|Posted by John Kelly on November 16, 2009 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Sweet Dreams, Miss England is a romantic and uplifting story about a young mother who is frequently separated from her famous husband. We watch our protagonist, Nicky, struggle with many emotions that all married couples can relate to -- loneliness, frustration, difficulty communicating with her partner and yearning for something more exciting. The book is a wonderful read and I'd highly recommend it.
|Posted by John Kelly on September 4, 2009 at 7:11 PM||comments (0)|
The year is 2450 C.E. and the world has enjoyed two centuries of peace. The population of the planet has stabilized at 3 billion following the devastating effects of climate change, famine, disease and wars that raged for nearly 200 years. One central government, the World Federation of Nations based in Luzern, Switzerland administers to the judicial needs of all nations through the General Assembly and funds scientific research programs dedicated to restoring the planet’s fragile ecosystem.
But greed and corruption go hand in hand with power and for some the stakes are high.
At a principal research facility located in Melbourne Australia, a laboratory researcher is brutally bashed and vital data stolen from their computer records. Almost simultaneously three other facilities around the world are similarly compromised. When three staff are murdered, Federation investigators realize they are dealing with a dark conspiracy involving multi-national corporate interests. They enlist the support of scientists involved in a covert scientific study, combining telepathic imaging with a top secret feline breeding program.
The Cicada is brilliantly conceived and beautifully written playing out its enthralling story in Australia and Europe and offering a insightful preview of what life could be like 400 years into the future. This futuristic and highly imaginative novel by Inge Meldgaard has raised the bar in the Sci-Fi genre.
John Kelly, author ‘Hiroshima Sunset’.
|Posted by John Kelly on June 29, 2009 at 10:45 PM||comments (1)|
SATAN'S LITTLE HELPERS effortlessly captures the 1950s and 1960s in suburban Australia. Catholics will laugh and cry, non-Catholics will laugh and laugh. Anyone who grew up in this period will share the laughs and exasperation, will envy and be touched by the teenage love story. An engaging plot with surprising twists and turns and all the horrors of school, families, teenage and first love ... and all the laughs.
With some generous assistance from the vibrant and unpredictable Megan, Simon Hickey faces the challenges and social turmoil of the 1960's. As the story unfolds, Catholic culture, a love affair, and the threat of being shipped off to Vietnam, combine to provide all the elements of a best seller. Humour, pathos, sexual awakenings, tragedies and a surprise or two... There is a -real feeling of `being there' in this story. Living History."
|Posted by John Kelly on June 29, 2009 at 6:16 AM||comments (0)|
THE PLOT: A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales. The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation.
THE COMMENT: Set in a small country town in New South Wales, and complete with
an assortment of colourful characters, this intensely human story poses
questions for devotees of saints and relics, confronts long standing
theological convictions, and articulates a major dilemma for the
Catholic Church: What to do when a priest falls in love.
A powerful and absorbing drama about ordinary people, played out in
Australia and France, it captures the essence of human frailty,
and that unique Australian spirit of scepticism.
|Posted by John Kelly on June 29, 2009 at 6:11 AM||comments (2)|
HIROSHIMA SUNSET is much more than a novel. It's a love story woven within a riveting factual account and told by way of a mysterious journal that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Cleverly written, easily understood and shocking, it exposes some little known truths about the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945; that Japan wanted to surrender and overtures to the west were ignored.
Little known also, is the fact that thousands of Australian soldiers served in the post-war occupation and worked to re-establish some normality in a devastated country.
Even if you are not into war stories, this is an educational must-read. Fascinating, descriptive, informative; a page turner.
Review by: Keith Renshaw on Aug. 02, 2009 :
A beautiful story with a very poignant message about the decision to drop this horrible bomb. For me it puts into perspective the term used so much today "Weapons of mass Destruction". Nothing a terrorist could contrive could come anywhere close to what was dropped on Hiroshima. That apart, this book is one of the best stories I can remember. Go on give it a try you won't regret it.