…a while back, in May 2014, I read Gerald Neal‘s excellent ONE LAST SUMMER, and recall I rendered the following review on it on the Auntie Amazon review pages:
…intriguing story, spun well… after a slowish start, well worth staying the course, with excellent surprising twists… one man’s journey simultaneously away from and toward his own life… leaves readers asking the question of themselves, ‘how much of our own lives are lived in the dark recesses of the mind and how much in the real world?’… a thinking man’s read… well done, Mister Neal….
…now, I see the re-edited version has relaunched, and I would highly recommend yeez grab a copy…
Available now as Kindle or Paperback worldwide…
UK link https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007R4UA0W/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb
…however, Master Neal is no one-book-wonder… as a wee glance at his Amazon Author page will reveal, he’s been a busy scribbler:
…in the meantime, some further thoughts from the man himself have arrived on my laptop’s lap:
…from the mind of GERALD NEAL:
Hi, and my name is Gerald Neal and I’ve recently been intrigued with the fake news issue that has come about. I was for thirty years a Graphic Artist working for many independent artwork studios and large advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi London, so I’m rather used to Fake News. I’m now retired from advertising and trying my hand as an author of fiction, so again this could be construed as also Fake News.
Fake News has been around a long time, especially during wartime when it’s called propaganda. Take Hitler’s comment; “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” True up to a point. So for news we’d rather depend on reputable independent sources such as the BBC or mainstream newspapers but even they might have their own hidden agenda.
On April 1st (Fools Day) some newspapers often included bogus news stories such as a London Bus found on the moon, but these are just jokes and easily recognised as such. Now though we have social media and everyone can have a go. In Southend, Essex, my hometown there is a company dedicated to Fake News that they release onto social media… “A spoof news website Southend News Network has been recognised as an official media outlet by Southend County Council after it gained thousands of followers on social media.” – BBC. Politicos spout all sorts of stories some true, some maybe not so true. They all need a story to stay in business.
So this begs the question what is “Real News?” I guess we’ll all just have to make up our own minds on that like everything else and best of luck.
…always a bloke with interesting points of view, our lad, Gerald… thanks, that man… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
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