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This review is from: The Fossil (Kindle Edition)
I just finished reading The Fossil and I must say that this book had a lot of potential. While the story itself is good, it was the characters and the writing that let the book down. Every one of the characters seems almost like a cartoon. Dex is the typical "good ole boy Southern sheriff", Teddi is the young sexy hot shot FBI agent, Jackson is the tall southern gentleman who, for a character that is in his early thirties, is written (acts) much older. The American characters take on Scottish attributes and the Scottish characters take on American attributes. The author, who apparently is an American, seems to be trying to write as if he is British. He calls elevators lifts and has his Scottish characters talk with stereotypical British sayings "Very good old chap!" No one seems awed by what is going on and everyone takes what is happening around them in complete stride. There is a scene near the end of the book where two of the vampires appear in the middle of a cookout, get slaughtered, and the characters apparently take this all in stride and continue with the cookout.
Another aspect of the writing that bothered me was the lack of attention to detail. There are several sentences in the book that are missing words. While this might seem minor, it is that lack of attention to detail that can turn readers off. The only thing that kept me reading was the actual storyline. Overall, The Fossil, at least to me, appeared to be a rough draft of a book that needs lots of polishing.