A selection of reviews of the author's works
With over 500 reviews over the years, it would be impractical to reproduce them all here, so here instead is a sample of some of the best reviews received for Brian's books.
Sasha-International bestseller, award winner, an iconic dog
With over 300 worldwide 5 star reviews on Amazon it was difficult to pick out one to represent them all. I decided to instead include a few of the review headlines which sum up the general view of those who've read and enjoyed Sasha's incredible story.
" Lovely book for all dog lovers" - Bev Daniel
"Fantastic read" - Luke
"A must read book for true animal lovers" - Sam
"Awesome book" - Keisha
Sheba - UK bestseller
A Mersey Killing -Mersey mysteries book 1
" A Mersey Killing is fab!" - John Gill
And the book is best summed up by this wonderful review from a former Merseyside detective!
To use the vernacular of 1960's Liverpool, this book by author Brian L. Porter was fab, gear and sound! I believe these days Scousers would also call it boss!
As a former detective who served on Merseyside in the 1960's I simply delighted in this novel. My enjoyment was heightened even more so owing to my long-ago teenage memories growing up in Huyton who used to "sag" off school to attend Cavern lunch time sessions at the height of the Mersey Beat days. This book has those days as a back drop to the tale of murder, intrigue, suspense and Porter deftly weaves his work bridging three decades in the telling of the tale.
The characters are real. The author clearly has Merseyside roots and accurately depicts the city of Liverpool, its folk, geography, the old docks and the terraced houses.
As a former detective, I found Detective Inspector Andy Ross and his sidekick "Izzie" to be entirely credible. I felt I knew them from my past. The way the cold case investigation unfolds is also a credit to the author and so realistic. He even includes a little internal police politics to add an authentic feel to the proceedings.
Porter has a feel for real people. It comes through in all his characters particularly Connie, the God-fearing long-suffering wife of James, the bigoted Irishman. There are brief references to sectarianism in the "old days" in Liverpool but with respect to the author it is down played and contains, for example, no reference to the Orange Lodge parades, an annual event in the city often the source of flare-ups between Catholics and Protestants. Notwithstanding that, the author does a fine job of portraying an authentic "feel" to the times in the city.
Porter is a master at using dialogue to tell his story. He allows the characters to live, breathe and inform.
All in all I found this novel thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read and it has its element of surprises to keep the reader guessing.
A final word - you don't have to have Liverpool connections to enjoy this book. It stands alone as a very good piece of writing and is highly recommended reading.
Just off to order Book 2 in the 'Mersey Killing' series! Well done, Brian, and thanks for the good read.
All Saints, Murder on the Mersey - Mersey mysteries book 2
A thoroughly spinechilling account of revenge killings
Captivatingly enthralling from start to finish another I
A very sad if captivating storyline .
Brilliant loved it .
A Mersey Maiden - Mersey Mysteries, book 3
Behind Closed Doors - A Victorian murder/mystery
The Nemesis Cell-International conspiracy and murder
Glastonbury - Also in Italian translated version
Avenue of the Dead - La Avenida de los muertos
Available in English and Spanish editions.
Kiss of Life - Vampires with a difference.
This is a MUST READ if you love this genre of story
After Armageddon-Best selling short story collection
This Amazon #1 bestselling short story collection not only topped the raankings in the UK and USA, but on the first day of it's release in the Italian translated , edition, went straight to #1 in Italy too.
Okay, you say, why five stars? Well the first part of my
I will tell you a little of three of the many stories in the
Brian L. Porter is an excellent writer. His short stories
A Millionaire's Christmas - Short story ebook
A Study in Red -The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper
I have never read anything like this one what a brilliant
Truly spooky tale from start to finish unable to put
Spinechilling tale of a family receiving the Journal of
Legacy of the Ripper, Book 2 of the trilogy
Requiem for the Ripper, the trilogy concludes.
Another 5 stars in this series of books and well worth
Scared myself numerous times reading it everytime
Brilliant supernatural finish to the series .
Each book in series got better .excellent climax in
Loved the entire series .
Lest we Forget - Wonderfully moving rememberance poetry
Of Aztecs & Conquistadors, Bestselling Romantic Poetry
A bestseller in the UK, USA and Canada, written as Juan Pablo Jalisco.
Aside from discovering Trotsky resided in a palace in
There is history too, from Ancient Aztecs to
Soldiers sacrificing their lives for their country – all
I really enjoyed reading it.
THE HARRY PORTER COLLECTION
Wolf -Kids/Young adult- UK #1 Bestseller
The story showed how a father wolf helped his family
Alistair the Alligator - #1 UK Bestseller
Pre-school/early readers just love the rhyming story of Alistair, the alligator with no teeth. How can he eat? What can he eat? The book carries a useful educational theme about friendships as Alistair discovers his salvation through a most unexpected friendship.
Charlie the Caterpillar- UK #1 Bestseller
Another pre-school/esrly readers bestseller. Charlie the Caterpillar is busily munching on his favourite leaves whn a burrefly hovers nearby and gives him some news he can scarcely believe. Another fun, rhymong educational tale as pre-school/early readers are taught how the wriggly little caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly.
I am a headline