Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, grab yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.
This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.
From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.
WE PLAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Join in and see where it leads.
Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.
Here’s the challenge
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
(then write a little analysis about your decision) blog about it, tweet it with #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share.
The search criteria was post apocalyptic and it didn’t take long to spot this cover….
The book description reads…
HE THOUGHT HE WAS PREPARED. HE THOUGHT HIS FAMILY WAS SAFE. HE WAS WRONG.
Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child.
Unaware of the chaos that’s befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions.
But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.
Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?
The cover conveys the atmosphere of the storyline well with the lone figure, broken fence and the dark clouds hovering, giving a sense of more trouble brewing.
This is the authors fifth novel, published in December 2015 and is book one in The Traveler Series. The kindle edition is £1.99/$2.95. Just one review on Amazon UK which is 5*. There are twenty-five reviews on Amazon US with an average of 4.5* a high percentage of those are 5*.
One 3* reviewer (of only 2, there are also 2 x 2*) says This first book in a series is okay, but not fantastic or great. It was worth reading and I will probably buy the next book in the series.
It is though still max a three star book and that is as much because so many books gets too many stars. This is an average book, but no more than that.
Compared to a 5* reviewer who says I just completed reading Home by Tom Abrahams and I’m blown away. This well written, fast paced story is a modern day western.
One that will have you riveted to your reading device. At times, I dodged bullets, cried, and prayed along with our hero who goes by the apt name Battle.
From what I gather from the quick look inside feature, the story seems to have flashback chapters, from real-time to the beginning of the plague and I like the idea of a post apocalyptic, modern day western as it’s described in the review above.
So will I BUY or PASS? I’ll BUY. It’s worth a try and if I’ve found a good series, all the better.
If you’d like to enter next week’s challenge, and the more the merrier, check out Rosie’s blog to read about the Friday Five Challenge.
More Friday Five Challenge choices
Rosie chose an Agatha Raisin
Shelley went for a shape shifting vampire
Liz searched for New Year and found chick lit
Barb chose a humorous travel memoir