A bit too quick...,
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This review is from: Dark Light (Ghost Hunters, Book 5) (Harmony) (Kindle Edition)
On the bright side, the plot of Dark Light has an interesting and different premise from the others in the Harmony series. Retired Ghost Hunters are being kidnapped off the streets, and/or being lured by an illegal drug called "ghost juice". Both the main characters want to figure out the mysteries of the missing hunters and the source of the new drug. Additionally, a purple ghost light that stuns or kills and seems impenetrable needs to be found and destroyed.
A little mystery (not difficult to figure out and too easily resolved, but still different from the usual), a dust bunny with Elvis aspirations, a new Hunter Talent, romance that blossoms and eventually satisfies.
Unfortunately, there is another side...
The first problem, mentioned by several other reviewers, is the instant marriage decision (within 47 minutes after first meeting) between the main characters, Fontana (a Guild boss) and Sierra (a tabloid journalist). I'll buy an honest attraction, maybe an offer of dinner and drinks, a little dancing, a goodnight kiss (oh, hell, maybe a quick roll in the sack, I'm good with that), but instant marriage? Please. Even with the ridiculous excuse of a way to protect the heroine, the premise didn't come close to credible. Tell the little woman to watch her back, hire a few guards, take her into protective custody, anything, just don't suggest marriage before even holding hands.
Second problem. Ms. Castle, most of us really HAVE read the other books in this series. I don't need the repeated (and repeated) rhetoric about the Curtain closing, UDEMS, para-resonators, etc., etc., etc. I started skimming those references four books ago, I'm sure most of your other fans have as well. We already know the history, plunking it down during the middle of conversations and action sequences is not necessary, is annoying and delays the story.
3 stars because although Dark Light is mediocre for her Harmony books, Ms. Castle/Quick/Krentz is always readable, even when uninspired.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2009, 7:22:15 AM PST
It has become almost an epidemic of authors constantly repeating events/details from previous books to "remind" readers of where they are. Jim Butcher dragged it on for his first 5 books as well, and I've noticed it with Karen Chance and Rob Thurman. It makes me wonder if this is a problem of the publishers/editors - so that books in series can be "stand alone" (which is a crock b/c they can't) thus increasing sales? Or, maybe they are concerned that with the normal time lag between mass market paperbacks often being a year or more that readers will forget? Personally, I'd rather skim through a previous book again to refresh, than have these unnecessary reminders interrupting plot flow. Jem
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2009, 2:34:35 AM PST
Maybe a simple prologue at the beginning of the new book with, "if you haven't been keeping up with this series, here's a reminder of the premise..." Then we can skip that part and go on to the story.
Posted on Jan 14, 2014, 6:42:09 PM PST
J. Owen says:
...Castle/Quick/Krentz is always readable, even when uninspired.
What an excellent way of phrasing the statement that many fans, including myself, say that she can't write a bad book.
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