- File Size: 2099 KB
- Print Length: 450 pages
- Publisher: Engine House Press (December 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006PG5BJI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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While there are some detailed and exciting accounts of a few of his heists, the book mostly deals with his life course; his motivations and circumstances along the way; the development of his own brand of honor and loyalty; and what he must give up by persuing the only choices he thinks he has.
I highly recommend this book. There's a lot to think about here, while following the career of this likeable young villain. But rather than being just a case study, this is mostly just a very good story. Tales like this are becoming a rare treat. Indulge!
As one who gets bored with stories with typical plots and typical main characters, Findo Gask was a refreshing change of pace and just what I'd been looking for. I like anti-heroes and complicated main characters with issues, where neither the "good" guys nor the "bad" guys are all bad nor all good.
Findo, despite his lack of a normal childhood, is a likable character. However, he has several virtues, along with the predictable shortcomings one might expect from such an upbringing. He's resourceful, loyal to those he cares about, a quick learner and, above all, a born survivor. And, in contrast to the life he leads, he's oddly vulnerable and innocent as well. I'm also quite glad you left him true to himself at the end and did not allow him to come to a bad end.
Beside Findo himself, the characters I liked best were Mrs Reid and John, who were like surrogate parents for him.
I got this book through Amazon when it was a freebie and, though I normally dump books off my Kindle once finishing them, this is one I intend to keep and read again at some point. It's one of those stories that stays in your mind, not to be forgotten.
It's one thing to describe a scene vividly, but it's quite another to include extraneous and unnecessary detail that leaves the reader confused about more important things like directions, the length of a wall, the width of a span. Every single step, floorboard, piece of rope, clip and intersection does not need to be enumerated unless each one furthers the scene. It gets in the way of an otherwise admirable piece of work. Editing could have fixed this quickly.
There is no intent to be overly critical here, rather it's meant constructively. The author is to be applauded for his hard work , thought and originality. However, as a novelist myself, I found far too many errors, small and large, that would have been caught by any serious copy editor, so I assume one was not used. There seems to be considerable confusion about the use of colons, semicolons, and dashes, and there are enough typos to confirm the absence of any editorial help. These might be seen as small problems, but they add up quickly to sway opinion. On the developmental editing side, it's very clear that the tale easily could be a quarter shorter to good effect, making it more powerful and immediate. Reining in such a talkative narrator would do it. I always hire a freelance editor, because it's tough to be tough on yourself, and so should this author. It's a truism in fiction that the narrator should be seldom seen and less heard.
Having said all this, though, the armored van heist, the prison caper, the tiara lift were all enthralling and well written. The host of minor characters, with the exception of Chloe, were convincing as individual voices. The ending, if a bit predictable, still left a smile.
I really do wish I could give the Tale of Findo Gask more stars than three. Fortunately, digital publishing allows relatively easy revision, as I well know. This is a good book, but it could be better. Keep writing Huw Thomas. You're talented.