Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Books: New Indie authors - get to know some indie writers: Karatsioris, Mudgett and Vandiver

"An ancient being, our storyteller, traps three characters in his web in order to get hold of a special book. Daniel, Cassidy and Igor are three unique individuals, considered outcasts for different reasons. They are about to meet and stick together, as coincidences and forced situations lead them to a journey all around Europe. As everyone is after the Book of the Forsaken, the coming Game is about to take place on the dark side of the moon. But there is a cost to that knowledge. Let alone to the wish to partake."

This book is creative and fast paced, and Yannis has devised an intriguing plot, a fresh take on fantasy with weird characters reminiscent of X-men mutants who can, among other things, read minds and teleport. The narrator, a puppet master of sorts, seems to manipulate the characters' actions and in a funny and sarcastic tone. Although I thought the characters acted naive when they had the coveted book they had to kill for, and trustingly entered the manor of an unknown figure who didn't seem to know who had sent them there and willingly delivered the book to him, the story is nonetheless amusing and a page turner. I'm looking forward to reading the trilogy and finding out the final outcome of this fantasy!

Serpents Unwound

Serpents Unwound by Paul Mudgett

"A data breach at a local hospital has cost a patient his life but is just the beginning of an intricate scheme that stands to unravel the future of electronic medical records. Computer forensics expert, Ethan Deye, is thrust into an investigation that leaves his reputation and the life of a young, naïve hacker precariously intertwined. The unlikely duo must find a way to outsmart the most determined and sinister foe Ethan has ever faced before catastrophe strikes the entire regional health care system."

Serpents Unwound is an action/adventure story that captures the reader's attention from the beginning. It has interesting characters and the plot thickens as you keep reading to find out what is going to happen at the end. At times it can be predictable, though, but it is a quick read and maintains a fast pace throughout.

It needs some editing for punctuation and spelling, but those are not the kind that makes you put the book down at all. The story is well developed and the sequence of events makes sense. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this debut story by Paul Mudgett and would recommend it for those who like a nice action story. Well done!

 In the Beginningby Abby Vandiver

"In 1997, Biblical Archaeologist Justin Dickerson is unhappy with her life in general and has decided to run away from her problems. Intervening, her mentor asks that she go with him to the Fifty Year Jubilee commemorating the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. There she finds that in 1949 Jerusalem some of the 2,000 year old manuscripts, hidden in clay pots in the caves of Qumran, may have been destroyed.

Justin, obsessed with this revelation, is determined to get to the bottom of the deceit. Uncontrollable emotion takes hold of her, and family and faith help guide her as she unfolds the truth of Earth's ancient mysteries discovering what really happened In the Beginning . . . "

This review may contain spoilers!

A very interesting story, mixing sci-fi with archaeology, which captures the attention of the reader from the first chapters. It makes you want to read it to find out what is going to be revealed at the end. It's a well thought plot, going back and forth from the present to the past to show how the scroll came to be found and "lost", to it being rediscovered again and interpreted by Justin, the main character, a biblical archaeologist.

The story line is captivating and current (news of probable life beginning in Mars are just in!); however, the dialogue between depressed Justin and her family, especially her sister Claire, got to be dull and redundant at times. There are also some editing needed, with proper punctuation and grammar, which could at times distract from enjoying the intriguing plot.

Overall, a very good and thought provoking read, which can fall into the categories of Dan Brown, James Rollins and Steve Berry books! 

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