This is the third instalment in Tom Kane’s Living in Cyprus series, the musings of an ex-pat living in Cyprus. Living in Cyprus: 2013 has been available for a while and the 2nd volume in the series, 2014 is about to be released as a free book on Tom’s website, www.goodbookgoodprice.com, so watch out for that.
What rattles your cage and makes you put pen to paper? Tom Kane tells us in no uncertain terms what rattles his cage. Although Cyprus is part of Europe and in the EU it is close to the Middle East, which is a bit unnerving when you realise only a hundred miles away there is a civil war raging in Syria.
Tom has been blogging about Cyprus for many years and in this book we go from corruption in Cyprus to refugees from Syria landing in Cyprus and the RAF bombing the terrorist group ISIS.
Tom Kane takes you on a ride through the funny, sad and odd side of Cyprus.
Available on Amazon

A Memoir, Not A Travel Book”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Steve Thomas

The first reviews of a nook are often posted by friends who write very short, very glowing reviews. I ran across Tom on Twitter about six weeks ago, and my theory is that reviews should tell you whether a book or other product will please *you*, since people have different situations.

It’s hard to write 20K or more words on any topic. Organizing.your thoughts is a challenge, especially when you think A is extremely important, but there’s not much you can say about it, and B is of trivial importance, but boy, have you a good story to tell. That’s one reason blogs are so popular among readers. You get the good stories, and nobody worries that it’s not the important stuff. Please pass the pork rinds, don’t ask me if I’ve eaten my turnip greens.

So who wants to read a book about Cyprus? Obviously, someone who wants to visit there, or perhaps move there. I suppose there are lots who would enjoy “Cyprus on $62.50 a day!” tourism guides, but that’s not what Tom has put together, He might not be the best person to write a book on tourism, anyway; I recently moved from Lancaster, PA, where I lived for 12 years, and I can tell you about oriental groceries, barber shops, and where to get your car fixed, but I know little about the tourist traps there. This book isn’t about Cyprusw so much as it is about the Kane family. He’s living in this odd location, but the book reads like letters from your brother.

And it starts off with hazard from an extremely poisonous snake to grab you, but this is obviously not “Snakes On A Plane”, it has no need to build to an artificial climax, no need for the cavalry to appear from over the horizon to rescue the hero. Maybe the dog will get bit and die. (We assume that if Tom gets bit, he lives long enough to publish.)

To me, that sounds like a formula for a very readable book. And the sample, on which I based this review, bears that out. I have no special interest in Cyprus, and reading the news tells me, more than I really want to know, but Christmas has left me tapped out, even for a measly 99 cents, so I will be back after my Social Security check arrives on the 3rd, to buy “the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey put it.

But not because I want to live in Cyprus, or even to visit there.

About the Author

I was born in the corner of the living room, behind the TV. So said my father many times, and the family agreed whole heartedly. That seems to have set the tone for the rest of my life. In the corner or behind the TV, what is officially known about my birth is that it took place in England to working class parents.

My mother inspired me to write, Doctor Who and Isaac Asimov inspired my love of science fiction, Monty Python inspired me to be silly and I blame Billy Connelly for my infrequent bursts of bad language.

After an uninspiring bout of education at Grammar School, I failed my GCSEs miserably. I blamed it on too much revision and not enough coffee – yes I was addicted at an early age.
After a number of years working in an office and gaining the giddy heights of special director at the age of twenty-two I did what only a child of indeterminate birthplace could do, I resigned. Personal computers had just been developed, and I wanted to buy one to become a writer. So I got a job in a warehouse shifting boxes. It paid better than office work and I could use my brain to write stories in between tea-breaks. That was forty years ago. Now, after forty years as a computer programmer, I have finally come full circle and have started a career in writing.

I may pop my clogs tomorrow, but I have managed one thing on my list of things to do before I die, writing and publishing a book.

I currently reside in the Republic of Cyprus with my wife and two mad English Springer Spaniels.

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