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Read, endure, enjoy and hope for better things
on 18 September 2015
It's a bit of an enigma, this series -and I'm writing this about all three books- because the author can obviously create a mildly reasonable story. Maybe not a terribly tense story, but a story nonetheless. What he can't do, is write. I mean, he cannot write at the level of a secondary school student expecting a middling grade. Sentences are simple and short. Not a problem in itself, but when there is paragraph after paragraph of simple stuff like: 'He did this. He did that. She looked here. He saw her look.' In one paragraph in book three, I counted EIGHT consecutive sentences starting with the word 'he'. As we say to primary school kids: learn some sentence openers. There are numerous errors with verbs, especially the past simple, too. It's a shame and it makes for frustrated reading, spoiling an otherwise moderately good tale. It's hard to believe that the author has written so many books with such a poor grasp of the storyteller's art.
The story, as I say, is fair but it lacks the really deep troughs of a grab-you-by-the-throat adventure. People are in peril, some die but there is always a quick, contrived relief. Am I reading books for ten-year-olds? Is that where I went wrong? Make us sweat, really hit us in the pit of the stomach and don't let us off the hook. Toy with your readers' emotions, even if they are only ten.
Why am I tearing the trilogy to pieces yet I'm giving it three stars? Because I read all three books in a week and enjoyed doing so. Maybe the third one went a bit wobbly towards the end but how much better it would be if some serious story-teller's craft was dripped over this work. I'm reluctant to read any of the other writings by this author but maybe one day.
Read, endure, enjoy?