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Sam’s Stories: The Guide by Martin Declan Hayes

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By Grace O'Reilly

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This is a self-published debut novel, and is an absolute pleasure to read. Written by a very talented Dublin based author, who currently has the follow up to The Guide in writing progress, which I am definitely looking forward to reading.  You can purchase this novel as an eBook, paperback or a hard book online at www.amazon.co.uk.  The fabulous cover design was done by an extremely talented Swedish artist, on a site called Fiverr, whose page unfortunately appears to no longer exist; the artist was under the name of davrab20.

Sam’s Stories – The Guide, fits into the science-fiction and fantasy genre, with the added saucy erotica, thrown in for fun in certain parts of the story.  It is primarily set in Dublin, and the surrounding areas, as well as taking us to Italy and to fantasy lands.

We meet Sam, who has been cursed with eternal life, and we follow his adventures in this novel where he meets the love of his life, Henrietta.  The same angel who has cursed or blessed, (depending on your take), Sam with eternal life is using Sam as an angel’s puppet.  He has been told “do not make promises you can’t keep”, as he falls in love, and wants to protect a young fairy called Max.  Can he protect them and keep them safe?  Who does he meet and what does he learn on his arduous quests in this book?  Do other people get hurt or does it all work out?

This is a tale filled with fairies, and angels and demons.  As a child we believe that all fairies and angels are magical and kind with glittering wings, but while that is true there are dark creatures in this novel, while they do glimmer and shimmer they don’t mind gruesome battles to the death.  The novel features the Catholic Church, and it is important to remember that this book is a book of fiction and not to be taken seriously.  There is blood, there are battles, and there is lots of sex and orgies.

It is a page turner, with a mix of several themes, plots and characters.  It would make a great T.V series on Netflix or the likes.  A well-known book publisher reviewed the book for Martin and told him that they found the novel to be entertaining, intricate and an unpredictable fantasy novel with a wide-ranging scope, with engaging dialogue.

I am an avid reader, who digests a variety of genres and styles of books.  This novel is for the open-minded, for those who are adventurous and daring, and definitely not for the faint of heart.  As I have already stated I am immensely looking forward to Hayes’ next novel.

Hold on to your hats!

(c) Grace O’Reilly

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