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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    First Novel, Really? Strongly recommended

    I loved this book, but I am not a spoiler, read it yourself. It has a pretty twisted plot to say the least, and keeps you guessing until the end. It can get a little complicated, so do not try it if your'll either lose yourself or be wide awake unitl 3 am. I really enjoyed the transitions from past to present and back. Wonderful history writing, it makes you feel like you were there right along with them all. But believe me, you do not want to be. This book truly has a little something for everyone! I am very excited for his next book. Fans of Preston/Child, Deaver, Rollins and some J Patterson will eat it up! Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    A mix of all my favorite books and movies

    This is a novel of intense drama, horrific murders, rivetting investigations and plot twists that you'll never see coming! I found plot and character elements that could have possibly come from F. Paul Wilson's 'The Keep', 'Terminator 2', 'Predator' and 'CSI'. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. This was a good first novel for Delaney and I anticipate more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    A Good Book

    It was a little hard for me to get into at first, but I fell into it in time and didn't get out until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    Great novel - bad editing?

    This was a great book - did not want to put it down.. But was disappointed in some of the typos and some of the mistakes in names and such. Kinda surprised this many mistakes came in on a book like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Great first novel from a talented young writer....

    'Jinn' is a very detailed and fascinating story that cannot be described in one word (i.e. mystery, drama, suspense, science fiction, horror) simply because it is partially all of these things! The story is so detailed that it makes it difficult to give a brief summary without giving away plot details and ruining it for others, so I won't! This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but I feel that it has something for everyone. I was scared to go to sleep one night, puzzled the next, and always anxious about what Jefferson and Brogan would find up around the bend. I actually teared up at the end as well, which I did not expect. This is actually a fairly original story considering the day and age we are in where everything has been done, re-done, and done again, although there are certain details that were definitely influenced by other great authors. My only criticisms (if I would even call them that) are as follows. The 'killer' did some very specific things to the victims and rather than explain why, we are simply left wondering what the point of it was. For me that was a little irritating, although it apparently did not have a lot of bearing on the story or its outcome. I found it odd that the characters seem to accept the supernatural facts surrounding the case with little disbelief; they do not seem to feel that the fact that something 'not human' may be responsible is completely unbelievable and bizarre. The ending was dragged out a bit too long, mainly the last fifty or sixty pages, and while the plot truly thickened, became more complex and engrossing throughout the bulk of the book, I felt that one too many 'fake-outs' at the tail end wound up being overkill. It did not hurt the story, but I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking 'enough already, get on with it.' And although this may be nitpicking and has nothing to do with the story, I noticed several typos throughout and found it very distracting. This was definitely a fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime, horror, suspense or sci-fi. The world of literature has a wonderful new voice, and I look forward to Delaney's next book with anticipation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    It's good--- darn it...

    As a rule, novelists are a generous breed. We tend to welcome, with open arms, any new author who emerges in our midst -- especially when he¿s young and good looking, fresh from an Ivy League college, in possession of a multi-book, major-house publishing contract, has had a glowing review in People Magazine, and already has inked a profitable movie deal. In such cases, we graciously stand aside, smiling and nodding and adding our applause to that of the literary/cultural world at large. Uh-huh. Of course we do. And did I mention that what we write is fiction? Well, in JINN, his debut novel, Matthew B. J. Delaney is sure to infuriate a great number of us suddenly-aging authors; though uneven in parts, JINN is that good. JINN is a hybrid, an ambitious blending of several genres. It incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense and police-procedural into a sprawling story of an ancient horror arising to stalk the modern world. In his writing, Delaney skillfully utilizes imagery that has become ingrained into popular culture. His opening scenes --of a bloody World War II amphibious landing by Marines in the face of withering fire from Japanese defenders-- will be particularly horrific and vivid in the mind¿s-eye of many readers, in part because it draws so effectively upon Steven Spielberg¿s similar opening in the film Saving Private Ryan. In much the same way, Delaney crafts the post-invasion sequences so as to chillingly lead the reader to superimpose the jungle-manhunt scenes from the movie Predator, though Delaney delivers here in a far more effective way. When the book fast-forwards to present-day Boston, where police are baffled by a series of ghastly murders, Delaney¿s writing evokes, adeptly, such cinematic classics as Seven and Silence of the Lambs. This cinematic-oriented writing style is an exceptionally savvy strategy, and Delaney executes it with an unerring precision. It¿s an approach that makes JINN one of the most visually effective novels I¿ve read in a very long time. There are a few regrettable lapses in the editing --in one example, I winced when a passage noted that a photographer tripped his camera¿s ¿shudder;¿ but I imagine Delaney winced too, as have all writers who see such typos make it into the final book itself. More of an issue is the wish that the editor had tightened up the writing a bit, particularly in the narrative sandwiched between the action -- if only so we could eliminate any delay in arriving at the next shockingly well-written action scene. For when it comes to these money-shots, Delaney clearly excels. His writing becomes crisp and compelling, descriptive in a way that dares the reader not to turn the page, and the next, and the next. He is clearly in his element in these passages; just as clearly, he is in complete control of his story. Delaney writes with a confidence that more seasoned writers can only envy, and he is possessed of a writer¿s voice that delivers on his promises. Throughout JINN, I was struck by the beautiful writing of so many passages-- they were lyrical, mellifluous prose-poems in their wealth of description and insight. Delaney clearly loves the written word and already shows a mastery in his use of language. This is a writer we can expect to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003


    This one rivals Harry Shannon's knockout horror novel "Night of the Beast" for sheer entertainment. "Jinn" is the kind of pulp blast that is all too rare these days. Well worth your money and time and loads of fun.I disagree with the reviewer who thought it over-long and too ripe. This is the kind of novel you want to last a long, long time. Pure popcorn and therefore terrific.

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    Posted December 5, 2009

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