Toy of the Gods Paperback – December 5, 2017
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- Publisher : Independently published (December 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 261 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1973468638
- ISBN-13 : 978-1973468639
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.66 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,866,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was easy to read, the writing style is well and the pace is steady until we get into the jungle where the mishaps, accidents and steamy moments send you racing over the pages. I enjoyed this book; it was like taking a mini vacation to South America while I’m sipping hot chocolate in the freezing temperatures.
The plot is simple – ancient Inca god is awake and our female adventurer tries to stay alive while guiding a group of characters through jungle, troubles, action, passion and everything else entertaining you can imagine. It is basically an action movie on paper, or a video game that you can read. Like I said, the writing is good, pacey and you breeze through pages, characters are surprisingly well rounded and you really care what happens with them, and the antagonist is pretty cool too. I really can imagine this story on the big screen, it would be fun old school action adventure that they don't make anymore. If you are looking for something light and enjoyable to read, look no further, this is just it.
I really enjoyed the characters. They felt very believable and acted realistically despite the fantasy aspect. I especially enjoyed Leslie, I felt for her and the various situations she had to deal with. Being a tour guide alone is challenging. Don’t you just hate is when an Inca god shows up and tries to attack your customers?
“Toy of the Gods” is an interesting blend of a travelogue, an explorer adventure story (ala “Indiana Jones”), and a supernatural fantasy. Not all these elements work together always, especially as factoids are dropped with little relevance to the plot and points are driven home without much subtlety. The collection of characters at times feels like a rundown of guests at a resort; yet the blasé reaction almost every character had to the supernatural events was well-observed and often amusing.
Although the villain was underdeveloped, the reveal did provide a thrilling and unexpected plot twist. Indeed, the character development for many supporting players was very interesting, showing more depth and nuance than at first expected. I find myself looking forward to spending more time with at least one character in the planned sequel!
Overall, while not the kind of book I often read and in general not particularly excellent, this was an enjoyable read.
I read this book on the Kindle app on my Windows Phone. It performed fairly well (especially once I realized I could pin the book directly to my start screen!); though sometimes sentences were lost at the end of a page.
Toy of the Gods was a fun read which captured the mind’s eye with the wonders (and dangers) of the Amazon. Leslie is a strong lead character with plenty of fun personalities to interact with, though I do question her taste in men. As for Jessup, I could not read anything about him without picturing Sullivan from the Uncharted games. That’s a compliment!
The only major drawback was the sex scene inserted seemingly out of nowhere. While an interesting read based on the context, it seemed wholly unnecessary. To elaborate would issue spoilers, so I shall withhold those comments for a later time.
As I finished the final sentences, I was content with a book well done. Then came the prologue. Dammit. Now I have to wait for another one! Will definitely keep an eye out for its release and see what happens next!