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From Greece with Love
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2012
I bought the kindle edition of this book and to be fair, I now realise with the benefit of hindsight that if I'd been in a traditional bookshop, or had more time, I probably would not have purchased it. That would be based on the usual ritual of looking at the front, reading the stuff on the back and then checking the writing style inside the book. So, what is wrong with it ? Well firstly I don't think it is very well written or, for that matter, well researched. The main female character is called Monique and yet is supposed to be Greek (or of Greek origin) - In 30 years of going to Greece I have to say that this is not a common Greek name, (of course it is French). If she was called Vassilia or Eleni, or even Diamondi etc etc then it would seem more believable. This name appears to be abbreviated to Mona later in the book. The second name of Granos sounds more Spanish than Greek to me but there might be some explanation of this in the book

Secondly, there are a lot of howling proof reading errors (or 'lack of proof reading' errors)- I am qualified to say this because I have been a proof reader for a living. Thirdly, it has a very heavy emphasis towards sex that I find bizarre in characters who are in their 50s/60s. I am this age and so am able to comment. I am not prudish (never have been and am aware that it is not only normal to still have these urges and passions as we get older - and thank god for that !) but the main male character is forever "checking out her gorgeous ass" and whilst I appreciate that we don't die after 50 I found myself thinking "get on with the ruddy story for heaven's sake, we know he will be watching this well preserved woman as she moves about". So, to summarise, there is way too much statement of the flippin' obvious for me. For example, the early part of the book where he checks in before flying. It contains every single minute detail which could have been covered by "he checked in".

I find myself, for the first time in my life, writing a review about a book that I cannot finish. The nail in the coffin (as it were) for me is the author's use of the past tense "to drag" - this is a quote:- "As Sam drug his bags to the end of the gangway". Aaaaaagh! Please Mr Saunders read more - and do a course on grammar.

SPOILER SO DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW - I just dropped randomly on a page towards the end of the book and found the word "caner" for cancer. This is what I mean about lack of proof reading. Some people might say "big deal" - my response to that is that it interferes with me actually getting to grips with the story.

The book is now archived and I will not be purchasing anything else by this author who "writes as a hobby". My advice is that he needs to "read for a hobby" before he writes anything further.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
Like the previous review, I found myself skipping pages and getting very annoyed with the evident lack of proof reading.
I have never been to anywhere in Greece where I have seen or heard anyone playing a 'Bazooka'....
Lacked substance and only notionally nodded to the fact that Greece was at all involved.....
If you are expecting a book to paint a picture of Greece then dont bother.

If you want a book that constantly details lovey dovey sentences that add nothing to the experience, read it.

Afraid the Title drew me in and had it been a shop I saw it in it would have stayed on the shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
This rather dull love story takes place on a Greek Island. It could have been anywhere since there was no description of what the island was like, what the people were like or indeed what anything apart from the two protagonists were like. The ending could have been suggested by a 10 year old. Mona, the female lead, takes her boyfriend on a tour of her island. I say "tour" but since it only consisted of going to the cemetary her family were buried in, a restaurant and some shops, I would say that I'd want my money back if a tour company had taken me on that excursion! That's without mentioning the many typos. It would seem that even the author couldn't be bothered to read through this bilge to correct the spellling mistakes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
I almost gave up on this book before I'd finished the first chapter it is so badly written, its a very one dimensional story. There are only two characters and neither of them are very interesting. I did finish the book only because I was off work ill and had nothing else to do, the story did develop slightly but I really didn't care about the characters at all and was glad when I got to the last page. Dont waste your money its really not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
Big mistake. Bought this book because I liked the cover and the subject matter
I will never buy on impulse again without reading the customer reviews
I only read two chapters and could not bear the thought of reading anymore.
I agree with the majority of the reviews posted in that the grammar, punctuation and content is abysmal and cannot believe that it could have been published at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
This book lacked imagination was predictable and repetative in the script and a bit sloppy in describing the relationship a disappointing read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
Very predictable and badly written. Would not read another novel by this guy. Romantic novel at its worst. Don't waste your time or money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
Very mundane holiday read. Not sure if it has been translated from Greek or something, but the grammar leaves a lot to be desired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
It is badly written, and boring. First time I have disliked a book that I have downloaded.

Not worth considering.
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on 21 July 2014
I'm afraid I gave up after reading just 30% Poorly written, misplaced punctuation, spelling errors and abysmal story line. The characters are so utterly boring and absolutely no imagination was used when describing Greece's culture, culinary delights or indeed scenery. This is the worst book I have every attempted to read....an absolute snooze. I'm so glad it only cost a few pence!
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