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The second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Pepper Winters's Pure Corruption series. Learn more
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More About the Author
When the pen is your sword
A published writer at University, TJ Barry spent 20 years in management consultancy with Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC, advising the Boards of leading global brands such as Apple, Disney, Toyota and Vodafone. Tj's career prompted a specific interest in the art of persuasive communication. TJ is passionate about nurturing young talent and has supported a number of UK and overseas schools, including the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy. When the Siren Calls, is set in Tuscany and is both a sensual emotional drama and a page turning thriller.
Five things about me...
- one of eight kids, lifestory is the classic immigrant tale of seeking to live up to parental expectations, while working to mark out your own trail.
- I have aspects of an obsessive personality, establishing a work-life balance was a major challenge
- I gave up on my business career in my mid-forties, I just didn't tell my boss! Find something you enjoy doing, and you'll never work another day.
- I tell my kids education is the best gift I can give them, it's no weight to carry and no-one can take it off you.
- I believe almost everyone has an agenda; explore perspectives outside the mainstream, and beware suppliers bearing gifts.
From consultant to author
You become a writer because you think you've got something to say worth listening to. I chose to be a novelist because I want to entertain my readers, not preach to them. The challenge is to transport readers to times, places and events where they can lose themselves in stories about heroes they can identify with, who triumph against the odds and who change and grow in the process; but most of all readers want to enjoy the ride. "Back in my consulting days, it was a great buzz to work for household name companies and to meet industry icons like Bill Gates. Not many careers offer that opportunity to you when you are in your twenties and thirties. But like your first born, few things beat the thrill of holding your debut novel in your hand."
When the Siren Calls
TJ's first novel, "When the Siren Calls", is Book One in the Siren Calls trilogy. It is the story of two driven characters -Isobel and Jay - and their passionate and cathartic affair. Isobel's struggle is to live a life true to herself, not the one others expect. It pits the naive against the machiavellian, and asks searching questions about what life and money can do to love.
You don't start a novel with messages in mind, they just surface from the writing process. Established authors like Tom Fletcher, Alana Siegel and Matthew Branton, who read earlier drafts, tell me some of the talking points the story raised for them was :
- when a woman with high ideals falls in love with a man with low morals, she better watch out
- wealth and boredom can lead to a search for the exotic and a descent into decadence
- can infidelity be justified? Is it better to leave a devoted husband or waste a life?
- you reap what you sow. (Your sins will find you out.)
- dreams of living and retiring overseas often turn into nightmares, beware the siren call of the expat life and a home in the sun
TJ is married with three kids and lives in London and San Diego.
Top Customer Reviews
Isobel is a wowan bereft of love in her marriage. She rushes headlong into a pathway that leaves her emotionally distraught and wanting further escapades to ease her personal emptiness. So much of his book is real life- so many women follow in Isobel's footsteps and end up longing for greener pastures. They so often do not find them, but fall into a maze of broken hearts and hopeless futures.
Tom Barry's Isobel is a woman of personal sorrow who acts out her desperation. He has done a masterful job of capturing the woman's plight. I recommend this book- the sex is not gross or disgusting, but done with a modicum of tact though explicit. Nice job!
Set in the magnificent settings of Marrakech, London and Tuscany, the novel explores both the corruption of the business world and whether love can conquer all. Fast-paced and edgy, it really was a book i could not put down. A fantastic read. My main criticism of the book is that it that it seems to suggest infidelity is acceptable, at least in the amoral world of the wealthy.
From the get-go, we have a strong feeling that Isobel is not happy in her marriage. Or perhaps she is simply bored? Her husband, Peter, is all about his work, and what she wants is romance. To quote: "...a night of dining under the stars with music, dancing, and horse riding across desert dunes..." Fifteen year of marriage to a workaholic just might do that to a woman, that's understandable. Jay is a businessman, just like Peter, but he is more adventurous, a different type of person who can, perhaps, give her what she wants.
This is the beginning of the story of Isobel's journey that would lead her into a romance and deception, punctuated with a lot of steamy encounters, and ending with her seeing that the life of lies she's created is closing in around her.
However, the way I read it, the book is not just about Isobel's ill-conceived idea of eroticism. There are plenty of characters in this novel who play pivotal roles as well - Peter and Jay and also Andy represent the male side; Isoble, Maria, Gina, Lucy, and Rusty stand for the women's team. The storyline becomes a complex game between the characters playing for the stakes of pleasure and dominance (not that kind, get your minds out of the gutter, people.)
The only problem I see here is that there's really no problem - nothing to solve, nothing of importance to achieve, nothing to overcome. There is Isobel, of course, who needs some excitement but it hardly qualifies in my opinion; twists, and turns, and the problems that arise throughout the story do, however, keep the narrative going.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading it, full of suspense, nice setting, I highly recommend reading itPublished 10 months ago by Deena
Don't start reading "When the Siren Calls" unless you have time to finish the book. It is a well written read of a woman desperate for escape from a marriage and searching... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stan Robinson
The 2 stars goes for the only thing that is real good in this book, its cover: beautiful, tasteful and fascinating. Compelling even. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.
The prose is quite lovely, but at times it got a little too dry/dense/verbose even for me. Read more
I couldn't finish. I got to approximately page 100 and threw in the towel. I never stop reading mid book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Raymond
When the Siren Calls is about lonely and neglected wife that starts an affair with a married man. Personally the erotic portions of this book fell flat and forced driven by the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've always tried to find some redeeming value in books. Even bad ones. This is one of those books where the redeeming value is hard to find. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thea G.
I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting! Not the author's fault- I just didn't like it! Meh - I was wanting more action and less affair! But it was very we'll written.Published on December 12, 2013 by KT
Wow... just wow. I really loved this book. The sexual tension along with the storyline was amazing and this is the type of book that I can not put down without reccommending it to... Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by K. Shuga