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About the Author
Dave is the author of Snood, Snoodoku, Snood Towers, and other computer games. He first publishedSnood in 1996, and it became one of the most popular shareware games of theearly Internet. His most recent games are Scryptix andPolaric (coming soon). He also designs and publishes boardgames though hiscompany, Plankton Games. You can see his games at the PlanktonGames.com website.
Dave teaches geology, environmental studies, andcomputer programming at Guilford College, and he does improv comedy every week at the Idiot Box in Greensboro, North Carolina. He's also played the world'slargest tuba in concert. Not that that is relevant, but it's still kinda cool.
Flames overFrosthelm is Dave's first novel.
- File size : 2074 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Publication date : June 11, 2019
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07T12STNY
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #355,282 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Flames over Frosthelm” by Dave Dobson is best described as a good entertainment of a book. Placed in the epic fantasy category, it is certainly not dark and foreboding and the primary character Marten Mingenstern, is likeable rather than bloodthirsty. Add to that the sense of humor that comes through as the tale unfolds. Not that it is a giddy YA aimed “Romancing an Elf” with cute, fuzzy companions, not at all. The plot that begins with that bar fight, expands into a fight with a powerfully evil being.
As the book begins, Marten, and his Provisional ( newly out of cop school) Inquisitor ( police detective) partner Beauregard ” Boog” Eggstrom are following the investigation of the robbery of jewels of a Lady the Realm. The clues led to their staking out a tavern watching a suspected thief, nicknamed ”ShortSword” ( use your imagination what that refers to) make a nuisance of himself and spending money he should not have. The action begins as a woman enters and approaches Shortsword. They begin arguing about an amulet. As our heroes intervene, there is a flash of light. The cloaked woman has run off, and Marten and Boog lie stunned on the floor between a grisly pile of what used to be the thief and the amulet.
That tale of an arrest gone wrong begins a tale in which our two Iquisitors find themselves enmeshed in a plot that will not only endanger their lives, but also threaten the existence of Frosthelm. It seems that an ambitious nobleman named Marron is scheming to usurp the throne to take power into his own hands, and the magic of the amulet is a tool to that end. Soon Marten and Boog find themselves in dangers that were definitely not in the Inquisitors handbook.
Mr.Dobson, the author worked long and hard to being his book to life and he did an excellent job. Marten is an appealing character who grows throughout the book, changing from a carefree young cop into a man who has literally faced demons. He has survived the opening of the gates of hell, while seeing friends, mentors and comrades fall. The amulet is the key, he learns, and the key, as all keys, both closes and opens doors, sometimes doing both at the same time.
Summary: a very entertaining story, well written and very engrossing. The book is complete in this one volume. There is nothing in it to offend and trigger the sensibilities, in my opinion.
The author claims he hired a professional editor for this book. If so, he was ripped off. Editors are responsible for checking facts, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. There were several errors in the book, but the most irksome was the many, MANY inappropriate uses of commas. This drives me nuts! It's like putting a stop sign in the middle of a busy freeway.
Some other errors in the book:
The use of "I" as the object in a sentence. A couple of examples are "with Boog and I" and "I saw Clarice and I "
She fell back, catching HIMSELF with her left hand...I think I slept AT several times.
Expertly-placed fist...(The ly ending with adverbs signals to the reader that the next word will be another modifier, not a noun.)
We have to lay low... (in another instance, "to lie low" was used correctly.)
..."as we two..." should be "as us two." ( "Us" is an object pronoun, and "we" is a subject pronoun.)
There were instances of incorrect uses of dashes and hyphens.
At one point, it was said that seven jets of water shot twenty feet in the air...how could this be when there was no electricity?
...the sun moved along in its path through the sky... (The earth orbits the sun, not the other way around.)
Nevertheless, this is a wonderful book. The author has a vivid imagination, and I will read more books by him without hesitation. I do hope he finds a competent editor for the next one.
I hope the author comes up with more.
There is humor, good character development, and a interesting story line.
Five stars and I hope to see more from this author.