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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Review: The Fire Inside by Raymond Rose

Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Jack and Bruce barely survived a battle royale between good and evil that left half of their city destroyed. Over the years, they’ve drifted apart – their lives going separate paths. Now Bruce is back in town looking for Jack’s help. Because what’s about to happen is worse than anything they could imagine!

Review:

I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book.  It started out with action and then slowed down a bit, which for me is hard.  I like my books to grab my attention immediately and hold onto it.  But a few chapters into the book found me at the next sequence of a seemingly unending string of action scenes.  I have to say, the action really the kept me going through the first half.  There was a lot going on but I felt like I didn't really understand why there was so much going on.  I kept asking myself "why?" but the characters (it seemed) were only asking "who?"  Because of that, I kept feeling that there was no "why?" to the plot and therefore my question wouldn't be answered.  It left me feeling confused and frustrated.  The continuous flashback were something for me to get used to as well, but served as an important tool in telling the history of the characters.

About 3/4 of my way through the book, I felt like I finally had some answers.  It took a long time and a lot of story telling to get there, but when it finally came together, everything made sense.  I had my answer!  There was even a little twist surprised me!  The follow up after the story was well written, and the author left room for a sequel.

Now that I understand this author's writing style, I think I would be inclined to read the sequel, which is in the works (a bit more on that tomorrow!).

Rating:

About half way through this book I was ready to give it 3 glasses.  I liked it but didn't love it.  The ending was the kicker for me, though.  So many books are great all the way up until the ending at which point the author seemingly gives up.  Not the case with The Fire Inside.  The ending was perfect, wrapping up all the lose ends in a way that was fitting for the story.  Overall, I give this book 4 glasses.


I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of super heroes or any action packed story.  On a side note, I think this would make for an exciting and action packed movie (my favorite kind)!

Check back tomorrow for an interview with the author, Raymond Rose and a giveaway!

You can see a list of all my reviews HERE.

1 comment:

winnie said...

Great review! This sounds like an interesting read with the superhero theme. Think maybe I'll give it a try...

I look forward to the interview with the author to get to know more about him and this book!