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The Millstone Prophecy: A Dax McGowan Mystery by [Harney, Jack]
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Editorial Reviews


NYT's best selling author, Mary Jane Clark, wrote on her Facebook page, "It's as if Jack Harney had a crystal ball!"

What a read! What a ride! Harney has it all: the pacing of a James Patterson; the lead character development of a John Sandford; and a dash of Arthur Conan Doyle thrown in for good measure. A reader couldn't ask for more...
(Paul J. Kledzik)

From the Author

From the Author
While I understood that writers are often driven in their work, it wasn't until I began to write The Millstone Prophecy that I actually got that. I was well into writing a totally unrelated non-fiction work when my plans changed after viewing the Academy Award nominated documentary, Deliver Us from Evil. I became incensed that anyone, ANYONE, could escape the law for defiling the bodies and minds of children, as had been done for decades, centuries really, by Catholic clergy, and then covered up by its leadership.

I decided to drop my non-fiction project and dove into writing TMP. My plan was to reach a wider audience on the issue by writing a suspense/thriller that could stand on its own in that genre. I also wanted to give readers well researched insights into the true nature of these crimes.

As of the time of this writing, I am pleased to report that through promotions and sales Millstone has been downloaded over 34,000 times. My portion of the proceeds from all sales is contributed to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Product Details

  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615492622
  • Publisher: Dax Productions, LLC; 2 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F5C328
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Millstone Prophecy was loaned to me by a friend who asked for my honest opinion on the novel. Criticizing anyone's creative work is never a joyful task. In the author's defense I understand how difficult it is to 1) write and 2) write well. However, not offering an honest criticism in the face of twenty-four 5-Star ratings would be doing future readers and the author a disservice. I wouldn't buy a boat, find that it leaks, and not tell the boat builder his work is flawed.

I'll keep this simple: the storyline of Millstone Prophecy is weak, predictable and rife with clichés and stereotypes. The hero 9/11 cop, lesbian detective with attitude and pervert priest is the stuff of made for TV movies. The characters are thin and lifeless; I honestly could not like, dislike, sympathize or otherwise identify with any of the characters because the author didn't take the time and effort to develop them. Too much energy was put into trying to make each chapter akin to a Fox News Alert with little or no attempt towards character development. What is more, the protagonist's morphing into a famous literary detective is bizarre and more fitting for a 1980s Leslie Nielsen spoof film than a serious attempt at fiction. From a technical standpoint the novel is flawed, and in some cases terribly flawed. Apparently, the author did no research on his alleged home town (MY home town), or how real NYPD detectives work. I question the credentials of his NYPD technical advisor.

All that being said, I do applaud the author's effort. I think I see where he was trying to go with this novel; a sort of Dan Brown meets Clive Cussler meets Lawrence Sanders mix. He didn't pull it off.
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I am only into this book 12% and already have over 20 notes regarding editing issues. This author seems to be trying to write in a complex manner and is not pulling it off. There are SO many grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and improper word usage errors it is irritating.

I am tired of stopping my reading to make notes in my kindle. I usually make notes for myself when I start to see a plethora of errors, so I can be precise in my review but this is getting ridiculous. I can hardly get through an entire page without finding something wrong.

Trying to write complexly often gets amateurs in trouble. What they THINK come off as wonderfully flowing words wind up a literary nightmare. Simple is better, especially if you are not a student of English or journalism.

It takes a reasonable command of the English language to write well. You don't start sentences with "but", you don't throw commas in wherever you feel like it Many of the sentences are extremely poorly written, and are either awkward or confusing.

Unfortunately, with so much self publishing going in these days, books that are not edited or are poorly edited are becoming too common.

This author needs to get someone who is very good at editing to help him/her re-write this book. It needs to be re-written from start to finish.

I suggest this be his/her last attempt at a novel unless he/she brushes up on English grammar.

I am amazed this book has so many "gold stars" sure does not deserve them.

Edit: I have completed this book and would like to add to my review. The plot in this book is one that could be a good novel, but the author simply tried too hard.
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As some other people have given 1 or 2 stars, I can say they are spot on. I would like to add some comments on the badly researched part where the main characters travel to Europe. The author tried to give an international flair by having the italian cop's language sprinkled with italian expressions, - but otherwise expressing themselves with a highly literary and complex english, the way not even english people speak. Same for the Belgian, sprinkling French- but worst were the German people. Dear Author, it is Die Ratte, not Das Ratte, and the invented words moeder and meneer... I assume this was supposed to mean Mutter (mother) and Mein Herr? and then suddenly.. the book was over! the whole grand finale was bunged into an epilogue. To bad, the idea of the story was actually not bad at all, but this was more of a students attempt to write a paper in Dan Browne style, but not something to be published.
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It takes a storyline that I care about along with a main character that does exactly what I'd want him to do to make a novel a favorite...Jack Harney gave it to me! This is a fantastic book, on the subject, but very hard to read...that's why it is so important to have a strong dedicated hero to do what he does best.

This was personal for Dax McGowan. Totally unexpectedly, his daughter had committed suicide. He and his wife had both noticed something different, but she was unwilling to share what was bothering her. I think that is one of the tragic things about this kind of child abuse...because the child is being taken into the very place where they are being tortured...

In this case by a priest...who of course has been kind and respectful most times...

The value of this novel was Harney taking readers into the inside investigation both by the church, the police and other officials. It has been clear for a long time that the church had covered for their priests' actions, but this time, not only were they going after the priest but how he had gotten to that particular church.

Dax, who had the same type of memory, developed as a child following Sherlock, of course, wanted to work on the case, as a Homicide case but it was quickly sent to the proper unit, something like special victims where we meet another great character Sergeant Meehan.

Dax's, kindness and overall personality as I envisioned Dax from the book and especially as he sat talking back and forth to his partner each time he needed to clear his mind to move ahead in a case. This activity was a fun addition for the benefit of readers, especially, since it was almost like watching Dax's mind as he worked out his next move...
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