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- TORMENT - A Novel of Dark Horror
on Dec. 16, 2010
This is an interesting book. Written by an established author under a pen name, it is a departure of a sort from his normal fare. It is his first horror novel. Like some of his past work however, there are religious overtones and questions about God and faith. The horror in this book is supernatural. This is not a zombie novel. If you are looking for a Romero type zombie novel, this isn't it. If you are looking for a supernatural apocalypse, this is what you want.
Ultimately, the action of the story is one long chase scene. The beginning act of the book nicely establishes the main character and then . . . the chase scene begins and lasts until the very end of the book. It's a long chase, and Jeremy tries to keep it interesting, but there are parts that simply go on too long.
While this appears to be a stand alone novel, there are unanswered questions in this book that leave it open for a sequel. Personally, I don't think it needs any follow up. The unanswered questions are best left to the reader.
So. I said it was interesting, but is it any good? Is it enjoyable?
Yes, it's good read but not great. I enjoyed it. I don't want to say the book drags, but man, that is one long chase with lots of running. I skipped some of the running, and enjoyed the book more for it.
Good characters, good action, good ideas.
Give it a try.
- Hunter's War
on Jan. 18, 2011
An excellent post-Apocalyptic military adventure novel. I don't know if Methven has published anything else, but as a first book, this is terrific. Well written and well paced with believable characters and natural dialog. It is a single perspective narrative that doesn't distract with unnecessary plot lines or characters. The post-Apocalyptic world Methven creates is believable and very real; no mutants here, just a world changed by natural and human disaster.
Recommended for fans of military adventure, post-Apocalypse fiction, and folks just looking for a good read by a new author. Very nicely done, Mr. Methven.
- Color Me Grey: Book One of the Alexis Stanton Chronicles
on April 06, 2011
To be honest, I hesitated to buy this book. I saw it in the Borders ebook store and went back and forth about getting it. In the end, I just couldn't resist. I had to give it a try.
My reservations had to do with a lot of things. Number one, it was written by a woman. Say what you want, but I read a lot of thrillers and they're written by men. I'm trying to think of any thrillers I've read with a woman author and I can't think of any. Also, indie published. That can go pretty wrong. One tag even labeled it "chick lit." Military/spy action can really suck when people don't know what they're talking about, and I just don't care to waste my time reading a book where the author is just making stuff up because it would look or sound cool. Especially when it comes to military stuff. So many people think they know what's what because they read it on wikipedia. It ain't so.
But. I like Janet Evanovich, and Charlaine Harris is pretty darn good too, and I've read other good female mystery writers, so why not? As for indie stuff, you just have to hope for the best. Last couple books I got off Smashwords were excellent. There's a certain thrill in finding something great on Smashwords, isn't there? As far as chick lit goes, well, I've read a couple romance novels in my time . . . ahem.
All that is fine and good, but it's the action and the spy type stuff that make the difference. In the end, it wasn't bad. There are somethings I disagreed with, but not out of line with any of the other thrillers I've read. There is nothing completely implausible or so over the top it takes you out of the story. Some of the military guys are a bit action movie cliched, and the bad guys at the end are a bit vague (if you make your bad guys of a certain persuasion, then write them that way. Be bold. Give them the accent, make them act like you think they should, not as mere shadows of themselves.).
As for the writing, another pass by an editor wouldn't hurt. I think Phelps spends too much time trying to convince us of Alex. The fist quarter of the story could be restructured and much streamlined with a little show, don't tell, sensibility. If you want the reader to believe your main character is who she is, show us with action and example. Alex is a good enough character for us to spend some time doing things with, instead of being told about the things she did. As much info as there is about the character at the start of the story, she still seems a bit thin to me. Put a little weight on her.
I like this book. I'll read the next two. And here's the thing about this book - with a little work, the right editor, and the right agent, there is no reason it couldn't be published by a major publishing house. It's all there. Phelps just needs to make the package complete. There is a certain amount of detail and knowledge that is missing. Also, there needs to be more development of the secondary characters and the villains. If Phelps can do that, we'll be reading hardcovers and waiting for the movie. ( )
- Burden Kansas
on June 09, 2011
The best vampire story I've read in a long time. Refreshingly lean, Ryker doesn't burden his tale with padded descriptions or unnecessary characters or character arcs
- Assassins of the Steam Age (Aetherium, Book 1 of 7)
on Aug. 28, 2011
I liked this novel very much. The world Lewis creates is an excellent alternative history, incorporating extinct megafauna from around the last ice age. Some of my favorite "monsters" from prehistory make an appearance in the story. I'd hesitate to call this steampunk. While I think some s'punky elements are here, I think this is more a world-that-could-have-been tale based on a different ecology rather than technology. Could this be ecopunk? Actually, I think the book is better than any sort of crappy genre name.
The characters are all clearly realized individuals. Sometimes, their intentions and motives aren't made clear to the reader, and there are some vagaries about the societies and the characters themselves that will leave the reader wondering. Over all, though, Lewis' sharp writing and the world we step into more than make up for any of those short comings.