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From the Back Cover
Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist
Sherwood Kiraly, author of Diminished Capacity and Big Babies
--Charleston Times-Courier --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B007Q4LNNG
- Publisher : Cantraip Press; 3rd edition (January 1, 2014)
- Publication date : January 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1708 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,666 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First, the good stuff. The shifting writing styles work interestingly, the character transitions are neat, and the supernatural elements of the thriller are pretty chilling and gritty. The language is precise and skillful as well.
However, the pacing is kinda wobbly and it was a SLOW read. I had to restart. And I'm known for my patience. Also, the ending...I won't talk about it because spoilers, but it left some things very unexplained.
Still, I'd love to read more by this author and I hope she continues to write. You might want to give this unusual thriller a try--but do note that it's got some content which may disturb people who've experienced trauma.
That line alone gives you so much of what to expect from the book but as I finished reading Talon, it still swept me away of how good it is.
I love how Maddox wrote an effective character in Conrad, you can really "see" how disturbing he was. Best portrayal of a sociopath that can really keep you reading till dawn. The development of the characters was commendable as well. Maddox has a talent in writing different characters without being too bland and boring. Though the third person POV was tricky in my part, I wasn't bothered with it since the story flowed effortlessly.
Awesomely addictive and wickedly packed with suspense and intrigue, Talon is a book that you need to read. If you haven't read Talon, you are missing out on one addicting mix of suspense, mystery and epic thriller scenes. Talon is a definite 5 stars rating in my list and I highly recommend this book if you love a quick read, love anything suspense/mystery/fantasy/thriller or if you just want to read a god book.
The over active imagination of an abused teenager? A manifestation of her angst? Is Talion real? I'd like to believe he is.
I used to fear that a female author would shy away from violence, but in the spirit of the recent group of ladies who have taken the market by storm, Maddox Is not shy. At all. A long l
Great book. I eagerly await her next.
Top reviews from other countries
Things are not quite as straight forward as they seem in this serial killer thriller set amongst picturesque woods and babbling pools. As the story jumps back and forth in time, touching on the previous victims of the vicious guest Rad, and explores the quiet and distracted nature of the bespectacled Lu snatches of conversation between Lu and her unseen guardian and guide begin to introduce us to the fantastical and supernatural aspect of the narrative.
Though the meaning of the existence of the beautiful Talion remains unclear for quite some time his presence is by far the most intriguing aspect of the story; the relationship between he and Lu is interesting and often quite touching giving the book that ineffably over-emotional quality of so many teenage fantasy dramas. Yet the dark and magical world inhabited by Talion and his companions jars against the morbid, tasteless and rather unimaginative world of the murderer Rad whose only fantasies are of the rape and violent deaths that await his would-be victims.
The intensity of Rad's bloodlust stands out, not like a dangerous threat to the peace world of Lu and Lisa, but like a plot line from another book that has mistakenly wandered into this one. It is easy enough to see what Maddox was aiming for by including such a character but his actions are too extreme and out of place for the overall tone of the book.
These rather uncomfortable excerpts make the book a little hard going in places and many readers will be tempted to give up and put it down; however I advise though with enough patience to preserve as the finale is sufficiently satisfactory and Maddox's writing is both evocative and suspenseful. This is not your average thriller in context though it's hardly memorable.