Book Reviews

Pretty Flamingo NEW FRONT COVER SMALLPretty Flamingo is a page turner with strong storytelling with a delightful Australian flair, great lead characters you won’t soon forget, and a plot line that gets more and more taut as the story progresses. You want to thrill yourself with a book that’s going to go places once the word gets out? Pick up Pretty Flamingo and enjoy an adventurous dual ride in the landscapes of Australia and Orange County, California — and the inner recesses of memory,  delivered as only an Australian who once played music for the troops in Vietnam could give you.”
Robert Yehling Writer/Reviewer “Word Journeys”

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Pretty Flamingo is a captivating, emotional read that sucks the reader into a world of passion, romance, horror, betrayal, and hope! I was so pulled into this story that I read it in one night. Perry Martin is a romantic of the first water, who knows how to deliver superbly crafted characters the reader cares about in this heartfelt and deeply emotional story. From the first page which drew me in, to the uplifting finish, this story will take you on a journey of the human spirit that is not to be missed. It will make you smile, it will make you cry. It will shock you, it will give you hope. It will make you want more!”  Patricia Paris,  Author of  ”This Time Forever”

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Pretty Flamingo is a beautifully written book, full of hidden memories and secrets buried long ago. Perry Martin’s words are haunting, floating across the pages as you sink into the world of his main character. If you are searching for an intriguing read, one that draws you in to the repressed mind of a man struggling to recall portions of his life long forgotten, then this book is for you!”   Ashley Fontainne,  Author of “Accountable to None”

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Pretty Flamingo delivers a richly sentimental tale of timeless love. Since I usually tend to gravitate toward suspense genres in which action and romantic threads are interwoven more as an undercurrent, I was unsure what to expect from this novel . . . . but I gave it a fair shot. I came away realizing that Martin has skillfully put me into the mind and soul of the protagonist and has caused me to “become” that character. I believe it’s vital to appreciate what a book has to offer. I truly enjoyed this book, and am now going back and reading favorite passages again. I recommend this book to all who love a story with real feeling, and will give Martin the star rating his contribution to the readership deserves. I look forward heartily to Perry Martin’s next great work.” Michael Vorhis,  Author of “Archangel”

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I highly recommend this wonderfully uplifting book. If you’ve ever had doubts that our souls live on then this is the true tale to digest for reassurance that we shall indeed see our loved ones time and time again, but we must have great patience. Don’t expect fluffy romance throughout. It includes dark periods of great sadness, betrayal and loss; atrocious treatment by the medical profession; and a profound sense by the protagonist that all is not as it should be. In the end, however, you will be a happier person for having read this amazing book. A truly remarkable, unforgettable story.” Karen Buckton,  Screenwriter

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SAVANNAH NEW FRONT COVER FINAL SmallSavannah is a fascinating character study/thriller. We all carry dark secrets in our lives, don’t we? Aren’t we all haunted by bad things we’ve done (or thought we’ve done)? This book deeply explores that idea. The protagonist, Michael, makes a series of bad choices that cost his career and his loves. He seems bent on self-destruction. He doesn’t understand the nightmares that plague him, nor does he understand how he finds himself destroying everything good around him.  To find the answers, he’ll have to peel open old wounds, and explore memories he’d rather not have.  There are enough twists and turns to keep the story moving, but characters drive this story. The more you learn about each person, the more you’ll want to know. This book is well-written, well-structured, and keeps a thriller-edge throughout.” Ted Persinger, Author

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Savannah is another well-crafted novel by Perry Martin. The protagonist, musician Michael Easton, is on a path of self-destruction following recurring and harrowing nightmares which haunt him even in his waking hours. He will do anything to avoid another one, even if it means heading down a path of alcoholism and destruction of precious relationships. But when he finally hits rock bottom, he must face his past, no matter how shockingly terrible the truth is. Author Perry Martin brilliantly describes PTSD, weaving it into a page-turning novel from beginning to end.”  Jaci Byrne, author “Best friends and Bastards”

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Perry Martin weaves this tale with the same powerful emotional impact he crafted into Pretty Flamingo. His style is unmistakable, and once again this one won’t let you down. He takes the tale very deftly through leaps in time, back to long ago, forward to the present, back, forward. He does it so naturally, and that isn’t easy. He paints a complex protagonist little by little through the struggles against the dark thing, and against himself. Martin does dialog well, and subliminal dialog too. He’s also quite good at plopping a reader right into the soup.  Michael Vorhis, Author of “Archangel”

