- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1011 KB
- Print Length: 405 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008DRX7D4
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- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #621,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DEATHLOOP Kindle Edition
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Zack is certainly an interesting character, and the true story of Deathloop is his own. Contrary to his outward appearance he is actually quite dislikeable in many ways. A selfish womaniser who cares little for the effect his choices have on others. In many ways his story asks one question to the reader. Are the terrible things that occur to him the result of supernatural forces out to get him, or merely the result of bad choices from his past and his present?
Deathloop has many moments of extremely poetic prose, especially during the moments Zack has his often bloody visions of death. These visions are the main source of the stories supernatural element, although for the most part these feel more like a side element rather then the main focus of the story. Those expecting ghosts to be popping out of closets every ten minutes or so may be disappointed. The true horror in this story is the very real effects bad mistakes can have on peoples lives. He is not the only character with problems, and as the story progresses we find that in many ways, he is the cause of a great deal of mental misery. The main supporting characters are also very well written , especially his life long friend Sam Stine. Although at times a little too much detail is given to minor characters.
This leads to perhaps the really minor flaw in this piece which is the pacing. At the start and around the middle of Deathloop we often leave the story of Zack for some of these minor characters views and stories. Whilst these are still well written and interesting, I confess I found myself hurrying along to get back to the main narrative. However as the book speeds along to its dramatic conclusion the pacing becomes tighter and I certainly found the ending of the piece satisfying and thought provoking.
In conclusion I would certainly recommend this title to anyone looking for a interesting thriller and character study. The main characters are very in-depth and well written and the prose at times very vivid. While the pacing at first can be a little off, in the end the pay-off is certainly well put together. Upon finishing I found myself a little stunned even, certainly not expecting things to go the way they do. Whilst the supernatural element is not as big as some readers might like there certainly is a very real, very dark feel to this piece throughout.
One of the problems with books in Kindle format is that unless they are page enabled you have no idea if they are a short story or a long novel, this is a long novel. Although not an all action thriller it is a very descriptive read and flows well. I did get a bit confused with the time line near the beginning where the Zack the main character sees the first death and Jason is introduced it is only covering one day but by the time it reached chapter 6 and the next day it seemed that too much time had elapsed and that Zack would have told one of his friends the same day about the death. After this there is little in the way of flash back. Zack the main character is a successful lawyer and irresistible to women, and some men, but because of the way he treats all of his friends and events in his past makes him seem to me to be a very distasteful character. I don't like giving the plot away but most of this is in the first few pages. We are left with the feeling that Zack is having a mental breakdown through either drink or drugs but the theme of the deaths that Zack sees sows enough seeds to want to find out the reason and is it something more than a breakdown. As the plot develops there are a number of sub plots mainly surrounding his first girlfriend Susan, in the book, who he dumps very early in the book and she desperately, very desperately, wants him back. I was gradually drawn into the plot and wanted to know, what was the cause of the deaths Zack sees and what involvement does Jason have in the story as initially he seems to be a sub plot but in reality far more. At the end it all comes together but still leaves something to the imagination. If you like a slowly developing story which at various times is a detective novel a romance and spiritualism then this is for you.
This is the debut novel by this author. It is well written for the most part. I might have given it five stars. But it was a little difficult to follow here and there. The main character Zack is not a very likeable chap, I did not feel any empathy with his character at all. Which some readers might have a problem with. He comes across as a complete user. The secondary characters are well developed and interesting. I have already mentioned Susan, she is particularly well drawn. Also Sam who plays a pivital role in this, as loyal friends go he has to be the best. To sum up an interesting book, well written, the writing is descriptive. Figuring out what is happening is often left to the readers imagination. But this is certainly an interesting read.
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