- File Size: 1377 KB
- Print Length: 950 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ashton Publishing Group (April 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y23YZJ4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another detractor was the numerous subplots that were left hanging or were contradictory, such as someone who wanted to save the world from itself murdering scientists while saving the lives of others.
Sam as a character is a little hard to believe. At one moment he's impulsive, almost childish; and at the next, he's offering mature, intelligent observations. I felt that the stories lacked technical accuracy where it could have been supplied, like where lithium deposits are indeed in abundance rather than a made up list.
Sam and the other leading characters lacked much in the line of a moral compass. A person who puts out the eye of an enemy or involves himself in gratuitous sex does not seem like someone to be emulated, especially among young people who might enjoy these series.
These stories could be wonderful teaching tools from both a technical and a moral optic; but regretfully, they seem to miss the mark on each. We need some real, true, clean heroes and heroines to champion and model; and this series could be that. Just not yet.
I would have given it five stars, but two things bothered me. Firstly, everyone in this world is beautiful. Just once, I'd enjoy a character who is average, or less than average and surprises everyone. Secondly, there is too much technical explanation for me. I didn't need it, so I skimmed it. The author does appear to research the topics well, but for me, it detracted from the pace. Therefore, I skipped when I could.
The Cassidy Project, my second read from author Christopher Cartwright. Well-written and captivating with well-developed main characters reminding one of a poor man’s James Rollins
The Nostradamus Equation, my third read from author Christopher Cartwright. Well-written and captivating with well-developed main characters reminding one of Dan Brown’s writing. It’s hard coming into a series in the middle, books #4, #5 & #6 I’ve obviously missed much. I’ll be reading more by this author, especially since I just went out & discovered that I own the first book in the series! (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).
There one thing that keeps bugging me though and that's the author's describing the "grinning" faces of most of the characters. When he moves from one character to another the one he moves to always seems to be grinning. Sam grinned or Tom grinned or whoever grinned. It's like they live in a world where there's just one facial expression!
Your a very good story teller but please stop with all the grinning! 😁
Can’t say enough about the Rhapta Key. Was hooked on the series and author after finishing. After the Cassidy Project which was just as good I was elated to have another book in the series to read: Nostradamus Equation. This book blew me away. All I could think about while reading was “This book would make a great Movie! Fantastic writing!
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Nevertheless it's a collection worth 5 stars.
I would hazard a guess that the author thinks of himself as being Sam Reilly and the main females his dream women as all these female scientists, archaeologists, team members etc are absolutely stunning!
The stories are very well constructed with twists and turns. However, I would say they are a bit like The Thunderbirds meets Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible. The twists and turns do not create the tension and doubt that the stories need.
The technical detail in the stories is very good and way beyond my comprehension, so much so I switched off on many occasions.
There are times when the proof reader lets the author down as there are contradictory messages even within a few lines of each other. Sometimes whilst reading I could swear I had read exactly the same passage earlier in the book and the continuous and repetitive use of the word “grinned” can wear you down and drive you mad.
After reading the first series of volumes I debated whether I wanted to read another one as this sort of fantasy is not the thriller I expected and not particularly my sort of enjoyment. But I relented and continued to read and certainly do not regret it.
Having said all that I did enjoy the read and did care enough about the characters. I like the stories which are very educational even if hard going, the characters and although the outcomes are predictable I will admit that I enjoyed reading about Sam Reilly and his exploits.
I will most likely read the next volumes.