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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Skull Mountain Affair

The Skull Mountain Affair
Man From UNCLE Fan Fiction
By Jill Thomasson
44 Pages
Price $10.00 Post Paid
Rating 5-Stars

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are vacationing in South America when a local man is murdered by THRUSH agents looking for a map to the fabled lost city of “Z”, reputed to be a city of gold. When they show up at the scene a young girl asks for their help in protecting her father who is camped in the jungle. She had been forced to tell the killers where he was. After splitting up at the campsite, Illya is captured and taken to a THRUSH prison camp at Skull Mountain where he is tortured, but Solo arrives in time to save him, of course.

This is a well-written, entertaining and exciting story that reads as well as any of the paperbacks and magazine stories in the series. I was very impressed with the author’s writing ability, and story telling, as well as the professionally edited manuscript.

My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is the price and publishing format. With today’s technology of POD, and the availability of professional printers, a perfect binding is possible that would make a collection of these stories available in a perfect bound paperback edition for just a few dollars more. The Skull Mountain Affair is probably 20,000 words, printed on single-sided 8.5 x 11 pages, and inserted in a three-punch folder. A 70,000 word perfect bound paperback can be printed for $12.00 (cheaper if printed in large runs). I understand the method used here is to print out each copy as it is ordered, which does not involve a lot of upfront money and I can certainly understand that, but I think readers – and purchasers – would appreciate a better looking product that will fit on their shelf, along with more bang for their buck. Just saying. Still, without a doubt The Skull Mountain Affair by Jill Thomasson is well worth the price.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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