East

Vince Osbourne Series Book 1

Fiction - Adventure
315 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2017
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Author Biography

Peri Hoskins is the author of two books in the Vince Osbourne series. Book 1,"East - A Novel", is out as both print and eBook. The eBook became a #1 Amazon US best-seller in February 2017. "East" is a 1994 slice of life road journey around Australia. "East" has quickly become a reader favourite, gathered many five-star reviews, and has already been compared to the writing of Jack Kerouac, Cormac McCarthy, and John Steinbeck.

Book 2, "Millennium - A Memoir", is a novella length work of creative nonfiction set in Tonga when 1999 became 2000. It is out now as both a print book and an eBook. This book also has many five-star reader reviews, and was well reviewed by leading New Zealand national magazine, The New Zealand Listener. Christopher Moore, the New Zealand Listener reviewer, compared "Millennium" with the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad.

Peri Hoskins showed early promise as a writer, twice winning a national essay competition while in High School. Peri Hoskins went on to university in both New Zealand and Australia. He gained both a law degree with honours and a BA degree in English and Philosophy. Peri Hoskins enjoys reading, visiting the beach, swimming, and travelling. He lives in New Zealand, where he writes and works as a lawyer. Find Peri Hoskins at www.perihoskinsauthor.com and on Twitter @PeriHoskins.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

East: Vince Osbourne Series Book 1 by Peri Hoskins is a literary road trip. An actual journey and a metaphorical one. I related to the protagonist Vince so much because when I was thirty I felt a lot like he does at that age. It’s a kind of angst, caused in part by simply growing older, but intensified when you feel you don’t have a purpose, or think maybe you missed it. One way to alleviate this feeling is to change your life. One of the most time-tested ways to do that is to move. Quit your job, pack up what you need and can’t live without, and just go. That is what Vince does and it is an interesting and introspective journey indeed. To be honest, I am more of a traditional story type of guy. I’m usually looking for a grand adventure to take me out of my ordinary world, not deep introspection that will make me think about it more. Having said that, I need to read real literature sometimes. I need to look inward sometimes, and I am relieved that I can still appreciate novels like East.

The writing is superb. Maybe that is what I should have said first about East. The writing itself propels you forward. There is no simple plot that, no matter how well executed, you recognize as a plot. The only plot Peri Hoskins uses in East is life itself. That is how East reads. That is how East feels. Life itself. If there is any writer that Hoskins reminds me of it would be John Steinbeck. But instead of Northern California and the Salinas Valley, we get to explore Australia and New Zealand. Places I want to visit for a lot of reasons. I feel I have a sense of what life might be like for some people there now, and it will be interesting to see if I am right or wrong. At any rate, East has convinced me it will certainly be worth the journey.

Dave-Kaye Asmussen

Encased in rich colours of red, orange, golden shades of yellow, brown, and amber; symbolic of the Australian outback and surrounding areas - large, easy print for eyes to read - a journey unfolds in "EAST" - A Novel (2nd book in the Vince Osbourne Series) by Author: "Peri Hoskins".
It is a journey where time is insignificant, where time stands still, and life unyields to 'go with the flow'. A journey where destination is not the focus, instead the focus is the journey itself.
In 1994: Vince Osbourne is a 30 year old lawyer, with a restless soul. He feels encapsulated within a life which is "small, petty, viciously circular". With the urge to "find his destiny and follow it" unrelentingly niggling at his core being, Vince sets out on a journey to learn more about himself, and his purpose in life ... "moments in time - like a dream or a silent movie. We are just actors caught up in something bigger than ourselves".
"Peri Hoskins" has provided an inviting portal in "EAST" for the reader, to temporarily escape from our limiting conforms, to 'feel' life 'naturally' as it is meant to be, 'see' people, places, and things, through the eyes of our own experiences. Also, "EAST" lovingly portrays the beauty of inviting landscapes and natural wonders, provided by our generous 'mother nature'.
Raw, honest, brutal, sad, real, and captivatingly beautiful, "EAST" is enlightening. It is a journey of romance between our 'senses' with open eyes, enduring faith, courage, and open heart.
More than content to be held captive to every page, savouring every word, I did not want "EAST" to end. This reader thanks the Author: "Peri Hoskins" for sharing the journey with me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your 1st book - "Millennium" - A Memoir - and here, you have again excelled with "EAST".