The First Ten Focus Group Feedback for The Expansion
Because The Expansion was Book of the Day, some of our most trusted members have carefully looked over the cover, the description, and other aspects of this book as a part of purchase-intent focus group. We then asked each participant in the focus group if they planned to buy and read the book, and why they planned to buy and read the book or not. Their answer to that question and reasons are displayed below. We call this awesome feature The First Ten Focus Group.
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I was intrigued by the creative cover of this book and wanted to know more. The summary is edited well and gave me a good sense of the plot. However, I don't usually like books that include too many international settings. The beginning pages are well written, but there is too much dialogue and not enough narrative. Based on the multiple setting and dialogue-driven writing, I am not interested in reading further.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 10:56 am by bookowlie.
I probably wouldn't have sampled the book based on the cover and blurb, as they aren't very fetching. The OBC review had me hooked, though. The opening scene, describing the murder-suicide of the protagonist's parents, was very compelling. The next scene, introducing young Max, was also executed well. I have to say that I enjoyed the sample more than I thought I would. If I didn't have so many books on my reading list, and if the book didn't end in a cliffhanger, I would have read the book. As this isn't the case, I will pass for now.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 11:03 am by gali.
Ideally I would have skipped this book as yet another novel. But once it starts talking about the Panama Canal and its engineering work, I got hooked. The narration is smooth, the formatting is good. The fox-like greed that lurks around in some of the characters gives the story an eery feeling. I am going to read this book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 11:58 am by va2016.
I went into this book absolutely blind with no idea what it could be. The cover made it look like a mystery novel or maybe even horror, but the Amazon plot sounded interesting enough despite being neither of those things. The writing is really captivating, and I felt hooked almost immediately! However, it's not enough to win me over and make me buy the book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 12:38 pm by CataclysmicKnight.
I don't know if it's the color scheme of the cover or what, but it immediately gives me a creepy vibe about the book, which isn't a bad thing. The tropical environment of the setting and the water-saving system in the summary strikes an interest in me to learn more about the book. But the heavy political intrigue that is mentioned isn't my cup of tea. Despite my trying to find reasons to not read this book, I really enjoyed the prologues and think it sets up a really intriguing background for the rest of the book. I will be reading the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 12:59 pm by ashley_claire.
I love a good thriller and this one seems well constructed. It has some interesting ideas and what sounds to be a cool plot. The opening is solid and the review recommends it without reservation, which are huge marks in its favor. It didn't really hook me to make me want to continue reading, but it was good so I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy reading it. I won't be getting a copy today, though.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 2:05 pm by James Craft.
I purchased the book based on the preview. I truly liked the character of Max Burns. His friend at the boarding school allowed Max to have his opinions, but only if he kept them to himself. I felt bad that Max lost both of his parents. Although Max did quite well for himself in school. I am looking forward to reading the balance of the story. Christopher Martin shows his readers a great story with hid characters.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 2:54 pm by Vermont Reviews.
This book is action packed from the very beginning. Based on the Official OnlineBookClub review, I would not have chosen to read this book because of its genre. I am not a big crime/action fan. I stand by this decision after having read the first ten pages. The book appears to be professionally edited, but it seems like the format is a little off for the Kindle Cloud Reader. However, I do think this book would be enjoyable to those who like books with lots of action.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 4:30 pm by godreaujea.
Before reading the review, I was looking forward to an exciting (and quick) thriller. As I read the review, I was first interested by the promise international intrigue and a fairly unique-sounding plot. When I saw the cliffhanger warning, though, I immediately became wary. I avoid cliffhangers, and the sample was going to need to blow my mind to convince me to buy it when I know there's going to be a cliffhanger. As I read the sample, I was put off by the disturbing opening scene. I decided not to read further than those first ten pages.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 4:48 pm by L_Therese.
I like the cover of this book. The Online Book Club review was favorable. After reading a few pages, I can tell that it is well-written. Unfortunately, the plot did not catch my interest.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 4:49 pm by Sarah_Khan.
The cover did not really give me an idea of what the book would be like. I was guessing it would be more of an alien abduction type of story. It was obvious, after reading the first sentence, that this was a different type of story. I really enjoyed the first 10 pages. The characters were clear, the dialogue flowed well and I got a very good idea about what the story would be like. The Official OnlineBookClub review also added to my interest in this book. I plan to read the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 4:51 pm by Snowflake.
