Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: Heaven & Hell, a novel by William Kendall

A few months ago, I interviewed my good friend and fellow author William Kendall on this blog. Now, I’m honored to be the first to review his wonderful first novel Heaven & Hell. The following review was originally posted at Goodreads….

From Goodreads:

I have to confess here...I've read it prior to publication. I've been impressed by William's writing from the start. His narrative and dialogue are strong, his pacing impressive, and his characterization as good as any author currently occupying the New York Times bestseller list. William is a very visual writer--when he describes a setting, a character, or an emotion, the reader will be able to imagine it all quite clearly.

Heaven & Hell is a thriller, to be sure...but it's also a tale of damaged people, people who come together out of deep emotional suffering, of profound personal loss. His villains aren't one-dimensional baddies, but individuals who have made some serious wrong turns out of pain. I'm so tempted to go into detail about some of these things, but I know he'd have to kill me if I did. And even though I know what the Very Bad Thing is that he alludes to in some of his blogs, I've been sworn to secrecy. Nuts!

Be forewarned--there are scenes involving acts of terrorism that are difficult to read; that's how realistic they are! I've been brought to tears more than once. William says he found himself often apologizing to some of his characters--and with good reason.

His protagonist, Tom Stryker, is no James Bond. But that's a good thing. Bond, to me, has always been just a bit too perfect. Stryker--he does not like to be called Tom--is human. He's flawed. And unlike Bond, he does not jump into the sack with every female he encounters. Personally, I would like to see him get a little action. He's quite a man. Seems to me women should be lined up to provide him with a bit of TLC!

I cannot recommend this novel or its author strongly enough. As soon as Heaven & Hell is available, buy it. You won't be disappointed! 

(And for those of you who don't already know and love our William, you can get to know him and his writing at his always-entertaining blog, Speak of the Devil!)


  1. Excellent review, Norma...Can't wait to read it!

  2. Fantastic review, Norma! I particularly enjoyed your contrast with Bond. I, too, think Bond's a little too perfect. Hmmm, William's going to have to write a sequal so Stryker has a bit of fun.

    I make every effort to support fellow bloggers. William is not only a follower but a very gifted writer. I'm buying his book, for sure!

    And did we get LinkedIn-ed? Think so.

  3. Thank you very much for the review, Norma!

    Kittie: Stryker and Devon will both be back... this is the first of many to come....

  4. Sounds exciting even with a Very Bad Thing.

  5. Kittie: I think we did. I'll go check.

    TDR: It is exciting!

    Beth: I told him he has to let you have an advance reading.

    William: It deserved every word of that review!

  6. I love this review, Norma. I would have bought it anyway, but this makes me really want the book in my hands now.

  7. Dammit! Stop teasing me and get this out so I can get a copy! :-)

  8. The book sounds interesting, something right up my alley!
    I knew by the comments and critiques William has given that his book will be one that draws the reader in and makes them feel like they are in the story.
    Can't wait for it to come out!

  9. @Eve: thousands of people dying in an instant does rate as a Very Bad Thing.

    @Mike: working on it!

    @Halli: thank you!

  10. Hi Norma, I came over from William's blog. Great review, I'm intrigued!

  11. Sounds like a great book! I'm adding it to my TBR list.


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