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The Call of the Mountain Paperback – July 21, 2015
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The book starts off like any sort of mid-life-crisis-y sort of tale. Julian, our narrator, has left his cushy life for a rural mountain town. Events unravel from there and it turns into a bit of a thriller. The thriller part of it was interesting/surprising for me because I had no idea it was that type of book, but now reading the blurb it is very easy to anticipate when/how it would happen.
The writing of the novel was very good. Paced well—I didn’t feel bored reading it. I was engaged and wanted to continue reading to see what would happen. An interesting problem and question was posed that Julian had to respond to. I’m slightly displeased at how he did and how it ended, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
Another problem I had was how ineffectual Julian is. As a narrator he is pretty solid at describing what is going on but he really isn’t that observant—he is very naive. To be expected of a person with his life up to the events of the book, but sometimes I was really questioning his judgement. If he had perfect judgement, however, the book wouldn’t exist, so someone had to hold the idiot ball, as they say.
I didn’t feel any of these flaws detracted from my reading of the book. It was a very light read. I don’t imagine myself going back to it. It isn’t fantastic. Like I enjoyed reading it but not in any great substantial way that would make it memorable. If you are looking for a simple read for a lazy afternoon, this would definitely fit and I recommend it to you.