I think I helped get a book removed from Amazon.
There was this book called Wicked women’s ways by Kumari Davies. I download it because it was free for the day and I wanted to see who received the designation of “wicked woman”. The blurb sparked interest but once I started reading the book, I was not impressed.
This is a look at women in world history. I don’t know what the author’s methodology was in choosing women for this book. They are famous prostitutes, warriors, and some criminals but not at the level of being wicked as I would believe that to be.
For example the harlot named Rahab hid Israelite spies leading to Jericho’s defeat. I guess she is considered wicked because she was a prostitute? Joan of Arc was also mentioned in the context of being wicked. But considering the fact that she was pronounced innocent years after her death, does that negate the fact that she was executed?
There are plenty of other women throughout history that I would consider more wicked then the women listed in this book.
- Queen Mary II – Mary’s persecution of Protestants had led them to call her Bloody Mary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_I_of_England)
- Ilise Koch – holocaust survivor accounts of her actions resulted in other authors describing her abuse of prisoners as sadistic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Koch)
- Jezebel – dressed like a prostitute and had many Jewish prophets killed to get what she wanted (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jezebel)
- or Any of the deadly women on the Investigation Discovery channel (http://investigation.discovery.com/tv-shows/deadly-women)
The book did talk about women that I previously did not even know existed, but very few did I think were worth calling wicked. If a man had done some of the same things, he would be called courageous or valiant.
With e-books, it can be easy for a reader to get scammed because all you have to go on is the blurb about the book and the reviews. If the book had stayed free or even been $.99, I might not have bothered. The book regular price was $2.99
The fact that the book was so expensive for such little quality, I had to say something.
I put a scathing review on Amazon’s website. I did not want to imagine that someone would waste their money.
Now the link to the book is gone.
All searches for that author do not bring up that book. I searched every possible combination of title/author and it is not there.
Hope the author learns from this. Publishing a book is not copying and pasting some words and uploading to Amazon website.
Put some thought into your writings and I will gladly pay and give good reviews 🙂
My editor and friend always insists that my facts are clear and accurate in my books. Like you said, some people think they can put together a book, give it an eye-catching title, and people will buy it and believe it, not always realizing the facts are wrong. I would have thought the author would have made sure of her accuracy and not simply put down things she thought off the top of her head. Thanks for taking the time to check her out and letting us know.
The book was so bad, I was surprised that there were not more reviews. It reminded of an article that I read about Amazon books being posted that were blatantly plagiarized.
I did my good deed for the online writing community 😀