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A Light in the Darkness: Things That Go Bump (Volume 1) Paperback – March 30, 2012
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About the Author
Jay (Jason) Gordon, longtime lover of fantasy and mysticism, is currently working on his doctorate in theology, and writes fiction in his free time. He began to write in 2009, and what began as a light interest has now developed into a passion. He is now the author of four different series, each in a different stage of publication, but they all demonstrate a flair for the big casts and sweeping plots of insane Russians. This is his first published work, with many more sure to follow.
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I must say that I also likesthe rising action in the story. Everything was put together so carefully and even though we are talking about a paranormal story, everything fell into place in a way that made sense. The ending was also fantastic and certainly made me smile.
The only other thing that slightly bothered me with this book was that everybody was gay. One of the straight characters even comments during the novel about this, which sort of made it better because at least it is acknowledged. I also do not know if I can recall any lesbian characters.
Overall I would most certainly recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for great paranormal thriller and especially to those who enjoy the m/m genre.
It is also far from politically correct as extremely poisonous barbs are aimed not only at actual contemporary leaders of countries such as Germany, North Korea and China (while the US president is spared, which is not exactly fair) but also at religious leaders such as the Pope and at Christian confessions in general. This could irritate religious people even more than the assumption that the only truth behind the world's warp is to be found in Jewish religious beliefs.
On the other hand I seriously doubt that an orthodox Jew would appreciate the fact that essentially every character in the story is happily gay or at least bisexual and that homosexuality is condoned by a rabbi while it is frowned upon by Christians.
Once one is ready to accept the author's assumptions one will possibly find this story imaginative, heart warming and compelling and the author a good storyteller. It is clear that Mr Gordon is convinced that love is the main moving force in our world and he manages to convey this belief through his pages.
That said one cannot fail to notice that a good editor is sorely needed here. There are relevant differences in standard from one chapter to the next but generally speaking this book is full of typos, grammar mistakes and plot inconsistencies.
The plot is generally well constructed and fast but there are also many instances where things are told and not shown and where plot twists appear more convenient than appropriate.
Many different couples fall in love at first sight and the already engaged lovers go out of their way to have friends and acquaintances meet. Some transitions are simply omitted: in the first chapter, which is extremely well written by the way, the two main characters meet and it is a scary meeting, the vampire a menacing figure and the human a homophobic jock scared out of his wits. In the second one they are already making out as if there were no tomorrow. While many transition are omitted or mentioned in passing there are several unnecessary pages that should have been could.
On the whole this is a quick, enjoyable read but it could be really improved by a thorough revision.
definitely a good read ! why not five stars then ? well, two things :
- it needs an editor. really. the amount of errors on the level of "their/they're" is 'too damn high'.
- the price. I got this for free, but I would not pay the almost $10 it's sold for now (the kindle edition that is). novels like this should be priced in the $5 range, like a whole lot of them are.
still, looking forward to reading book 2.
Please, buy Jay's book so he can quit his day job and start writing fulltime. Once you read "A light in the Darkness: Things that go Bump" you'll agree with me that would really be worth it.