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Was it a bet?
on 20 December 2011
I can't remember now how I came across the Donavon Creed novels and I was really in two minds about the first one (as indeed was Donovan!). However, I carried on and read the following two by which time his (Donovans') character seemed to have undergone a slight change and he seemed less likely to kill someone for any particularly trivial reason.
At this stage I had not really decided how much I liked the series but at 70 odd p hey - I have a habit to indulge and the books kept my attention pretty well!
Ok, finally I have arrived at 'now and then' which title becomes obvious about half way through. In fact 'Half Way Through' might have been a better title as that is where Mr Locke left me and his other readers as he embarked on a wee pirate escapade. I must say that I enjoyed the pirate section and felt that it all ended quite well - happy ever after etc...
However, I expected - as did many other readers - to return to the developing story from the first half of the book. But no - Mr Locke had other ideas - or perhaps he didn't?
Here are some of my thoughts on why he didn't 'finish the first part of the story;
1, As previously mentioned he ran out of ideas?
2, He got bored with it all and just left it?
3, He bet someone that he could get away with leaving the story where it was and people would still buy it and continue to read his books?
4, He died? Of course not - he has written more stories since - hopefully some of these have an ending?
5, He has invented a new type of fiction where the author just stops writing where he feels like it and the reader must complete the book? In this case we hardly need to buy the book - he could just invent a title and leave the rest to us.
The sad part for me is that I was really enjoying the story and was waiting to hear how he was going to retrieve the situation - no luck there! I then hoped that the next book would redress the balance but apparently not!
So, if you like to be frustrated, incensed and irritated all at the same time then boy, are you in luck!!!
I have downloaded the next book but be on notice Mr Locke - any more funny business (unintentional) - and I will not be returning but hey when you've sold as many books as he has I'm sure he'll be crying all the way to the bank!