Bitten + Giveaway
Book Title: Bitten by Alan Moore
Category: Adult Fiction, 430 pages
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 4 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: R (Book contains profanities, intermittent sex and violence, incl. one violent sex episode, together with scenes of explicit disaster, distress and death)
In the not-too-distant future, Italy is in disarray. It has voted to leave the EU in an attempt to regain control of its laws, finances and commerce. Even so, the country's economy is shrinking and its national debt rising. There is a marked escalation, too, in unemployment, bank loans and immigration. Production and service companies are in difficulty. The only thriving business areas are the black market and organised crime. There is discontent and protest on all sides.
In Florence, the local Mafia boss, more accustomed to gunrunning and trading in plutonium, is involved in organising a silent auction for the sale of one of the world's most valuable lost paintings - a sixteenth-century masterpiece, which was appropriated in World War II by Stalin's Trophy Brigade. A British art expert is set to buy the picture on behalf of his client, a South American billionaire - yet surprisingly two Italian undercover intelligence agents, acting as antique dealers, submit the winning bid.
All the while, human beings continue to harm the Earth by destroying land, sea, air, animals and trees. Global climate change, polluting the atmosphere, depleting the ozone layer: these are some of man's crimes against Nature. But time is running out. Nature has lost patience with humans. Unless something is done immediately to reverse the destruction of the ecosystem, Nature will retaliate by deploying the terrifying forces at her command. And as a first step in wreaking her revenge, she instigates a reign of terror by the deadliest creature on Earth.
I struggled with this book. Which, from the thoughts of other readers; it seems that I am the minority. This is why I tried to stick with this book. I wanted to find that "magic" that the other readers had found in this book. The issue for me were the characters. There was no strong connection with any of them for me. This is a shame as the story did seem to have an interesting plot. Yet, without strong characters the storyline is lost.
If you can stick with this book as it starts out slow and find that human connection with the characters; than, you may find yourself liking this book. It just was not my cup of tea but it might be yours.
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Meet the Author:
Born in Surbiton, Surrey in 1944, Alan Moore lives in Barnes, SW London, with his wife, Amber. They have two daughters and a son, who between them have two boys and two girls with another boy expected in May. Alan was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and at London University, where, as an external student, he obtained a BA degree in English. Thereafter, for 25 years, he single-handedly ran his own book publishing company, which at one stage was producing up to 20 titles a year. Now, at the age of 74, he has self-published his first novel.
My Writing Journey by Alan Moore
Bitten is the first book I've written. As a publisher, I brought out the books of quite a few first-time authors, but never any of my own work. I thought it rather bad taste to have my own publishing company produce my own work. Now, quarter of a century later, I am a self-published author!
When I was young I wrote articles, essays, stories and poems. At my Senior School I won the School Poetry Prize, and had several commendations for stories I had written and which were printed in the School Journal. At my Junior School it was a different matter. When I was 10, I was caught writing a historical novel in a Latin lesson. For what was described in my School report as being a 'misdirection of energy', I was caned and given three sets of detention. Later on, at the same school, I directed and played the main part in a play I had written. 'King George Forever' it was called. I still have the manuscript.
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