REVIEWS OF ROUGH CUT
"Rough Cut is a thriller, grounded in real-life scenarios, war-torn London, children being sent to Australia for safety with all the subsequent trauma and heartache... Charlie's innate goodness, his natural courtesy, his desire to do his best, to treat everyone with respect and yet always be one step ahead of his opposition, make you want to keep turning those pages...
Peter Gray brings the necessary authenticity to all the mining and diamond activity in the story that allows the reader to move more fully into Charlie's world...
THE PACING IS PERFECT, LOTS OF HEART-STOPPING ACTION, WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF DOWNTIME FOR THE READER TO CATCH THEIR BREATH."
Linda Godfrey, Editor for the 2016 Miles Franklin winning book, Black Rock White City
"Peter Gray, a natural-born storyteller, has crafted a gem of a novel.
ROUGH CUT UNFOLDS LIKE A RIVETING MOVIE that transports readers through a twisting maze of intrigue in England and Western Australia. If you want a story that has it all, compelling characters, captivating settings, and thrilling drama, read this book!"
Leonard Szymczak, Award-Winning Author, Independent Publisher Awards,
California, USA. 5 Star Amazon Review
"A REAL PAGE TURNER... there's a bit of death, romance, and financial and geological intrigue... And at the front of every chapter, there's a fascinating fact about diamonds... "
Nick Rheinberger, ABC Radio Illawarra
"Rough Cut is the carefully worded account of Charlie Robertson's journey from rags to riches, and the people and the situations he meets along the path. Based on solid factual foundations, it has an eminently believable story and characters. It is part adventure story, part thriller, and part love story, with all the elements of an exciting narrative, and written in such a way that a good read at the beginning becomes a real page turner as the story unfolds.
A story filled with optimism, set-backs, unexpected twists, success, failure, good guys, attractive women and murderous villains, IT HAS THE LOT, and the reader is left wanting more (apparently to be found in the sequel Brilliant Cut).
Dr Chris Lukey (Stephen King and George R. R. Martin fan)
"My first impression is that this is a wonderful read. IT'S A CLASSIC PAGE TURNER... It is a powerful story, larger than life, which we all get a lot of pleasure reading about.
We are immediately drawn into the story...that gets our pulses beating and the pages turning...
In summary, ROUGH CUT IS A GREAT STORY that spans wartime London, post-War life in Western Australia, a business story, a love story, WA diamond mining, the world diamond industry, and life in London at a heady time. It's all good reading."
Pat McGowan, screenwriter
"...A GOOD YARN, one that will appeal to many readers."
Gwen Wilson, Author
Pippa Carron, Author & Businesswoman
"FANTASTIC PAGE TURNER!
Great story, can't wait for the next in the series (Brilliant Cut). Even interesting facts about diamonds at the start of every Chapter. Reminded me of the best of William Boyd or Dan Brown."
London, England, 5 Star Amazon Review
"...I LOVE THE STORY and feel that I know Charlie very well... it's like losing an old friend when I finish reading!"
Denise Burns, English Teacher and avid reader
"...ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! ...
Rough Cut is the best book I've read in a long time: the attention to detail in the story is amazing and the main character, Charlie, so believable and charismatic. He was not only a great family man but also a determined businessman who never gave up despite many major setbacks... I didn't want this book to end and can't wait for the next in the series."
Joan Burton, retired Nurse
"...ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! ...
Charlie (Robertson) is very charismatic."
Anne, retired Teacher
"Holiday train journeys in Normandy recently were made more enjoyable with Charlie Robertson in tow. Rough Cut is an engaging story. The author's portrayal of family relationships is sensitive, the wicked 'baddies' scary, and I learnt about Australia and diamonds. GREAT!"
"I really enjoyed reading this book. I found Charlie Robertson's life story interesting. Late at night when I couldn't sleep I would be entertained by the twists and turns of Charlie's life and the criminals he had to deal with. A GOOD STORY WELL WRITTEN."
Jeanne Pearce, Nursing Assistant
"LOVED IT!... VERY JAMES BOND AND I LOVED IT!
I did enjoy all the mining logistics and cheeky humour... it made a thoroughly enjoyable read! I think it would make a great movie."
Gwyneth Gladstones-Vaughan, violin teacher and avid reader
"You give us the best of two worlds... the remoteness and unforgiving harshness of the outback Australian mining landscape... the densely populated inner-city London precinct with its affluent commercial history... the contrast is intriguing... we travel seamlessly from one to the other.
Two names that stay affectionately with me: Charlie Robertson, and Groots & Co. So familiar: don't we all know a Charlie Robertson somewhere? Groots & Co: I can't explain why. I just love the sound of it. A STORY WELL WORTH THE READ."
Fran LeMay, Broken Hill, Australia
"WHAT A FANTASTIC STORY! - suspenseful, romantic, educational and even some humour!
