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THE DESERT Mass Market Paperback – 2007
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About the Author
Bryon Morrigan has a Masters Degree in History, a B.S. in Forensics, (Honors Program, Cum Laude), and is pursuing his Ph.D. He has worked many diverse jobs, including Private Investigator, Army Cryptanalyst, and even Elementary School Teacher.
Top customer reviews
You've been here before: you just started the opening page, expecting to drop the whole novel altogether in five minutes - not literally drop, of course, since you're reading this on Ipad - and the first sentence makes you think: "That's not quite bad..." Thirty minutes later, you're still reading. You may even have forgotten an important meeting. The Desert is that kind of book.
Some books dress up as action-packed blockbusters, yet they reveal a true literary style and a form of patience, allowing the tension to build up and the atmosphere to trap you mercilessly. It's a clever way to make you suspend any kind of disbelief. It's even cooler when the author manages to make you laugh with a good joke here and there, without the tension dropping. The Desert is that kind of book.
It's a great feeling when, back from work after a long day, you've somehow forgotten what you were reading, and when you open the book again, you're like, "Oh, yeah, that's right! Cool! Now, let's see how they get out of this one!" The Desert is that kind of book.
You can be a good or a bad reader, there are times in your life when it's more difficult to find a moment to read, and when some longish books scare you off. Others appeal to you because they're shorter, and well cut into small chapters that feel like little thrilling slivers of suspense that you can dose at your own appreciation. Like an exciting modern series that you would pick over any film, or like a cool video game that allows you to save and continue when you feel like it. The Desert is that kind of book.
Without going too far, reading too much into a story, you like it when what the characters go through, or the way the situations unfold, echo Life in some way, when it might seem at first to be purely fantasy and action. It's also very rewarding when the construction is clever, say, with a narrative inside the narrative. It's a literary device placing any novel above average and allowing for multiple interpretations. The Desert is that kind of book.
Sometimes you're wrong and that has you appreciate a good find even more. Sometimes, the expression "Don't judge a book by its cover" is excessively accurate. Sometimes, hidden in a heap of tasteless fiction, a good book is waiting to be picked.
The Desert is that kind of book.
The essence of the story was awesome; plot, setting, monsters, and characters were all good. The problem for this work was that the uneven writing. Some parts were amazing and then others felt like forced after thoughts.
It is obvious that the writer had a grand image of the world and metaphysics of his creatures, however instead of giving his characters and actions a chance to display this world he sat down and told us every right out. The general style of the writing was more akin to an outline than a novel.
On the brightside it seemed like Bryon had knowledge of military life (and not just action movies) and he struck at some very heartfelt human experiences. Combine that with a fairly inventive world of demons and I had trouble putting it down.
The other issue was that what would be terrifying monsters generally became harmless one way or another at the more pivotal moments. It took the element of danger out of the driving force. By the end I was hoping the monsters would win.
I think overall this could be a great book (I would LOVE to help rewrite this into a four part epic series--Bryon call me!). As is it is too weak to stand on its own and too strong for me to stop reading.
I will be interested to see what else this writer puts out. See my full review on the examiner.com under Oklahoma pop-culture, @filozophy
There are many reason why I did not initially enjoy it. 1) Part of the book was supposed to be an extract from a daily journal. Instead it just read like the first person perspective of a novel and even had the journal's author alluding future events. Huh? 2) The characters were very stereotypical and there was no character development. 3) Behaviour often made no sense. For example, at one point they are urgently rushing somewhere when they all stop to have a metaphysical discussion that would probably have wasted 15-20 minutes! 4) The author borrowed heavily from concepts in computer games like DOOM.
OK - if it was so bad why would I buy more from the author?
About a third of the way through I stopped thinking like a reader. I tried to imagine myself sitting in a cinema watching this. Suddenly it bacame Alien, and Predator, and.... well all films of that ilk. It was fun, fast and tense. I guess it came down to perspective. If you can't do that mental shift then avoid this book - seriously. You will find it very annoying. But if you can... then do. It's worth it.