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The Last Alchemistby Erik Hamre is pure gold. Part mystery thriller and part study of wealthcreation Hamre, the author, has ingeniously melded together a solid novel.David Dypsvik, a career student in Australia at Bond University, is coercedinto finding a missing long lost billionaire, Yossar Devan. His professor,Grossman, is finishing writing a book on the ten principles of wealth. Thesesame principles came from a series of lectures by Yossar who had held them fora few students at Oxford in London. These students all had become billionaires themselves.Professor Grossman makes David embark on quest to find Yossar and also learnabout the ten principles. David is not the only one looking for Yossar. Like abreadcrumb trail, David starts a globetrotting hunt for clues with someoneclose to his heels and it becomes a deadly game.
Hamre makes this a fun ride with lots of twists and turns. Not only is thereader entertained, they are enlightened with real wealth building principlesall throughout. I was so engrossed in the book that I flew through threequarters of it before I knew it. Will David find Yossar and the final wealthprinciple? Will his shocking family history be too much to bear? Who is tellingthe truth and can be trusted? You will have to read this golden nugget of anovel for yourself. I will also be reading Hamre's other novels. He has a newfan.
From the Author
- Publication Date : February 27, 2015
- File Size : 3837 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 388 pages
- Publisher : Erik Hamre (February 27, 2015)
- ASIN : B00U438SVQ
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,743 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The numerous spelling mistakes are already distracting (especially when a prominent character's name changes because letters are left out), but the grammar mistakes are pretty unforgivable. Entire words are missing in various sentences which make the book just appear amateur.
The author switches tense constantly from past to present. And I don't mean timeline or active voice. I mean the tense in which the book is written.
And considering that no good author does this, and it's literally one of the first lessons your taught in Elementary School, i's pretty embarrassing for Erik Hamre to make this mistake.
But for me the biggest distraction and eye rolling aspect about the book is the author's decision to use the first and last name, for every single character, EVERY, SINGLE, TIME.......
I mean, you spend the whole time reading:
"I wanted to speak to Bob Smith, but Bob Smith wasn't available. Bob Smith didn't want to take the phone call. What could Bob Smith be hiding?"
As Bob Smith looks out Bob Smith's window to calm himself, all Bob Smith thought was, Bob Smith needs to handle Bob Smith's own problems."
I counted once. In a single paragraph I read the full name of an ancillary character who You'll never see again in the book, 11 times.
11 times in a single paragraph. And since chapters are only 2 pages long at most..... that's a statistical nightmare.
This book has such great promise. I look forward to a good author one day writing a similar one that doesn't come across as a High School writing project.
I must confess that while reading it I started to wonder how the author was going to get out of the tangle he had created, but he did. A little bit of a cheat while doing it, but nevertheless given what the author created, quite skillful. When reading it, assume everything is there fore a purpose, because it is, but not necessarily the purpose you think it will be there for. A really clever read that progresses well. Oh, and as an added bonus, you can test your science. Toward the end there are two absolute scientific howlers that break all sorts of rules, but don't worry; they are needed for the plot, See if you can find them.
Plot twists were mostly enjoyable, though I still don't understand what Hans Baumler had to do with anything, poor guy.
Over all the book had a "Davinci Code" meets "Celestine Prophecy" as written by a class of college writing students as a group project feel.
I wish the author well, and would be very pleased if my take on the book is a one-off. I regret that I cannot give it five stars.
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I'm an author, so I get it. Reviews mean a lot. And I don't like giving anything a low rating for no reason. I mainly get annoyed when readers don't finish the book before reviewing it, but I've gone and done just that! However, it's for the following reasons. Get these corrected, get Amazon to put a fix out (it needs it) and I'll update my copy and finish it for sure, then leave an honest review for the whole book.
It has the makings of a potentially good read. I'm also reading it straight on the back of an outstanding book (does that hinder, or does it help show up the faults here?).
I've stopped at 9%, chapter six. (And believe me, I made some of these earlier mistakes when I first started, too).
I'll add this before listing examples that this book does need careful editing. I note (from your comment at the back) that maybe English isn't your first language, and I commend you for writing a novel in English, but an editor is especially vital for this. I know that you've used a service (freelance, and I've looked them up to see), but either they've not done a full enough service, you've not opted for the complete works, or they've not got the competency to know what needed changing. You don't thank your Editor in the back like most authors might, so I can only assume it's more an arms-length relationship than actually working for you.
I read the opening chapter (which, if anything, has to be the strongest, with the fewest mistakes, so that your new reader isn't put off). You full-named the character constantly. On page two along, and just one line apart, you have "Hans Baumler. Hans Baumler..." twice! It carries on with others, too. The CIA Director is okay to be called that once, but not again...use a first name or surname. Same with the Professor. Title or surname is excellent. And there is nothing wrong with 'said' when the conversation is flowing. There was one section across four lines when you used four different words (e.g. asked, replied, questioned, responded). It gets tiring. You also tell us to often (ask someone about 'show not tell' style) which makes it seem like the reader is assumed stupid. Let your writing show us what he thinks and fears.
I know this might come across as a blow, but I'm not intending it to, and am 100% about coming back to this if/once it's been given a proper look at by an editor. I do wonder if you have a good idea going here, and was looking forward to reading something like this...so I'm not saying that I will not one day finish this, and I permit you to use the comment option on this review to let me know in the future if an update is ready. I promise to give it then another go.
Having come on here (I'm doing this to help you not hinder) I have spotted a few others state stuff about the ending, so it has flagged up the need for a few more pairs of eyes to work on this with you to get it to where it needs to be.
These are only my suggestions, of course, and I'm probably far pickier now than I used to be, and pickier than most...I do see you have a good number of four and five stars, and that'll be because people have been able to see the story behind the words. For me, it just got to the point where I knew I had to stop, to reach out to you and give you my views, and leave it up to you what you do with it. You are 100% at liberty to do nothing, of course.
There were other basic typos and missing speech marks which again pointed at the lack of editing, but I won't point these out as an editor will spot these easily.
A great thriller, which will definitely make you wonder - especially if you're interested in mysteries or the history of the Second World War. Gripping story and I still don't know how this book is not widely known about! Well researched, too and mixing the fictional with the real historic deta in a very convincing way, that makes me actually wonder, like I did with Dan Brown, whether the author is writing the truth disguising it as fiction! Well worth the lost sleep - I just want more! What happened next? Need to read the end again as that's the only part I'm a bit confused about. Maybe because I have been up all night and by the time I finished I was really tired, but who was the man in the BMW???? Michael? David's father? Mange takk, Erik!
The premise of the novel can become bogged down in the detail of the alleged guide to making your fortune but if you can stick with it there are some interesting twists to follow.