I don't think I will finish reading this book since it isn't free. The sample was ok and it wasn't enough for me to finish the book. However, I do like the book cover. I also read the official OBC review, but it didn't convince me to read the book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 5:24 pm by ZenaLei7.
Had I not read the sample pages I would not have read this book. I think the cover is great, the reviews are very good, and as an engineer I found the storyline with the Panama Canal very interesting. That being said, I am not very interested in the crime/thriller genre. After reading the sample pages I will continue to read the book. Even if the genre is not normally for me, the book was so gripping I wanted to know more. It is written extremely well, the characters are relatable, and the story is exciting. The book seemed professionally edited and I found no grammatical errors. My favourite part was the fast pace. I have no suggestions for improvement. There was an Official OnlineBookClub review which was very good, and it made me want to read it even more.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 6:21 pm by EMoffat.
The cover artwork and the title are creative and eye-catching. It certainly made me want to read this novel. However, after reading the first ten pages and the OBC review, I have concluded this book is not for me. I am not interested in the topic. I do not enjoy books that contain criminal enterprises or such. Therefore, I will not be purchasing this book.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 7:07 pm by Kdonegan91.
I don't personally like the cover of this book that much, mainly due to the splitting of the word expansion.
I would be hesitant to read further. The Onlinebookclub review made me slightly more interested in this book, although the subject of the Panama canal made me wonder if it would be full of engineering jargon. After reading the first pages, it completely changed my mind. It was well written and immediately fast paced and full of action. It was difficult to stop reading. I would continue with this book and, other than a possible rethink of the cover page, I have no other ideas for improvement.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 7:30 pm by micoleon13.
If I had not read the sample I would not have read the book. I was not taken in by the blurb. After reading the sample I have not changed my mind. I liked the beginning where there was rapid dialogue, but after that I gradually became lost and confused. It was professionally edited. The official review did not affect my decision.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 8:43 pm by psychopathycathy.
I wouldn't read this book based on my first impression of it. The main reason is that I'm not a big fan of thriller novels. I also didn't like the cover. Even if this were in a genre I liked, I would have passed over it when browsing based on the cover. There's nothing about it that makes me want to click through and read the blurb.
Since I don't like the genre, the sample didn't change my mind. However, the sample was excellent. It was definitely professionally edited, but more than that, it's just good writing, period. The dialogue was especially excellent -- very natural sounding -- which is something I'm pretty critical of since stiff/unnatural dialogue keeps me from really immersing myself into the story. The only thing I didn't like was that the margins seemed larger than I'm used to and it made the text look cramped/narrow.
The book does have an official OnlineBookClub review, but it did not change my mind either. It actually made me double down on my choice since I absolutely hate cliffhangers.
First Ten review added on June 29, 2017, at 9:37 pm by classicaltwist.
This book is in the thriller genre, and takes an interesting spin in the world of corporate espionage and cutthroat business world. The book seems to be edited properly. The review was quite helpful in pointing out what to expect in the book, and the description was pretty helpful too. Overall, the idea of the book impressed me, and there was proper foundation set for the story to keep the readers engaged. However, there was a certain dark edge to the novel which isn't much to my taste. Plus, I'm not into this kind of thriller fiction, therefore, I think I'll skip this one.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 1:01 am by ananya92.
The first prologue hooked me, but the rest of the sample left me wondering what this book was about. There were few to no errors, which is always appreciated, but I have to wonder if the book has anything to do with the prologue. It seems like a stretch.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 1:26 am by Miche Sora.
I like the cover and the title. The blurb is sufficient, and the book has received good reviews. It's possible that I might have sampled this book without this program, but the OnlineBookClub review is what really made me feel like I should sample it. It is professionally edited. After reading the first ten pages, I will be reading the rest.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 4:05 am by Kitkat3.
The cover provided a peek into the content of the book with the title and colorization, but after reading the OBC review and discovering this was in fact a political thriller I was surprised. The author takes a dive into a fictional storyline involving corporate espionage, which isn't something I'm too fascinated with. After sampling I can say my opinion hasn't changed and I am not very interested in continuing to read this book based on the sample. It did feel a little exciting, but I don't think the topic could hold my attention long. I didn't see any errors.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 5:42 am by Cjgarland89.
I am not sure that I would have bought the book based on the blurb and/or cover, but after reading the first ten pages, I am hooked. I do plan on buying the book at a later time (payday). The book looks to be professionally edited as I so no errors. The official review did help cement my decision on purchasing the book.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 1:24 pm by dhomespot.
