Bait reads like an automotive repair manual. The characters are flat to the point I had no feeling for the protagonist and couldn't care whether he lived, died or blew up in a cloud of smoke. In fact, everyone in this book feels wooden, like furniture.
Thrillers need to move quickly and typically do this through economic prose. But there is economy and there is terseness. Abel is so terse and ground is covered so quickly, it is nearly impossible to follow the plot. I gave up after three chapters and I read a LOT of thrillers.
No. It's so bad, it's in a class by itself.
No. His performance was as flat as the text.
Buy something else—anything whatsoever.
To say that Daimones is an exceptional work, is an understatement. To say it is unusual, even more so. While it lacks the action most science fiction thrives on, Massimo Marino maintains tension almost from the story’s outset and doesn’t let it drop until the story’s unexpected conclusion. With a clarity of language and style few writers achieve, his elegantly painted scenes transport the reader straight to Geneva where, after a windstorm throws the protagonist out of his everyday existence into a surreal but believable one, the reader is compelled keep turning pages to learn the reason why.
Marino blends renditions of recent news stories with science and mysticism into an explanation that will give the reader reason to question mankind’s current state of affairs. Just as The Matrix gave one plausible explanation to our existence, Daimones offers another.
Dan was immediately believable and identifiable. His reactions to the predicments the author placed him in were highly credible.
Mr. Hays has an easy reading style that, except of an occasional mispronounced word (e.g.: the initial consonant of chasm as a "ch" rather than a "k", or the "a" of acrid as a long "a"), did not interfere with the "reading" experience.
Some of the worst writing I've ever encountered: "Her look made him have to answer her again"; "He had a headache from having his head whacked hard against the wall"; "He grabbed him by his husky wrist". How did he ever get published? Please tell me Goodkind is a high school sophomore who got lucky.
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