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I enjoyed the beginning with its graphic and detailed description of what might be real or might be a bizarre dream as our hero, the implausibly named Jeff Grobnagger, finds himself hanging by his ankle and needing to escape from a hooded murderer. Again. Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets and I struggled to get more from the book. Jeff's backstory is tragic, but only stated and not really explored in his character. He repeatedly tells us he is a loner, yet clings to a new-found friend, Glenn, who doesn't really have a character but seems to exist to explain philosophical ideas to the reader. He makes lots of long speeches!
For a short novella length book, a fair bit of the prose is repetitive, but it's nicely written for an easy read with no indie-curse typos (although chapter 17 is repeated). However, I didn't like the frequent plot holes and several scenes stop rather than end - at one point gunshots are fired through Jeff's windows. Then he arrives at Glenn's house. How did Jeff escape? Weren't the villains waiting for him to exit? Was it just a random drive-by? More attention I think needs to be paid to flow as the pace varies from chapter to chapter and the story often jumps forward with minimal, if any, explanation. Then the whole thing stops, abruptly, and that's the end of Fade To Black.
I am sure that pertinent details are set to be revealed in the rest of the trilogy and beyond into at least a fourth book so far. This is probably why Fade To Black is effectively just a prologue and not a story in its own right. However, I am irritated enough by the assumption that, having started a series, readers will obediently shell out for several books in order to get one complete story, that I probably won't bother reading even the rest of what I already have. Disappointing.
When I started the first book of Awake in the Dark series I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Fade to Black, book 1, was my first step down a path I had no clue where it would take me in the end. I got to know the story’s hero, Jeff Grobnagger, who turned out for me to be more of an anti-hero who in the beginning was content to stay unplugged from the world. Little did he know that he already was plugged into another world that others coveted. Helping Jeff discover and mature his gift was Glenn, who also had his own agenda for doing so, but still turned out to be the best friend Grobnagger could ever have. And so I was led along on Jeff Grobnagger’s very unpredictable journey which ending with more questions that led to book 2.
Book 2, Bled White, starts to answer the questions left from book 1, but also continues to show Jeff Grobnagger’s growth. He begins to reconnect with the world and with life only to end with more questions about his “gift” and him questioning whether or not he still wants this reconnection.
In Book 3, Red on the Inside, Jeff reconnects with his friend Glenn, but the reconnection is a struggle as he continues to adjust to his feelings about the world, his so called gift and an emerging dangerous foe. Of course book 3 ends with more struggles ahead, but I am very curious where the next book will go and how will Jeff handle this journey.
All the Awake in the Dark books tie a unpredictable yet intriguing story of today’s world, and of a fantastic alternate world that Jeff struggles unwittingly connecting to in the beginning, but then losses the connection and struggles to reconnect. Throughout the story our hero gives his view on the world, life as he lives it, and his very quirky sense of humor that made me often snort a laugh or two and shake my head.
I encourage you to jump in and get to know Jeff Grobnagger and the rest of the characters that you will meet in Awake in the Dark. Before too long I hope you’ll be like me, cheering for him to work himself out of his challenging life.
One bad thing though: the main character doesn't stop eating and is Always craving for food, which made me hungry about all the time. I must have put on at least 5 pounds...
Ordered Book 4 today, can't wait for more!!
Tim, LT, Thank you for your work! Don't ever stop writing, please!!
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