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Darkness Brings The Dawn: Erik's Story Paperback – April 28, 2006

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Jodi Minton was born in Muskegon, Michigan, but grew up in the state of Indiana. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and practises as a Registered Nurse in a NICU. She retired from the Army Nurse Corp in 2005 as a Captain, spending most of her career in a Combat Support Hospital. She enjoys touring with lighthousing groups around the country, visiting and taking pictures of lighthouses and is concerned with their preservation as the castles of America. Some of her favorite things are Scotland, camping, writing, reading, and celtic jewelry and music.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425929796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425929794
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,344,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon E. Cathcart VINE VOICE on December 18, 2006
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The nicest thing I can say about this book is that she was very brave to publish it. I quit reading after four chapters, other than a desultory flip-through to the end.

In this tale, Erik takes up with a woman who is initially described as being so "wafe-like" [sic] that he thinks she's a 10-year-old boy ... but mere pages later, she has full, sensuous breasts that are driving him mad (and somehow hid her thick, waist-length red hair under a beret). She also is described as an "expert rider," although the author does not appear to know that an "expert rider" would not take a horse from a walk directly to a swift canter. Horses are bay on one page and grey on the next. Furthermore, the author does not understand French contractions: "La Opera Populaire" vice "l'opera Populaire" is just one example. The seaport of LeHavre is alternately spelled LeHarve', LeHarve and LeHarvre, often on the same page.

The aforementioned desultory flip-through netted me the following information: Monique (the "wafe-like" girl), nicknamed Bonnie, becomes addicted to laudanum after one dose and Erik has to detox her. She also somehow manages to bear Erik 14 children without complication by the end of the book, despite being so "wafe-like" that she can be mistaken for a prepubescent male (other than her enormous bosoms, apparently).

This whole thing really is too ridiculous for words. The author would have done well to spend the extra money to have an editor, or at least a beta reader, to help correct errors in spelling and fact. Even using her spell-check would have been helpful.
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This book will apeal only to the phantom of the opera phans who have the misfortunate of being exposed to nothing more then the sub-par recent movie and have not read any talented continuational writing. The flaws go further then the characterization however. The languages used, alterations in accents, and general ridiculousness of the situations would mortify any self respecting phanatic. It is admitted in the foreward that little experience as a phan is had by the author and no previous writing experience. This shows in the writing style itself, with constant repeatition of the word "lad" and constant ending of sentances with unnecisary exclaimation points. The book gives only the briefest surface skimming of simple minded thought processes that in no way do justice to the character this book is suposedly written about. Take some more writing classes my dear author, in style, continuity, and characterization, and in years from this point you yourself will CRINGE at this juvenile and pathetic work. ~A True Phan.
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By Victoria on February 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got this book as a christmas present (for myself) and I finally got to it on my reading list, I was excited about starting it, but I quickly grew tired and annoyed of it, and I had to start forcing myself to finish it around chapter six or so.

the language they were speaking, did not make sense. I actually thought they were speaking English through the entire book until I reached chapter nine or so. I kid you not. when she first introduced "Jake" in the story the accent confused me. how could such be said in that accent when it is later revealed she only speaks French? also when she is abducted, her abducter speaks with a certain non French accent which leads me to believe he was really speaking English, how could she understand him? I can only think the other lady translated things to her just so I could get on with the story. also, the French phrases confused me even more when it was stated her and Erik were speaking French. why put in a French phrase when they are speaking only French? I just cannot fathom that. the French phrases are definitely what played the main part in what made me think they were speaking English.

moving on, I don't know why I kept reading. maybe it was the Erik hungry phan in me that made me keep going, I also think it was a bad idea to base it much on Gerard Butler's performance and the movie. I loved him in the movie, but I know there could have been more on his part. the movie didn't even bring out the entire personality that makes the phantom, himself. not to mention the numerous missing characters.

moving the heck on from that now, the exclamation points bothered me very much as well. not to even start on the numerous spelling and grammatical errors. this book makes me shudder not only as a phantom phan, but as a reader.
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This is simply the worst Phantom fiction ever written. First, it is poorly written. It feels to me like a trashy romance novel...and it is based on the not so well done POTO movie. It is a waste of money, the plot is awful. And Erik's astounding brilliance disappears and he turns into an overdone and unbelievable Scottish man. As far as the author's choice of "Phantom's" to base her character on...Gerard Butler? Not so much, Gerard was a decent Phantom, but certainly not good enough to truly embody what Erik is all about and he certainly does not deserve a book dedicated to him and his half of a performance he gave in the movie. Don't waste your time with this book, folks...this has to be the worst Phantom Fiction, ever.
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