Deadly Island Retreat Kindle Edition
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- File size : 263 KB
- Publication date : June 7, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 132 pages
- ASIN : B071G963GQ
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #855,938 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The only other people on the island are some caretakers that live on the island and they take care of the house along with the property, so Alex is never really completely alone, but then Alex ends up being chased by ghosts, a couple of hitmen, and there is a strange, wild-eyed man running loose on the island.
The story takes off from the first chapter and it lead me through a suspenseful, ghostly romp all the way to the end of the book. Giving this one four stars.
Premise of the story is very simple and used many times in literature or movies – our main hero goes to a seemingly peaceful retreat on an island, but he soon discovers that the island hides many unsettling secrets, scary things, ghosts and so on.
Like I said, nothing terribly original or innovative about the story, but it is done well. It is a short novel and that works to its advantage, pacing is fast and there is no unnecessary filler, what you expect is what you get. Main character is believable and he is not some kind of know-it-all super strong hero, he is easy to identify with. The author does a good job at creating tension and creepy atmosphere that works very well and makes this novel a proper page turner.
I can't say nothing too negative about this book, but it also doesn't stand out enough for me to give it a five star. Well-crafted story, scary elements, great pacing, all of that works and deserves a recommendation.
Geoffrey immediately captures our attention in his opening paragraph: ‘THERE are times in life when you wish you could turn back the clock. Reset the moment when you agreed to do something that seemed a good idea at the time, only later to find it was a big mistake. That's how the episode began after an old friend, Lawrence Keating, rang me one day. “Alex, how are you keeping? I've bought an island off the west coast of Scotland. Come and spend a few days with me.” Lawrence was the only person I knew who would have enough money to buy an island. We'd met five years earlier at a business college. The fact that we were both aged 22 and shared the same birth date in May had instantly connected us. He was the flyaway student, brilliant in sales and marketing strategies to the extent his knowledge often exceeded the tutors. But he was modest with it. Friendly, the life and soul of the party. No one could be envious or annoyed with him. “You've bought an island? That's amazing.” I was impressed, though not surprised Lawrence could do something like that. “It's not exactly a sun-baked paradise island, but fantastically atmospheric,” he said. “There's an old mansion there that needs a lot of renovation, but I've got plans in hand for it. Come and meet me.” As it happened I was between jobs. That is, having recently lost my job as manager of an office equipment store which had gone into liquidation. I wasn't a brilliant student like Lawrence, but the difference in ability didn't stop us from enjoying each other's company at the college. “Where should I meet you and when?” I asked. “Why now. No time like the present. I've got a motor launch moored at an old fishing harbour at Tullochrie on the north west coast of Scotland. The island's about five miles offshore there. It's called Fennamore. You might have heard of it.” I hadn't, but then I wasn't an expert on Scottish islands.’
The terse summary is a guidepost to the story – ‘When Alex Preston is invited to spend a short holiday on a private island owned by a friend, he looks forward to a restful break. But the only break on offer is his breaking point, stranded with ghosts, killers and a series of horrific secrets buried on the cursed island that threaten to stop him ever leaving alive.’
One of the primary reasons each of Geoffrey's books works so well is his inordinately strong ability to describe credible character upon whom the strange bizarre aspects of his tale are adhered. That is simply one reason he writes these adventures better that most. Once you have read one of his books, you are addicted. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 17