The Website The Book Commentary Gave Danger Peak a Perfect Score

courtesy The Book Commentary

Promoting a book, especially an independent one, is exhausting. Even though I have a publisher, for nearly a year, I’ve basically been a one-man marketing machine. I’m Danger Peak’s sole PR consultant, publicist, and advertiser. Everyday I’ve been hustling to get reviews, post tweets, place ads, write blogs, answer interviews, etc., just to get the word out there about my little book and how it’s worth reading. There were days I was so overwhelmed that some things completely slipped through the cracks, which brings me to the news of this blog: a review by the book-reviewing website The Book Commentary. Even though I submitted Danger Peak for a review back in July last year, I had totally forgotten about it until last month. Since I never received a notice that the review was posted, I assumed it got lost in my spam box. After all, it doesn’t take nearly half a year to read and review a book that’s less than 200 pages. It turns out the website forgot about it too (Oops!) but only because the review’s author saved it as a “Draft,” which means the website’s owners couldn’t access it to proofread and post it.

After I inquired (okay, complained) about where the review was, they figured out the snafu and finally posted it this week, and it’s a rave! It received five out of five stars. (For those keeping score, this is the third time Danger Peak has been awarded a perfect rating professionally.) To read their review on the website, click on the link below, or simply read the highlights posted directly below the link.

Danger Peak by Michael Thomas Perone is fierce, laden with humor, and features characters that come alive through the pages. Through the eyes of Robert Kin, readers contemplate what it means to be passionate about something and the thrill of adventure. Themes of teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and adventure are so skillfully woven into this tale. Perone’s characters are richly written and believable. Chris is fun to be with — witty and engaging — and Rinnie’s empathy shines through the narrative. (Dr. Howard) is a quirky character who immediately inspires laughter. These characters make for a wonderful company and while this adventure features teenage characters, it contains lessons for older readers. It is fast-paced and exhilarating, a story you can’t put down. It is intriguing to discover how the challenges encountered shape the inner worlds of these characters. The writing is wonderful, filled with vivid descriptions, and…there is an inebriating sense of realism that permeates the writing. A delightful read, indeed. Five out of five stars.

The Book Commentary

As Danger Peak has been out for over half a year now, this will likely be its last professional review, not counting all the Amazon reader reviews. Let’s put it this way: I’m not interested in submitting it for any more reviews. The book has had over half a dozen professional reviews, and not to pat myself on the back (Oh, who am I kidding? This entire post is patting myself on the back), they have been almost universally positive, save a nitpick or two. (Yes, my book “isn’t completely realistic.” It’s magical realism, people!)

In other Danger Peak news (this closing aside is becoming increasingly common in my blogs), I haven’t forgotten about the promise/tease I made in my last blog about there being two major announcements this year about the book. (Needless to say, this blog isn’t one of them.) I’m not going to completely spoil them in this blog, but I will give you the timeline: The first one will be revealed later this month, and the second one will be announced in March. Not to sound too vague, but most people will probably be more impressed with the first announcement, but I’m actually more personally satisfied by the second. Don’t worry; all will be revealed and explained in future blogs.

Stay well, folks, and Happy New Year!


P.S.: Next week’s blog: That’s Entertainment?!

P.P.S.: Danger Peak is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

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