Well, it’s been awhile. I’ve been super busy getting the word out about the novel. I’ve also been asking influential book bloggers to read HILL 170 and post honest reviews. And I’ve been pretty happy with the response - check out this review from Best O' Books:
Dipping my toes into another genre this week, I have just finished reading a military spy novel called Hill 170. I have to tell you, Mr. Barclay is an author who weaves an exciting tale of espionage that seems so authentic, well, because it is! This is not usual reading fare for me, but I decided to give it a go. Mr. Barclay actually worked in the past as an Intelligence Officer at Osan Air Base in South Korea. His vast knowledge of the area and the work done there is evident in the crisp dialogue and vivid description of the base: the bone-weary soldiers, the Korean bar patrons, the mud, and the early-morning cold. One feels that they are right there shoulder-to-shoulder with these men on a mission to seek out the spy in their midst, who is wreaking havoc and murdering locals.
When a large group of soldiers stationed there are killed, it is suddenly very personal for Dodge Bryce. He is the central character of the novel, the esteemed leader of the Skivvy Nine, the men of Hill 170. They have the crucial job of keeping the Northeast Asian region safe from the Communists of North Korea and China.
I cannot say much more about the plot without revealing spoilers, but the novel builds to an exciting and satisfying finish.
For fans of espionage thrillers, especially in a military setting, this will be a great read for you! There is some coarse language, sexual innuendo, and bits of graphic violence, but it all rings true given the plot and setting.
This might make a great gift for Dad (Grandfather, Uncle) this Father's day! Available as a Kindle download for e-readers, or can also be downloaded onto your computer to read.
Add that to the 5 star reviews posted on Amazon (Highly recommend, A great read) and you can count me as one very happy writer. Pitiful blogger, but still a very happy writer.
I promise to keep improving both skills.