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Reviews of the works of Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Lawrence BoarerPitchford's books on Goodreads
The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer
reviews: 2
ratings: 6 (avg rating 5.00)

Thadius Thadius
reviews: 2
ratings: 2 (avg rating 5.00)

Sawbones Sawbones
reviews: 1
ratings: 1 (avg rating 5.00)

In the World of Hyboria In the World of Hyboria
reviews: 2
ratings: 1 (avg rating 5.00)

 

Reviews

THADIUS (Historical Fiction)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Nov. 22, 2014 :
"Thadius” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is a different type of book than I normally read, but I very much enjoyed it, nonetheless. It is a combination of historical fiction (as it is set in a time and place near the ancient Roman Republic), but also combines the elements of mystery, political thriller, and fast-paced action. The writing was very descriptive and the language used felt very authentic for creating the believable world-building of the era. This was a richly captivating book that was unlike any I’d read. Recommend for adults as there are some mature themes and scenes.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cory Banyan on Nov. 22, 2014 :
an intriguing and captivating novel that provides more than one unexpected twist, “Thadius” is a unique take on the standard Roman era historical novel that always just seems to focus on battles and fighting. In this book, two men (Thadius and Dominus) go from their relaxing retired life to traveling on a perilous journey tracking down a killer who is leaving a string of corpses behind to uncover the surprising motive (and person responsible) for the planned attacks. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and it had some very good descriptions. I felt like I was really ‘inside’ the story and I love that.


(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Sep. 28, 2014 :
I think the most impressive thing about this novel was just the effortless way that Mr. BoarerPitchford writes historical fiction in an effortless, literary way. Everything from the dialogue to the narrative prose, to the phrases used, to the actions of the characters… it just all builds nicely to create a very vivid imagery in your mind of this ancient world these characters are living in, yet it is done in a completely relatable way. I’ve only read historical fiction that falls into either the romance or the war categories, so this was a refreshing change of pace. There is political intrigue and building tension along the way as Thadius and his partner Dominus follow the trail of a serial killer, with a result that is surprising at the end (at least for me). There is great character development, and even though the pacing is a bit uneven at times, I thought the concept and execution was worthy of a read and recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Masters on Sep. 19, 2014 :
Interesting, captivating, and well-written. “Thadius” by Lawrence Boarer Pitchford is the story of two men (and several other characters along the way) who get plucked from their life from an old friend who writes them telling of the murder of a young girl. They make their way across the land(and sea) to see what they can uncover and along the way the story unravels more mysteries and twists and turns. I liked that it wasn’t easy to figure out the ending because I was surprised when I realized who did it and why. I think the beginning was kind of slow, but once they leave on their journey the pace picks up, and there is some pretty good action along the way. There were a lot of places where the action was really tight and focused, but sometimes it seemed to drag a bit and some parts felt unnecessary. But all in all I’d say it was an entertaining and memorable read, and it seems like the ending leaves the door open for more stories about Thadius and Dominus in the future? If so I’d be happy to read them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)


SAWBONES (Historical Fiction)

Jean "Jean" (Elk Grove, CA) - See all my reviews

This
review is for:
Sawbones (Kindle Edition)

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. From the
opening page it grabbed my attention and held it all the way to the end. There
have been many books written about the civil war, but this one is different and
fresh. The personalities of the characters are well developed and you get to
know them without the author spending too much time doing so. It gave me a
sense of what it must have been like during that tumultuous time in US history.
The surprise ending rewards the reader. I see a bright future for the author,
Lawrence BoarerPitchford and look forward to reading his other novels.

 

IN THE WORLD OF HYBORIA (Barbarian Fantasy)

5.0 out of 5
stars
Right up my
alley!
, September 3, 2012
By 
 
This
review is for:
In the World of Hyboria (Kindle Edition)

I've
read just about all I can find of Robert E. Howard's Conan work. This has a
similar flavor with a touch more raucousness! I've read this author's earlier
work (not yet available, I believe) and enjoy his style. The adventure, the
violence of this primitive world, is what I look for in an entertaining
escape!

From the first page, this story got me hooked and I could picture
Benhargan perfectly! I hope BoarerPitchford writes more the adventures of the 3
Hyboreans!

 

THE LANTERN OF DERN BLACKHAMMER (High-Fantasy) 

4.0 out of 5
stars
Awesome
Fantasy Fiction!
, March 2, 2012
This
review is for:
THE LANTERN OF DERN BLACKHAMMER (Kindle Edition)

A great read. Grips you right from the start and keeps you wanting more
until you've unfortunately hit the end. Full of great characters, action,
adventure, and humor.

The Kindle formatting could be better, but I can't
think of a Kindle book where that isn't the case.

1 of 1 people found the following review
helpful
5.0 out of 5
stars
Continue!, March 1,
2012
By 
 
This
review is for:
THE LANTERN OF DERN BLACKHAMMER (Kindle Edition)
A rich, and well told tale by a relatively new author! The span of this
sword and sorcery adventure not only kept my interest, but to use a comfortable
and well worn cliche', a real page turner (or screen tapper in this case)! It
reads like a fast paced, riveting late night game of D&D... only without the
tedious dice and "checking traps" routine!

5.0 out of 5
stars
A MUST
READ!
, February 12, 2013
By 
 
This
review is for:
THE LANTERN OF DERN BLACKHAMMER (Kindle Edition)
This book pulls you in from the start. You may want to keep the light on
as you read. Exciting read!
 

