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One thing I found to be particularly distracting throughout this book was the constant, and often random, use of non-contractions (for lack of a better word) in the characters' conversations. For example: "If you do not do what I tell you, I am going to shoot." Quite often it would happen that, for instance, the first part of that sentence did actually contain the contraction form, but the 2nd half of the sentence did not.
The first few times I noticed this inconsistent non-contraction usage, I thought perhaps the author was using it for effect, to convey a more dramatic delivery of the line or something. But when it continued throughout the entire book, with its usage being so very random, and inexplicably mixed in with contractions, it simply became an annoyance and a distraction.
I can only assume that the writer was allowing spell-check to do much of the editing. Especially since there was also the occasional mis-spelled word, or incorrect form/usage of a word, like what happens when I voice-text and my phone misinterprets what I actually said.
Sorry for the rambling review, but it just seems to me that if someone is going to go to all the trouble to write a long, convoluted, rambling story, they should at least also make an attempt at realistic dialogue, (or do more careful editing).
Lastly, to be clear, this book is definitely NOT the only ebook that I find this phenomenon. In fact, pretty much every ebook I read, except for those by the familiar and/or well known authors, includes more than an average amount of editing oversights. Guess it just comes with the territory these days.
I am sorry to say that I did sort of need to finish it to find out how it was all brought together but afterwards I sort of felt...."Really" ?
Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that. Oliver Stone
I had to double check. Really. It was absolutely imperative for me to find out if Mark Bentsen was really a first time author or if he was a well-known author writing under another name. Nope. First one. Well, will you look at that?
Bentsen has written a novel of suspense and mystery that can proudly stand amongst the works of the great suspense writers of today. His grasp of the written word is exceptional, drawing you into the story and refusing to let you go from the first line until the last page is turned.
To begin my paean to all things Bentsen, I must first point out the beauty of the language, as he takes you from the mountains and plains of Montana and up into the Southern Alberta plains. What first drew me to the book when it showed up as one of the daily selections offered by one of my "meet this new author" e-mails was the setting. Montana, and especially Glacier National Park, is breathtaking, allowing amazing vistas around every turn, whether it be rolling prairies or the stunning escarpments of the Rocky Mountains. I was hoping to drop myself into the landscape, and Bentsen does not disappoint, drawing mind pictures of great beauty. That, in itself, deserves a good book rating. I love books that offer me this short of "mental video" of what the characters are seeing.
The characters themselves are deeply real.Read more ›
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