- File Size: 1417 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Rhiza Press (November 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014VTC954
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,008,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Grief is a visitor that takes its leave most reluctantly.” – Edward Bryson.
Sydney-raised Adam Hollingworth has been left devastated since his fiancée past away. He is now like a broken compass – a man without direction starting to doubt whether there is any point to life anymore. But when his mother finds him a teaching job within the marshes of Thames Estuary in England, Adam begins to develop an unlikely friendship with seasoned sailor and retired history teacher Edward Bryson who challenge Adam’s beliefs and expectations.
As he starts to get settled, Adam faces the possibility of falling in love again and becomes involved in stopping a drug smuggling ring that threatens his life and his new friends. Nick Hawkes, author of The Celtic Stone, delivers a touching story about finding the way back from the brink of despair, proving that bringing happiness and fulfillment to others is the remedy to one’s own heartache.
So. I need to fess up. This isn’t something I would normally choose for myself. I’m a YA fanatic through and through. Which is why it took me a little while to warm up to The Viking Stone. The back cover blurb was intriguing although I was worried the story would be too soaked up with heartache and melancholy that the actual plot would be revoked of any potential suspense and mystery.
This was just my own interpretation but from what I gathered from the title, synopsis and even the prologue was that Adam and Edward would share a mysterious past that led back to Viking lore and would unravel a secret that was occurring in the present.
I was super wrong.
Ignore the Viking mask on the front cover it will only confuse you. Also, don’t take the prologue to mean anything too relevant to the plot. It is merely a significance of theme and an abstract rendition at that.
In saying that, the novel was beautiful for what it was – a story about a lost man finding his way back to life through enriching the lives of a small country town. Edward Bryson breaks it down on page 60:
“We are all inescapably trapped in relationships in which we have a claim on others and they have a claim on us. You are simply not yours to dispose of as you will. You don’t have the right.”
Adam was self-absorbed in loneliness yet loyal with a major hero-complex that bordered on cruel and reckless. I found him a little too larger-than-life at times, as he always seemed to have the perfect solution to everyone’s problems. It seemed unrealistic that everyone would accept his answers as law.
Claire, had that stereotypical love interest personality that didn’t do anything for me. She had a string of bad experiences with men in the past but she was blonde, pretty, artsy, stubborn and feisty.
The side-story between Margaret and Gareth was the highlight of the novel. Gareth was humorous with over zealous schemes and a boisterous personality while Margaret was reluctant, closed-off and always over-thinking everything. They way their love story came about was entertaining and gratifying. The only thing that it could’ve done without was Adam’s advice on Margaret’s physical appearance. I personally loved that Gareth saw the beauty in her despite her perhaps drab appearance. She didn’t need a ‘My Fair Lady’ transformation.
Another aspect that detracted from various scenes was all the boat jargon. To someone with zero knowledge on sailing, the technical terms were confusing and sloppily explained at best. This was most noticeable particularly in the action scenes at the end when Edward came up with a line of original maneuvers to help Adam and himself make their broken boat find it’s way back to the dock.
To sum it up, the story was relatable in its depth and theme and enlightening in its redeeming message. A residual optimism remained with me once I had finished the story. I would definitely recommend The Viking Stone to anyone who has been emotionally damaged and feels isolated within themselves, but for me personally, it just wasn’t a favourite.
Massive thanks to Rhiza Press for the free hardcopy.
Adam Hollingsworth is in turmoil as he struggles to cope with the loss of his fiancee, who died in a car accident that left him facing months of intense physical therapy to recover the adventurous life he used to lead.
So when the opportunity to teach at a boarding school in England presents itself, he sees it as a chance to start his life anew. Upon arriving at the Thames Estuary, he meets Edward and his niece Claire who are destined to teach him how to approach life differently through the use of Edward's historic viking stone.
Upon reading the blurb of this book, I was excited by the promise of historical fiction blended with a modern day thriller. What I found was ultimately quite disappointing. Though there is mention of the mysterious viking stone set to lead Adam on a new path, its presence is severely lacking. Whilst Hawkes teases his readers with the possibility of dual protagonists (that of a viking years earlier and Adam himself) he fails to deliver.
Furthermore, whilst the book is easy to read - no mean feat for many a historical author - the characters, for me, didn't gel quite as well as they should have. The side romance between Claire and Adam - as hinted at by the blurb - seems too forced.
Overall, this is not a bad book. It just wasn't the book I was expecting - the one promised by the blurb and somewhat misleading title). Lovers of light romance, with a dash of thriller may be drawn to this book but if you're looking for a historical fiction, modern day thriller, you may want to give this one a miss.
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