Monday, September 17, 2018

My new book trailer for Venice Black!
What would you do if your past collides with another's past?
Two pasts that are hunted by evil and greed!



VENICE BLACK

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Saigon Red Cover Reveal

Just received the cover design for the next Alex Polonia thriller, Saigon Red, due out next March, 2019. I think it's great. Thomas & Mercer are a great publishing partner and can't wait for you to get your hands on this next installment. Venice Black is doing well, but can always use a few new readers and recommendations.

Let me know what you think. Here it is side by side with Venice Black.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

REVIEWS FOR THE CHERRY PICKERS:

A story that you must read:

If you ever wonder why an author spends the time to craft a story and develop characters, these reader’s reviews will tell you why. 
We don’t write for the money (however, please buy my books), we write to tell stories. To take our readers to places they’ve never been, or to times when they wished they might of lived, or for just a few hours, become someone else. 

Based on the following reviews, I am thrilled that I accomplished this.

These are posted as shown on Amazon, punctuation and spelling are the reviewer’s.

The Cherry Pickers takes place in 1956. It is a time forgotten, a place forgotten, a childhood remembered.


Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Set against the backdrop of the summer of 1956 on a farm in Michigan, with reminiscences of WWII and the threat of nuclear war, The Cherry Pickers by Gregory C. Randall is a coming of age story that follows the life of Howie, a teenage boy with a deformity on his arm, a deformity he uses to scare his friends. He isn’t loved by his aunt, who is an alcoholic and who unloads her invective on him, but his grandmother treats him with compassion and tenderness. While life in the orchard is seasonal and neat, with the last row of trees standing on the old lake bluff above and the forest below, young Howie Smith sees beyond its limits a world of infinite possibilities; he sees it in the primeval Michigan woods spread below the limits of the orchard, and that becomes his world and fief. Against the backdrop of this setting, the author creates the story of a family, exploring the dynamics of relationships, their fears, and a young boy’s unique adventure with life. 

The characters feel real, like people we walk with every day in life. They are real when they cuss, they are real when they moan in pain, and they are real in the simple gestures and conversations that punctuate their daily life. Apart from Howie, the protagonist, I enjoyed Uncle Frank, a character who epitomizes Gregory C. Randall’s gift for humor. Randall has a wonderful gift for narrative and the prose is evocative and lyrical, filled with wonderful images. A whole delight in itself and a world for the reader to explore. 

The style is unique and I enjoyed the references to the war, and as per Charlie, one of the characters, there is so much to worry about, should another war break out: “The world’s tired of war. That war they say is coming is too horrific to think about. … It would be a war with no refugees, Hiroshima showed the world that.” How does one as young as Howie, living on a farm, handle the thoughts of impending war? Is the woods a form of escape for him or a mere place of adventure? The Cherry Pickers is a gorgeous story that unveils the thoughts and fears, the hopes and threads that bind together a rural people.


Additional Reviews on the book’s Amazon Site

M. Schoenholtz

August 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven’t read such an enjoyable book in a long time. I can’t even recall the last time or what that book even was (maybe as far back as the first Harry Potter releases …)!

With the first paragraph, I was transported to the main character’s perspective. This is a coming-of-age story like no other. In a world where the popular stories are of other genres or sub genres such as dystopian tales, horror/vampire/faux erotica, vapid love stories, and gory mysteries, I sat enthralled to the very end.

As I watched the countdown decrease, I began to not want to finish the book so quickly. There’s always a let-down when one finishes a really good book, and I dreaded it.

Only 4 stars, because there were a few disconnects in the writing; also some changes in tense in the same sentence, omission of a pronoun or article, and missing or poor punctuation, which if corrected would’ve made a line a little less confusing. It wasn’t easy to determine if some of these were the author’s hand, or, and more likely, the transcriber converting this to digital format. These issues don’t appear with any real patter, so did not distract my attention nor detract my immersion in the story, but did force me to pause to make a note.


August 9, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is such a great story of family, understanding, and love. Very well developed characters. I would love a follow up story maybe 10 years after just to find out what happens to the characters that I’ve grown to love. Thank you Mr. Randall for sharing this with me. I will look for other works you have written and I highly recommend to all who want to discover depth in a novel.


July 30, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For young and old alike who enjoy getting lost in a well written story that could be your family or you wish it were.


