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Though the book is not without its share of research flaws, such as two people flying in a French plane built for one, or literary sins, misspellings and grammar glitches, its main problem lies in its characterizations, particularly of the Russians...the speech patterns are colloquial American and their villainy is muted to the point that they seem bland and uncommitted to their own evil deeds. Neither the protagonists nor antagonists seem able to push the story along, to be the motivators of events; both are reactive rather than proactive, and when the Russian spy (the most proactive of the characters) does take a hand, it is with reluctance, timidity and regret, negating the venality of her actions. The author also brings in the Nestorians, but not only fails to explore their duality of their theology but does not tell us why or how a Christian cult that did not rise till centuries after the Crucifixion would be the caretakers of an Old Testament relic.
Despite all that, however, "The Nestorian Alliance" is an exciting and fast-moving story that will surely interest and delight those who enjoyed not only the adventures of Indiana Jones but also the small screen's Relic Hunter. Since this is the first volume of a series, generally a time of exuberance on the part of any author, a certain narrative awkwardness is expected, as well as details that should have been edited out prior to publication; none of its flaws are fatal, though, and most people these days, products of the modern education system, might breeze right by, but I hope that in succeeding volumes we will see a growth of character, more attention to detail, and a firmer control of storytelling technique.
The characters are believable and the reader can envision them, the storyline is that of boy meets girl, girl and boy have connection but girl is not who she says, boy and girl depart ways but will meet again.
The author is able to paint a word picture, although it is not as vivid and precise as some books I have read. The story line lacks the depth of a really great novel, but succeeds in entertaining the reader.
Jack Trader is reminiscent of an Indiana Jones type of character looking for religious artifacts and financed by a big money corporation. He and his friends start out on a journey to find Noah's Ark, but find all is not as it seems. Eventually they locate the Ark but not without some trouble.
While I found this book to be rather predictable in what was going to happen next I still enjoyed the book and feel it is worth reading.
Considering this is the authors debut novel I believe he his best works are ahead of him and will continue to read the Jack Archer series.
This book had quite a lot going for it. The plot was innovative and engaging. The characters had promise. Unfortunately, the final product was weak and didn't deliver on its potential. From time to time, I was distracted by spelling/grammatical errors. In at least two separate locations, "there" was used where "their" was the correct word. And, occasionally the author would lose track of the tense--present or past--and would mix both in the same paragraph.
There were wonderful passages of dialogue which were suddenly interrupted with lecture-like descriptions. And the preface was totally off-putting. In a rewrite, I'd recommend removing it entirely or moving it to the back of the book as supporting documentation.
This was a good book which could become an excellent book with careful editing. I look forward to reading additional books--especially if this becomes a series as "A Jack Trader Adventure" seems to promise. And by the way, get better cover art!
Disclaimer: I was offered this book by a blogger who wanted to give the author more exposure in thanks for his donation to her favorite charity. The blogger asked for a quick read and to post an honest review on Amazon.com. I gladly took her up on the offer--not just for the "free" book, but also because I enjoy reading books by independent authors. I wasn't disappointed.
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