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Ghost of Achilles - True Ogre [Paperback]

Chris Sorrell
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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14 July 2010
Now, as the battle of Norsum comes to a blunt end, so does the leadership of the once god-like Achilles. Voldek, the True Ogre has succeeded in capturing the one real obstacle in his way towards the ultimate aim of ridding the vast Kingdoms of Kelvor of their human inhabitants. All that is left is a willing and determined people who look with desperation and hope to their potential saviour, Ghost, the son of Achilles. Though with his father now captured and ruined, and Voldek along with all other known cursed creatures seeking to destroy him, Ghost, with the help of his friends and saviours must survive the onslaught, and ensure that the embers of hope ignite to form an inferno of vengeance before extinction becomes a reality. An exciting tale with a unique set of characters and cinematic imagery.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (14 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184876376X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848763760
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,873,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars very poorly written 24 Jan 2011
By j m c
I bought this book because the story sounded intriguing and appeared to have received excellent reviews. Unfortunately it is so badly written as to be unreadable and I gave up after about ten pages. One to avoid and for me to put down to experience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry. No. It's really awful. 4 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good writing flows, makes sense, is readable. This is badly written, amateur and juvenile. It does not appear to have had the benefit of a proof reader or an editor.

Examples from the first 3-4 pages:

"his and Nitzi's catch would be eaten by their rightful owners".
"It had...raged through the land with a plague like venom."
"Voldek's army of ogre's and darkened fiends"
"The fury that had accompanied the onslaught left no one under the illusion as to Voldek's true intentions"
"He sought to embellish his power to untameable levels"
"Long since despising of anything human"
"his seething desire to see about the end of the human race were becoming ever more real"
"Nitzi....was left with the responsibility of keeping the children safe....along with the mothers and other elderly siblings"
"they both had the same ... unique mannerisms"

I could go on. Almost every line has bad grammar, bad sentence structure, bad punctuation and the misuse of words. It may be possible for a very forgiving reader to extract meaning from this writer's work, but I found it repellent and unreadable and failed to get beyond page 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A luscious read 12 Aug 2010
Have just finished reading this book and felt I should offer some thoughts on it. To start with, the first few pages set out the tone brilliantly for what is to happen for large parts of the book which is good in my opinion as you're not left wondering what's going on for half the time like some other novels. Also, the characters are very original and vividly described which helps get you involved with the story straight away, particularly the True Ogre, Voldek who emerges as a wonderfully dark figure with a mysterious past. It's hard to get into too much character and plot detail without giving too much away but there are enough twists and turns to keep your mind completely occupied without ever distracting from the main plotline. Some great, descriptive writing and a fast pace make it a top fantasy read IMO.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fantasy 21 July 2010
By charles
I came across this book from an articles site and I'm now very glad I did as it ticks all the boxes from what anyone would need in a good fantasy/adventure novel. This is apparently the author's first book and with the superb build up and climactic ending which leaves space for the sequel, I can see this potentially being a success if word of mouth catches on about it. The story itself centres on the main character, Ghost, who's father has been captured by the lead villain, Voldek, the True Ogre. What then follows is a sequence of events and adventures to try and unravel the mysteries of their surroundings and of trying to recapture their leader, Achilles. One of the plus points about this book is the luscious imagery which is brilliantly described, and a sense of momentum which always leave you wanting to turn the page. All in all, a well written, exciting and ambitious fantasy/adventure novel for anyone who's into the likes of G P Taylor, J K Rowling, David Gemmel and the like.
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