The Land of Look Behind

The Land of Look Behind

by Aaron Blaylock

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The Land of Look Behind by Aaron Blaylock

When Gideon, a former missionary, discovers a mysterious drawing tucked in an ancient journal he returns to Jamaica with dreams of finding a centuries old treasure. He quickly learns there are those who would kill to keep the treasure secret. This thrilling adventure takes you deep into Jamaica's treacherous cockpit country and back in time for a spine-tingling mystery you won't be able to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462117956
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Land of Look Behind 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JaceH More than 1 year ago
I love books. Ever since i was in elementary school i would nonstop immerse myself in all types of adventure books. I've read the Hobbit, all of the harry potters, all of the Del-Tora quest books, i've read all of the alex rider series, Eragon, and almost any incredibly well written popular adventure book, and i've got to say, The land of look behind stands with all of them in terms of utter entertainment and adventure. I just finished life of Pi which was my favorite book out of all of them thus far, and i was just as impressed and even more entertained with Aaron Blaylocks writing in the land of look behind. If you love an incredibly well written adventure book, I beg of you, read this book. It is seriously one of the most 'twist filled' on the edge of your seat book out there. Not only does it take you on an intertwining pair of adventures spanning over the time difference of several hundred years. It also entertain-fully educates of the rich and deep Jamaican culture of both modern and more ancient times. My only complaint is that there isn't yet a sequel, Someone tell the author to get on it.
Reader_Jonathan More than 1 year ago
Aaron Blaylock has a knack for storytelling. This book has two separate story lines. Each time it switched from storyline to the one to the other, I was both sad to leave the current thread behind and happy to return to the other. Blaylock draws a great visual image of the beautiful island of Jamaica, while intermixing it with a clever mystery that keeps you guessing to the very end. A great read for all who want to get lost in a fun and exciting story.
EekaGirl More than 1 year ago
Picking up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Unlike previous books I've read, no one recommended it to me and I hadn't heard anything about it, aside from what the cover blurb had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised and am glad that I decided to read this book. But, as always, I'll start with the not-so-good so I can end with the good. I ended up enjoying this book, but to be completely honest, I had a hard time getting into it at first. It wasn't boring or bad; it just didn't grab me or pull me into the story right away. I'm not sure if that's a result of the writing or just my personality. Sometimes when I have no expectations for movies or books, or have no knowledge of what they're really about, I have a harder time getting into them because I'm just trying to figure out what they're about. Either way, it took me a bit to get into this book. Having said that, I felt like the story picked up the further I got into the book, and I liked the story overall. Aaron certainly has a way of transporting his readers to the land of his love—Jamaica. He does a good job portraying the people, the language, and the culture. Now, I've never been to Jamaica, but through Aaron's writing, I was able to envision what it would be like there. I also enjoyed the parallel stories of Benjamin Jarvis and Gideon Goodwin place three hundred years apart. The flowed together really well, and the transitions didn't disrupt from the reading. I had several questions I was worried wouldn't be answered, but by the end of the book, I was satisfied with the revealed answers. I was also interested to see how the author would deal with the LDS aspect, as Gideon is a Mormon. I was pleased that Aaron made it apparent what Gideon's belief and religion was without saturating the entire book or forcing that aspect so it became awkward. So even though it took me a bit to get into the book and really understand the direction it was going, I enjoyed, and I'm glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea behind this book intrigued me. Mystery, intrigue, running for your life, all of the things that I enjoy in a book. First off, the not-so-good: The author uses a lot of patois, which is the slang-speak used in Jamaica. Now, this makes sense, due to the fact that they are in Jamaica after all, but it was really hard to follow the conversations that the characters were having, and I found myself having to read each sentence a few times before I could get it. That was a bit distracting from the story. I eventually got used to it and was able to read those conversations easier towards the end of the book. The story bounces back and forth from a soldier named Jarvis 300 years ago and the main character, Gideon in modern day. I found myself really enjoying the chapters that dealt with Jarvis, but I didn't enjoy the modern-day chapters as much until the climax at the end. I think it was because Gideon came across as kind of a holier-than-thou punk. (He got better as time went on, but it took awhile.) I never would have guessed what the mystery ended up being in this book. It completely took my by surprise, but it was a pleasant one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing! This is a very fun read! Some books are hard to get into because setting up the background takes too long - that isn't the case here. The author throws you right into the story and weaves in the details as you go. It's fast-paced but not at the expense of character or plot development. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those in the LDS community.
KatherineDanielle More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 2.5 Here's a link to my review of Aaron Blaylock's debut novel, The Land of Look Behind: http://blogdogearedpages.weebly.com/dog-eared-pages/review-of-the-land-of-look-behind-by-aaron-blaylock