Forgotten Word: Revised Edition January 2018 Kindle Edition
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Author Sam Jane Brown's debut novel examines religion's role in society. Brown's debut book, "Forgotten Word," takes readers on a fast-paced journey that touches upon an array of thought-provoking points, including the role of religion and the potential impact of a new world order whereby religion is banned.
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- Publication date : March 8, 2012
- File size : 347 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 146 pages
- ASIN : B007IWE54K
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Sam Jane Brown; 2nd edition (March 8, 2012)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,590 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“This leads to the overthrow of world religions, a shocking finale and the second coming of Jesus Christ.”
I was like, “Excuse me?!”
I should have just stopped right there and passed, but my curiosity got the best of me. Curse my curiosity because this book turned out to be quite… bad.
Forgotten Word follows Zena McGrath, an Irish lady working for the Interpol. She gets assigned to the case regarding priests dying mysteriously and is sent to the Vatican to investigate. Cardinal Donatello chalks it up to exorcism and convinces her to stay out of it. Another priest dies inexplicably in New York, Zena gets called on to the case again, and everything goes downhill from there.
Very early into the book I realized that this wasn’t going to be the crime mystery I hoped it was going to be. The moment it started mentioning the appearance of a demon, I knew it was going to be something else. The book had a supernatural edge to it, an aspect that is kept throughout the entire book and was cranked up to crazy levels of maximum towards the end. The investigation about the deaths is really just an instrument to move the events over; the real goal of the book is to convince you to stay religious.
To make matters worse, the writing in the book is atrocious. Never mind the fact that it’s written in present tense (this actually doesn’t bother me at all). The whole book is very robotic, making it boring very quickly. The descriptions are half-thought and has taken a backseat with all the telling that’s going on. The characters move like they’re on a fixed track with pre-programmed movements that will take place at a certain time. Considering the length of this book, I found the task of finishing this book to be quite mountainous.
And that ‘finale’? It’s shocking alright, but for all the wrong reasons. Suspension of disbelief doesn’t even work on the events that transpire for this finale because it’s just so ridiculous. It’s quite the comedy, really.
I would say that reading this book was a waste of my time, but it was my conscious decision to download this book and to start reading it. I had the choice to stop reading it and to move to something else, but I decided to plow through. After all, I wouldn’t have known its true depths if I didn’t go all the way. I’m just glad I got out of it sanely.
The plot itself has potential, with the Vatican being infiltrated by Satanists. Their reach extends as far as New York. For reasons I don't particularly understand, an Irish cop named Zena becomes involved in a Vatican investigation regarding a priest's violent murder. And then she's off to New York. The dialog is as flat as month-old soda. The descriptions are paltry and vague and nearly non-existent. It is absolutely frustrating! A book should bring characters and places to life. Zena eventually has this dark angel (one of satan's) actually following her around, and her reaction is just not believable at all. She's just so okay with it. Rituals, sacrifices. Yes, she's "upset", but that's about it. Upset just doesn't cut it.
Finally, I have to agree with all of the reviews that complain about sentence structure/verb tense. In this book, the verb tense is the strangest I have ever seen. It is jarring and pulls you right out of the novel, trying to figure out if you read it right. At first I chalked it up to, 'Well, maybe the author is a non-native English speaker'. That doesn't really make sense though, because a great deal of the text is properly written. The sentences that are bizarre often involve the verb Stand. Some examples: "They turn to their left and, stood there, visible to both of them...", or "And I'm stood in the middle and Satan touched my head," or "...the waiter is stood there." That is just so bizarre, and again, most all of them revolve around Stand/To Stand. I can't come up with any explanation whatsoever.
This book, or should I say the Idea of this book, wants to be good. It really does, but it just isn't. My honest recommendation is that if you like books revolving truly good versus truly evil, check out Stephen King's The Stand, or most anything by Dean Koontz. Even read the Dan Brown books if you enjoy Vatican conspiracies, etc. This one, sadly, fails on all counts.
Top reviews from other countries
It is highly controversial, but nonetheless can appeal to many readers, as it makes you reflect on your own believes.
Forgotten Word is written in such a style, that makes it very easy to read and therefore within reach to anybody.
The book is highly entertaining and keeps you curious until the very end.
His characters are very human and one's can relate to.
I suspect there is more to it and I hope that Sam Jane Brown will content us with a follow up.
This book is her first attempt at writing and in my eyes, a real success.
It is very detailed and I could see it in being made into a film.
I encourage anybody whose in for a good time to get it!