Saturday, May 23, 2015

I am happy to have Marc Estes, author of the exciting Vendicatori series, on my blog today. I hope you will check out his lastest in the series, 'Four Pieces For Power

About the Author

Award winning writer, Marc Estes, is proud to present his debut novel, Four Pieces For Power, Book One of the Vendicatori. This marks the first in a series of Vendicatori novels developed by Mr. Estes. He is a two-time winner of the Vermont Playwright's Award for his plays, What Would Dickens Do? and Glass Closets. What Would Dickens Do? also won the 2012 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. His play, Gumbo (adapted from the short story by Charles Huckelbury) was a finalist in the 2011 Safe Streets Arts Foundation Short Play Competition and was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His play The Practice of Killing (co-written with Robert Johnson, and adapted from the short story by Mr. Johnson) has been published in the Spring 2013 edition of Tacenda Literary Magazine. Estes is a native of New England and graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

Amazon Review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By harry whitewolf on August 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
There's much to like about this story of an average guy, Andrew, who suddenly becomes involved in a clue solving contest to win an inheritance and take his seat at the head of the shadowy organization of the Vendicatori, but at the same time, I was constantly wanting more of some bits and less of others.
I wanted to know more about the organization, more about Andrew's 'nemesis' Robert, and more about the rules of the game they found themselves in. There was a slight lack of depth to the characters' actions because of this, but if you take it all at face value and just go along for the ride, then the book is very enjoyable.
The author is an extremely capable writer, whose style fits the genre perfectly, and the reader is swept along and constantly wanting to know what happens next. The sub-story of Andrew's family back home and his sister preparing for her wedding is a great device to give balance to the story; and to highlight the underlying general theme of family, but I felt there was far too much of the sub-story, and therefore too little of 'the action' and the competition at hand.
As this is the first book in a series, presumably some of the questions I was left with will come to be answered.
All in all, if you're a fan of conspiratorial adventure books, in the vain of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, then I'm sure you won't be disappointed. It's an easily read, mostly fast paced book which I could easily see being turned into a movie. And maybe the author's much more clever than I think- seeing as I'm left wanting to know more, and will therefore be wanting to read the next in the series!
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  1. This is a great book review, Micki. It makes it sound like a book I would read. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  2. Thanks Auroroa. I din't write this review but am promoting Marc for the day. I will be checking out his books as well. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Micki, this is a lovely post for Marc! And you did an awesome job with the photos! I hope you both have a great Pay It Forward Week! :)

  4. Thanks Harmony, I'm kind of winging it but putting in long hours trying to get him everywhere.Now I need a break for a Bar-B-Que!!

  5. Sounds like a very interesting read, Micki. Congrats, Mark Estes! Sharing on Twitter & Google+

  6. Micki I am not sure if both of my comments will show up here but her it goes again. This review was like being at the theatre watching this play unfold. Congrats Marc. This book sounds like one everyone would enjoy. I have shared it everywhere too. Now let's all go to that BBQ!

  7. Thanks Maggie, so happy you could drop by today. Both Marc and I appreciate it.

  8. Sorry, I'm late, but living in Europe, your announcements usually hit me when I have already laid down to sleep.
    The book sounds fascinating and like a book that I would start reading and not be able to put down. I have put it on my To Be Read List.
    Congratulations to Mark for having an outstanding novelist career so far. Reading his bio was very impressive.
    Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.

  9. Thank's Pat for your comments. I agree with you and am glad you enjoyed meeting Marc.