Saturday, March 3, 2012

March Madness March 3rd: Author Richard Wood "The Prodigal's Foole"

March Madness for March 3rd Welcomes Author Richard Wood: his book "The Prodigal's Foole."


R.B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy.  His first novel, The Prodigal's Foole, is available now from Pfoxchase Publishing and other fine eRetailers.  Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series and is host of The Word Count podcast.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, his dog Jack, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.

The Prodigal's Foole

 Back Cover...

A man can run from his past … but not his future.

Symon Bryson lives in self-imposed exile until Monsignor DuBarry goes missing and not even the most adept of the practitioners can determine the reason for the abduction. The clues lie buried in the past amidst epic battles and horrific losses but reliving that failed mission tasks the team with new obstacles and fearsome threats.

Symon must deal with his own hidden demons and confront the menace that threatens the delicate balance of power. When the darkest of all evils lures Symon into opening the door, an unsuspecting world will confront the unthinkable.

When all that stands between Heaven and Hell is magic,
more than faith will be tested.

 Review (Mercedes M. Yardley of Shock Totem magazine)

Podcaster, writer, and all-around good guy, R.B. Wood has released his debut novel, The Prodigal’s Foole. If you’re looking for a fun, fast read with a strong creep factor, this might be the book for you.

For the last ten years, Symon Bryson, a hard-drinking, snarky Irish anti-hero, has turned his back on his friends and his…uh, rather unique set of skills. Suddenly he receives an urgent message regarding his old mentor, and he grudgingly decides to come back, bringing his baggage with him. 

First off, Symon is a likable protagonist. He has the ability to use magic but hates every second of it. I dig the scathing sarcasm that hides a lifetime of secrets and pain, and some of the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. Symon’s constant reference to a mysterious incident of ten years ago was equal parts intriguing and at times a little frustrating until the reader is let in on the secret. I was interested in each of the characters. Wood built a world filled with the demonic, bitter ex-best friends, mystical old lovers, and—my favorite part—priests in Kevlar. The relationships between the characters are delightfully painful and intricate, and unfold throughout the novel, giving me several “Oh, cool!” moments. 

All in all, I’d suggest that you pick up The Prodigal’s Foole, if you want some fast, funny, dark fiction that doesn’t cross into the world of horror. It’s an enjoyable read with a satisfying conclusion.”

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  1. This book Prodigal Foole sounds great and should be a good read

  2. I love the way this March Madness Promotion covers every type of genre there is the ever widening spectrum of literature. Trouble is, we all have the tendency to keep reading what we think we like best, without ever trying the very excellent books that are categorized in a genre we think we don't like merely because we've never tried it. 'The Prodigal's Foole' sounds like the kind of book that might get me reading something that I would never normally read.

  3. "The Prodigal's Foole" is a wonderful read. Very well-written page-turner that kept me engaged from the first paragraph to the last. Can't wait to see the next one in the series.

  4. Now this sounds interesting - I wonder why I've not read it yet?

  5. Here is a writer and a book I hadn't previously come across, always a great pleasure. Thanks, Soooz. And, Richard, this book sounds extremely readable!

  6. Great read! Thoroughly enjoyed,

  7. Thanks to all the lovely folks for participating. The random selection is done plays...Congratulations Gerry McCullough you have won a copy of The Prodigal's Foole.


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