I really enjoyed this book probably because I grew up in a small farming town in Iowa and would help my Grandpa on his turkey farm in the summer during the 1950's. Well written with excellent descriptions of characters , with which I could sometimes identify as people in my own town.

July 5, 2018
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book probably because I grew up in a small farming town in Iowa and would help my Grandpa on his turkey farm in the summer during the 1950's. Well written with excellent descriptions of characters , with which I could sometimes identify as people in my own town.


June 23, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
5-stars for Gregory C. Randall's The Cherry Picker

Having grown up in Michigan in the 50s and 60s this book at incredible significance to me. Even if you haven't had the wonderful experience of growing up in the Midwest, I suggest you give this wonderful coming of age story a try.

The vast array of characters are well developed, diverse, have challenges and surprises of their own. They come together to weave a wonderful summers tale of life on a cherry farm. The boys' experiences are timeless and have as much in common with today as they did in the 1950s. The threat of nuclear war has not gone away, fascination with tobacco products remains strong and young boys experience the same physical changes to their bodies as they grow into manhood.

Women have a lot to relate to too in this story. Mother, grandmother, wife and an adolescent girl all interact and influence the young boys' lives.

I highly recommend The Cherry Picker to readers who like a coming of age story that combines nostalgia mixed with coming to terms with what it is to be a man.




July 30, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Anyone looking for explosive drama in this coming-of-age story will be disappointed, but a reminder: a story doesn't have to be a thriller to be incredibly good.

Randall introduces characters with care and skill, like pencil sketches gradually filled out and painted, shaded and brought to life on the page. The Smith and Rex families are riveting not as much for what they do, as for the subtle responses and motivations that make them who they are.

I found myself wanting to get back to the story when called away from it just to spend some more time with them. That's probably the highest compliment I could pay the author, to whom I'm grateful for sharing them with me.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Updates

Thank You!
Thank you to all those that have downloaded my novels during the past three weeks. We have had nearly 10,000 copies of Chicago Jazz, The Cherry Pickers, and Diamonds For Death downloaded. It had also led to over a hundred copies of the other novels, in the various series, also being purchased and downloaded. Thank you to all of you for allowing me a few hours of your time. I hope that you enjoy them.

Updates:
Working furiously on the editing for the next Tony Alfano thriller, Chicago Fix. This should be released later this fall. Tony has become one of favorite characters, it allows me to explore the issues of police procedurals as well as imagining what Chicago was like in the 1930s before there were car radios, high speed communications, and of course our favorite toy of today, the cell phone. The series will proceed in a time frame of weeks, not years. In fact, I’m trying to develop interesting stories that include the Century of Progress World’s Fair, and Chi-Town’s historic fact of corrupt politicians and organized crime. If you have any ideas, just drop me a line at rpd@lmi.net.


Sharon O’Mara is not forgotten. I’m hoping to release this winter the next book in the series, #6. It is titled Limerick For Death and takes the whole gang to Ireland to help Kevin Bryan figure out how to deal with his inheritance—an estate and farm overlooking the Irish Sea in County Cork. It even has an evil New York City developer.

Alex Polonia (Venice Black – almost a hundred reviews, posted and starred), will be back next March. The new thriller, also published by Thomas & Mercer, is called Saigon Red and as the name implies, Alex is off to Milan, Dubai, and Saigon. New job, new boss, and a new evil awaits. Into the final editing. I’ll post here when the cover is announced.

I’ve been told by my new publisher, Black Opal Books, that my two World War II thrillers will be out next year—that’s right two thrillers published in the same year. Excited to work with this new publishing house. The books are tentatively titled: This Face of Evil, and Pawns in An Ancient Game. Both are Max Kline and Regi Norcross OSS/MI6 thrillers. Thank you to my agent, Kimberley Cameron for making this happen.

So, the bottom line: five novels to be published over the next eighteen months. No rest for this writer, and as John Lennon said: “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”

The Future:
Working on a science fiction thriller (yes, that’s right SciFi), more on this later. Also, a family saga that deals with the aftermath of the Vietnam War and how, even after fifty years, its impact still haunts the Davis family.

I hope that you enjoy my work, all I ask is a short review. And while I may not agree with some of the comments, I respect and appreciate every reader and their interest in my work.

More later . . . . .


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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DIAMONDS FOR DEATH
A Sharon O'Mara Thriller