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on Oct. 26, 2012 :
I loved this story!
(review of free book)
on July 30, 2012 :
In the interests of full disclosure I only read approximately 25% of this novel before stopping.
Newfoundland is a novel I wanted to love. I love stories of planetary colonization. It is clear to me that this author wanted to write an entertaining book on this topic, but unfortunately it falls short on several fronts. This is most obvious in the dialog. The characters speak in a very stilted and unnatural manner. And on many occasions the conversation exists solely to provide the reader with background information. The characters, who are journalists, military officers, politicians, and investigators do not act in a way that I would expect people of their profession to behave. Plot wise the book plodded along and it was too far into the story before the complication point. A nefarious secret is promised, but unless there is a second deeper darker secret revealed later in the book, I was left scratching my head as to why the secret caused the turmoil it did. It just made no sense to me.
I think there are the bones of a good story here but this book, or at least the first quarter, needs a rewrite. I think a journalist uncovering a secret plot by a corrupt military-industrial complex is intriguing. Dialog should be crisp, brief and drive the plot forward. So should the action, we don't need to know all the details of ship board meals and such. The characters need to act in a recognizable, logical manner. And if there is a deep dark secret, it should be more than what is presented here.
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