Thursday, March 14, 2013

The power of reviews

So we're at the 10 month anniversary of the release of my fiction novel, TWO SHOTS.

We've covered a lot of ground since then. There have been radio interviews, press coverage and free promotions (during which it was downloaded nearly 17,000 times). Missed out on the free days? Well, it's only $2.99 on Amazon, which is, in my opinion, still a steal of a deal. But one of the coolest parts of this entire process has been to read the reviews at Amazon. To date, there are 52 reviews. The average is 4.3 out of 5 stars. Here is a quick sample:

 -- "Two Shots was a terrific journey, full of suspense and action. I couldn't put it down once I started it. I felt like I knew Officer Tony Leach and that I was right along side of him. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one!"

-- "Still, this was a very good book revolving around the primary character, Tony Leach, a game warden for the state of Minnesota. Much like the Joe Pickett character in the exquisite C.J. Box novels that take place in Wyoming, Leach is a bit of a bumbling law enforcement officer with a bulldog determination to solve a brutal crime. … Overall, a great start to a literary career by Joe Albert. I look forward to the next (hopefully) Tony Leach saga later in 2012!"

-- "I read an average of 2-3 novels a week. This book has truly captured my interest. Very fast paced and reminiscent of Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact" (later retitled Shooter). Great book, would recommend it to anyone. I cannot wait to reread it in a couple of months sitting in my bow-hunting stand!"

-- "Loved it! Wish more books of fiction were written about our outdoor law enforcement professionals. Would definitely read another book by this author."

-- "Joe Albert has a style that reminds me a little of John Sandford, and that's a good thing. I love John Sandford."

Of course, nothing ever is all roses. Here's a 1-star review:

--"I am an avid reader, my favorites are authors like Lee Child, and Vince Flynn.This author is neither, has potential, yet his character " Leech " leaves a lot to be desired." (AUTHOR NOTE: His name is Leach, not Leech.)

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