‘How clever is this! This author speaks my language.’


Hello Everyone

It is comforting to know that there is still a minuscule sliver of the world that keeps turning kindly and so even when you are working on a brand-new project another project that you have recently been working on is still gently simmering away like a favourite stew on your favourite stove.

Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets, the first in the Falcon Boy: A Fairly Hopeless Hero trilogy has recently received another five star review.

In case you didn’t know, Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird are the world’s worst superheroes and have been kidnapped by the world’s most feared super-villain, Dr. Don’t Know.

Dr. Don’t Know is planning to steal the answer to every question known to the world and replace them with a simple ‘DON’T KNOW.’

With Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird out of the way, Dr. Don’t Know’s evil plan is likely to succeed unless Ellis, an ordinary girl with extraordinary poise and grace (modelled on someone very close to my heart) can prevent him.

If action, adventure, danger, mystery, superheroes, detectives, robots, music, comedy, thrills, laughter, computers, tears, pop stars, apocalypse, riddles, songs, dancing, unicorns, disguises, bravery and great long lists are your things then this book simply has to be for you.

If none of these things are for you then you should simply read Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets for the simple opportunity to find unexpected pleasure in something you expect to be unpleasurable.

Either way, here’s the latest FIVE STAR review from another satisfied reader:

“Have you ever wondered what to call a gang of toughs? A pack? A group? A gaggle? A fist? What about a trouble of toughs?”

How clever is this! This author speaks my language. His word-play develops each scenario and his characters are afforded magnificent rhetorical excursions, obscure words and phonic mix-ups. It’s a great read with lots of pace. Older children will be thrilled with ‘Falcon Boy’ but I will recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a trip away from the banality of life, no matter what age.

Tempted? Repulsed? Mildly annoyed? Or simply feeling incredibly benevolent?

However you feel you can try Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets for yourself in either paperback or electronic form by shopping at your favourite online emporium.

Take care.


5 ★★★★★ Review – ‘A wonderful book for both children and adults’

23431919Hi Everyone and Happy New Year to you all! I’m thrilled to have just discovered another 5★★★★★ review for Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets has just been posted on Amazon and thought I would share it with you. The book is currently FREE to download in all digital formats at Amazon and Smashwords so why not pop along and see what all the fuss is about?

As we all know only too well, positive feedback is such an amazing thing to receive so many many thanks need to go to Marie O Neill Maher for her very kindly reading and then reviewing Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets.

★★★★★ A wonderful book for both children and adults

This book is beautifully written. It’s highly imaginative and richly descriptive. It takes children and adults on a wild and exciting literary adventure, inviting the reader to insert some ideas along the way. Falcon Boy even displays a little existential angst; is he a hero or simply no-one at all? The book is humorous and clever, drawing on modern day societal and corporate issues. In addition to finding the book funny and interesting, I found the book poignant and touching. You desperately root for Falcon Boy and his companions to vanquish Dr Don’t Know and the Troublebots (the Troublebots are shoddy and angry) so that we may find answers to some of the big questions as opposed to a scenario where for example one would have to lodge a ticket to a giant help desk where the answer to the question is invariably don’t know. Brilliant! I think that we can all identify with some of the messages of this book. People with the least amount of knowledge often have the most power and authority. They thwart access to knowledge and the answers to questions. Falcon Boy (who is a hero) dares to take them on. This is an uplifting book. I highly recommend it.

Falcon Boy: A Fairly Hopeless Hero Book 1 by Barnaby Taylor

Source: Falcon Boy: A Fairly Hopeless Hero Book 1 by Barnaby Taylor

Many thanks to Liis for her very thoughtful review of the first in the Falcon Boy series. You should all check her blog. I am delighted with her idea that Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird are actually imaginary friends created by Ellis, the book’s lead character. This is a really interesting reading and I wonder if other people have had a similar thought when they read the book? Let me know what you all think?

5 Star Review


Hi Everyone

Volume I in the Falcon Boy: A Fairly Hopeless Hero series has just received another Five Star review on Amazon. Here it is reprinted below:

Falcon Boy and Bewilder Bird versus Dr Don’t Know in a Battle for all the Life of all the Planets

‘Trying to tear my 8 & 10 year old sons away from their games consoles and the Disney XD channel is a constant battle in our house, with me usually ending up on the losing side!
Well for two glorious weeks, after purchasing this book, the Nintendos and TV just sat in the corner and gathered dust.

Being an avid (but slightly tight-fisted) reader myself, I was scouring my kindle for cheap (or preferably free!) books to read. With so much choice, I resorted to my usual trick of only looking at books who’s covers caught my eye. This book leapt straight out at me, it is quite a simple design but obviously has had a lot of thought put into it and, in my mind, is visually quite stunning. So I took a punt and bought it. And boy, am I glad I did!

After reading a good few chapters myself in the first sitting, I decided that my boys needed to read this book as well, whether they wanted to or not! So I started reading it to them for half an hour or so before their bedtime.They were as instantly hooked as I was.
The absolutely insane but, somehow, still believable characters, the strange world they inhabit, the way the narrative jumps from one crazy situation to another in the blink of an eye and the authors witty asides to the reader make this book a compelling read for all, whether aged 8, 10 or 40 (ish).
This book has kept us all entertained throughout, with very many laugh out loud moments. It has a humour that works on many levels but without ever being anywhere near offensive.(which seems to be quite unusual these days).
Also, we all agreed that this story and these characters would be great transferred to the screen. If not a film, it would definitely make a fantastic animated series and would certainly not look out of place on the aforementioned Disney XD Channel.

My only gripe is that there is not a sequel yet and I have two sons pestering me on an almost daily basis to check the kindle to see if one is out yet.
So, Please sir, can we have some more?…………………..’