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Medira by Robert King – An interesting idea in search of an editor (3/5)

As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was from the author himself after I reviewed the first book in this series. Despite that kindness I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.

The story runs along a fairly familiar sci-fi story line. Our protagonist wakes up and has no recollection of who he is or why he happens to be there. As the story unfolds we learn the sinister reasons why he is where he is.

To the positive side, the author, as with his previous book in the series, has hit upon a interesting thematic tidbit. There are some great visual descriptions in this book and the concept has potential.

To the negative, a lot of that potential is never entirely realized. Firstly, the initial volume in this series had, what I referred to as a “potent psychological thread” and this short book is much more about simple storytelling. I didn’t sense the depth that was evident in the previous novella. Also, it’s worth noting that this book is tiny. It’s 83 pages and formatted in such a way that it’s stretched out to be physically longer than it actually is. This is a sub-60-minute book and it doesn’t really get much of a chance to get rolling before it’s suddenly over.

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the writing and editing. I’m accustomed to e-books being riddled with errors but seldom have I seen a print book that made such profligate use of erroneous language. Especially wince-inducing examples included “at her beckon call” and “to try and do something” though I’ll admit to smiling a bit at the “briefcase-sized case”.

In summary, there’s a nugget of something good here but it needs more development and a good sound editing.


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