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A story that got me thinking!
Well done Alex and I am looking for more from you,
Ruth Anne Caukwell
Set largely in Glasgow this is not your conventional crime thriller. Hints of Lord of the Flies, the protagonist is an Albino from a wealthy background. Tortured by life, Lachan (Lachie) seeks appropriate revenge on society. Through Lachie and Boyle and many other lowlife characters, we glimpse the criminal cesspit in Glasgow. All through the early chapters, the author uses the greatest asset of all Glaswegians, humour, to portray the world of the characters he created.
Lachie is a flawed, ex-army guy living a miserable existence, yet he’s the only truly rounded character in the novel.
Some great expressions and colourful language had me laughing out loud and reminded me why Glasgow is such a wonderful setting. A few of my favourites. “ … without wheezing like an asthmatic pit pony.” “… life expectancy of a Tesco lettuce once the news got out.
I found the large indentation used for dialogue a little off-putting. Also, I felt that the setup of Boyle and his life was needlessly long, considering he’s not the protagonist.
Overall, an enjoyable read with an intelligent story that has much to say about society and the world we occupy.
I’d like to see Lachie’s sequel – he’s a character worth investing in.
A broken human being and a killer, only a sick mind such as his could think up the experiment that he calls The Project. His aim is to excavate the deep depravity of the human condition, to create a grisly televised record of the true blackness at the centre of our bestial heart. The ultimate reality show.
Instead Lachie unearths a treasure trove of spontaneous and unaffected joy and light. For the first time in his wretched existence he feels the power and the beauty of genuine love and perhaps even a chance at redemption.But the beast had been lurking in the shadows after all, a brooding evil borne of one of mankind’s blackest nights.
Now in a dark race against time and tormented by the forces of good and evil, Lachie is possibly the only man on earth who can save his precious new family.
POSITIVES: Intriguing start that Captivates your attention
The language used in conversation makes it more realistic
Fantastic and quite unique storyline
Modern and better type version of Lord of the flies
Leaves you wanting more
NEGATIVES: None but handful of spelling mistakes that thought I should point out, didn't affect story
KEY WORDS: Detective. crime, murder, island, corruption, evil turned protector, survival, vigilante, island, twists, suspense, thriller.
RECOMMEND TO FANS OF: Lord of the flies, suspense, unique stories. Highly recommend to pretty much anyone and everyone who loves a good read!!
This is an interesting story about Lachlan Maclean, a man born as an albino who has the added misfortune of being remarkably ugly. He suffers the indignities of cruel schoolmates, people in general and feels very much an outcast. He manages to join a Scottish Regiment and works his way up to Captain. He leaves the service with a set of military skills that he uses when he returns to civilian life. He is an abject failure with women, adding to his issues against society. He starts to murder people almost casually and progresses to organize what he calls the Project. This involves buying a deserted island off Glasgow that was previously used by the government for biological experiments. He then implements the Project by kidnapping a group of schoolkids that he expects to become feral this confirming his jaundiced view of society. This premise is uncomfortable, at least for this writer. What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.