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Birthright Paperback – August 31, 2010
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"I thought this book was VERY good, loved it! I really didn't want to ever put it down!" From Smashwords
From the moment I began reading this book I was hooked. The writer was extremely skilled at giving just enough away while still keeping you in the dark and wishing you could figure it out. It was exciting, suspenseful, and generally great.
-Winter Adelle wynteradelle.com/?p=1131
From the Author
I started writing Birthright because I was bored half insane and I've always had an overactive imagination that will go off on the most silly little tangents about anything at all really so it seemed only natural that when I found myself so completely and helplessly at loose ends one winter day that I began to write. Before then I had felt for many a year that I had what I could only describe as a completely useless talent for words though when I opened myself up to the story for the first time it spawned in me an enduring love affair with the written word which has profoundly changed my life. I can now spot a typo from across the room and I fairly consistently offer to rewrite anything that doesn't have the exact wording that I believe it should and I probably drive my husband completely batty but what can I say, it's compulsive. But I digress.
I had wondered at the possibility for years that something man made and frequently used could alter our very existence. I wondered if it could theoretically happen and what the circumstances surrounding an oversight of this magnitude would have to be and I became so enamored of the idea that I eventually began to become more obsessive than anything. When it came to the point that I could no longer put up with myself I finally set about writing a story that embodied the more dramatic aspects of my creative imagination gone hopelessly awry the result of which was Birthright. I've been sitting on Birthright for about eight years and have just discovered the courage thanks to the undying support and strength of the love of my life to actually post my writing though now I leave it to you, the reader, to judge the worth of my work.
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Ms. Palmer, you have talent that you don't need to bury with grandiloquence. Simplify future books and make them engrossing rather than complex to the extreme.
So... I just finished struggling through this book. I was right. The story line is sound but the delivery was exhausting to read. I can't imagine so much time and so many pages were used to describe the thoughts of the thugs, when a simple conversation between the two would have sufficed. As far as Raine goes, he'd have been dead from inactivity if he really had all those thoughts crowding his mind when bullets were whizzing past his head!
I found the ending to be anticlimactic. I assume that after wasting so many words throughout the book Ms. Palmer just "plum ran out of words". She has a brilliant mind for stories but lacks the ability to describe scenes and thoughts with brevity. One becomes worn out when a three sentence conversation takes three pages while we're subjected to the thoughts of the character on the texture of the air (exaggeration on my part - but not by much).
I usually like psychic stories, but this one gives the genre a bad name. I'm not sure I'll finish the story and I certainly won't buy "Sins of the Father", the second volume of this series.
Overarching the story are grammatical issues. Extremely distracting and somewhat frustrating is the poor use (or non-use) of commas in recognition of dependent and independent clauses. Beyond the basic grammar issues, there is a poor use of white space and transitions between characters and events. There are also some spelling or word choice issues that are perhaps the fault of the e-book translation. For example, at one point, there is a reference to the "truck" of the tree; clearly, this should have read "trunk" of the tree. While easily forgiven in single occurrences, the repeated mistakes greatly detract from the writing.
This story is recommended for those interested in puzzling through actions in order to understand motivation, and it will reinforce the idea that love trumps all--whether it be romantic love between spouses or the love that reflects one's love for a religious deity. If one can ignore the grammatical concerns, the story will hold the reader's interest in paranormal activities and their place in governmental actions.