on Oct. 27, 2012 :
2 1/2 stars....
I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let's start with the cover. It's awful. It reminds me of something I would expect to find as the cover of a manga comic book. And perhaps that's what the author wants. Just not my style. But I've seen worse covers over better books so I still held out hope.
From the very beginning this book was confusing. What parent, a cop nonetheless, is going to bring his son to Japan from the US, to confront a madman who just flipped over a car and killed his partner? Especially when a huge natural disaster had just hit Japan?! Anyone remember the tsunami? What person in their right mind would willingly bring their child into a situation such as that to go after a madman? All of this defies any human instinct.
But let's get beyond that, because then, logic goes way out the window when the son, Jason, meets up with another few kids, and finally confronts the madman (no adults present). The storyline goes from not quite logical to even worse as somehow they end up in a post-apocolyptic world where no one remembers the existence of basic geography such as the US, Japan, or any other county for that matter. And it deteriorates from there.
Now I'm not saying this is an absolutely awful book. It was an okay read. There were parts of it, specifically the middle where they were training, where it was pretty good. But the beginning and ending where just so out there as to make this book just a bad book.
(review of free book)