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Ethan Justice: Origins (Ethan Justice Books) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 16, 2013
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About the Author
Simon Jenner is a man whose goal in life is to discover his goal in life. He lives with his wife, who keeps his dream alive and his stomach tight against his trousers; his son, a dreamer just like his dad; and a dog who receives fuss like he’s the one doing the favour.
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As others have mentioned, this would make for a great movie or television series but reads just as good!
The story grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. There was a lot of wit, suspense and it kept me on my toes
What I liked about the Book:
The setting and chapter formats were spot on. I love the Date / Time Stamp format
The time period and setting made it exciting
Have to say John was my favorite character as he was so real in this story
The kindle format works great for this book and I can read it wherever I want
There is nothing i didn't like about this great read
Without reservation, I heartily recommend this book
Disclosure: I did receive this book at a discount or free for an honest review
Recommend this to a friend? Yes I would.
Conclusion: I am very pleased and satisfied with this product!
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I could not understand WHY the main 'villain' was portrayed in the first person....
Some of the characterizations and actions do not seem to gel with the people concerned but overall - it's an enjoyable romp....
We get super clear pictures of the different locations in this book, something I generally appreciate, but in this case sometimes stopped the action cold. This wouldn't be a problem in a screen version because it'd be built into the set and wouldn't take much time to show. We also get a lot of insight into the minds of most of the characters. This is also something I normally like, but in a screen version, we could get flashes of this, possibly at different times than they are in the book to keep the action moving. I say that because with these kinds of stories, I want to know enough to follow along, but I like having delayed payoff and a bit of mystery to keep me glued to the story.
Overall this is populated with stock characters that appear often in these types of stories. I don't necessarily have an issue with that, particularly if the story is strong enough and the chemistry between the characters (especially if it's onscreen) clicks. Stock characters exist because they work - audiences understand and respond to them. I do think this author is talented and skilled enough to pull farther away from this than is done in this book.
In general the character arcs make sense. There is one exception to this, which brought me out of the story a bit. The journey from the character he was at the beginning to the character at the end is a generally familiar journey, but it is missing some motivation, at least to me, for this to happen at the time this story takes place. This was one of the only characters in the book that I needed a bit more time with than was provided to believe his arc.
Because we are often in the heads of the characters, there are some things we don't need. For example, if a character's motivation is illustrated to us, we don't later need an interaction in which the character explains his motivation according to what we already witnessed. I'd rather the motivation be possibly unclear at first and then have the explanatory interaction later as opposed to having both because this can unnecessarily slow the story down.
I enjoyed this book and have already talked with a few people and recommended it. I'm planning on continuing the series because I do want to know what happens next. I do hope the book gets picked up by film or tv and would definitely check that out. I did receive this at a free or discounted rate in exchange for my honest review.