In the Books featuring Trading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Trading Knives: Prequel Short Story #1 to The Bow of Hart Saga by P.H. Solomon.

Trading Knives

About the Book: Corgren makes a living as a prize knife-fighter in the rough fighting rings along the Hart river. When a mysterious stranger offers him power to gain revenge on his enemies for his service, Corgren dismisses it as a con. But when the stakes are high against an opponent as skilled as himself, will Corgren accept offer? This short story is a prequel to The Bow of Destiny, Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga and contains a sample chapter from the upcoming novel.

My Review: The biggest problem with short stories is it’s hard for me to do a review without any spoilers, so I hope you don’t mind if I allow the story to keep some secrets.

Though this is a short read, it’s packed with plenty of action and intrigue that made the story fly by. I really enjoyed the tough no-nonsense Corgren as he tried to figure out what his brother is planning as well as the mysterious stranger.

As I mentioned, the intrigue was at the heart of the story and my desire to learn more about this new world kept me turning pages. I’m not ashamed to say this ended way too soon and I can’t wait to read the other short and novel when it comes out.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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