Friday, 24 September 2010

Dustus Friday - John Locke Book Review

John Locke Book Review

My friend Dustus is off and he kindly gave me an extra day to play with. I’ve wanted to feature not only poets on my site but people that I believe are noteworthy in the writing community. I will be doing book reviews once to twice a month on Thursdays.  If you are a fiction writer of any length and genre, please drop me a line at

There are many fiction writers I have met in the past year who are what I consider New York Times Best Seller material. My friend John Locke is one of them. John amazingly has only been writing for three years. He has five fictions published and is working on number six. He supports other writers and is a generous humanitarian. I have experienced his generosity first hand. About four months ago, John read that I am working for the special needs community and asked how he could help our non-profit. Next thing, we received a gift for our organization - for children! Thanks again John!

John has always loved reading, writing,and  telling stories but he was too busy with life and his business to put effort into serious writing. I’m glad that three years ago John decided to write. We have been missing out.
When I asked John what his goal as a writer is he told me: “I'm not trying to write the Great American Novel, I just want to entertain my readers.  I like to take a serious or semi-serious situation and blast it with zany characters and laugh-out-loud dialogue.  I want to shock my readers, but I also want to make them laugh.  I work really hard on the pacing of my books, with the goal that my readers will fly through them and complete them in one or two sittings.

Here's a must read for your reading list: Saving Rachel by John Locke.

If you like a fast paced, not sure where it's taking you read, then I promise you have the right book. I picked the book up and read it straight through; I'm like that- if a book is good- what's the point of putting it down. John has not only developed interesting characters and a riveting crime story line, but he's also created the kind of story where you want to psycho analyze the characters. I need to read it again just to analyze the intricacies of the characters.
What doesn't this book have: doesn't have a walk in the park - no sorry there is a twist with a walk in the park; the beautiful knock-out - well he has her but this beauty is not what she seems;  hmm avarice, the double cross is there too.  I'm trying to think what it doesn't have. There's no granny driving a model T! If I say much more, I will start giving away the plot.
 If you like suspense, drama, humor - you'll enjoy Saving Rachel!

My suggestion go on Amazon and buy the Kindle version or like me get the paperback version.

Other Novels by John Locke: Lethal People, Lethal Experiment, Now and Then, Wish List, and Follow the Stone is in the writing stages.

Want to know what’s on my wish list for reading?

John's on Twitter @DonovanCreed


Pete Marshall said...

i great review....sets the bench mark for others to follow....thanks moonie...cheers pete

Brian Miller said...

nice. have not read this but sounds intriguing...

moondustwriter said...

Thanks John for letting me d this review.
Some great reading to be sure.

Happy Friday all

Moon smiles

dustus said...

Informative review, Leslie. I think what impresses me most is Mr. Locke's willingness to support special needs non-profits. I admire that as much as his prolific writing ability.

Also, thanks for posting in my absence. I'll be sure to send a pic of the little "Jilly Bean" (my baby niece :)

Mama Zen said...

I'm putting this on my list!

Caty said...

this was a great review. I'm definitely going to have to do some reading now :)

Anonymous said...

Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. In questo nulla in vi e credo che questa sia un'ottima idea. Pienamente d'accordo con lei.
Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. Ottima idea, sono d'accordo con lei.

Ken Jackson said...

I echo your comments on John Locke. I have known John for a number of years and is as kind and generous a person you will ever meet. His writing makes for a great read. He paints great word pictures that add to the experience. I have read two of his books and getting ready to start "Saving Rachel".