- File Size: 727 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Agostino Scafidi (August 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ETP6IGW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,252,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Anchor That Stopped The World Kindle Edition
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I was excited to start reading this book. With a title as bold and presumptuous as The Anchor that Stopped the World I thought for sure I was going to jump into a literary stunner.
I could not have been more wrong.
It is evident at the onset of the text that either Scafidi submitted his rough draft instead of final product or that he was just an awful writer. The text is plagued by tense changes, passive voice, needless character building (there’s a whole chapter dedicated to the back story of a thug who gets killed by his mob boss), and atrocious punctuation. In addition the formatting of the file I was sent (.epub) looked as if it had been some other file format originally and run through a program like Calibre. There were no paragraphs, only two lines of text followed by a blank line, repeatedly.
There is a story here but not much of one. Scafidi introduces us to a main character named Martin Rizzo but gives us no back story on him until close to the end of the book. There is no explanation as to how Martin is able to perform the physical feats he accomplishes in killing several people throughout the story. I spent most of the reading wondering when and if there was a point to any of it, as I slogged my way through poorly written internal dialog, completely unnecessary physical details, and building of characters that were short lived and entirely unimportant to the plot. There finally came a point where I believed I was reading an outline of a story, since it reads much like the notes I make for my personal work – one of a man unexpectedly drawn into mafia conspiracy. His friend is killed as part of a cover up of illicit mafia activities caught on tape and Martin decides to exact his revenge on the mafia family responsible.
Honestly, I was relieved to finish it and only did so in order to provide the requested review. If this is the author’s final edit and release, he should reconsider his chosen profession or enroll in some writing classes in order to develop and hone his suspect talent. The work I read is nowhere near novel material or worthy of the label.
I give this story a rating of 1 star as being quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read.
This book is severely in need of an editor - not only to fix the punctuation, sentence structure and other proofreading issues, but to clean up the mess that is this book. The author changes tenses throughout the story PLUS it switches back and forth between the past, the present, and sometimes clairvoyant moments (i.e. "...including one man whom Martin will come to know to be Charles." When? Now? In the future? Turns out that it's within the next couple of sentences). The use of full names of people several times after they've originally been introduced is annoying, especially since their first names are not held by more than one person. The switching back and forth, very often in the same sentence, between Martin's first and last name was really confusing, especially at the beginning.
Some of the things I found completely ridiculous and unbelievable - I know that crime fiction and action movies (and books) are full of this stuff, with explosions and car chases and things like that, but seriously, Martin stabbed the attacker (who was a big biker guy) in the hand with a nail, causing said attacker to drop the knife he was wielding, allowing Martin to grab it and slice the man's throat - really?
The beginning of the story I felt was quite boring - the 107 pages felt like they were well over 1,000 - the unnecessary filler (like descriptions of the colors he uses in his apartment, etc) was tedious to get through.
Once the action got going, though, it became interesting. The plan that he had and the way that it was done was really cool. I liked the biker gang and the way the characters were portrayed.
This could be a good story - once an editor comes in with a Sharpie and a highlighter.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.
This story is not appropriate for younger audiences. There's a lot of profanity and some violent scenes.
What really hurt this story were the numerous grammatical errors and the lack of in-depth description throughout the story. Telling the reader where a window or door is placed does not make the reader feel like they're in the room with the characters. Most of the problems I saw included: punctuation errors; constant changing between past and present tenses; the lack of appropriate description (the most descriptive part was the background story of a secondary character who died within a matter of a few sentences in the beginning of the story; if the character is not important enough to keep alive and bears no weight to the storyline, then the reader doesn't need to know about their past); the dialogue between characters was crammed into single paragraphs; and inner thoughts were written as though they were spoken.
The writing is amateur and there are just too many basic writing errors throughout the story. My recommendation is the story needs a serious re-write and then a thorough proofread by several people willing to give honest feedback. Then it can be published. There are too many cardinal mistakes in the writing that it's a shame it hurts such a good storyline.
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