- File Size: 1191 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
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- Publisher: The Plaid Raccoon Press (August 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GRAK5M
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- Lending: Enabled
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Blood Passage (The Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is very much a plot-driven novel. While we do get to know the characters as the story unfolds, we spend no real personal time with any of them. Even so, each character stands out as unique. The dialogue is realistic and we learn a lot about the characters' personalities just by the way they speak.
The plot is complex. The author clearly did his research, which shows as he takes us through the intricacies of the Triad culture. We also have the undercurrent of a young boy recalling a past life as a murder victim, which plays a major and thought-provoking role in story.
Initially I found it challenging to keep up with the names of all the characters and their relationships, particularly within the Triad. McCann does a good job with the setup, it's just that the complexities of the crime and the entanglements of the people involved require a lot of attention to detail.
The pace is mostly steady, except for a few sections where long segments of narration read a bit too much like a character sketch. This was designed to give us history on the characters, but slowed the pace and felt a little out of place. Overall, though, the story is engaging.
If you like solving crimes alongside the characters, this book is a great start to the series.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Got an hour? Because that's how long it'll take to describe all the great things about this book. But I'll try to keep it to a more appropriate length. To summarize, it's a mix between episodes of Law & Order, Cold Case and a dash of X-Files thrown in, creating a very unique appeal. To be fair, I haven't read as many book in general as Bec and certainly not as many self-published books, but based upon her reviews (and Sharon's) and the few I've been either able to read or at least browse through, Blood Passage is one of the best self-published books I think I will ever come acorss. I've read highly acclaimed, traditionally published books that wouldn't stand up to this one in quality and would merely equal its entertainment value.
This book's got everything: a great main plot, interesting and not overwhelming subplots, believeable characters, true-to-life dialogue, and a satisfying ending that leaves you with just enough unanswered questions (it is a crime novel, after all), not to mention an appropriate level of researched description that would satisfy various kinds of readers. I'm the kind of person that gets bogged down with lots of description, especially seemingly unimportant details that go on and on. But with Blood Passage if I felt a portion was filler detail, unimportant to the rest of the story, I could quickly skim thorough it and get back to the action. If you're the kind of person who likes detail, this book's got it in measured amounts.
I don't feel I've done my job unless I find something about a book that could be improved. Usually it isn't that hard. Improper use of commas jump off the page most of the time, too many commas being the culprit, but where I diasgreed with this author's (or editor's) choice, I would have added a comma, which only speaks to the overall quality. The only other constructive critism I could find (and I'm stretching) was in the timing of the story. After a brief prologue at the time of the murder, the story jumps four years later. There were enough interesting and entertaining events that took place close to the time of the murder, which we learn through exposition, to justify a book in it own right, Blood Passage being its sequel. The bit that reminded me of the X-Files, which was the catalyst that brought the murder out of the cold case files, would have differenciated Blood Passage from its non-existant predecesor.
This is the first book in a series. I look forward to learning more about the characters; in this first one you read hints of an interesting past, for the main character at least.