- File Size: 754 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 22, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002YK44YW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gift of Fury (The Count Albritton Series) Kindle Edition
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Synopsis: Count Albritton, a self-styled paranormal investigator, begins by looking into an attempted burglary at the NYC apartment of one of his sorcerer friends. It doesn't take long for this seemingly routine investigation to turn into a battle for the future of the world.
Storytelling: five stars. I'm not a fan of clichés like "can't put it down," but that was almost how it was for me. I kept picking up my Kindle at odd moments during the day to take in a couple chapters. When my battery got low, I pulled it onto an iPad and kept reading. Lots of action and no long stretches of boredom to counter it. Sexual tension is present, but no explicit sex scenes for those who are offended by such. Character development was okay, we learn more about each of them as we go, but the villain was just a little too two-dimensional.
Writing: four stars. If you are put off by a story told in first-person present tense, that's what this is. I didn't notice until I was a few chapters in, though. About a third of the story is a flashback to events that happened before (the story begins with Albritton in a hospital, recovering from various injuries from those events) -- that was a little gimmicky, but the story itself was strong enough to overcome it.
Editing: three stars. No glaring continuity errors that I saw, the story itself holds together very well. There are far too many copyediting problems though: dropped words, typos, and so on. That cost the book a five-star rating overall. I hope a second edition, and any sequels, addresses this issue.
Here is what I liked - The Count is an intriguing person. I like that his knee is consistently bothering him throughout the story and that he actually gets injured and just doesn't walk it off. The supporting cast is rounded out enough to where they won't be confused with 2 dimensional cutouts. The relationship between Count and Kara seems ripe for further exploration with the complications of the Brazillian vampire and the Federal Agent. I also enjoyed the author bucking the trend of overdoing the sex that runs rampant through many novels in this genre. For a change, there's a story without all the explicit relationship details. It's a nice change of pace.
The way the author wove his "hidden world" into the "real world" worked very well. His magical system made sense and the way most normal people ignore the things they don't want to see was executed nicely. The world building is one of the best parts of the story and leaves ample room for exploration in the future.
Here's what I think can be improved - The fight scenes didn't get my blood pumping. I felt the ones in this novel came close, but didn't quite make it over the threshold. In the sequels, I hope the author can develop his skills in this area further. I think there could have been a bit more of Jennifer Marino in the beginning. She kind of snuck out of the narrative in the last quarter of the story and it came off as rushed to me.
Best of luck to the author in future volumes.
While I do love the characters Count and Kara, everything else about the book was difficult to follow and enjoy. The flow of the plot was not smoothe. The other characters seemed unfinished. I don't normally mind being thrown in the middle of a setting with gradual background information released as I read, but the author did a poor job of intergrating the reader into his world at a good pace. The beginning was very busy and had a lot going on, only as a recap in his hospital stay, and THEN the reader is put into the present time, which is slow moving. The bonus story felt like another "how I met this other character" mini story that was put in at random fillers during the plot.
Count and Kara are good characters. The others need more polish. The book as a whole seemed completely unorganized. The idea for this magical world and its characters is great, but it's poorly executed.
On the plus side, there is a great cast of characters from the supernatural world : guardian angel, immortals, demons, sorcerers, vampires,in a sort of D&D-ish world where it's all about the mission and not a lot of thought is put into planing.
On the minus side, I was annoyed with the many flashbacks. Going back and forth was really confusing and the connections between now an then were awkward. On at least two occasions, I found myself going back a few pages, trying to figure out just what was going on. There is also a lot left unexplained and probably not on purpose. It felt more like the author had the basis of his novel so clear in his head that he forgot that we didn't know what came before or who (or what) the characters really are.
For the same atmosphere, I suggest the Sandman Slim novels. There are better crafted and the writting is way superior.
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I hope they have a second book or a series I rate it 5 stars