After reading the blurb, I don't think I will read the rest of the book because the storyline and plot actually sound kind of complicated to me. I feel like this might make a good action movie but would be hard to read as a book. I probably won't be reading this one but I think those who enjoy good conspiracy stories would like this.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 3:48 pm by CrescentMoon.
The summary sounded interesting. I liked the first few pages. They gave the reader a feel for the characters and drew me into the story and situation. It made me want to read more.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 8:45 pm by Christina O Phillips.
I noticed no errors, and likely would have looked at this, had I found it.
The cover is attractive, and fits well. The style is enjoyable. I actually have nothing to really say against this.
I love the idea of focusing on the expansion of the Panama Canal.
If I didn't have quite so much on my list, or this was a more substantial genre for me, I'd likely read this. As I do, and it isn't, I won't be continuing, but would recommend it. I will also keep it in mind for later, just in case.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 9:08 pm by Gravy.
The cover is eye-catching, the blurb is professional, and the reviews seem positive, but books about complicated political situations aren't my style, so I wouldn't normally read this book. After reading the sample, I don't plan to read this book. The writing is good, and the prologues were more intriguing than I expected, but the main storyline just isn't one that interests me enough to keep going.
First Ten review added on June 30, 2017, at 10:23 pm by CarrieMe.
I would probably not have sampled this book without this program. The political end of the mystery that was mentioned in the blurb and review made me not really interested. After reading the first ten pages, I will not be finishing this book. I liked that the chapters had a stated setting. I also like the style of writing. The content just isn't for me. It did seem to be professionally edited.
First Ten review added on July 1, 2017, at 12:39 am by anneloretrujillo.
From the cover, I don't think I would be reading this book because it seems like it's about expanding in business or something related to that. I will not be reading this book because the first ten pages did not seem to interest me enough, there was no back story that elaborated on the introduction. It seems professionally edited. I did not see a review, and I don't think that would affect my decision.
First Ten review added on July 1, 2017, at 3:50 am by jungkookblog.
At first, 'The Expansion' piqued my interest because I'm a big fan of the mystery genre. I'll read almost any type of mystery, to be honest. But after reading the OBC review for this book, I was immediately put off by the description of the blatant cliff-hanger ending. Though I don't mind when some books are left open ended, I do prefer to have some sense of finality for at least some aspects of the book, and this book doesn't seem to have that. Therefore, I would not have read this book prior to sampling it for this program. After reading the sample, I decided not to buy this book or read any more of it. I'm not sure if it is just the sample, but the formatting of the book is rather annoying. There are not indentations when new paragraphs start, so the narrative looks like one long left-marginalized narrative. I found this distracting and based on the formatting alone, I would not have chosen to read this book. I did find some merit in the story and writing; however, it wasn't enough to keep me going with this one. I did not notice any grammatical errors in the sample.
First Ten review added on July 1, 2017, at 8:19 am by MarisaRose.
After reading a sample of The Expansion by Christoph Martin I believe that I will be acquiring this book. I don't think that I would be interested in this book if I had not read a sample of it. While I like thrillers the subject matter, or focus, of this novel didn't appeal to me in the blurb. However, after reading some of the book it piqued my interest. Based on what I've read thus far in the book it does appear that this book was carefully and expertly proofread and edited. The way the story begins with a party and ends with the deaths of two characters lured me in. This book does have an official OnlineBookClub review.
First Ten review added on July 8, 2017, at 4:12 pm by BunnySTx.
Based on the sample and the review, the book sounds very interesting. The sample was well written and seemed to flow well. I'm not a fan of the cover but the title seems appropriate. Overall, I believe the book has potential to be very popular.
First Ten review added on July 8, 2017, at 8:29 pm by Mollymae.
I have read the sample of the book and it seems interesting to me. The language used is easy to understand and I did not find any grammatical errors and spelling blunders. I have even read it's official review on OnlineBookClub and it inspired me to read the book. I am definitely going to read it further.
First Ten review added on July 9, 2017, at 12:03 pm by Naval Aulakh.
Had I not sampled the book, I would not have read it. I usually read romance books. Having read the sample, I liked how the characters' thoughts were described. While the writing seemed a little formal, the sample was easy to read and follow. I found the cover interesting. The book seems professionally edited and has a favorable onlinebookclub review. Since I do not read the genre usually, I do not think I will be reading the book further.
