C.M. Saunders, my favorite Brit living in China, wrote a review for Desolate viaMorpheus Tales.
DESOLATE (Kindle edition) By Robert Brumm Jr.
Many writers, both established and up-n-comers, are playing the Amazon Kindle game at the moment where they offer their work free for a limited time to boost their profile. To take advantage just browse the website and see what you can get for nothing. I won’t lie to you, there is a load of crap out there, but occasionally you stumble across something a little bit special. This is one such book. Having previously been up on Smashwords and others for a price, the author decided to place Desolate on Amazon for free, and after shifting more than 700 copies in 12 hours, he must be very glad he did so. The premise of this short novel is intriguing. Alcoholic Howard Bell loses his marbles and goes on a bloody rampage that leaves five dead, so is sent to an experimental prison on an island somewhere near Antarctica. There, he and the other inmates are cajoled into working in an illegal platinum mine where they uncover a mysterious doorway under the ice. When the door is opened it unleashes a deadly
disease, and something much, much worse... There are a few typos and errors in this book (he said in a cold, clam voice) which need to be addressed, and several misplaced POV switches indicative of a novice writer, but the pace of the story and overall quality of the writing more than makes up for any shortcomings. Robert Brumm Jr. is certainly one to watch and with a sequel to Desolate already in the pipeline, this could be the start of something big.
By C.M. Saunders
Thanks Christian! For the record, I found that "clam" a while ago and fixed it.