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“There is a lot going on in this book: giant, humanoid robots; a family in crisis, in large and small ways; and a maniac who wants to rule the world. How this all fits together is the question. Dramatically, is the answer.
Unfortunately, it is also ... uneven. Parts shine, parts need trimming, and parts could be removed.
The world-building is detailed and, obviously, well-planned. The family feels real, with realistic issues that evolved honestly. Their pain is palpable.
Brian Renney, the person around whom the entire story revolves, is a 'Nam vet with PTSD and a retired hockey coach. The story alternates between the villain's world under Antarctica, Renney and his family, and traumatic memories of Vietnam. These parts are all inter-related and do connect, eventually.
The best parts of the book are the early interaction between Renney and Flash. This is where the writing shines. Scenes between the broken man and the evolving Vaucan are fascinating.
By and large, however, the book is wordy. Descriptions are repetitive, drawn out, and often display poor grammar and usage. Typographical errors, missing and repeated words are too plentiful. Much of the dialogue is clumsy and unnatural.
Hockey figures heavily in many sections. Too heavily, in my opinion. There didn't seem to be any purpose to lengthy descriptions of games and competitions and championship series. It certainly didn't advance the story.
The Forever Saga: Flash would definitely benefit from some extensive editing and trimming. Simple disconnects, such as asking 'How much further?' and answering with 'Ten minutes' are jarring.
Despite its flaws, this book is nearly impossible to put down. It isn't always easy to wade through, but it really is worth the effort. With some judicious editing and pruning, it would be an outstanding example of what a first novel can be.
It is worth noting that a portion of every sale goes to International Justice Mission, a human-rights agency that rescues victims of slavery, human-trafficking, and sexual exploitation.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.”
“A few strong messages came across from this well written book. Fast paced and well developed to give you a great plot with interesting characters and great story line. The gripping plot centered around one man that wants to control the people of the world subjecting them to manipulation and cruelty. The author engineered a whole new scientific world with nano-kinetics as the foundation of this new world. Every thing was possible with this new science but yet the horrific control soon surfaced as the plot thickens.
The greatest message from this book was the relationship between a father and son who never knew each other but yet impacted each other's lives more than possible.
Brain Renney War hero, Hockey coach and father saw the worst on the battle fields of Vietnam returned a different person. Suffered from PTSD through out his lonely years. Without faith or hope he isolated himself and scared every one away from him, demanding and abrupt in his manners. Believing that he was not good enough at the end. Fear gripped this man and gave him no rest but at the end when he faced his nightmares he came to terms with who he was and with God. Restoring his faith to an unseen God in the face of Adversary.
His character leaves much to debate about and I will leave it at that for you to discover for yourself.
I loved the play with names and words from the Word of God, making the Bible alive that would make this a good read for all readers with the love of all sci-fi and spirituality How God works in His attempt to bring us closer to Him. To stand up and fight and never shrink away from a fight. Adversary and trails is there to shape us, mature us and bring us closer to the call of each person that loves Him.
Jason his son, who hated his father was faced with all these emotions when Brain disappeared. He struggled with his knowledge versus what he knew deep in his heart was true and at the end the truth did set him free. A strong young man that stands at the brink of his own new life, making the right choices and going after Alessa, the only woman he loves. His faith and willingness to learn making him a strong man filled with courage as he too faced many trails during the absence of his father.
Mary, Brain's wife whose faith was unwavering when her world crumbled around her, standing like a pillar for her two sons and daughter-in-law. Unshaken in the believe that her husband was more than the world or people perceived.
Scot who was always there in the back ground supporting Jason. Alessa a true friend till the end that kept Jason grounded through out all the hardships. Target by the enemy and almost ended up in prostitution but saved by Jason and his friends. An entertaining bunch that kept you smiling through out the story line.
The villains - all played their parts wonderfully to create a good entertaining read that kept you turning the pages and wondering what they will do next.
Flash the larger than life robot was the glue that kept everything together. His trails and growth a clear path for us as he get to know him better and the strength that emanates from him. Placing his trust in a mere mortal man. Willing to stand for what was right.
Each character was well developed and believable making this a recommended read.
“My Review: The biggest thing I have to stress about this book is BE PATIENT!!! It was several chapters before the two story lines presented finally come together. In the beginning I felt like I was missing something like there should’ve been more of an introduction or prologue. I waited it out for 2 reasons. 1. Other reviews also said to be patient. 2. Once the Renney story line developed I became interested in their issues. I will definitely be waiting for the next installment of The Forever Saga. I was very glad that the author did not leave us on a major cliff hanger but gave us enough of a hint of more action that we can’t wait until the next installment is out. ”A Day in a Book wrote this review Thursday, March 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No