A book for writers and readers!
I think I clicked on this out of boredom a year ago because it was cheap or free. I really hope Gilkerson is making a good living off his books, because I'm only a quarter way through this, but I can tell he deserves it. A reader likes to read a book where the author doesn't keep jabbing his talent in the reader's face every sentence. A reader signs on for a story and wants the writer to get out of the way.
A writer likes to read a book the same way, but enjoys it when the author shows off a bit of flair without being obvious. I'm enjoying this so much, I couldn't wait to finish it before I could give this guy five stars. He has me roped in with the kid, the mother, and the captain. The descriptions are in vivid 3-D, so I know the entire lay of the land. Slowly, the author is slipping in evil characters in between the characters you like, and the ones you aren't sure about.
This is shaping up to be a 1952 version of Treasure Island, but I can't be sure. I do know that the author has made sure that I have found myself in the very setting he is writing about, and that I care about the people in the story he wants me to, and that I hate the people I am supposed to hate.
As a reader and a writer, there is no better pleasure than putting yourself in the hands of a writer who has shown you he can be trusted to lead you to the end of a wild and satisfying story. I will now return to this book, and I doubt my enthusiasm will dampen one bit, if not peak just a little bit more.