- File Size: 1174 KB
- Print Length: 371 pages
- Publisher: G. H. BRIGHT; 3 edition (December 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BK9V3PQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But there are survivors. How they survive is not particularly well explained but many prisoners in maximum security institutions for the criminally insane, for instance, do survive while their guards perish miserably (but not before they somehow have left doors and gates open)--the details are not, shall we say, tidy. Other survivors include some who live in the woods or in an isolated coastal town in south England or a group of British armed forces. There are hints of more.
A few characters among the survivors are strongly drawn: the Woodman, his main adversary the Black Pope, men and women with more or less complete personalities and mostly fractured relations--the mix of characters makes for a possibly wonderful tale. Flawed as they are, they draw the reader into the book.
But the author is careless; the characters do not behave in a believably consistent manner while the narrative shifts occasionally from past to present tense, and homonyms (such as "their/there/they're") are often confused. The plot also meanders, as if to kill time while making its way to an ending that leaves loose ends presumably to be resolved in the next book in the series.
THINGS I HAD DIFFICULTY WITH: There were some serious issues with the editing and writing itself. The point of view skipping around characters and the switching of tenses was jarring and disrupted the flow. There were innumerable typos, misspellings and improper grammar. A good editing job would have been really beneficial in order to help the flow and pace of the story. I felt the entire book could have been much, much longer (yes, I realize it’s a series, but still, the first book could have really set up the rest of the books better). There were so many places where I had questions or felt like the descriptions or exposition could have been beefed up in order to enhance the plot and scene/setting. The timeline of events was just far too short. The alliances and relationships developed between certain characters occurred too fast and weren’t very believable.
Overall, this book felt like a first novel. A really good concept that’s hot with some very promising pieces of good writing. Judging by how many other titles this author has put out, I would guess it’s only gotten better.