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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
I've seen several novels like this, lately, and, as a working writer for the last 38 years, I just find them annoying, especially when the author, like this guy, CAN - if only he would - craft a good, coherent story. But many promising writers, sadly, are just lazy...like this guy.
I know first hand how difficult it is to find a solid, compelling story that you can work with. It requires a LOT of time and work...OR, if you're not up for the effort, you can write whatever silly, over-amped, shaggy dog story that pops into your head. That's what we have here: put a bunch of people into a farcical situation, at peril at every turn, and declare yourself unbound by logic, taste, and reason. (Really, dude? An entire generation of people living in a cave, gleefully kidnaping and cannibalizing people for a decade, and NOBODY in law enforcement has a clue? Get real.) This is what a verbally-gifted adolescent boy would write after playing too many video games. The tragedy is that it's mostly well-written but to what purpose? Mostly cheap shock value and childish gross-out escalation. I hung with it for more than half the book, when my irritation with the author boiled over. Then, I erased it from my Kindle. To the author, all I can say is...this mess is beneath your talents. Try again, WORK at it, and tell a story with some substance, that an adult can read without feeling patronized.