NEWS AND REVIEWS
August saw the premier of my Film, Carreg Coast. I am currently re-editing the film and in discussions for a possible TV release.
I am now working on the next Max Becker thriller, Sun Stone, and also a love story set in 1920s America, My Empty Pockets. More on these on my WIP page
My Historical article (and blog) A Tale of Two Boys has been seen worldwide and viewed over 1200 times. It lead to an historical correction on the date of the original photo that has long been published incorrectly. Read more here
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Crime book "Angel Avenger" by Tim Wickenden, currently available at Amazon. Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
"Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Angel Avenger: A Max Becker Thriller by Tim Wickenden has a strong appeal to fans of thrillers and sleuth novels. It is September in 1960 and a serial killer is doing a lot of ghastly killings in Germany. The first victim is discovered tied to a tree; naked, tortured, shot in the head and left in the Spandauer forest with a message on his body. Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, are out to uncover the killer. But with more bodies surfacing, they quickly understand this crime is more complex than it seems. Who is killing Russians with criminal pasts? Follow this engrossing narrative and discover what it means for a detective to be caught in a difficult dilemma. Will Max choose his conscience or his duty when dealing with a crime with deep and entrenched roots?
While this is an entertaining story, it poses powerful moral questions, placing the protagonist in a very delicate position. The characters are rock-solid and relatable. I loved the shadowy Günther and the effect he has on the protagonist. The author ensures the characters are thought out with roles that help the narrative move forward. It is intriguing and packed with action, a deftly plotted novel with a setting that captures the cultural and historical elements of a people. Angel Avenger: A Max Becker Thriller is hypnotic, a well-crafted story with great characters. It has many strong themes and the prominent one is the quest for revenge for an age-old crime. Tim Wickenden does more than write a story: the author compels readers to follow the characters and to find out where the action takes them next. A pure delight for fans of crime thrillers."
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Review from Lovereading.co.uk - Awarded an 'Indie Books we Love' Badge
Berlin in 1960 is a city that is very much still trying to cope with the after-effects of World War II and the subsequent division between East and West. Among those trying to pick up the pieces are Angelika and Christian, a brother and sister whose childhood was torn apart by Russian soldiers, and Max, Bastian and Ottilie, police officers who are investigating a series of brutal murders. I found this book to be really gripping and moving on many levels. The murder scenes were very gruesome, which is not always to my taste, but as the story unfolds and the reason behind the vicious way the victims are treated becomes clear, I began to understand why the murderers felt it important for the victims to die that way. Although it was clear from the outset who the murderers were, this didn’t detract from the enjoyment at all – the story was a great interplay between hunter and hunted and brought to light the fact that there is both good and bad in everyone and that sometimes very good people do very bad things that they perceive to be fully justified. The characters were well developed; people who I came to like and to want to know more about, so I hope there will be more books in this series. Issues such as the everyday sexism faced by Ottilie, the ethics of co-workers forming relationships, vagrancy, and the moral issues involved when a crime is committed but even the prosecution sympathises with the actions of the criminal are all sensitively dealt with. Finally, one small touch that I really liked was the technique of giving each chapter a title that was a brief but relevant quotation from Shakespeare.
Jane Willis, A LoveReading Ambassador
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“They took everything. Now she’s found them.”
Wow! That covers my reaction to this book, on just about every different front, definitely making it my best read of 2019, which is when I opened this Pandora’s box of emotions.
I did have a couple of false starts in getting going, not because I couldn’t get into the story, but simply because I was initially reading it in short bursts and not really getting my head around the timeframe of the opening action. You really need to have a good period of uninterrupted reading, to get everything into context, then the pages turn themselves and I promise, you won’t want to put it down
Finding a way of putting a review together which does the writing justice, without revealing too many spoilers and not repeating the glowing reviews of so many previous readers, is going to be very tricky …
Angel Avenger is a multi-layered piece of cultural fiction, alongside being an excellent first story in a great new crime thriller series.
Well researched by an author who has studied his subject extensively, to ensure as much authenticity as possible, both in time, place and the human understanding of the cause and consequences of events.
We are trapped in the post Second World War of Berlin, just as Cold War tensions reach their peak. The City plays host to a vast cross section of humanity, all struggling to come to terms with their changed roles in a society they no longer recognise.
A Germany brought to its knees by forces from both east and west, with many veterans from the east deciding that a life infiltrated amongst this defeated population, was much more preferable than returning to their masters. But are they ready for the retribution heaped upon them by their ‘liberated’ captives? – You can run, but you can’t hide!
For Max Becker and his Kriminalpolizei team of detectives, many of whom had served in the ‘regime’ military during the war, a life upholding the law in a more dignified, ordered and humane fashion, is proving to be something of a personal challenge. The mature in years circle of men who head up the organisation, are the same people who still uphold the beliefs and values under which they fought and served in the conflict; whilst many in the lower echelons, such as Max and his team, question the very foundations on which their military service was based, and only strive to make life better for their fellow Berliners, by delivering a kinder, more considered justice.
Even they however, are now having their very core values challenged, when the latest addition to the organisation might test their synergy and character dynamics to their limits. Max, who has his own personal family bedrock and confidante in his wife, to keep him grounded and open-minded; and his co-worker, Bastian who has more faith than most in the new order of things, are quite accepting of the changing face of a post-war society, so whilst they are ever watchful and vigilant, ready to intervene if there are any flagrant violations of protocol, they are quite happy to keep their distance and let events take their own course!
Tim is a consummate author, who with total authority, can inject just the right amounts of pathos and empathy into his narrative and the dialogue between his characters, whilst recognising and being able to communicate with his readers, the anger and frustration which revenge can engender in the human psyche and nature.
Visual and descriptive scenes, make this one not for the faint of heart or stomach, although in their way, these acts of clinically planned and executed brutality, were profoundly touching, emotionally draining, compelling and almost necessary reading.
It didn’t matter that the identity of the murderers was made known very early on in the story, as anyone reading the prologue would surely have already guessed the outcomes. A richly crafted storyline of almost two halves; initially focusing on the plot with its planning, execution and consequences; then switching almost seamlessly to the chase, capture and the cathartic unburdening of guilt, by both the perpetrators of crime and the law enforcement charged with tracking them down. The sting in the end of the tale took me completely by surprise, but tied up all the loose parts very nicely, without appearing contrived and manufactured.
Perceptive writing brought the Kriminalpolizei to life and is already making this a cast of characters it is becoming surprisingly easy to connect with, whilst total authority over the dialogue purveys the desperate intensity of those on both sides of the law, searching for a sense of belonging and purpose in the new order of things. I shall hopefully be following Max Becker and his team as they establish a future for law and order in the new Berlin!