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JohnnyPromo's EBook Review
on August 24, 2011
Jade Tiger: by Jenn Reese
Price: $2.99 Amazon Kindle Store. (I paid for it!)
This novel is part Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon part Indiana Jones, with a splash of Harlequin romance mixed in. It's a Chinese mystic fantasy/thriller that takes you on a global adventure; with plenty of rock `em sock `em fighting action.
The Best Parts:
The story: Right out of the gate it grabbed me. (I like that much better than the slow build.) The more you read the more you want to know what happens next. A few chapters in, I was hooked.
The characters: They are very likeable! Shan, the Kung-Fu femme fatale was a good mix of badass and babe - her one detectable weakness is a main theme though out. Ian is an Indiana Jones-like archeologist, who proved to be a somewhat larger than life character himself. (He's certainly in the running for `the world's most sensitive man'; Mr. Perfect's only slipups were a little hard to believe though.) The Villains range from decent to very good; one was a little cartoon-ish, the another Bond-ish
Good/Not so good:
Descriptive Writing: Here's where I'm conflicted. The author is clearly a good writer. I envy how well she paints a vivid picture, but she uses a lot of ultra flowery language - too much so for me. She has an admirable command of words but at times it was a little overboard. I'm a minimalist. Her occasional wordiness required me to fight, not to lose focus. I appreciate a good wordsmith, which she is, but this type of page-turner needs to be light on dictionary words. Now, that's just my tastes. A lot of people will appreciate it, I'm sure. I'll give her this, I looked up anything potentially questionable and she was spot-on with her usage - so there wasn't any chicanery going on! (What? Did I just do that? I'm such a hypocrite!) Seriously, the writing was good, just a little too over the top for me at times.
Dialogue: Most of the time the characters said the things you would expect them to say - not predictable, just true to their nature. In the entire book, there was only one or two times when I just didn't buy the words coming out of their mouths - mostly the `Harlequin moments'. The banter between the characters was sometimes witty, occasionally just ok, and often very good. One great laugh out loud moment was just perfect - a classic thing that two archeologist would say and do in a moment of crisis. (Kudos for that!)
Action: A whole lotta ass kicking going on! Be prepared for epic fights - very few first-round knockouts! It's like when Indiana Jones had to punch the guy a thousand times for him to go down and stay down. As a recreational boxer, I found that to be pure fantasy.
Narrator: Generally OK, but at times the narrator and the main character, Shan, seemed to have the exact same point of view on life and the moment. It felt like the stuff the narrator said could've and maybe should've come from Shan's mouth or mind - just a thought.
Overall I thought this book was pretty good and the story was excellent. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes any of the three main themes - martial arts, adventure, and romance. I'll keep an eye out for Shan-Fu II
I give it 7.4 out of 10 on my ratings scale - located and explained at JohnnyPromo.com