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Savannah is the second book I’ve read by Perry Martin, and I wasn’t disappointed! Savannah delves into the power of the mind as we follow the main character down a path of self destructive actions he can’t seem to control. Set against the backdrop of the LA music scene, the reader gets a glimpse into the ups and downs of a struggling musician in what felt like a real scenario.   Martin’s profile of an extremely gifted, yet troubled individual is an excellent example of talent, in itself, not being enough. As in his first novel, the reader is viewing the human condition, with all its flaws, ugliness, goodness, hopes, and happiness.  This is not a funny, upbeat read, but if you enjoy a thoughtful story that doesn’t try to gloss over the frailties and darker side of human nature, I recommend you pick this one up.
Spoiler Alert: As in his other novel, the author brings the reader up at the end of the book as the hero faces his fears and finds hope again in his heart. The ending is, in a word, lovely.
Patricia Paris, Author of “Run, Rachel Run”

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TMITWS SmallFront Cover for web siteFresh, gripping and timely, Perry Martin’s The Man In The White Suit is the perfect post-modern novel. With its delicate handling of themes such as isolation, regret, and realization, the novel stands on its own as an interesting read.  Martin’s words tell the story of an average man named Carl Becker. Becker is the every day person: set in routines, set in a bitter consternation, and seemingly in control of his life. When the titular Man in the White Suit pops up into his life, Becker is given the opportunity to revisit some of his not so memorable parts of his life and change the outcome of his biggest regrets. It’s like The Christmas Carol in reverse, minus the pesky midnight visitors.  Martin’s prose is comfortable and calming. He successfully depicts a wide array of situations and environments with the master stroke of a pastoral painting. However, beyond the relative tranquility of his words lies a commentary on the haunting powers of regret.  ReadingOtherPeople.com

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This story gave me the sensations of creamy butter across warm toast: So heartwarming and comforting as the storyline flowed seamlessly throughout. I immediately fell in love with Carl, the crotchety, 80-year-old main character. My heart tugged and often bled for him as he struggled with his past, and his present. I enjoyed experiencing his transformation. Martin is a master at taking his readers deep inside his characters dreams and motivations. I cheered for them all, with their well-developed and layered backstories. I was also pleasantly surprised throughout the novel, learning a lot and discovering plot twists I didn’t anticipate. One thing I’d like to mention is, I’ve never read a more realistic and humanistic account of the Korean War, or any war for that matter. Martin took me there on the battlefield, living the conflict and terror. I feared and cheered for them throughout their decisions and trauma. Oh, and what a delightful ending! I was so excited to read what was happening, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Overall, If you want to read a beautiful and heart-warming story with unforgettable characters, buy this novel. Perry Martin doesn’t disappoint. I’m a new fan. Pamela Hart Vines, Author

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This is an engaging tale about the crucial decisions and crossroads that give meaning to life and is loaded with spiritual insights without being preachy. Martin has a gift for anchoring the reader in particular times and places, and I especially enjoyed the way he uses music and popular cultural references as thematic and symbolic plot reinforcements. The historical details add just the right amount of authenticity to the story without getting in the way or slowing down the plot. The narrative pacing was excellent, neither too fast nor too plodding. This would make a good movie.  Ken Moe, Amazon Reader/Reviewer

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Married to the love of his life, Carl Becker is building a successful business from nothing, gaining financial freedom beyond his wildest dreams. He seems to have it all until circumstances blow his life apart, leaving Carl alone and miserable. It seems that Carl is destined to live out his days as a grumpy old man when circumstances rise up again appearing in the form of “The Man in the White Suit” and a precious little girl giving Carl the opportunity to make the right choices, love again and explore the very depths of his soul. If you are missing a little piece of your heart you may just find it here in the pages of “The Man in the White Suit. Snuggle up with this wonderful story of love that feels like a warm hug for a broken heart. Ruthie Red Heels, Amazon Reader/Reviewer

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Grand and well written emotional tour de force in which loving and loved is expertly contrasted among the six main characters. The author has crafted the emotional valleys and hills with skill enough to require a pause to reach over for yet another dab at eyes threatening to gush.  Lawrence M Nysschens, Author of “Once-Other”

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I’ve read other books by Perry Martin, and in this one the author once again writes a story that leads the reader to consider the what-ifs in their life. When the story opens, Carl Becker is a bitter old man, alone and burdened with regret over choices he made in his life that have haunted him for the last thirty years. When he’s visited by a mysterious man in a white suit, he’s offered a chance to go back and relive three different events in his life with the possibility of changing the outcome. The man just doesn’t tell him at what cost. I enjoyed seeing the transformation that took place in Carl and as the story progressed, of getting more insight into what made him become the man he did. I especially loved the relationship that developed between Carl and his neighbors, Helen and her young daughter Sally. Sally is endearing, and there were a few scenes between her and Carl during which I had to wipe away a few tears. This was a thoroughly enjoyable story that made me smile at times, tear-up, or prompted me to think about the choices I’ve made in my own life and whether I would choose to change any of them if given the same opportunity.  Bay Reader