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R.P. BenDedek book Review: "The Rise of the Black Knight" by HW Cumming
By R.P. BenDedek
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM

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HW Cumming's "The Rise of the Black Knight" is the first story in a series called 'The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle.' While this story is complete on its own, it is both obvious and 'stated' that the adventure will continue.

The story is well told, and the editing was almost perfect. There was just one typo; one easily missed - 'adventures' instead of 'adventurers.' The book was produced by 'Friesen Press' (Victoria B.C. Canada) at and distributed by The Ingram Book Company. The book was published in June this year, and the publicity details appeared in the July 13th book basket at Magic City.

My reading of the book was via the PDF copy which had 136 pages which contained in places interesting black & White drawings. I didn't find any creditation for the drawings, so perhaps they were done by the author.

When the publicist asked if any of our reviewers were interested in the book, I had to tell her that they 'definitely' were not. She wrote back to say that it was a pity since it was in fact a good children's story. Being the kind hearted creature I am, and knowing that I was going on holidays and had time to read the book, I asked for a PDF copy. And I am really glad I did.

Although I didn't get around to it while in Australia, late this afternoon (Sunday August 10th) I decided to bite the bullet and start reading it. Surprise surprise! I couldn't put it down. It was a great story.

It is definitely not an 'action' story about knights doing battle, but rather a 'detective mystery' which commences with a 'natural tragedy' that leaves three young princes curious to understand the events that played out before their eyes. Oh - it does also involve talking dragons. (I love dragon stories).

I'm too old to know what age group the story is best suited to but having heard my eight year old granddaughter Charlotte reading from a novel targeting much older kids, I'm sure "The Rise of the Black Knight" would be fine for any kid who loves to read or having stories read to them.

Congrats to the author for this very interesting 'debut' to his writing career.

R.P. BenDedek

HW Cumming is a 21st century Renaissance man -- in addition to being an author, he is a classical and jazz pianist, a college graduate with a degree in engineering from the University of Toronto, an avid outdoorsman...having skied and trekked all over world -- including both Annapurna and Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a successful business executive with more than 20 years in the information technology industry. Horace, George and Ingle were originally conceived by Cumming as bedtime stories to entertain and guide his growing children...The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle -- The Rise of the Black Knight is Cumming's debut novel.

"The Adventures of Horace, George and Ingle"
by HW Cumming
144 pages
Hardcover $20
Softcover $13
E-book $10

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