First Ten review added on July 9, 2017, at 1:07 pm by AA1495.
The cover of the book is interesting. I read the description and didn't find it very appealing. The plot doesn't seem like something I would enjoy. I read the first few pages of the book. It seems to be well written and properly edited. However, it doesn't catch my attention at this time. I won't be reading it any time soon.
First Ten review added on July 9, 2017, at 1:55 pm by Momlovesbooks.
The cover is interesting, while the title doesn't give much away. I like how the ratings are fairly high, especially the praise that the OBC reviewer gives to this book. Sometimes I do like a good Crime/Suspense novel. However, I would not have sampled this read based on the blurb. Based on what I read, the book does seem to be professionally edited. I like the natural flow of the story and the writing style. The fact that Max's parents seem like criminals and yet they didn't make it through the accident really brought me into the story. I'm curious to see what will happen to Max and if/when he finds out about his parents' criminal records. The lack of spacing between paragraphs within the sample is off-putting and a bit distracting. However, since this will be Book of the Month for next month, here on OBC, and there are free reviewer copies available, I do plan on finishing this book.
First Ten review added on July 10, 2017, at 6:57 am by hsimone.
I was instantly drawn into this story with the opening prologue. With the opening lines including two characters running away because someone else has been arrested, and then ultimately they both die in a crash that was caused by a victim, I'm so curious to know just what crime they committed that they could not get away from. I'm looking forward to hearing more to this story and will be buying my copy.
First Ten review added on July 10, 2017, at 9:07 am by klbradley.
The Expansion by Christoph Martin is a mystery/thriller about a scientist caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really like this cover! The red combined with the shadow give a creepy vibe which sets the tone for this book - a thriller. In addition, the reviews are excellent! Based on these items, I would definitely choose to read this book.
The first ten pages were interesting, but I am not sure they drew me into the story. It was interesting to see two prologues as well, so I surmise that the author wants the reader to explore plenty of background material before delving into the story. What saves this first bit for me, though, is one line, "Edward Burns felt nothing as his skull split open". Based on this line, I would read this book. The other lines, to me, read slow.
First Ten review added on August 1, 2017, at 2:36 pm by DDunstock.
The cover doesn't give you a clear idea what the book is about, so it makes you want to find out more. After reading the first ten pages (and a few more) I don't think it's for me as I wasn't gripped by the prologues. I appreciate they give a sense of mystery and make the reader wonder how they relate to the story but I prefer to go straight into it.The OBC gave me a good idea of the plot though, and as it is book of the month, I will see what others think to it.
First Ten review added on August 1, 2017, at 5:37 pm by Gingerbo0ks.
Typically, I'm curious about the topic of any historical fiction novel, simply because it's based on facts. Thus, I read the review and the sample. I did not notice major typos or grammar errors. I like that the first chapter was action-packed and had a twist. I didn't see opportunities for improvement. However I will not buy the book, because the review says that the ending is a cliffhanger.
First Ten review added on August 1, 2017, at 5:59 pm by Izesicle.
This is not a book I would personally choose to read. I have read the first ten pages and, although the author has an engaging writing style, the theme of the book holds little interest for me. The cover does not excite me, nor do the blurbs. The Official OnlineBookClub reviews all speak highly of this novel, so I was hoping that I would get drawn into the story-line and want to continue. I can not find fault with the editing of this book and the writing flows nicely however, due to personal taste, I do not intend adding this book to my collection.
First Ten review added on August 1, 2017, at 9:10 pm by jwalker73.
I would normally read or sample a book based on editorial reviews, but now that i have read the first ten pages, my curiosity can't stop my fingers from turning. It introduced an interesting prologue i wanted to know more what will happen next. I also liked knowing about the background of the protagonist first hand.
It seems to be professionally edited and I would like to read the whole book if i have the means to buy it.
First Ten review added on August 2, 2017, at 3:52 am by Harmony Hills.
I would have chosen to sample or read this book on the basis of the editorial review, because the story sounds exciting. I am not going to buy and read the whole book at this time because I'm not reading many fast-paced thrillers at the moment; also, the opening did not deal with the interesting part as described in the review. The first ten pages did not change my original guess. The text seemed professionally edited - I did not spot any typos or grammar errors. What I liked most in the bit I read was the settings. The pacing could be slower though I know it could be appropriate to the genre. I did see an Official OnlineBookClub review.
