BOOK REVIEW ~ Flashes of Vice: Vol I by Vincent de Paul

flashes of vice 3d (2)Reviewer: Tabitha Makumi
Book: Flashes of Vice: Vol I
Author: Vincent de Paul
Genre: Flash Fiction
PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) LTD
LANGUAGE: English

Thing is, it so happens that after reading one too many crime thrillers, they all start to look the same. A serial killer in a Jeffrey Archer novel is as twisted as one on a Lee Child’s thriller. Just as a pissed off detective in a Greg Iles novel has the same temperament as one on Kathy Reich’s Bone collection series. What am I getting at? Every now and then I am looking for something new… something fresh… something with a different kind of oomph.

Found “it” in Flashes f Vice which is a collection of short stories written by Kenyan author, Vincent De Paul. (Can I get a whoop whoop for our Kenyan writers!) If you are looking for “have been told African literature” or “I think I have read that before” kind of stories, then Flashes of Vice won’t do it for you. Vincent De Paul (Don’t you want to know if that is his national ID name though? Or just a fancy pseudonym?) Point is, he writes as well as I can down a cheap bottle of dry red wine on a Friday night.

His short stories won’t bore you to death. Short, entertaining and adopting that straight forward Humans of New York style of writing. Whether he is writing about hookers, terrorism, or love rigmaroles, he will make you appreciate raw and well written African literature. Plus, you will have more cred for knowing and having read more than two notable African writers. C’mon, who do you currently know of? Chimamanda? Ngugi? Wainaina? Well, add Vincent on that list.

Read more at Being Makumi (Tabitha’s blog)

New eBook Release – TWISTED TIMES by Vincent de Paul

Mystery eBooks has a new book release, TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man by book cover final-01frontVincent de Paul. The eBook (Kindle Version) is available for Free Download from 15 – 19 August, 2015 on Amazon Kindle.

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In 11 years, you can grow from a simpering prepubescent virgin to a slut, transform from an altar boy to the most wanted criminal, and fall in and out of love so many times it stops mattering. In 11 years, a socialite can turn from a black pot to an albino, you can become a parent or a killer; you can outrun the law or end up running from yourself.

11 years is the length two presidents can rule a democratic country, or a president can rig elections two times. It is the time a child was born, crawled, knew how to talk and walk, went to kindergarten, started school, and now that child should be given condoms while going to school.

In 11 years, you can tell a story, be forgotten, or perhaps die, and people will never talk of you again. And in 11 years, you can write a novel. 11 years is how long it took Vincent de Paul to write his first novel. It’s how long it took to edit the book, rewrite it, reedit again, rewrite and reedit and rewrite again.

TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man is the story of the life and times of a hard incorrigible coffin robber turned law-abiding citizen who calls himself Son of Man. Could he be Jesus? Is he Jesus? It is a story rife with passion, love and hate in equal measure, enough sex to get you sexting, corruption, money and the underworld.

The times twist and the bad guy joins the good guys. Gory murders follow, and exiles, and lastly self-exile. There is only one place left to run to, the Church, but even there there’s nowhere to hide.

TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man is the first in the TWISTED TIMES Trilogy, a story of intrigue, betrayal, love, and crime.

Vincent de Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, poet & author. He studied Comprehensive Creative Writing at the Writers Bureau, Manchester, UK and Military Science at the Egerton University, Kenya. He is an Indie author with collections of poetry and short stories.

For more of his works, go to www.poeticjustnes.com and www.flashes-of-vice.blogspot.com.

To get copies of his books, go to:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00DR4LNBQ