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on 18 February 2004
'Jinn' is Delaney's first novel, and sadly it shows. Although it offers several nice twists on the 'supernatural killer in the modern world' theme and bodes well for the author's future works, the book's many problems prevent it from being the entertaining horror thriller it should have been.
For a start, the book is simply too long - it weighs in at 625 pages, when the story could easily have been told in 400 or less. Added to the pacing problems caused by the length are those brought about through poor editing and repetition. Several exposition sections are repeated unecessarily, while some key points are skipped over or missed entirely, only to be refered to later. Similarly, characters and locations are only described on their second or third appearance, adding to the disjointed feeling of the narrative. Switches of perspective from character to character and from third- to first-person and back again are likewise poorly handled. Particularly jarring is the repeated use of the phrase 'Then in happened' during the extended action sequence that forms the climax of the book.
To be fair to Delaney, most (if not all) of these failings really should have been caught by his editor. Nonetheless, as it stands, 'Jinn' marks Delaney as a new author worth watching, but not as a great read in itself.
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on 6 June 2011
This is really a great read, and I'm surprised that it has never been made into a movie. I read this book a few years ago, and lost the copy. For a while I couldn't find it anywhere in the UK. Eventually I got hooked up with Amazon.

This is the sort of book that really has everything for the devotee of this particular genre.
I'm reading it again. What a shame that the author isn't churning out more novels. I believe that he is a decorated NYPD officer; so, I can forgive him for not finding the time.
Please, Please, Mathew, let's have some more stories of this kind.
The book is a rip roaring, preternatural, rollicking yarn. This is firmly in the catergory pop corn paperback bliss. Miss this book at your peril.

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on 5 May 2004
I found Jinn a bit slow to start with but once "we" hit Boston things pick up a pace.This novel is part horror part mystery& part thriller,although the horror part stops short of going into too much gory detail.What let this down was the mystery part,in that I found the lead up to the ending a bit obvious.I also felt that the author had started to drag the story out a bit only to have the "good guy-bad guy" ending flash passed!
On a different note I think the publisher should look at it's proof readers as I cannot recall reading a book with so many "mistakes" in it.
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on 24 August 2006
This wasn't half bad, especially for a first time author (not that I could do better of course). Plenty of action to keep things going, a variety of characters and locations to show Long's done some homework. Just goes to show that Amazon Recommendatiosn are worth looking at, never would of found this on my own.
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Begins in May 1943:
On a remote island in the South Pacific a squad of United States Marines do battle with the Japanese soldiers on the island. But something else is on the island, something ancient, and it is hunting humans. Bodies begin to pile up. Worse, the demon makes it off the island and onto The Galla, a WWII Merchant Marine Liberty ship. Only to be trapped aboard when the ship goes down.
Continues in July 2008:
Boston Homicide Detective Jefferson and his partner, Lieutenant Brogan, are after a serial killer. Bodies are being found posed and mutilated in bizarre ways. Their investigation will take them in many directions - from a sunken WWII ship, now in a Boston museum, to Blade Island, a prison where the inmates are terrified of something in "The Pit", and a few side trips.
***** Jinn is a dark novel, full of action and suspense. Things just never slowed down. An intense read that had me jumping at any sudden noise. I loved it! This one will keep you engrossed in each dark page. Hard to believe that this is the author's debut novel. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 7 June 2014
amazing book a good story that totaly captures the terror from the jinn and disolves the myth about good jinns
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on 30 September 2004
For a first attempt Jinn is a very good book, it starts on a small island in the pacific ocean in 1943 when a squad of US marines land to hunt the Japanese, they quickly realise that something is hunting them....
Flash forward to Boston in 2008 and a serial killer is stalking the city and detectives Brogan and Jefferson are trying to find the killer, the book does have some editing faults and may be a bit long but that does not stop you from enjoying the book imo, a fine debut and hopefully more to come from Delaney.
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