First Ten review added on August 2, 2017, at 4:14 am by ButterscotchCherrie.
I wasn't too sure about this book when I read what it was about so I probably wouldn't normally have chosen to read/sample this outside of this program. I just felt the plot sounded convoluted. However, upon reading the first ten pages (plus), I have to say I was really impressed with how the story started out. The author deftly sets it up for the reader to really feel something for Max early on due to his personal tragedy. The writing is good and the editing is also spot on. No typos or grammatical errors to mention. Unfortunately, I will not buy the book at this time because the price is above my eBook spending limit. I am adding it to my Amazon wishlist and will probably obtain a copy if the price drops. (Note: This book was officially reviewed on OBC)
First Ten review added on August 2, 2017, at 6:59 am by truebookaddict.
I don't think this is my cup of tea. Having read the sample I am not that interested in the plot. I did not see any grammatical error. Having read the sample did not make a big difference to my initial decision as I also did not like the cover of the book.
First Ten review added on August 2, 2017, at 7:23 pm by Jeyran Main.
The Expansion by Christoph Martin has been applauded in the official OBC review because of it was really well edited. After reading the first ten pages, I agree that there seems to be no editorial issues to complain about. The story opens with Max's parents committing suicide in order to escape arrest. There is then a significant time skip and the story switches to the expansion of the Panama Canal. According to a reviewer although the novel starts with a bang it soon becomes a very slow paced story. I will not be investing my time and money into this novel.
First Ten review added on August 2, 2017, at 11:00 pm by Jaime Lync.
I don't like this cover but the premise sounds good so I might have read a sample if I came across it.
I read the sample and really enjoyed it for the most part. I felt though that there was way too much dialogue but that's just a personal quirk. It did manage me pique my interest so that's good.
First Ten review added on August 3, 2017, at 3:43 am by chocomeiske.
Had I not read the first ten pages as part of this program, I might have still chosen this book to read. It looks tropical and I love that. It has a very nice cover. I don't know about that title though. It doesn't give me any idea as to what the book is about. It's a fiction book, which is my kind of book. Im not going to be buying and reading the whole book because I'm reading several other books right now and this one doesn't jump out at me as a book I "must read." Based on what I read, the book does seem to be professionally edited. The part I like most about the bit I read was the setting. The books starts in London, England which is one of my favorite places. The setting of a book is one of the most important things, in my opinion. I don't see anything that needs to be improved.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 11:47 am by vaz222.
The OBC review indicated this a political thriller/spy book. It also said that the story starts with a bang, but it gets slow until just before the end. Before reading the sample pages, I was not interested in this book because I am not into its genre that much. After I read the sample pages, I thought the book was professionally edited. I liked the suspense of the first scene in which Max’s dad crashes their helicopter on purpose. However, I did not like the description of Paco Roco, who sounds like a chauvinist criminal. I will not read this book because I like stories that keep me interested all the way, and I think this one is not going to do that for me.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 3:30 pm by Yolimari.
Even though the cover is very attractive, the title did not peak my interest. Then both the synopsis and review told me this isn't a book of my preferred genre, but it may be interesting. The sample was okay, but confirmed that I won't be reading the rest. Still, I like that it was properly edited. I also like that it has TWO Prologues, something unique in my experience; it perfectly sets up the story from the viewpoint of both the parents and their orphaned son before continuing on in the present.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 5:07 pm by MsTri.
Based on the title and cover I wouldn't have sampled the book because it didn't appeal to me. I saw the official review and a few other reviews of the book when it was Book of The Month; the reviews and discussions were so interesting that I felt compelled to read the book. I also liked that the plot was intriguing and that the characters were interesting. That's the reason why I read the whole book. The book appeared to be professionally edited which made reading it a breeze.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 5:41 pm by ritah.
Based on the book's description, it's not one I would typically pick up and read. It sounded like a James Patterson-style quick mystery/thriller, and I don't typically enjoy those books. After reading reviews on both Online Book Club and Amazon, I'm pretty sure this wouldn't be my type of book. I was impressed with how much knowledge of his setting the author demonstrated. However, it seems that the characters are underdeveloped, and that's one of the things I look for the most in a book. I was very impressed with the readability of the book. In the pages that I sampled, I was able to breeze through. The wording felt natural, and I didn't notice any major spelling or grammatical mistakes.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 6:56 pm by amybo82.
