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Forgotten Word by [Brown, Sam Jane]
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The Examiner

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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  • File Size: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Sam Jane Brown; First Edition edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWE54K
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I wasn’t sure what to make of this book when I read the description. The first part made me imagine a book about a cop investigating Vatican officials who somehow involved themselves with criminal activities. That would have made for something interesting. And then this line followed:

“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.
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This was a good, interesting plot. It was let down by the writing. It is difficult to write in the present tense and I find it unnatural to read it. There were many grammar errors and sometimes the tenses were very confused. I think this could be a really good book with some editing. Having said that I did persevere to the end, which I don't usually do , because I found the plot intriguing.
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Was this author beaten with the Baltimore Catechism as a child? Oh boy……..I am so very thankful I downloaded this book when it was free. If I had paid money for it, even 99 cents, I would have been ticked off. With that said, I persevered to the end, hoping with each ‘turn’ of the page it would improve. It did not. I could have ignored the grammatical errors if the plot was interesting but it was not. It was silly.

I can’t begin to count the amount of times I had a vision of Flip Wilson, in drag as Geraldine, announcing “Whoa! The devil made me do it, honey!”
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With the Catholic Church as the background, this book opens in a very chilling manner.

I was glued to this book from page one.

If you like white knuckle suspenseful reads, you do not want to miss this book.

I saw that a few people commented that this book is written in the present tense. It is but I don’t think it in any ways detracts from the meat of this story.

Eerie, suspenseful and fast paced the author takes us down a twisting and turning road.

There’s a lot of action and a plot that will have you reflecting long after you are done reading.

Definitely recommend this book.
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I seldom post a negative review, but I will not read a book by Sam Jane Brown again. I wanted to read an entertaining mystery, not a book with an obvious, poorly written religious agenda. I kept reading hoping the book would get better but this was truly a disappointing read.
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As I read this book, I was anxious to see how it would end. I was often confused as to what was going on. I felt no fear as I was reading about demons. I was also very disappointed in the ending. I'm a Christian but don't believe the same as the author about the end times.
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As my title states, If Stephen King or Dan Brown had written this, this book could have been phenomenal. All the bones of a gripping, engrossing story are here, it's just there's no muscle, no flesh, and certainly no heart or vital organs to breathe life into this book. I read another review that stated this book could not make up its mind: Am I an adventure? A romance? A philosophical analysis? A police story? It's a bit of all of these, I suppose. But that's not a good thing. There's all these loose ends -- basically the bones which lead to nowhere.

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.
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