Thomas Saywell

Thomas is a young Catholic seminarian for the Diocese of Christchurch in New Zealand. He has four great passions: the Christian faith, photography, films as entertainment and art, and written fiction. When not praying at the Seminary, he also enjoys digital design, Tolkien, knitting, and playing squash. You can check out his blog at http//:www.sayyourprayerswell.wordpress.com.

Book Reviews by Thomas Saywell

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Philomena

Philomena is a story quite unlike any other. At times it's a classic adventure story, at others a brilliantly realised fantasy. It can enthral young readers with its buoyant fun, and still entice adults with its depth and themes. It's like The Lord of the Ringsby J.R.R. Tolkien, but more innocent; similar to Ready Player Oneby Ernest Cline, but way more Catholic; almost a Pirates of the Caribbean in book-form, but more hopeful and less wet!

The basic storyline doesn't break any new ground. Cor Nova was once a kingdom of glory and peace, where merchants and t...

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Codename: Winterborn

A unique story entrenched in pedestrian writing, Codename: Winterborn is fun but fails to excite.

The year is 2093, and a third of the world has been turned into wasteland after a failed military test incited nuclear war three years previously. Lieutenant Kevin Anderson is a former Navy SEAL, now leading a special ops team. While on a routine mission, his team is betrayed by their government and left for dead in a Muslim-controlled France. As the sole survivor, Kevin takes upon himself a mission of revenge, which leads to consequences and revelations beyond what even he expected.

In their no...

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