What's the good word about The Adventures of Harry Morgan?
5-Stars - Thrilling good fun, this compilation of 3 novellas in one book as told by prolific and talented author Clabe Polk will have you on the edge of your seat, turning the pages as fast as you can, and leave you wanting more! I liked how each of these three stories featured the same main character, but in different situations, loosely connected, but all with the same great energy and entertaining adventures. Even though these are novellas, the book itself is a respectable length and I was surprised to finish so quickly, but I didn’t want to stop reading once I started! And I found the individual story length to be perfect to take in smaller doses, do something else for a bit then read another story. Clabe Polk had a great time writing these and it shows. Enjoyed going through Harry’s adventures with him and I hope there will be more to come! I’ve read several of Mr. Polk’s books now and I have yet to be disappointed by any of them. Recommend for fans of thriller, suspense, action, adventure. Layla Messing
4.5 Stars - A book by one of my favorite authors whose work I cannot wait to get my hands on. His detective series is one of the best currently being penned. As to the book at hand, it stands out as a very well written darkly-themed tome.
Although well penned, I personally found the basis for the first two thirds of the book to be extremely depressing. This is not to say this book will not appeal to a wide variety of people. Fans of the show Breaking Bad or even The Sopranos would devour this book.
I found, in the end, the only truly redeemable characters were Jean and Amanda.
If you think your life is bad, you should read this book to get some perspective.
The character of Tony is well crafted. Rarely do I so deeply hate a character as I do this ‘person’. Tony is beyond nonredeemable and there could have been no ending for this character that would have upset me except him getting away with the destruction he caused.
This was a challenging read that keeps the pages turning as you are drawn into the lives lead that are just ‘this’ side of the law. A solid and timely read that I recommend to anyone.
Mr. N (see full review at Princess of the Light.com)
4-5 Stars - Having recently read another great book by this author (“The Road to Armageddon”), I was very eager to read Clabe Polk’s book “The Adventures of Harry Morgan”, as I really liked the idea of not only reading more from Mr. Polk, but I like the idea of getting 3 books (novellas) in one! And while the subject matter and even the genre is quite different than that of his other book, I enjoyed it just as much! These were great, fast-paced plot driven novellas that combined a lot of different elements to make it be much more than just a “stock” action/adventure book. From bank robberies to pirates, there is a lot of creativity here, and interesting subplots that all tie together. I liked that it wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I easily devoured it in the span of a few evenings. If I have one complaint it’s that I wish it was longer! A great read for any literary adventure/action reader. Essie Harmon
4-Stars - As a huge reader of books, and most of them indie or small-press published, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that there will be certain things that won’t be up to the same standards as the big press published books, usually in editing or the quality of writing. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the top-notch professionalism in this book, from the solid editing to the strength of the narration and the complexity of the characters and engaging, thought-provoking and unpredictable storylines—a real challenge considering so much of this genre feels so cliché, but I didn’t see any of that here. This book is more of a trilogy of stories that feature the adventurous and clever Harry Morgan and is one of the better ones I’ve read in the genre, and kudos to Mr. Clabe Polk for raising the bar. I wasn’t surprised to see that he’s published several other books as well, and has experience in law, environment, boating (among many other things) as this influence is felt heavily in these stories. He will certainly be on my list of authors to watch. Recommend for readers of drama/action/adventure. (Suitable for mature teens on up- mild language). Leo Gregory
5-Stars - This book “The Adventures of Harry Morgan” was great… lots of fun to read and very action-packed. Describing it is a hard task! (other than it literally is about 3 different books of crime-based adventures starring Harry Morgan). All sorts of interesting characters and a terrific mix of hardcore action, thrilling suspense, friends, enemies, high stakes drama, profound and introspective situations, intellect, life and death danger… you name it! I was totally hooked from the beginning where Polk wastes no time in getting right to the action----which is great because I hate when books have long ‘setups’!----- and keeps our attention the whole way through which is pretty impressive considering the length of this book---I usually get bored so easy. I liked that it was so descriptive that we can really put ourselves inside the story with Harry and the others. Very strong narrative prose and the dialogue and conversations with the characters were very authentic and made me laugh a few times. Great chemistry and tension throughout, I liked the fact that this was really unpredictable and kept me wondering what would happen next. I was also impressed with the fact that I was seriously shocked more than once and there were twists you will NOT see coming – usually I spot these things a mile away but not here. Kudos. Recommend for mature fans who want a complex, yet engaging action packed and thrilling read. Looking forward to reading more from Clabe Polk! Tabitha Parks