The cover and title are certainly interesting. They don't give away anything the book would be about. I don't really like that, so I probably wouldn't pick it up. The reviews were all really promising, but the OBC review didn't really sway me either way. I do like the writing so far, the author really knows how to pull readers in. I didn't see any editorial errors. My biggest problem is the genre. I don't really like thrillers, so I'm not sure that I'd like this one. For now, I'm going to hold off reading it.
First Ten review added on December 19, 2017, at 11:13 pm by Afuglsan.
I wouldn't have chosen to sample The Expansion apart from First Ten. Neither the cover nor the blurb appeal to me. The second official OBC review made me more open to considering the book as a potential read, but the mention of a cliffhanger threw me off. After reading the first ten pages, I kept to my initial stance of passing on The Expansion. The first ten pages were very interesting - there was the tragic death of Helen and Edward Burns, then readers got a glimpse into Godfredo and Max's relationship, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my attention was captivated by the characters. However, I noticed quite an occurrence of explicit language, and that detracted from any desire I had to read. Secondly, as I mentioned before, I don't like cliffhangers all that much.
This book seemed professionally edited from what I read so far, and I didn't catch any errors!
First Ten review added on December 20, 2017, at 12:01 am by ladycraic.
The cover is attractive and the premise sounds good, I would've sampled it without this program. Suspense and thriller reads are my favorites, so I was looking forward to reading the first ten pages, especially after seeing a few great reviews on OBC. I liked that it started with action right away, but I was a bit disappointed with the writing style. Since I wasn't familiar with the characters or the setting, the first few pages were confusing. The book seems edited, but the description to dialogue ratio is out of balance. It ruined the reading flow for me. I had a feeling like the pace would slow down right after the sample and some reviewers confirmed my thoughts, so I won't be buying this book. I liked the premise, but the writing style just wasn't my cup of tea.
First Ten review added on December 20, 2017, at 2:57 am by IsabelMay.
I read the OBC review before checking out the sample of this book, and unfortunately it just didn't interest me. I felt the same way about the book. I'm not sure if the premise was overly complicated or if this is simply not my genre. My mind kept wandering off, though the dialogue was well-written and I didn't notice any structural/grammar errors. After a little reflection, I think the premise of the book wasn't specific enough. I wasn't sure which character I was supposed to be following, and maybe that is what made me feel scattered/distracted while I read. I won't finish this book.
First Ten review added on December 20, 2017, at 3:30 pm by Ashley Simon.
Well, I wasn't initially attracted to the book based on title and book cover, but its raving reviews were noteworthy. Can't say much has changed for me in terms of interest though, after reading the sample. It does feel engaging enough and the story is smooth and easy flowing. But I wasn't hooked in on the plot per se. I can't fault much grammatically as the only error I encountered was the mix of past and present tense in the sentence:"His thought was of the frozen water above the village. The feel of ice-cold stone, and of water molecules changing shape as they 'expand' in the pipes." I saw an OBC review which sort of hindered full interest in reading the book. It's a 50-50 chance of my continuing the read, but will be marking 'No' because I've got a lot on my plate right now.
First Ten review added on December 20, 2017, at 10:18 pm by Vickie Noel.
This is not a book I would not have normally read. The description was not particularly interesting to me. I had also previously read the official OnlineBookClub Review, which didn't make this book appeal much to me. After reading the sample, my opinion has not changed. I liked the author's writing style. The prologue was fun and exciting. However, I still find the overall topic pretty boring. My only suggestion for improvement is to revamp the description to make it seem more appealing. I am not opposed to ever reading this book, but don't have a strong urge to read it right away. It does seem professionally edited.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 11:55 am by RebeccasReading.
Honestly, I don't like the book's cover, and the title doesn't attract me. Although the first ten pages seem inviting, I won't buy the book. In addition, the book appears to be professionally edited since I didn't see any grammatical errors or typos while I read. I like the premise, but the author should have added an intriguing event in the premise. Yes, it has an interesting OBC review.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 3:23 pm by Rosemary Wright.
The Expansion by Christoph Martin is an explosive fiction novel. I would have chosen to read the book without reading the sample first because the book's title and customer reviews' are intriguing. Furthermore, the cover is beautifully illustrated. The sample I read increased my interest in the book. I love how the story doesn't seem derivative, and it has many intricacies. The characters are fully explored. The book seems professionally edited. Finally, the book has an official OnlineBookClub review which is astute.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 5:12 pm by ayoomisope.
