On the 16th of June, I published a post on this blog titled, “Are you an aspiring thriller, writer?” The subject covered the rapidly changing world of publishing for the writers of the so-called “boys books” genre.
To quote one editor: “Market research is telling us that the majority of books are now being bought and read by women and that they have no wish to read military-style thrillers. So unless your work can meet the new guidelines, immediately appeal and connect with a female audience, it won’t even make it onto the desk”.
“Having read Theo’s previous book, an autobiography ‘A Hell for Heroes’, I was very keen to read more from this engaging author. I was not disappointed in the least and finished the book in a weekend. ‘The Apprentice’ is a story of Alex Keyes – an ex-Olympian who is forced to become a spy. But there is so much more to the story than this, an engaging depth that draws you in.
Alex is a strong, lethal fighter but who also has a very human side which tends to cause him degrees of pain and concern. This is what I love about Mr. Knell’s writing and his character – the range of understandable and relate-able emotion as well as a story that doesn’t follow the same blueprint as those in similar genres.
The story follows Alex on a secret mission behind the Iron Curtain – a journey that will test all his skills and make him question whom he really is as he is forced to almost change identity to make his way across the harsh land and help him survive several hit men.
I can’t wait for the next installment in this series and would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their preferred genre, for an engrossing, enjoyable read.”
It would appear from the above review, that it is not impossible for the writers of the so-called “boys books” to meet the new publishing guidelines.
Have a great weekend all.