Be A Critic!

Theodore Roosevelt has famously be quoted as saying:

“It is not the critic who counts.  Not the man who points out how the doer of deeds might have done them better.  Instead, the credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by sweat and blood and tears.”

At the risk is seeming arrogant, I must disagree with Teddy Roosevelt.  The man in the arena is important, but so is the critic.  The critic is the one who holds us accountable for our work and makes us strive to create the very best we can.  I would like  you, the readers, to be my critics.

Did you love Desperate Hours?  or not so much.  I would love to hear from you with ideas, suggestions and any errors you find in the book. (Sadly I have found a couple–one glaring one I found myself  and it will be corrected in the second edition).

There are two ways to let me know your opinions.  You can share your views and reviews by either clicking on the comment link at the end of this post or by sending me a message on the “Contact Me” page on the Menu Bar at the top of this page.  The goal here is that through your insights, your criticisms, and encouragements you will help me do a better job developing the Matt O’Malley character in the future when he returns to Lake George and gets mixed up in who knows what!

So keep those comments coming, I promise to read them all and respond to as many as I can.

23 Responses to Be A Critic!

  1. Tom — I just finished Desperate Hours today (fittingly on July 4). I have to tell you, I really enjoyed it. It was a very good read. I’m looking forward to the further adventures of Matt O’Malley. Congratulations on a very good first novel!

  2. Exciting story, easy to read, hard to put down, sprinkled with educational
    history, and occasional philosophy. I am proud of you and believe you have
    talent. Chapter Eleven showed off your skill as a writer and was something
    college kids might study in creative writing class. I am on a 5 day motorcycle
    trip through North Carolina and had planned on reading your book each night.
    The book sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t stop reading til I finished it
    the first night. Thanks

    Bill

  3. Great book, made my weekend. I cannot thank you enough; and, can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Just finished Desperate Hours. I enjoyed it.
    The excellent style made for easy reading.
    It’s good story with continuous unexpected humor.
    The Lake George Chamber of Commerce must love you for your colorful descriptions.

    So where is Mike O’Malley’s next vacation.
    or do you need time to write the screen play

    Enjoy the ride, looking forward to the next one.

  5. I truly enjoyed reading his book. He is s really good story-teller and that is a rare talent. I look forward to his next book

  6. Wow! Just finished the book yesterday and loved it. The plot was really a cliff-hanger and I really enjoyed reading about the more technical details, such as how things work, specific boats, etc.

  7. Just wanted to let you know I finished the book! It was a fun read ! I particularly enjoyed the description of the cottage where the HSA agent was shot as I stayed in many cottages in the Adirondacks and the description with the red and white checks was right on :) Perhaps you can write the next one on the races at Saratoga, I have lots of input on that… then you could cover the Gideon Putnam Hotel and a concert at SPAC. tee hee hee Great job! Denise

  8. I just finished reading Desperate Hours. I really enjoyed it. You did a nice job of developing the characters and bringing the story to a good conclusion. I like to see the loose ends tied up and you did it. I have never been to Lake George but I told my husband we need to put it on our bucket list. I just read the book once but I found some things you might want to check before the next printing. Hope all is going well for you.

  9. Tom: I just finished reading your fascinating 1st novel and enjoyed it very
    much. I wouldn’t mind reading another adventure with (perhaps) O’Malley, a
    really good guy who handled himself very well in some scary situations. Thanks
    so much and keep on writing.

  10. I was finally able to finish Desperate Hours on our flight back from Key West!
    Who knew watching an infant and 2 toddlers would be so time consuming!

    I thoroughly enjoyed it! Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! It
    was very fast paced, and being from upstate NY I found it fun reading about
    places I have been. Loved the fact that Heather had some retail thefts when she
    was a teenager in Metuchen, New Jersey which is where I grew up.

    You truly have a talent and can’t wait to read more of your work.

  11. Billy and I both loved your book, at 1am i persuaded myself to leave it down and stop reading it and remind myself, “shur twas Tom who wrote this, i can continue tomorrow”. Loved all the irish names and never knew you knew so much about bombs. I am going to re-read it when it has done the family rounds.

  12. cool story bro

  13. I just wanted to mention how much I enjoyed Desperate Hours.
    One thing we touched on slightly at our book club which I found very interesting was “how much invasion of privacy are you willing to accept for security’s sake?”
    I had commented in my notes that on page 129 Tom has presented a very interesting debate regarding the contrast between a “far away war” overseas fought with drones, and terrorism at home with enduring homeland security measures. “This war will be won by the amount of suffering that can be endured!” is a great line and could be a title for a military academy lecture.
    I sure look forward to the next Lake George mystery.
    Fondly,
    Sandi

  14. I wanted to let you know that I just finished your book, Desperate Hours, and LOVED it! I had a hard time putting it down. I always knew you were a genius, I just didn’t know you were a writer. I hope you don’t stop with just one book!

    I’ll be recommending Desperate Hours to everyone. My husband has been waiting for me to finish reading it so he can have it.

    Again, loved it!!

  15. Congratulations, you have very good writing skills, appreciated your work. Looking forward to new book. When will Desperate Days be available?

    • Albana, Desperate Days is now available in bookstores and on line at my website http://www.ThomasGKane.com, is also available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook. Thanks for asking! ~Tom

  16. “Desperate Days” by Thomas G. Kane has all the elements of a good read – excitement, tension and well developed story line. With the Adirondack State Park as a background, he skillfully weaves a tale of the extent of global power. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Kane’s work.

    • Pat, Thank you both for taking the time to read my book and for you very kind words. It is a thrill every time I met or hear from a reader who has enjoyed my books. This started out as nothing but a project to challenge and amuse myself, so when I hear others are entertained by my books it is just such a great bonus!

  17. Was shopping on my recently purchased Nook and came across Desperate Days.
    Had to have it just to see what Matt had gotten himself into this time. Wow,
    when most of us have a trial cancel we either kick back a bit or use that newly
    freed up time to catch up on another project we had neglected for too long.
    Matt though takes a different approach. Matt makes me feel like such the
    slacker…….
    Desperate Days is a great read; entertaining and delightful! A job very well
    done Tom. You are 2 for 2.

    • Hi Eric, Thank for your comments on Desperate Days. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to find out someone has read the book and enjoyed it! Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but for a variety of reason I have been ignoring my web site duties. I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season together and I look forward to seeing you soon. ~Tom

  18. Tom – just completed Desperate Hours. Great read. Looking forward to reading Desperates Days.

    • Hi Matt. Thanks for writing and I am sorry I am so slow in responding. I am delighted that you enjoyed my book. Between kids issues, my wife up in NY trying to put her mothers house back together after Superstorm Sandy (we don’t call it a hurricane because the insurance company has a hurricane deductible, but not a Superstorm deductible) and keeping up with my mediations I have been derelict in checking up on my web activities, but I do appreciate that you read Desperate Hours and took the time to write. I think you might even like Desperate Days better~it has more action and I think I learned some lessons about how to tell a story from the first book. Hope to see you soon Matt!

  19. Desperate Hours: A Lake George Mystery is a terrific first novel from writer Thomas Kane. The book is set in the Lake George (upstate) region of New York, a location I have never visited, but Kane’s descriptions made me feel like I knew the place inside and out. A 4th of July holiday with friends turns into a terror threat that only protagonist Matt O’Malley can stop. But O’Malley is no superhero. He’s a mild manner attorney who is ill-equipped for such a mission. In the hands of a lesser author, the story could have spun out-of-control, but Kane “keeps it real” while telling an exciting, entertaining story.

    I give high marks to this breakout novel. I’m looking forward to more from the author.

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