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The Red And Savage Tongue (Historical Fiction Action Adventure, set in Dark Age post Roman Britain) (The Dominic Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The tale itself is definitely a `page turner' and I read the book in three sittings.
This is a good old-fashioned adventure story without any pretentions, and is all the better for it.
Historically it seems sound, although a degree of `authors license' is used as the Arthur Legend is woven into the plot to a small degree.
The ending was truly emotional in a simple understated way This novel invites a follow up, maybe a trilogy. The book left me wanting more and my only criticism is its length, which is on the medium side However, for a good escapist, non-pretentious read, I strongly recommend F J Atkinson's novel.
A great book this for a long journey or flight. Just sit back and immerse yourself in Dark Age 5th century Britain. In Murdoc and Dominic, the author has created a truly charismatic pairing. The love that Murdoc shows for his little girl, Ceola, moved me to tears.
I liked the clever twist on the Arthur legend, which has a possible historical truth in it, (Brythonfort is Cadbury castle in Somerset meethinks.) All in all, a cracking adventure novel, I look forward to more from this author.
What lets it down in my view are the rather too frequent lapses in the basic craft of writing.There are just too many grammatical mistakes for my liking.
The almost obsessive use of commas is really the strangest I have ever come across, and this impedes the pace of the narrative, especially in the book's early stages. I was also struck by the starkly weird error of using the word 'seeked' on several occasions where the plural 'sought' is clearly needed, and then the rather hilarious description of the burial of an enemy as an 'internment' (SIC).
In places it almost feels as if the manuscript had been ineptly translated to English by some automated process. American spellings sometimes alternate with UK English, and there are a few instances of main characters suffering name variations and mix ups, which must be pretty confusing for them as well as for the reader!
The cumulative effect was that I often found myself awaiting the next textual faux pas rather than enjoying the story.
Ultimately though, it is the characters and their story that really matter, and one can genuinely warm to Dominic and his unlikely band of heroes. Ultimately, I shall probably grit my teeth and try to ignore the shortcomings of the writing in order to follow his next adventure against the invading Saxons!
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