I can't wait to continue reading the series when Brilliant Cut is released."
Karen Jones, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
"As a psychologist, Charlie Robertson has me intrigued. He's a man of polar opposite qualities. Love and commitment to his family and close friends sit alongside a terrifying ruthlessness and mistrust of everyone else! He's a man on a mission to prove things to himself whether he realises this or not! Rough Cut is a roller coaster tale of one man's search for explanations, need for success and control, willingness to love and a determined refusal to forgive. Charlie is as complex as the worlds he inhabits in both WA and London. THIS BOOK WILL HAVE YOU RIDING THE ROLLER COASTER WITH HIM, GASPING FOR BREATH AND HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE!"
Lyn Moorhouse, Canberra, Australia
"A RIPPING YARN.
I loved the family saga that told of Charlie's journey from being a child sent to Western Australia to escape the bombing in London only to return many years later as a rich successful entrepreneur seeking to trade pink diamonds. Memorable characters abound and many adventures. Tragedy, and triumph over adversity figure much in this story. The attention to detail and interesting facts about mining and diamonds make this a very interesting read. Looking forward to the next adventure."
'Rockgran', 5 Star Amazon Review
"A MAN ON A MISSION.
Rough Cut - the rags to riches story of Charlie Robertson, the cockney boy who discovered diamonds in the west of Australia and went on to build a diamond empire.
WOW, THIS BOOK HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE - multiple plots, tangled webs, misapprehensions, intrigue, corruption, pay-back, murder with a little love and lust woven into its fabric - all in 49 short chapters. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel 'Brilliant Cut' when it is released."
Peter M, 5 Star Amazon Review
"Thank you for this book - A REALLY ENJOYABLE READ - looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Well done... would make a great movie."
Ann Whiteside, NSW, Australia
"A VERY ENJOYABLE STORY WITH A RICH CAST OF CHARACTERS.
A smart entry into the realm of thriller writing. The research for this book is impressive. The plot and the characters get the reader involved early on and the interest is sustained throughout. The book becomes an international thriller as well as a primer on the essentials of the diamond trade from mining to cutting to marketing. The book as a whole and the cover are designed to perfection. The writing flows well and the editing is excellent. I look forward to reading both the sequels as and when they are released."
Professor Robin Chowdhury, Wollongong University, NSW, Australia
"Having worked in the Pilbara and Perth, I very much related to your book! EXCELLENT PLOT, PACE, AND VERVE. Look forward to the next one!"
Peter Scevak, Sydney, Australia
"A RIVETING NOVEL FROM START TO FINISH.
The author's marriage of fact and fiction is truly amazing. The amount of twists and turns will totally capture your attention. A highly recommended read. Can't wait to read your next novel."
Rob Lammers, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
"A HUMAN STORY IN A PAGE TURNER. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Not only did I connect with Charlie Robertson and the story of his family, but I learned a lot about places I haven't visited yet. Then I had to stay with it to see what happened next. Looks like there's a sequel. I can't wait for it to come out!"
Susan Bilton, NSW, Australia, 5 Star Amazon Review
"ROUGH CUT IS A GREAT READ, HARD TO PUT DOWN, ENTHRALLING TO THE END."
Barry Pike, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
"The fascinating details in this well-researched novel lend authenticity to the sweeping story that travels from the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia to the heart of London. The author's knowledge of mining and geology, and his research into the diamond industry, brought the story to life."
Caroline Vaughan-Reid, NSW, Australia, 5 Star Amazon Review
"A GREAT READ!
A great read! Plenty of drama and lots of interesting stuff in there about the mining industry and diamond business. Also really enjoyed the scene setting in London. Can't wait for the next one!"
James Doughty, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 5 Star Amazon Review
"AN INTERESTING TALE WELL WRITTEN.
Great story in this first book, following Charlie from his poor childhood to the peak of his personal life and his diamond business. Very much enjoyed reading it, found it well written and the story involved enough to keep me reading. I really enjoyed the diamond side of the story too, it's an interesting twist to the story from rags to riches. Now I can't wait to read the next one!"
Donna Dee, 5 Star Amazon Review
"Charlie Robertson has somehow survived but his arch enemies are still alive too, I wonder what the rest of the trilogy will hold? I really enjoyed this first novel and am full of admiration for Peter Gray who has successfully turned to writing as a second career. Looking forward to the next book! "
Val Watson, Chislehurst, Kent, England, 5 Star Review
"It took me three days to read it and I was captivated... it was amazing! This needs to be turned into a movie. I learnt lots about the pink diamond trade and absolutely loved how you had a little diamond fact at the start of every Chapter. I also loved the short Chapters and how you told two stories within each Chapter until they merged together when Charlie was bashed up. I'll be definitely ordering the sequel. Well done Peter, an absolute good read!"
Simone McGarry, NSW, Australia