Big Sound Temple

Fancy something different? I’ve just finished Big Sound Temple by Ben Stevens and can heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and likes to find out a little about different cultures.

Big Sound TempleHiro is the young janitor at a Buddhist temple in Japan. He wants to visit the US and England – and wouldn’t mind a girlfriend too.

The story is told in Hiro’s version of English – very little grammar, not much punctuation and a rather literal approach to spelling.

However, although the language is basic, the story isn’t and is written in such an engaging way that it’s very easy to lose yourself in Hiro’s world.

From looking after a koi carp that had its tail eaten by a heron to an uncle who blames Hiro for the death of his dog, it’s the small details that make this story so real.

There’s also bigger drama – a dubious girlfriend, loan sharks and the temple’s uncertain future. And it all comes together in a very satisfying fashion.

I haven’t written many reviews recently but this one is 5*.

Alternatively, if your taste is more for thrillers and mysteries, the Kindle edition of my own novel The Vault is on promotion for the next week – priced at just $1.99 or £1.99.

I’ve got a guest post about the book – and why it’s published in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox – on Sue Howe’s blog ‘The Long & The Short Of It’. I’ve also been interviewed by Kristen Hope Mazzola on her blog. Click on the highlighted links for the guest post or the interview (there is a reason I’m clutching a pair of cycling leggings!).

Half of all royalties from The Vault – Kindle and print versions – go to ShelterBox. You can also win print copies of two of my books – plus other goodies – through the competition I’m running. For more information, click here.

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