Here's another book that just isn't of interest to me, mainly due to the genre. The cover is interesting, although I can't really get a feel for what the book is about based on just that, and the summary would likely draw the interest of people who enjoy thrillers or mysteries. I likely wouldn't have bothered to read a sample or buy the book if not for this program, and reading those ten pages did not change my mind. The writing was good and I didn't notice any errors, but I also wasn't drawn to keep reading.
I did like that there was some excitement in the beginning, and my curiosity was piqued by Ed's decision to crash the helicopter rather than deal with the consequences of his and Helen's actions. I don't think I have any improvements to suggest at this point in the book. The Official OnlineBookClub review was positive for the most part, but it did not convince me to read the rest of this book.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 6:38 pm by kemp1kor.
This is not a book I would have chosen to read because of the amateurish cover art and the title, The Expansion, isn't particularly intriguing. Also, the editorial, and customer reviews do not help to make the book more attractive. I found no grammar errors within the text.
The Official Online Book Club review of this book presents a compelling conflict in the story, but I will not buy and read this book. The sample did not capture my attention. The story seems to have been written for a male audience.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 9:09 pm by JessNWheeler.
This book sounded very good, however, reading the sample, I have been put off reading it. The start of the book is very good where the couple commits suicide, however, I then feel like the action goes flat. Reading the review, this seems like the novel does not improve and remains flat. Therefore, while I was keen to read the book, I have decided not to. I like books with action that then take a step back, but they have to quickly build the action back up otherwise the reader can lose interest. I found that I lost interest and this is why I do not want to read the entire novel.
The book does seem like it has been edited appropriately and I did not see any spelling errors. The part I liked most was the action at the start. What an amazing and daring way to start a novel, by a couple who seem to have it all committing suicide. However, a book needs to be able to maintain this momentum. I read the book club review and it seemed to echo similar concerns to the ones I had when I read the sample.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 10:02 pm by N_R.
I think I would have read the sample without this program based on the cover. I really loved the description of Edward Burns crashing the helicopter. It was really chilling, in a great creepy way. Although I didn't find any spelling or grammatical errors, I really didn't like the formatting of this book. I'm not sure if it was due to the font or the spacing, but something about it irked me. Maybe too many line breaks? After reading the Online Book Club official review, I think I'm not going to buy and finish this book. I have a lot of books on my TBR list, and the reviewer specified it as being nothing special.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 10:23 pm by Emmanae.
Wow, the first chapter was pretty dark and heavy. I’m not a huge fan of thrillers only because I don’t like all that darkness. The author is very talented with this genre though. I like the cover image, the tree looks like a creepy hand and reminds me of the silent Dracula film imagery. I think character development is good and I didn’t notice any errors. I wouldn’t have looked at this book outside the program because I don’t shop for books very often. The review mentioned the rest of the story slows until the end, which I guess is out of character for a thriller. Maybe the author should switch genres or add more action in some of the chapters to interest his target audience more.
First Ten review added on March 3, 2018, at 10:43 pm by Momiji1987.
The Expansion by Christoph Martin is a crime thriller book revolving around the project expansion of Panama Canal with dark themes of greed, revenge, betrayal, espionage, politics, corruption, murder, and mayhem. Without the first ten pages, I probably might not buy and read this book. I have seen from the cover that this book has dark themes. The cover did not give me the "grab it!" feeling. The OBC reviewer read it twice before getting the substance in the book made me confirm to bypass reading it. Reading the first ten pages has bored me with its slow pace, and overly descriptive writing style. The first prologue talks about the escape, and suicide of Ed Burns, and Helen Burns in their Robinson R44 helicopter, and the second prologue is very long. The prologue takes more than the first ten pages. Commas (,) in Prologue, I and Prologue, II are not necessary. The book is professionally edited. I have not seen any error other than the unnecessary commas. I don't have any improvement suggestion for this book. My decision to bypass reading this book is final.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 2:04 am by Dolor.
I would have chosen to read the sample of the book based on the intriguing title and outstanding reviews. I'm going to buy and read the book because of the interesting prologue in the sample. I love the way the characters of the book are introduced. The book seems professionally edited. The book has a great official review on OnlineBookClub.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 2:57 am by stedape.
Based on the cover and title alone, I wouldn't have given this book a second glance. The absence of a blurb did not in any way influence my decision.
