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Born and raised in Augusta GA, Roy Hudson won a full scholarship for the Sandhills Writers Conference put on by Augusta Sate University in 2010. He has been writing since the age of four and has always dreamed of being a writer. He is also the author of The Odic Touch, Halloween Tales, and has stories in two anthologies: 13 Tales of the Paranormal and A Thorn of Death: Zombie Anthology.
on June 02, 2013 :
This review is originally posted at Goodreads.
Note for PotO fans. Although it's said in Acknowledgments that the author thanks Leroux and Lloyd Webber for their works, and this book was written as modern tribute to the story, "Relic" is not just a piece of fanfiction about modern version of the Phantom. And, though being the proud PotO fan, I really thank you, Mr. Hudson. Keep doing your job!
So, I liked this book. I liked it not blindly, I saw its strong and weak moments, but still.
Horror movie actor named R.L. (and in his nickname 'Relic' I saw a hint at original Phantom's name Erik) is terribly disfigured in sudden accident. He's now living as hermit, waiting for his face surgery. Eventually he meets the girl, Julie, immediately falls in love with her and is loved back, and here the happyly-ever-after ends and suspense starts.
I was afraid a lot, if some persons, shown in the beginning of the book, don't appear later, but, to Mr. Hudson credit, they took their part in the story.
Wtiting style is tough a little bit, and the text has some issues with error of style, but it would do no harm to the story itself. But I liked its sense of humor, and some dialogues were strong and vivid.
Plotline has some very interesting twists, and as soon as I thought all secrets were unraveled, I was pushed in another one, and then another, and finally one more. I liked it really.
I dislike though Relic's friend Derek's prophetic dreams, they added nothing to the plot. Also I felt strange about how sudden Julie felt for Relic. I can see why he felt for her, but why she felt for him back after just couple of talks? And I was really, really disappointed of that sort of unmasking, presented by the author. Yes, it's not _that_ Phantom of the Opera story, but unmasking was bloody brilliant scene worth being reminiscent!
All in all, it was a pleasant (if 'pleasant' can be used for story involving murders) reading. Very fresh look at the old good story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)