Reviews of The Desolate Garden.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Desolate Garden by Danny Kemp Includes Surprisingly Touching Love Interests
By michael
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The great thing about being a ‘Brit’ writer is growing up in the class conscious environment that is Great Britain and having access to worlds peopled by characters representing their social class. Danny Kemp’s, The Desolate Garden, succeeds on many counts.
First and foremost, the stream-of-consciousness kind of inner monologue of the protagonist, Harry Paterson, peels away onion skin layers of character development for the reader in the style of the great John Le Carre. The book presents a long historical past populated by a cast including Maudlin, the Brit-to-the-bone patriarch in the early part of the century, striving to keep capitalism and Great Britain safe.
As the owner of a private bank, the end of World War Two and the arrival of a peculiar brand of socialism in England, Maudlin decides to protect his bank’s capital by turning its finances over to the spy agency, SIS, then forming out the coals of war. His goal is multifarious. As an Earl, representing his class, his goals become England’s goals, but he has had some bad experiences with bureaucrats and decides to wage a private anti-communist war, and uses his bank to finance it.
Mixed into this complex history is the Earl’s inability to keep it in his proverbial pants and the sire and mother of his amorous efforts needs protection, muddying his altruism.
Throw in oblique references to Blunt and Philby and I think any spy fiction reader today knows the kind of beautifully twisted plot he will be rewarded with by choosing to read The Desolate Garden.
Cutting to the quick of Harry Patterson’s lovely love affair at the end of the book, surprised and completed the Le Carre tradition of stabbing the nice guy in the book.
But buried inside this convoluted and rambling tale hides a gem.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loneliness in a Garden.
By Carolyn – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Desolate Garden (Paperback)
This book is brilliant at drawing the reader into a world of deceit, lies & espionage. The ending creeps on you without warning and sent chills down my spine. Congratulations Mr Kemp. I’m looking forward to the movie.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Desolate Garden.

By Sarah Ward (Jericho, VT, US) – See all my reviews
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I am not usually drawn to spy novels, but Danny Kemp’s The Desolate Garden hooked me from the first page. I was totally engaged in the unraveling of the Patterson’s family and international espionage. Kemp does an excellent job stringing the reader along, building the tension between the characters and keeping you guessing. As the author of Stone Sisters, a young adult novel, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel of intrigue. I do love stories from the UK and this one did not disappoint!

By Mrs. S. E. Birch “Chrib” (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews
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The author certainly knows his stuff re espionage, spies, government chicanery etc. There are several parts to this story, all cleverly woven together and presented in an ‘I can’t put it down’ story which I am sure will outfox you as much as it did me. I thought on three separate occasions I had solved the mystery and knew ‘who dunnit’, but I was so wrong. If you like this genre then you will certainly like this. Looking forward to more from this talented author. Highly recommended.

By Vonda Norwood (California, USA) – See all my reviews

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Wow for the dialogue!!! This story is so very human. Life’s dramas with mega intrigue and murders… It’s all there and written with a huge personal feel!!! Harry takes the reader for a walk through every scene. I was able to feel, hear, taste and smell each one. “The Desolate Garden” is beautifully written by Danny Kemp and made for a very pleasurable read.

I don’t want to say anything that is spoilerish, but I am going to say that I don’t believe “The Desolate Garden” is a sad story. Yea, sad and bad things happened, but also some very life changing in a positive manner events were experienced by Harry Paterson and I grew to admire and like him.

Author Danny Kemp did a wonderful job with making his characters seem very real. Example of Harry’s ego and insecurity was when he found it necessary to admit he had been tempted but never succumbed.

“Love doesn’t die Harry, it kills. Without sorrow.” Such honesty from her harsh reality.

Talk about character! I loved how Harry was ticked off cuz Judith was a woman he had to associate with, even though she was not physically sexually exciting in the manner he preferred! And while reading, I could hear Harry in his mind barking, “Why I gotta talk with her, she aint even voluptuous!!!” LOLOLOLOL I tell ya, I laughed about that one for a LONG TIME!!!

Judith, a woman anyone could admire and any man could feel strongly drawn to. She was very intelligently seductive.

The drama and lack of affection in Harry’s life led him to be lonely, but something tells me if he chooses, he wont be for long. Yea, he’s got his issues, but he knows it well enough to give a person a reason to feel positive for his future. Would be nice to see this character in another story!!!

And on a personal note:
Harry is the type of man, I’d like to spend the day with… painting his toenails and then at night, he could do his best at trying to remove my socks.

By Juliet Parnell – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Desolate Garden (Hardcover)
The murder of Lord Elliot Paterson and his youngest son Edward; the discovery of a Leningrad address hidden in the ledgers of the family bank. Are these events connected? It would seem so. In an effort to unearth the traitor, Harry, Lord Elliot’s eldest son, is set up by a gorgeous young woman and roped into the British Secret Service. As family secrets are unveiled, Harry is drawn further and further into a tangled and violent web.

Plenty of twists and turns in this spy novel, which, I might add, reads more like non-fiction than your run-of-the-mill spy story.

Danny Kemp has blended factual and fictional events and people involved in espionage in the 1950s so well, that if not for him being too young to have been so, the reader wonders if he himself was once part of this scene. Thought provoking.

5.0 out of 5 stars A proper good read!,
By Wendy Siefken (Iowa, USA) – See all my reviews
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The Desolate Garden is a tale that will have you enthralled from the beginning when you meet the characters and are drawn deeper into the story as it takes you on roller coaster ride of twists and turns until the very end. The story is set in modern times but the writings is of a proper times and a gentler time. Danny is an expert in capturing the human nature in words and bringing those words to life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who longs for an instant classic!

5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War Mysteries.
By Rgabel (Wyoming) – See all my reviews
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With an artist’s sure hand Mr. Kemp has created a story layered with mystery. Harry Paterson appears shallow at first, but as the story deepens the reader finds he is a man of many secrets, stout loyalty and sharp mind. Add to it his witty humor, and you are lead down the road to dark motives and espionage. He joins with Judith, a fierce interrogator who gets under his skin from the start. Together they seek out answers to the murder of his father and brother.

I love the voice of this writer as he takes you deep into the history of the Cold War, bringing to life a time of great unrest and many political maneuvers. Weaving together a complicated plot with deft and sure key strokes, you find yourself looking for spies behind every bush.

Several surprise twists, a budding romance, and a feel of having visited England are just some of the gifts of this story. For any history buff, this is delicious buffet of entertainment. Mr. Kemp has done his research well.

Grab a cup of tea and prepare to join into Harry Paterson’s journey into mystery, intrigue and family skeletons.




About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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