators in New York City. During the 1951 World Series, they land the case of a lifetime when they are hired to recover a trio of stolen priceless antique daggers. Add a vicious, yet polished thug, the Irish mob and the beautiful and wealthy femme fatale – Nora Belvedere and you have the elements of a classic crime noir private eye tale. In the tradition of THE MALTESE FALCON and THE BIG SLEEP.

Monday, 29 January 2018

A great read at a low price - MR. JABLOWSKI'S TREASURE

If you're looking for a great read at a low price, try my short story - MR. JABLOWSKI'S TREASURE

Available at Amazon  for the bargain price of $.99;

Sunday, 31 December 2017

WHERE SCORPIONS HUNT - 1st Draft Completed

Well, 2017 ends with a writing achievement I didn’t think I would attain. It’s with a huge sigh of relief that I completed the first draft of my next novel. The first draft of – WHERE SCORPIONS HUNT, a crime noir sequel to Black Stockings – Red Blood should be ready for publication by the summer of 2018. This crime noir book follows the investigations of the two ex-military MPs – Buster & Cayne as they work as Private Investigators in New York in 1951.