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Where to start, annoying implausible characters with their utterly average "extraordinary" back stories? (she's a survivor because she once broke her thumb - "totz omg!" as I believe the youth say today) Or the plot holes and continuity errors? Or the annoying, implausible characters?
I know, I'll start with the eyes. And the bluffs. Dear god, before this book I suspect I'd heard the word "bluffs" about 5 times in my life. I'm pretty sure I'm currently running at a couple of dozen times per chapter. Per character. Of which there are about 13.
To get an accurate idea of the content please use the following basic paragraph planner:
(Character A) stands (geographic reference ie; above the, below the, next to the, in the shadow of the) bluffs, their (inset adjective and colour ie tungsten grey) eyes (insert authorial verb ie flashing, glowering, sparking) at (insert character B) as they stand (insert geographic reference) the bluffs with their (insert adjective and colour) eyes (insert verb and direction ie "cast downwards". Character A, who has no prior knowledge of character B will then voice why this hitherto stranger has (angered, disappointed, betrayed etc) them despite the fact they owe each other nothing.
"Camilla stood on the edge of the bluffs, her emerald eyes flashing in anger as she stared at JT who stood in the shadow of the bluffs gazing towards the horizon visible above with his languid caramel eyes. Camilla was furious that JT, who she had met 30 seconds earlier whilst walking along the bluffs, hadn't realised the depth of the trauma she had been caused after receiving a parking ticket 9 years earlier."
And so on
It's a book so terribly written it drives me to incoherence, the basic plot of a Survivor snuff series being interesting enough to keep you sucked in but everything else conspiring to make you launch the cd out of the window.
On the plus side the narrator does a great job!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great characters, interesting backdrop and a mystery you think you've solved early on, but you're not even close. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or is interested in human behaviour.
Holy Moly was this ever a good book! I mean WOW!!! This is a horror / adventure / suspense / mystery / edge of your seat thrill ride and more. It's like survivor meets the hunger games. It was such a good read, I stayed up way to late just so I could finish it. This book had me on the edge of my seat. Every time I thought the story was coming to an end, something else would happen! It has so many twists and turns in it and some of the characters are really twisted too. If you like Steven King books, you will love this book too!
Someone had an idea to make a new reality show on a deserted island and it would only last 2 weeks. The contestants were wined and dined on a huge yacht (that turned out to be rented) and promised the winner of the event would get 5 million dollars tax free. Naturally the contestants all jumped on the idea and signed up. Little did they know that all contestants were chosen for a reason and that reason would be discovered down the road.
As the days go by contestants start to disappear and / or die. Everyone is suspicious about everyone else and no one trusts any one! The entire island has cameras every where. Then a few days in, the contestants are told that this is going to be an internet and pay per view betting sensation. People are actually betting on each contestant and what they think the contestants next moves will be. The contestants also learn they have several things in common with one of them being they are are a survivor of something in their past.
This book was just incredible! The author, Paul Draker totally blew my mind with this story. So well written and the imagination it took to come up with all the details. The narrator, Teri Schnaubelt is one of my favorite narrators and always entertaining with all her voices and accents! This book itself, is a fantastic bargain at 725 pages in book format or 23 hours in audio... what a deal!
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
Some sections of the book were pretty unrealistic. It is a a work of fiction after all. I couldn't stop listening. You can't ask for a better recommendation. The narration was excellent.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful