- File Size: 2496 KB
- Print Length: 809 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KW8R660
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hold On! Trilogy: An Action Thriller *NEW EDITION* Kindle Edition
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The narration is overwritten and overwrought. The dialogue is okay between the lovers, but when the scene shifts to the halls of power and military settings, I get the sense that the author is stretching pretty far out of his native environment. There are signs of the author's having researched and consulted with experts, as some passages flow with technical jargon quite nicely, but it's inconsistent.
What do I mean by overwrought and overwritten? Here are some examples:
"Payne was an experienced professional, and she quickly realized she had no chance of escaping."
("experienced professional" is redundant, a case of overwriting. I think the author is trying to express the character is among the best in his trade.)
"The stench of stale motor oil soared into her nostrils, and her heart pounded with exhausting persistence."
("Exhausting persistence." Was she exhausted because her heart wouldn't let her die? I'm so confused! Overwrought.)
And then there are edit misses like this:
"His motivation for saving him may have had questionable."
I wouldn't make an issue of this one sentence if there were only a handful of them, but there are at least a dozen, and that's just in the first book.
With all of the above in mind, I gave the book 4 stars to recognize the absolute originality and fun I found in the story. As someone who has read many thrillers, Hold On! kept surprising me as the story unfolded. It is way off the beaten track. The author seems never to have read a thriller before, or else was swept up by the vision that became this book. It is truly that different.
Best of all, the backstory of Brandon, our complicated hero, sets up a great discussion about the nature and nurture of personality and character. Can a person be brainwashed, or
otherwise altered by intrusive means, and come out a better person? It's a complicated assertion, but I suppose if it makes enough readers swoon, complications can go out the window. The post-modern part of me is waiting for Brandon to relapse, but honestly I haven't read books 2 and 3 yet. To the author's credit, I feel the hook in me to find out!