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The Fey (Alex the Fey thriller series Book 1) by [Christian, Claudia Hall]
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About the Author

Claudia Hall Christian is a beekeeper who writes novels and serial fiction. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3769 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982274637
  • Publisher: Cook Street Publishing; 3 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZCYAT8
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I bought this book based on the fantastic 5-star reviews that were given on Amazon. I now realize that the reviewers must be friends of the author or do not read much. Otherwise there is no way this book would receive 5 stars.

The idea behind the story itself is pretty interesting. A strong, capable heroine who's been through the war has ticked off an enemy that is out for revenge. There's potential here for a great book. But then the story begins unfolding and unraveling, and by that I mean the story makes no sense. Character development is one-dimensional and introductions are haphazard, descriptions are incomplete, and the story has no flow. It is so rough and choppy that I fought to read it, and finally gave up.

The book never really explains why the central character is referred to as The Fey, why there is hero-worship around the character, and never truly explains the cataclysmic event that started the entire book (and please don't tell me that I need to finish the book. I would rather scrub my eyes with salt that finish this book) and its significance to the main characters. The books keeps rambling on and on and on. And I beg to differ from the person who titled the book. This is by no means a thriller. It's a thrill to finally decide not to read the book.

The way this book is written is almost script-style, as if the author intended the book to actually be a script for a movie rather than a book. If that is the case, the author/scriptwriter might have a chance at making this into a movie. There are a lot of bad movies being made, after all.

I would have given this mess of a novel one star, except that the story idea has potential. I think the author would be served well by a good editor (which I am not, obviously . . .) who could clean up and tighten the story arc.
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I'm giving this two stars instead of one since I got it as free for Kindle. I can't completely discredit a free book.

With that said, the author should have done a lot more research on the US Military before writing this book. I realize it's fiction, so you can have women in Special Forces if you want but at least get your words right. Special Forces and Special Operations are two different entities. Special Forces is ONLY the US Army Green Berets. No one else is Special Forces. The rest (SEALs, Pararescue, Rangers, etc) are all Special Operations. As such, it is impossible for there to be an Admiral (Navy term) in charge of Special Forces (Army term). Also, if "The Fey" is a sergeant, then she cannot be an Intelligence Officer. She's either enlisted or an officer...can't have both.

This could have been a good book if the references had been correct and the flow of the story hadn't been so choppy. As it was, I couldn't even make myself finish it.
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I am glad i downloaded this book for free; it is not worth paying for. Claudia Hall Christian does the craft of writing a thriller or a romance a disservice by not checking the facts. The book is neither. Two major plot points in this book are totally wrong and yet the plot and characterization hinge on them. First, no boy-girl twins can be "identical." Period. That is just genetics. Second, a coerced "marriage" of a 15-year-old Irish boy being accepted as valid by ANYONE at ANY time is totally ridiculous, on so many levels--but does allow the author to shoehorn a wedding in there, and those are fun to write and read about, right?

CHC also blatantly uses a ghost to get her story line past any sticky moments that challenge where she wants the plot to go. Can't solve the problem? Use a ghost to give you the answer. Eventually, the ghost can even interact with physical reality to get the thirsty heroine water when she is imprisoned. Ghost ex machina instead of deus ex machina.

But the book errs over and over much more minor points, such as the female officer being addressed as "sir." Not done in the US military. It was when the "good guys" parachuted into an area being watched by the Secret Service who conveniently did not see them (what, no cloak of invisibility?) that I suddenly got it. It is pointless to try to process this book as a poorly researched thriller or a wish-fulfillment romance. But may be it IS secretly a rough outline of a sequel to a female version of an Austin Powers movie, minus the intentional humor and the genetically modified sharks with lasers implanted on their heads. I wonder if Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy are contacting Disney's legal department about suing? I did finish the book so I could give it at least a one-star rating because Claudia Hall Christian is able to write a quick clear action sequence.
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There are many mixed reviews on this book, but the consensus is that is it a great storyline. Those that thought it had potential but needed help editing, just needed more patience in the beginning. I read this book then immediately bought the next and then the third. Personally, the identical twin issue some have would go away if they just went with it. It is a fictional novel afterall. Also, those that are picky about the titles used in the book are those that probably have prior military experience and they have had it grilled into them. Understandable that they find it hard to ignore. Yet, those reviews that can't get passed the fey being called sir needed to pay more attention. I believe it stated in the book that this was done in order to create more mystery for outsiders as to who the fey is and what her actual gender is. Despite bad reviews, I read and loved this book and the others in the series. It has love, friendships, heartache, action scenes, and even a little supernatural for fun. That's what this series is for -a fun read and break from the everyday. Give it a chance, you may be surprised.

Note: For those that are wondering, no, I do not know the author personally. The four stars are for the book.
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