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3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely good "sequel", 25 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armaggedon (Paperback)
I was REALLY looking forard to this book, so perhaps that's why I was a tad disappointed after reading it.

Starts of right after the first book and builds on the story quite well.
The writing is very visual and you constantly see the scenery before you, with a little imagination.
You care about the characters and their fate, which should always be the case with litterature.

BUT, the story itself goes to a complete stop close to the middle of the book.
Without revealing anything, our main character finds himself in some really bad luck and the story REALLY drags from there, until the last few chapters, which is sad, 'cause I really wanted to enjoy the book, but the story got quite repetitive after a while, with only a few pockets of "action".
It felt a little like the writer was filling out pages, without too much thought into the story.

With last few chapters, the story picks up again and very last few pages are VERY exciting and seem to give a new twist to the story, so here's looking forward to part 3 and hoping for a full-on final to the series.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2013 20:19:19 BDT
M. Paddon says:
Can't say I agree about the characters in his books. I found them entirely flat and lifeless, which can often happen when a book is written in the form of a first-person journal. I mean I don't even really get any emotion on his relationship witth his girlfriend after two books, and tell me ANYTHING we know about her at all. And that is why I say they are flat characters, as the writer gives nothing really about them to invest us in them, and so it's hard to care about them at all. I honestly haven't felt anything when someone has died in his books because of this.

Comparing this to James Cook's books that are done in the same style and athey don't compare at all for character building and how you know and care about them. I guess it's always a matter of personal taste, but I was surprised you thought he built good characters.
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