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The Guilty Bookmark
on Sep. 23, 2013 :
I hated this book-Hated it because I couldn't put it down! I was astonished that a 20 page book could do what 100 page novels can't. I picked this simply as a read before bed choice, but instead of relaxing me, it excited me.
The story starts out with an older main character which I found interesting and piqued my curiosity. But describing the characters ideals about planes and flying doesn't really make sense until after you finish reading the entire book. If you don't read the book description ahead of time (which I often am guilty of), prepare to be a little confused. But even in your state of confusion, the story line is intriguing.
When you first start the chapter you are trying to figure out who this Dessmond character is and how he can possibly be so tormented. The amount of detail and description in what we generally consider mundane acts of an airport are superb! They are beyond well done due to their perfect balance of description and relating to one's senses.
Normally I'm not a huge proponent of novels with strong settings as I prefer to let my imagination take over. But with this tale, the setting(s) were essential to the novel and I was gently brought back right to the place where I was supposed to be-Manchester.
You have to read at least half way into the book to figure out who Desmond is, but this already has the makings of a great epic fantasy series. There is an adult undertone-this isn't the dragon of your childhood imagination. Desmond is a raw, tortured character who's secret is teasingly revealed at the end of the novel.
One of the many things I enjoyed about this story is the fact that it is a great standalone novel- it didn't force me to read the rest of the series but let me choose if I wanted to continue the adventure. Also the other two characters in the book have an equally rich and complex history that you get glimpses of and its apparent there is a deeper story to be told.
This is my first interlude with these authors and I plan on taking another adventure into their world. Reading this book was like a quick Christmas gift unwrapping-eagerly and greedily I want another story
(review of free book)