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Black Box Inc. Paperback – October 20, 2017
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Although I loved the premise of the book and found it to be a fast and engaging read, it was not an unqualified success. I liked it, but I didn't love it. There were several reasons for this. First, I found the main character, Chase, to be rather annoying, somewhat immature, and occasionally pretty dim. He was written in the "snarky main character" mold, where pretty much everything that came out of his mouth was a quip, an insult, or just inappropriate to the situation. Sometimes I enjoy those characters, but I need some kind of character development, but in this book there was too much action and too little reflection and connection between the various characters for me. The other characters were just stock figures, placeholders, nothing memorable about any of them (with the exception of the zombie office manager. Ironically, she was the only character who seemed to have any emotions). My other big problem with the book was the plot and the action. Most of the time, I was scrambling to try to follow what was going on. Plot nuggets were dropped carelessly into extraneous action scenes, and snarky exchanges between the characters and were easily missed.
Overall, I found this to be a mixed bag of a read with elements I really enjoyed along with ones that I wasn't wild about. If you don't mind a particularly snarky hero, and like a lot of action, you'll probably really like this book.
I received a copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This was pretty much your typical urban fantasy. The plot was action packed with a bit of mystery. The main character was kind of snarky and rough around the edges but not really a bad person. The MC had a crew of all different supernaturals, including a zombie, a yeti, and a banshee (well, kind of---she was actually his lawyer). The writing style was conversational, like the MC was talking to you sometimes. The dialogue was mostly joke-y and banter-y, even when the characters were in serious situations. The MC's thoughts were usually joke-y too. So I think whether or not you like this book is really going to depend on what you're looking for. If you're looking for typical urban fantasy fun with a well-paced plot and lots of banter between character, this will deliver. If you're looking for something that stands out in the genre, like I was, this might disappoint---or maybe not, it really just depends on your taste. It wasn't bad; it simply wasn't what I was looking for.
The idea of the MC being able to create boxes out of the "dim" (the space between dimensions) was neat though, something I'd never read about. There was also a pretty good, twisty mystery, though I'm not sure I quite understood the whole explanation. And there was a nice dynamic among the friends at times.
So overall, while it wasn't quite what I was looking for, this book was a light, easy urban fantasy read that others might enjoy.
Rating: 3 Stars
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)
I really enjoyed the book. Gods, fairies, shapeshifters and zombies, even a bald Yeti! Fun fun fun. If you want true fantasy in your mystery and a detective team as wacky as scooby doo's pals, this is the book for you.
Mr. Bible's attempt at an urban fantasy breeziness is too wordy for me. Sometimes he slides the plot kernel into the midst of a crowd scene and I miss it entirely. I prefer more tightness.
I received a review copy of "Black Box Inc.: Black Box Inc. Series, Book 1" by Jake Bible (BelleBooks) through NetGalley.com.
The protagonists are great fun, as is the story as a whole. It's fast paced, dramatic, often hair-raising, a really enjoyable book.
I'd recommend happily.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, my opinions are my own*