How many people have a favourite novel forever? I don’t think it can ever happen! Surely it's human nature to be always seeking out new experiences, new stories, new things that stretch and challenge ones imagination. To seek out new or maybe just different novels means you can't have just one favourite novel?
We have hundreds of years of literature to delve into, bookstores with multi storey bookshelves, awe inspiring libraries full of the written word. There's a heck of a lot of stories out there!
Dozens, maybe even hundreds of novels have, at one time or another, been my favourite novel. Back in High School, I read and loved Wuthering Heights. I thought To Kill a Mocking Bird was amazing. When I was pent up with excitement waiting for JK Rowling to release the next Harry Potter instalment, they were my favourite books.
When I finish writing a book I'm proud to say that for a little while that is my favourite novel. It's not big headed to love what you've created, if you don't love it then who else will? I'm still proud of my second book, my first chapter book, Sam Marsh the Viking King. In fact it's a funny thing, I can't remember writing some of it, it must have been someone else, or I must have written it in my sleep!
If anyone’s read one of my books, and yes there are one or two out there that have, they will realise quickly that I love adventure, sci fi, action, high technology. I love historical novels, and especially novels that challenge historical fact in some way. In particular I loved Robert Harris's Fatherland, a book that really asked a lot of "what if?" questions. What if the war hadn't ended in 1945, what if the Third Reich had continued. A brilliant book and for a time, my favourite novel.
I love Dan Brown books I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, but I prefer his older books, I liked Deception Point and Angels and Demons. I enjoyed their freshness.
I adore the writing of Patrick Robinson. To me his books are like a comfort blanket. At the end of a long hard day of giving readings to hundreds of the worlds harshest critics, children, I love to unwind by reading a Patrick Robinson book. To me Patrick created one of fiction's best characters, Arnold Morgan. Morgan is rude, funny, offensive, caring, always right. The only thing I don't like about Arnie is he's a committed carnivore and I'm a committed veggie! Well, you can't have everything!
But my favourite book has remained my favourite book for a year now, a long time for me! It's a book called The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. Some people say it's a little slow, but I think of it as smouldering and building to an exciting climax. I love Steve's descriptions of the characters. Some of the characters are definitely not likeable, some you grow to like. This book draws inspiration from ancient history, the Knights Templar, but brings them to life in the modern age. The book asks questions and answers some too. I love the main character, Cotton Malone, who is a brilliantly dynamic main character.
I recently read and loved the latest Steve Berry novel, The Paris Vendetta. But to me this book made it too easy for the reader. It was brilliantly exciting and had a great historical link but I think, for now, The Templar Legacy will remain my favourite novel. I highly recommend it.