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on Oct. 06, 2012 :
“The Beginning” opens with one of the best first chapters I have read in a long while. I found myself thinking: first five minutes of James Bond movie.
The story itself is very visual and evocative, and the characters deftly drawn. There is a dizzy mix of action, mystery, murder and psychic voodoo playing out against the background noise of family skeletons rattling loudly in the closet. You root for the good guys and hiss loudly at the bad guys. The action comes thick and fast and I found myself staying up until 1.30am to finish the book. Impossible to leave it alone for long once you’ve reached the mid-point - wife, kids or work notwithstanding.
I did find some formatting/typing issues in the text which a little more time in editing could have smoothed out, and (being a cynical Brit) would have liked to cut out some of the more homespun American dialogue. I found myself wanting to get back to the action – of which there is a lot!
“The Beginning” is the first in Charles Wells’ mystery/thriller series “Whispering Pines”. Will I be reading the next in the series? As you US-types might say, “You betcha!”
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on Sep. 13, 2012 :
The author wants an honest review, so here goes. The story itself is good. Mind you this is the authors first book. He has written many more after this one. Kim Stapfs review of The Beginning. I found many editing mistakes throughout the book, the chapters were long to the point I had to go back and reread some to understand what was going on. Some sentences were missing words. There were a lot of characters, sometimes I had to go back to see how they tied into the story. The story is about the Veil brothers Chuck and Matt. Chuck hasn't heard from his brother in days, this isn't normal as chuck always hears from his brother. He calls his brothers house and Matt doesn't answer and chuck starts to worry when he doesn't hear back from him. He calls the lumber company that Matt and chuck own and they say Matt took some time off. This doesn't sit well with Chuck because Matt always lets him know what's happening in his life. Chuck decides he has to go to Goergia and see whats happening but he doesn't want to go alone so he asks Gail, a lady who works wih chuck at the paper where chuck is a journalist to go with him. Little does chuck know that Gail got a nickel in change from a pizza delivery man, when she touches it she see things. She can't make heads or tails of what she sees. On the way there Chuck explains more of what he expects happened to Matt, and Gail realizes her visions are about Matt and his family. There is so much more to the story. You have to download the book for more. It's well worth the download. Even thou I found some problems , the story itself is well worth the read, thats why four stars. I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author. This is a series of books , so check out all of Charles books . Thank you for reading my review.
(reviewed long after purchase)