There were a lot of characters involved in this story, and at times it was hard to keep track of who the character were, if they were a good guy versus a bad guy. Also, who could you trust in general?
The main character, Franco, was first approached in his home by a couple of people who held information about an adventure they wanted Franco to go on. This left him with a lot of decision making to do once he finally gets going around the world trying to figure out who was good and bad while figuring out what to do, where to go, and who to trust. Trust was a huge issue. He also did not know that this journey he was about to embark on involved Black Magic. In the beginning, I felt Franco was kind of a push-over as a character as he could have said 'no' to this entire project, but instead allowed these secretive people he knew nothing about talk him into, or, rather pushing him into doing something for them. He did not make a decision, he just went along with what they told him to do. I felt this character should have been much stronger and perhaps questioned this journey more, but he did not.
Once this story finally gets going, there is so much more that goes on in this book that at times it is hard to keep track of who is who and what and where they are, and who was after what. Thankfully the chapters were labeled at the top as to where the story was taking place at, then the first paragraph told us who the character was.
The first thing I want to say is that Book Reviews are done for a variety of people to read books and ask their opinions of them, and I am going to tell you mine. This was a story that I had a difficult time keeping my interest in. I am an honest reviewer, and will not sugar coat the story and tell you it was amazing. I had a hard time reading and getting into it, and a hard time finishing it. I got to 20% on my Kindle, and had I not been asked to read this book, I would have stopped reading it sooner than this. For me, it was taking too long for the actual story to start. It might just be that this book is not 'my' cup of tea? I couldn't put my finger on it.
There are very few reviews written on this book, and yes, I read them, but the ones I did read all seemed to like this book. There was one other reviewer that rated this book the same as I have. I believe I am the only one who is admitting I did not like the story very much, however it was mentioned by a couple other reviewers that they, too, had to get used to the dialogue of this story. Perhaps this was the problem I had with this story?
I had a hard time transitioning to the pattern of speech. Perhaps it could be from the translation of this story?
The author is a colorful writer in painting a very thorough explanation of the surroundings they are in in each place, including his own home, which to me I could have done without and just gotten on with the story. I wanted the action to get going that I read in the reviews of this book!
I highly suggest reading all the reviews that have been written about this book in addition to mine to get a better idea to see if this book is a fit for you instead of just my review alone. Read all the reviews to make your decision to see if this is a book you want to read. Don't base your decision only on one review, and this goes for ALL books. I did not find any spoilers in the other reviews, so you won't ruin your reading experience by reading them, and this is as of today's date in which there are 10 other reviews.
I am glad I had the opportunity to review this book. It was neat to be in Europe going around to all the different places this story took us to. It was nice to finally read this authors work, too, as I see him on Twitter a lot! It's nice now to see him and be able to put the story to his face! So getting to read this book was a nice change of pace.
I received this book for FREE from the Author, and then joined in on the Pump Up Your Book Tours to read this book and write an honest review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but, of my own honest opinion. “Free” means I was NOT provided with ANY MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading the book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
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