Today, I am taking a brief recess, as it were, from the Holmes the Ripper posts I am accustom to blogging. I have chosen to review a few eBooks by Author R.J. Parker. I will review, Women Who Kill, and Top Cases of the FBI.
Before I get to the reviews, I would like to take this opportunity to get some things off my chest about eBooks and self-publishing.
First, I have several friends who are authors and have taken the route of self-publishing. They are always trying to convince me of the benefits to self-publishing and the pitfalls of going the route of conventional publishing.
I argue my stance, the disadvantages of self-representation in legal matters, marketing, and the time self-publishing consumes. They retort with the all too familiar, “Yes, but you get to keep most of the money.” For me, when I weigh the benefits vs. the disadvantages, it’s mostly a no-brainer. I am a writer and I wish to spend my time writing. If I wanted to make money, I would have chosen something other than writing.
My latest qualm with eBooks stems from the quality argument. I have invested several years and a ton of money in learning how to write coherently – I have paid my dues. Sure, I still make numerous mistakes, however my work is far more superior than a great deal of the trash coming out on eBooks lately.
Recently, when I read about a half-dozen or so eBooks, to my displeasure and frustration, I was forced to stop reading because of the quality of the written material – it was atrocious. I began thinking. If I were a butcher, would I place the most delectable cuts of meat in the display case between rotten tomatoes and worm infested apples? No! Then why would I as a writer place my work, which I so diligently created and perfected, on a shelf (or in an eBook market) with rubbish? I would not!
Well, that brings me to Author R.J. Parker a Canadian author . As I read a few of his eBooks, Parker demonstrated the quality of work I would be proud to be associated with. I am now back to wondering if I could benefit from producing an eBook or two. He has restored my faith in the attributes some authors bring to eBooks.
R.J. Parker not only delivers, but he does so with great attention to detail and fervent dedication to achieving excellence. Integrity in an authors presentation says much about the author, Parker displays an unwavering loyalty to the facts. I am looking forward to reading the next eBook in my Kindle cue by R.J. Parker, next up, Unsolved Serial Killings. One I will positively enjoy!
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Review of Women Who Kill by R.J. Parker
Women Who Kill, is a very detail oriented account of some of the few women throughout history who have been dubbed as “serial killers.” Author R. J. Parker takes an interesting in depth perspective into the case files of what makes women commit crimes, which have, throughout history, notoriously been attributed to men.
As I read through the pages of Women Who Kill, I was happily met with intelligence, sound facts, and a contemporary stylish prose to pull it all together. It was refreshing to read an eBook, which did not adhere to the common well known criminals and interjected some lesser known, but nonetheless fascinating female serial killers who have plagued society.
As an author, R. J. Parker shows he is cognizant of his audience and keeps them intrigued with his investigative research and his keen eye for interesting material. All too often I feel eBook sellers promote under developed work for inflated prices, Women Who Kill and other eBooks published by R.J. Parker flourish in content and are nominally priced considering the content and the quality.
I give Women Who Kill and Author R. J. Parker 5 stars on a 5 star scale!
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Review of Top Cases of the FBI by R.J. Parker
Top Cases of the FBI, is a must read for the novice to the true-crime buff. Author R. J. Parker takes an in-depth unbiased perspective and presents a well documented case study into some of the top case files, which cultivated and captivated the investigators of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
Parker takes us through the seemingly long and tedious see-saw journey of J. Edgar Hoover’s inception of the FBI and its catastrophic end, were it not for the apprehension of a few of the most notorious criminal throughout history, and Parker does it with eloquent style and brief chapters, making this a refreshing and enjoyable read.
When it comes to details, Author R. J. Parker has done his homework; offering tidbits of information even the most versed readers of true-crime would find impressive. I am embarrassed to admit, R. J. Parker has a greater grasp of the American Federal Bureau of Investigations than I, and Parker lives in Canada. Kudos to Author R. J. Parker!
Top Cases of the FBI, begins with the case that put the Bureau on the map, and then instead of remaining stuck in the past like so many other historic accounts, which dwell in the antiquity of famous crimes, R. J. Parker takes us on an unhinged journey advancing throughout time to recent cases.
My rating for Top Cases of the FBI and Author R. J. Parker 5 stars on a 5 star scale!
[Disclaimer – In my review of an authors work(s), I make it a practice never to disclose the authors work(s) [spoilers], as the author is due his or her just rewards for the written content – he or she has invested a great deal of time and effort into the work and deserve the rights to their creation(s). My “Review” is merely my opinion of the work(s) and the authors presentation and should in no way be accepted as the authors work(s) or the authors opinion of his or her work(s).]
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