- File Size: 1005 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939840104
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Alliteration Ink (April 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JHO77W4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,220,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the first version of this novel, way back in whatever year, during NaNoWriMo. I can't even begin to say how happy I am to see it finally in published format, as I said to Taylor for ages "The Red Eye should be published; it's so good." And it is. So good. SO good. There were a couple of little moments where, for whatever reason, I was briefly taken out of the story (not sure what those were now; heck, it could have merely been moments of "OMG WHY AM I STILL SITTING ON THIS PLANE" and nothing to do with the book itself), but those didn't really impact my enjoyment of this EXCELLENT story. Taylor's characters and plot keep you fully enthralled. And, naturally, this ends on a cliffhanger- so Alliteration Ink, if she puts out a sequel/trilogy on this... PLEASE KEEP PUBLISHING IT!!!!!
The well-developed characters, often cheesy humor and delightful writing combine well to make The Red Eye a fun, imaginative read. Well done.
At its heart, The Red Eye seems to be an attempt to tell a very traditional fairy tale in a modern context. You’ve got the white knight, the wizened wizard, the maiden fair and the big, bad dragon. I get the attempt, but it causes several problems. The big bad is a cardboard cutout of evil, with no sense of motivation or personality beyond that. The feminine interest has no place in the story outside of being something for the hero to save. There never seems to be any doubt that the hero will triumph. The window dressing is updated, but the problems with this type of tale are not addressed and it hurts the story.
These issues were all the more frustrating when placed next to the obvious talent on tap here. The dialogue had personality. There were touches of how the relationships worked that were gorgeous. Taylor’s prose flowed as clean as a mountain stream. It says a lot that, despite the issues I had, I flew through reading this. And Concordia was nearly brilliant. The Red Eye just seems bland in comparison.
Too much of "urban fantasy" these days is thinly veiled paranormal romance. THE RED EYE, on the other hand, is gritty and dark, and much more on the noir side of the spectrum. In another life, I suspect that Sam Brody was a hard-boiled detective rather than a talk-show radio host. The cast of characters is rounded out with the traditional Villain, Girl Friday, and Femme Fatale, all of whom are intriguing and expand far beyond their stereotypical roles.
The best compliment one can give a book is to immediately run out and read the next one (or prequel, in the case of "The House on Concordia Drive," which is sitting next to me and about to be opened). However, THE RED EYE does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I would also happily read the next chapter in Sam Brody's life!
Recommended to anyone who enjoys Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files series.
This was a fun novel to read. The story was clear and interesting. I really did enjoy the main character of Sam Brody.
Sam came off as a very down to earth, believable character. Perhaps it was because of his sarcasn and often ill timed wise cracks, that he just seemed more personable and human. He didn't know all the answers but he sure as hell was going to try to get as many right as he possibly could.
The story flowed nicely with some amusing scenes. I did find some typographical errors but was able to read past them.
At only 254 pages I would have loved the book to be longer. I feel there was so much more that could have been added to the story to extend its reading life.
And I just loved the cliffhanger at the end!!!!!