- File Size: 2564 KB
- Print Length: 459 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Full Tilt Publishing; 2 edition (May 25, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WHA3J0E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Budapest Experiment: An International Thriller Novel (Hungary Eyes Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
I met lots of great and sometimes crazy characters in both the business and political arenas during my three year stint there. The Budapest night life could get quite crazy at times, if your 'meetings' and social engagements led you to certain places. It was always interesting and fun to be 'playing games with the faces', as Simon and Garfunkle would put it.
My Hungarian colleagues would sometimes identify a group or person living it up big time in a crowded room, saying things like 'I heard he is a lieutenant with the Mob' or 'she is one of the Organization's women' or even 'be careful if you do business with that guy.' It was evident, even from a distance, that the Russian Mob had a big influence in the changes that were going on in the country at that time. It was these real life experiences that inspired me to write my debut fictional novel.
The Budapest Experiment is an exciting and seductive thriller incorporated into historical fiction. As we follow the protagonist through his trials and adventures, it reminds us of the political, social, and economic outcomes of the late 1980's, and early 1990's.
While all of these events and changes took place a quarter of a century ago, it is amazing to realize how they have impacted our lives, and major world events here in the 21st century.
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* Establishment of setting. I felt immersed in Budapest as I read and watched the story unfold. Really excellent.
* The sex scenes for the most part contributed to the character development of Michael and the culture he was immersed in.
* Michael was a fool and it made sense and worked. His development was like a slow moving train wreck that I had to watch.
* Well written and described. I had a good sense of what was going on and all the characters. Technically excellent.
* Pacing. This is the worst part. It felt like such a slog to read at parts. There seemed to be a good deal of fluff. It made the plot feel disjointed and murky and I lost interest at various points.
* Some of the sex scenes felt extraneous. Too much.
* Did not feel a strong drive to continue reading. Just didn't jive with me.
This was hard to rate for me. I waffled a lot. But in the end I didn't feel a strongly positive experience from it. It could be personal taste and preference; others may enjoy this perfectly well but I did not. So that is why I gave it what I did.
I loved the way this story began and ended (although, warning, it was a cliff hanger). It's an intriguing and action-packed story with lots of description and Budapest flavor. It's filled with lots of descriptive sex scenes and I'll admit I moved over the last few as there were too many for my taste. It is well-written and moves at a pretty good pace. I do think it could be cut down to about 300 pages while still carrying the plot and characters.
I'm pulling for Michael because even though he's done a few bad things, like cheating on his wife and working for the mob, he appears to be a decent man, filled with guilt as he's caught up in the craziness of it all.
Action, crime, lust and realistic detail keep this story moving in a time when boundaries of good and evil are more blurred than what it appears.
If you want a story that moves with action of all types and makes you question the idea of a universal moral compass, this is a can’t miss tale of intrigue that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.
As someone who has spent time in Budapest, the story was surprisingly, in-your-face real as favored haunts and locale play their own role in this story that will having you reading to see just how it ends.
There are few obvious faults, but at the same time not enough zip to warrant a higher score.
Maurice Miller takes us back in time (slightly) to pre-cell phone and pre-internet years when struggling entrepreneurs had to rely on making face to face connections with businessmen and organizations instead of tracking them down online.
Michael is a well rounded character who starts out with the best intentions, only to find himself in over his head with the contacts he's made and the business he's gotten involved with.
The reading flow is steady and the dialogue is great. One of the obstacles that Miller had to overcome was his use of characters who had learned English as a second language. But he was able to pull it off quite well.
The Budapest Experiment keeps the anticipation level high as you realize that Michael is headed for a disaster even before he himself realizes it. I'm quite anxious for the sequel.
Top international reviews
Miller makes a creditable stab at writing this novel. The location, Budapest, is an area he seems familiar with and his descriptions of the city are alluring. His other great love is business and, while he writes about it with great enthusiasm, it proves to something of a lead weight around the story’s neck.
In the interests of genuine support, I offer this writer three words to ponder upon: story, restraint, craft.
STORY: In a fiction novel the story is everything. Anything that inhibits the story’s flow, that distracts, stalls or leads away for the book’s basic theme, is anathema and must be ruthlessly edited. Miller is so caught up in the life of Budapest, the touring and the descriptions of the city, the business deals his key protagonist is engaged in, the girls he meets, that the story doesn’t get off the ground until more than halfway through the novel. This is quite a long book, but the first sixty per cent is about business deals, intermittent sex scenes, more business deals, more sex scenes. Apart from the vague hint that the protagonist was involving himself with a Russian mob boss, the first half of the book is heading dangerously towards tedium and runs the risk of losing readers.
RESTRAINT: It is important for any writer to avoid over-indulgence in any aspect of his work. Miller tends to write too literally, recounting every movement and gesture that occurs in a scene. Some elements of scenes are described ad nauseam, in minute and unnecessary detail. This, unfortunately, forces the reader to begin to speed read, to skim over pages in which the story is standing still or disappearing altogether. Parts of the book need aggressive editing and much tightening up. Background in a thriller should rely on only a few carefully chosen, salient details that leave the reader scope for his own imagination. The sex scenes, too, are lacking in restraint and painted in rather too much lascivious detail to suit this particular reader’s taste.
CRAFT: Writing is a craft, a skill that deserves the writer’s full focus, devotion and a willingness to spend time over every word and phrase. The writing in The Budapest Experiment shows occasional lack of thought and care, is riddled with too many ill-chosen adjectives and verbs, and has too many examples of weak sentence structure that give a first draft, unedited impression. Too often in the welter of information too meticulously provided, the writing tends to be come laborious, and lacks sparkle, ingenuity and drive.
Other reviewers obviously enjoyed this novel and the essential plot does have promise. I am sorry if my review appears to be unduly critical but I believe that if this book is to be a good seller, it needs a serious re-edit along the lines mentioned above.