As you’ve probably gathered by now, I am incredibly grateful to have met Jonathon Earl Bowser, the artist who painted the awesome cover for ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’. I am now even further indebted to him for this excellent review which he posted on Amazon. Holy cow do I ever owe this boy a few beers!
“When I was asked to produce the cover art for this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can’t really say I’m a fan of the genre in general, and certainly not an authority on such things. But I have indeed read every one of Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, and I think Richards’ book compares favorably to them. It’s exciting, funny, knowledgeable of its subject, and packed full of quirky “Britishisms” that really made the old formula seem fresh. Most importantly for me (the cover artist who must find a way to convey in a single image some of the substance of the whole story) were the vivid descriptions of the many exotic locations. I found surprisingly complete, almost cinematic, pictures forming in my mind as the dynamic action unfolded. It’s easy for a narrative to lose its way when many crazy things are happening, but Richards keeps you well anchored with an unusually strong sense of place – rather like he is recalling events that actually happened (and he did slyly raise an eyebrow at me when I jokingly suggested as much to him in one of our design meetings). Can’t wait for the sequel!”
Thank you Jon! And that is all for now.
Roger and out, X.