4-5 stars - “The Adventures of Harry Morgan” by Clabe Polk was an absolute delight, and a great way to experience a variety of adventures, characters and crazy situations starring the charming and feisty Harry Morgan. This is a collection of novellas/short stories (3 in all) each with the same well-crafted, complex and entertaining mystery/suspense angle, but each unique in their own right even though some characters (especially Harry) are the same. Mr. Polk is a hugely talented writer (this is at least my 4th or 5th book from him so it’s safe to say I’m a fan!) who not only can tell powerful, riveting stories in a short amount of time, but the way he writes them so realistic (even for being fantastical at times) and engaging. The way he uses language to create emotion and describe scenery is impressive, and the dramatic scenarios are unique and believable, despite the extreme unusual circumstances. The stories are a great length to read in one sitting – I wish there were more of them! I think that Harry makes for such a fun hero to follow, he really needs a longer series. Recommend for fans of thrillers/action fiction and I also recommend his backlist as well as it is pretty awesome too. Jhonnie Parker
4-Stars - What a great book! “The Adventures of Harry Morgan” by Clabe Polk is a wonderful compilation of action packed, humorous, and thrilling novellas, with a fun literary flair. Harry is terrific! I’ve read several short story/novella collections in the past and while I usually enjoy them as I like the shorter length and the tighter focus on a singular plot, I really enjoyed this book as a whole, and thought each of the 3 stories was as good as (if not better than) the one before! It’s hard to pick a favorite was good in its own way, but I think that “Collegial Conspiracy” had the most tension and was the longest, but “The Pirates of Cayo Pelau” was the most descriptive and I loved the sailing angle. All very solid, though. Great writing and characterizations and fast dialogues. Sometimes it isn’t clear who is doing the speaking, and a few episodes of some narrative ‘telling’ to explain the plot, but nothing too awful. Overall fast paced and entertaining, featuring fun characters you enjoy getting to know. Probably bet recommended for adults. Claire Middleton
4-Stars - It is official – Clabe Polk has made a new fan out of me! I’ve always had a bit of an aversion to novellas/short stories, mostly because I like to feel a deeper connection to the characters and stay in their world for a while, and most of the crime thrillers and suspense I read feels contrived and frankly, not all that plausible. But liked how even though each f these stories featured different ‘plots’, they each focused around Harry (whom I adored!) and his family/friends so that part was consistent. The writing was top-quality - a good amount of details and energetic dialogue that added to the story without bogging it down any. Several layers of story line complexity that has a thrilling, suspenseful edge with action and high stakes. For the most part the pacing was good in each story, but I did think there could have been more heightened tension more consistently, especially considering the dramatic subject matter and the shorter length. But still fun reading! Steph Coleman
3.5 Stars - Clabe Polk, can that really be his name, already has several self-published works to his name including the Mike Eiser detective series. With The Adventures of Harry Morgan he has combined his work experience, his local knowledge and his interests to produce three quite different novella length stories based around a central character Harry Morgan. Harry is a retired businessman, comfortably well off and with energy to spare.
The stories were a little lightweight and twee; I would like to say that I did not like them but I cannot. The author’s easy to read style kept my interest and the three stories were read in my quiet moments over three busy days.
For those of you who are familiar with daytime TV the best comparison I can make is with the Murder She Wrote series; cheesy and simple but well done and worryingly addictive.
The first story, Collegial Conspiracy frustrated me in that I constantly wanted to shout “Don’t be so stupid” as the two bumbling lead characters got themselves into every increasing danger.
Emilio had a better plot although it was somewhat far-fetched in that the defence lawyers and the Police would allow friends and relatives of the accused to voluntarily help in the investigation.
The final story, The Pirates of Cayo Pelau had for me the added excitement of some sailing which can never be a bad thing. Again the lead characters risked life and limb for a bit of an adventure although everything turned out well in the end, as you would expect.
So should I recommend The Adventures of Harry Morgan? The answer is a qualified yes. If you are looking for an in depth read then this is not for you but if you are looking for three short and simple reads with a few smiles then this book could be for you. Sitting somewhat on the fence I have awarded three and a half stars. Clive, Whispering Stories