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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many stereotypes resulting in a mediocre read, 15 Mar 2009
This review is from: Hell's Fire (Paperback)
Having read his other novels I would say that Simms has a talent for character observations, especially the loner/outcast types. I just didn't feel that this time his characters were either strong OR interesting. At first it felt good to re-join Jon and Alice (again the sign of a good writer, who makes us feel the characters are old friends) but there wasn't much of interest going on with them either. In this novel we do get a little more info into Jon and his siblings upbringing *Cue more stereotypical ideas*

I do like the relationship between friends and colleagues Jon and Rick. Jon is accepting of Rick's homosexuality but not entirely comfortable with it. His honesty makes him more endearing and the fact that they get on so well is inspiring.

There is a strong anti-church theme throughout. At first I thought this was just a personal view of Jon Spicer's which wouldn't have been too unbelievable as he is a self confessed cynic. However it was just too cliched with characters who were stereotypically wacky and weird whether they were heavily religious christians or had more pagan ideas and beliefs.

Being a non-believer myself I don't think I'm taking a moralistic view on this...ie "Why are the religious characters always oddballs and head cases?" I just found the stereotypes tiring and old and the fact that everyone was one, resulted in me having to suspend belief a little.

I KNOW Simms can do better.
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