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Posted July 19, 2006
944 page book that was about 644 pags too long. the story just goes on and on and on and on.... but really to no benefit to the reader or plot development. rather slow to boot. character development did not draw me in or make me 'feel' for any of the characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2000
Posted December 31, 2000
This had the potential to be a good book, but never quite made it beyond mediocre. A few quotations from the earlier (1811 - 1812) New Madrid quakes might have added to the interest, the constant flood of them merely made for tedious reading. I soon found myself passing over them to get to the main storyline. There, unfortunately, I became annoyed. Although this was fiction, the author brought in historical facts - then got many of those facts wrong. His first mistakes came in the magnitudes he attributed to the earlier quakes along the faultlines used in the story - then became glaringly inaccurate when he faulted the U.S. government for its failures in handling religious cults. He referred to failures such as 'Ruby Ridge' and 'Jonestown.' Perhaps he would write this off as the thoughts of the young hero, and absolve himself from the misrepresented facts by implying that the fictional character simply wasn't aware of the true facts, but that would not work for me. If the author intends to continue to write books he should take the trouble to research his books far more thoroughly than he did this one. If fact is to be mixed with fiction, the facts should be correct. The book was also at least twice as long as it needed to be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2013
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