HARROW'S GATE (Science fiction Steampunk)

Whoa… what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and this is such a unique book on so many levels I’m not sure how to even describe it.  “Harrow’s Gate” by author Lawrence BoarerPitchford is one of the most original and just flat-out interesting and fun fantasy/ romance/action/fiction novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was really fun and had great personality with all the characters (human and non). The fluid, fast-paced narrative and witty dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. Liked the ‘made up” words that BoarerPitchford uses too as it really adds to the flavor of this eccentric book. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The characters are really creative and interesting and believable and I like how they all had their own drama. Fun to see how it all played out. It wraps up well with an unexpectedly sweet ending (I won’t ruin it). I’s hard to compare this book to any others as I literally can’t think of one that it reminds me of, but I recommend for readers of lighthearted fantasy/ comedy/ drama/action and adventure and romance. Something for everyone! (5 stars) Nicola Flood— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

 

 

I was hooked from the first pages of “Harrow’s Gate” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the quirky and sassy characters and plots that continued to build with tension and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I hate books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t at all Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play in a quest/fantasy, BoarerPitchford brings a fresh attitude and literary style and makes it all his own and doesn’t just rehash the same old plotlines we’ve seen a million times before which makes this book unique. I’ve read so many books over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it a few times. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – authentic world building (and character development) is absolutely crucial in selling a story and it is done quite nicely here… never read anything with a ‘steampunk” element and I thought it was really cool – almost like a futuristic/old-fashioned Western in a way (if that makes sense). But then there is a cool fantasy element as well (loved the Mech aught en’naugh) and it made it feel like a cool mishmash of sci fi and fantasy adventure with some star-crossed romance and weird creatures thrown in the mix! Flawless editing and a nice ending. Recommend for anyone who enjoy a well-written, action packed story with lots of fun action and unexpected twists. (4-5 stars) Darlene Cupp— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

 

“Harrow’s Gate” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is by far one of the more different, and more fun, books I’ve read in long time! I was completely drawn in from the get-go in the different characters’ worlds (Leland and his friends, and also Ella and her friends) and watched as their fates entwine and go deeper in the adventure drama as more elements and character motivations were revealed. Enjoyed BoarerPitchford’s literary ‘voice’ and thought the plot development to be really well done… This level of complexity with the various subplots and cast of characters could have ended up badly but instead I darn near gobbled the whole thing down in two nights! (it is on the shorter side, around 150 pages). The writing has great energy and is genuine and authentic, but for me it really was the dialogue that truly brings this memorable story to life. So many dynamic characters from Leland to Ella to Her’ao to the Valenarians… feels like I was watching a movie! A fast read with a satisfying ending that makes you wish there was more. (4-5 stars) Essie Harmon— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

 

This book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed Lawrence BoarerPitchford’s “voice” and style of writing. The plotlines were thoroughly developed and not predictable, and the characters were some of the most interesting I’ve come across in a while. The dialogue was genuine and real, like how real people talk (even when they aren’t ‘real people’!)… although there were some parts that I thought kind of dragged, I liked watching the relationship with the main characters develop, as well as the other supporting cast (which unfortunately were not as fleshed out). The editing was really good, something I always appreciate in my ebooks. If I had one complaint it is that so much seemed to happen toward the end of the book, and then it was over almost as soon as it all started – just felt ‘off’ pacing wise, but the overall story was a unique delight. I actually looked at the Amazon page to see what the actual genre is, because it felt like it covered several different ones – this one is also considered ‘steampunk’ which is a pretty cool angle as well.  (4 stars) Stephan Beacher— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

 

Great writing, great action, great characters, great plot… I read a lot of books in this arena (fantasy, action-adventure) so this is a genre I’m fairly familiar with. Although “Harrow’s Gate” lacks some of the finesse and depth of others I’ve read, nonetheless, it was an engaging novel that held my interest and kept me entertained from beginning to end. I enjoyed the various POV’s BoarerPitchford employs to show us the different motivations and ramifications of the various characters over the unfolding course of action, and how the storylines weave together in a tension filled climactic and action-packed ending. BoarerPitchford crafts an authentic, engrossing novel that stays with you long after you are done, and makes you want to read more from him in the future.. Love the lively narrative style, and thought the ending was quite sweet. Suitable for teens and older.  (4 stars) Cody Brighton— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

 

“Harrow’s Gate” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is an action/adventure no one should miss reading if they are looking for a well written and entertaining journey that has high stakes and an unpredictable plot and some fun characters… If you're looking for a work that is completely original and lacking in cliché then I must say that you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author's job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality?) but rather to tell a powerful, authentic story that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for writing, especially in fantasy-style stories lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking old tropes  and telling them better. This is done nicely here and I am impressed with the way that Lawrence BoarerPitchford can tell a story in his own way with characters that are real and relatable, but some are also unlike any you’ve met (more towards the end we meet these ones…) Yes, this is in some ways a typical questing fantasy, but then it turns into a surreal steampunk, almost sci/fi- book with battles… just really unusual and definitely unpredictable. But almost a bit much. I looked forward to my reading time each evening and was sad when it was over. Hope he delivers more on the same vein, and I’ll look for his other books. (3-4 stars) James Masters— Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers