Is This Helpful?

Dan Alatorre

Reviews make the world go round – or at least it can seem that way sometimes.

I always get a thrill when I see a 5 star review on one of my books. Complete strangers plunking down five bucks or more for one of my stories, and then telling me – and the world, I guess – how good a job I did.


It’s also amusing to see reviews that disagree.

Robbie Cheadle’s 5-star review from November 2019 usually leads the chart because some people marked it as “helpful” when they were making their decision to read or not read the book. (A review is beneficial because it helps readers with similar interests find additional books they’ll like, AND avoid books they won’t like.)

Robbie liked The Gamma Sequence, so that was nice.

The next review didn’t like the book and gave it 3 stars, said it was “preposterous science fiction.”

The next review found it a cautionary tale…

Even though it’d be great to get a hundred 5-star reviews, it’s almost as good that a reader who doesn’t like it can let other readers who like what he likes and dislikes what he dislikes, to avoid it. (I don’t need 100 of those, but a few is good – and helpful.)


What’s really amusing is when the reviews seem to disagree with each other.

It’s like a debate.


Right now The Gamma Sequence has 157 reviews, and:

  • 89% are 4 or 5 stars.
  • Only 3% of reviews gave it 1 or 2 stars

So 97% found it agreeable. I’m happy with that.

89% being 4 or 5 stars means I did a pretty good job of hitting the mark for a medical thriller


But not everyone agrees.


A 1-star review said “Medical thriller?” I bought this book because it was supposed to be a medical thriller. I kept waiting and waiting……


The next review gave it 5 stars and said: “As a fan of both Sci-fi and medical stories, I was intrigued enough to start it and soon found myself deeply engrossed in the story. Well written, well plotted and not graphically violent or sexual. A great diversion for a few hours to get your mind off all the problems in the world! Highly recommend!”

(Well, she sure told him!)

That’s hilarious. Both profess to enjoy medical thrillers; one says no, the other says highly recommended.

And it goes on that way. That 5-star review said it was part science fiction, right? So the next review says:

“Science fiction? I dont think so.”

To be fair, that’s at the end of the review. the rest says: I just finished reading this book. It was fantastic and horrifying all at once. I am starting the next one right away and plan to read the whole series. Science fiction? I dont think so.

Most liked it:

“A thrilling medical mystery” and 5 stars

But not all:

“Maybe I don’t like medical science fiction, because I am in the clear minority. I found the dialogue to be adolescent, the characters were unlikable, and the story too preposterous to sustain my attention. My apologies to the fans and the author, but it just isn’t for me.”

(I like that he apologized for not liking it.)

Next: “I chose to read this because a medical thriller intrigued me. It lived up to my expectations. I do love genetic and I felt that this story was well done, almost plausible”


“5.0 out of 5 stars Good Medical Thrillers are hard to come by.

Don’t miss out on this one.”

Not many (medical thrillers) are written and fewer yet are worth reading… this book makes the cut. Genetics, medical ethics and human nature are the major elements used to present a twisted plotline that holds your interest all night long.

This is one book you don’t want to miss reading”

Heck, I agree!

Anyway, these are fun to read. It’s like each reviewer who liked it, which is most of them, is trying to explain to the ones who didn’t like it.

Good to know you guys have my back.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

4 thoughts on “Is This Helpful?

  1. Hi Dan, I am pleased that my review has proved helpful. I also find reviews intriguing because different people like different things so one reader will love one aspect and another will slate the exact same thing.

  2. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed them and am going to enjoy the newest one too. I haven’t got a bad review, yet, but I haven’t got that many reviews. lol, It’s weird indeed how the reviews are like fighting with each other. We have got your back, Dan, because you are not just a great writer, which you are, but also because you are a kind and helpful person who has done a hell of a lot for the writing community, me included.

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