Because sometimes you just have to brag a little…

I was so excited after reading this judge’s review/critique, I felt the overwhelming desire to share this email with my readers and fans…as well as any of you who might be sitting on the fence. This is the review in its entirely, uncut and unedited.
Thank you Writer’s Digest and thank you readers!

“23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Entry Title BLOWN
Author: Chuck Barrett
Judge Number: 17
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary*:

Chuck Barrett’s new book Blown has just blown me away with topnotch characterization, active scenes, true-to-life dialogue, and pacing that kept me turning pages from the first page to the last. Barrett skillfully uses varying sentence structure, simple but sophisticated language, and end-of-chapter hooks to his advantage. I would recommend this author to anyone who likes thriller or action stories.
There really isn’t much negative to say about this book. The only people who wouldn’t like it are those who don’t enjoy their hair standing on end through the action or anyone who is offended by characters who will go to great lengths to always do the right thing, even if it’s not in their personal best interest. Although the scenes aren’t predictable, they still make sense. This is a difficult thing for some authors to accomplish. Great job!
The cover of this book is intriguing and stands out on a crowded bookshelf. Yes, I admit that I placed it on my shelf, walked across the room, and turned around to see how it fared. It’s definitely one that I would head for in the bookstore.
Other self-published authors and publishers could take a lesson from Barrett on how to do back covers. There’s just enough information about the story to whet a reader’s desire to open the book without giving away too much of the story. The author bio shows a professional who takes his craft seriously.”

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  1. Dean K Miller on November 16, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Wow…and congrats Chuck! Yeah, okay, so I’m not totally surprised and I know how hard you worked on BLOWN! So is that Dr. Fella from Fort Collins get back into another book? I think his name was Dr. Miller? (LOL) Again heartfelt congratulations and keep ’em coming.

  2. June Amato on April 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I never knew you as an author. I thought I would try your book Blown on my Kindle and I have to say I was blown away. I absolutely loved it. Today I bought your Jake Pendleton Series which I am sure I will love.

    When Vince Flynn passed away I was heartbroken. I only knew him as an Author and loved his books. I have been searching for another author similar to him and I must say I have found him….you Mr. Barrett. Thank you for the awesome read.

    • Chuck Barrett on April 12, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Thank you, June, for your wonderful comments. I’m always excited when I hear from a new reader who has become a new fan! I, too, was devastated by the loss of Vince Flynn. Glad to have you onboard.

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