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Garden of Evil (A Jim Rook Horror Novel) Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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This latest edition to the Rook series harkens back to the terror of his earlier novels. I found myself imbedded in the story and could not put this one down until I finished it.
If you are a fan, this is a must. If you have not yet read Masterton's Rook series, then I dare you to read this one and not want to get all the previous novels in the Rook series, or perchance, trespass into some of his other works. Keep 'em comin' Graham!
This book is... bad. Not badly written. The writing is fine, and at times even witty. The prose moves along at a clipped pace, and action scenes are handled well. The whole story is actually pretty interesting, too. So, why only one star? Well... there are some big problems lurking in the pages of Garden of Evil.
First, every character in this book is an idiot. Every. Single. One. The villain is obvious. He literally spells out what he wants, and hands it to Jim. No response. Every word out of the villains mouth is dripping with an ominous sheen of obvious doom, and... no one reacts. No one does anything about it. Everyone just kind of plays along until all hell literally breaks loose. Even then, when a solution is clearly stated to our heroes, as in completely and totally explained, they continue to say "I don't get it?" "What are you asking me to do?" "What do you mean by that?" It gets really annoying really fast.
Second, the cast of characters, from the largest to the smallest, is so loaded with borderline offensive to outright offensive stereotypes that it makes the book hard to read (or in my case, listen too. The hammy accents don't help the audio book, either.) From every African American character sounding like bit players taken out of Dangerous Minds, to the young Jewish girl constantly quoting Hebrew scriptures to the bit gay character in a pink t shirt and red velvet pants (yes, red velvet pants). The book is loaded with undeveloped card board cut outs, not characters.Read more ›
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I am a huge fan of Mr. Masterton - this might be his best yet. Brilliantly crafted in true Masterton style.Published 5 months ago by L. K. Underwood
A good read. Rook is an unusual character, not your average horror story hero, a remedial English teacher with the power to see things others can't - literally. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Olivepony