Being error-free isn't the only quality the sample possessed. It gripped my attention in a way that left me yearning for more. This leads me to conclude that it was professionally edited. After reading the official review, however, I came to the conclusion that I won't be reading the rest of the book. I say so because this is the kind of story I would prefer to consume in the form of a movie.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 6:45 am by Mercy Bolo.
At first glance, I probably would not have picked this book up. The genre, political thriller, is one that I sometimes enjoy, and the book has received lots of positive reviews, but the cover and synopsis alone didn't grab my attention. The OBC review mentioned a lack of development in the main character, and that really tends to bug me. I figured the book might not be for me. After reading the first ten pages, I was struck by the immediacy and tension of the writing. The author really captured the characters' voices and built up a classic thriller atmosphere. The book seems to have been professionally edited as well. I'm not sure there's any room for improvement in the sample. The writing definitely drew me in, and I am planning to finish the book.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 2:02 pm by BookishCreature.
I like the genre but I did not understand the cover till I read the reviews. The reviews tickled my interest but I might not have read further just based on the reviews and genre. Reading the first ten pages was disipointing. I did not see the good excitement and thrills that the reviews suggested. I liked the fact that the parents made the tough decision and killed themselves in an accident so that their mistakes would not destroy their son's future. I did not see any editorial errors in the first ten pages so I feel it was professionally edited. The first ten pages did not really catch my interest mso I don't plan to read the rest of this book at this time.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 8:28 pm by Bluecobia.
The cover of this book is a throwaway for me. What's with the palm tree? Is this part of the Panama canal project alluded to in the first chapter? The reviews for this book are relatively positive which add to its intrigue but I'm not sure the plot is for me. Corporate enterprise scandals? How much more boring does it get? There are so many interior know-hows that must accompany this storyline, I feel like I would get lost in the details. Since, in general, thrillers aren't my thing, and this thriller seemingly based on corporate enterprise seems like it will bore me-I will not be continuing this book.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 9:14 pm by NL Hartje.
This book looked and sounded very familiar and after a quick search, I realized I had already read it and have it on my e-reader. It's been a few years since I've read it and probably need to read it again. The book opens with a lot of action and I like the main character, Max, and his friend, Fredo. The writing is well-paced and easy to follow. The OBC review is positive and that's encouraging. I'm glad tis is part of the BOTD program, although I was introduced to this book outside of BOTD. I'm not going to buy the book today because I already have it, but I would recommend it. This book did not appear to have any editorial or grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on March 4, 2018, at 11:12 pm by Shelle.
The cover and the title of this book don't reveal much, so based solely on these two factors, I am not sure if I would have bought it. I read the OBC review and got a bit more insight into its plot. The idea of a story built around Suez Canal seemed interesting to me. It was also mentioned that the writer has mentioned many details regarding the history and architecture of it. I like reading such things. I read the sample, and it instantly had my attention. The prologue was very good, and it paved a very strong foundation for building the interest. The writing style was good and I didn't find any grammatical mistakes.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2018, at 12:25 am by ReviewerDiksha.
I was fairly certain that I wouldn't be reading this book after going through the blurb and reviews, knowing that the genre is not one I pick up often. I wasn't exceptionally interested in the story, and the truth is that I'm still weary of it after reading the sample. I'm not sure if this was professionally edited or not, as I noticed a few errors, particularly in capitalization and oddly placed ellipses and the formatting was just disastrous. Paragraphs were separated by single lines instead of double. With all that said, the story that the book initially gives its readers is incredibly interesting. The action of the novel grabs readers' attention instantaneously and keeps them hooked through the rest of the sample.
I'm pretty torn on whether or not I will read this one since the formatting is immeasurably distracting, but I'm rather curious about the story and the main character. I feel like if the formatting were fixed, I would be more inclined to continue reading it.
First Ten review added on March 5, 2018, at 1:51 am by SPasciuti.
I think I would've sampled this book even without the program because the cover and title make it look like a mystery or thriller, and the Amazon blurb confirms that it's crime fiction about a man who is framed for murder. My first impression is that the plot sounds interesting to me. After reading the first ten pages, I still find it a potentially interesting story. I liked that it started off with the commotion of Ed and Helen fleeing the law in their helicopter and then Ed purposefully crashing it as he'd rather die than go to prison. I also liked getting to know Max, their son, and his friend, Godfredo, right from the beginning. It's nice to get a sense of who the story will be about from the start. I wouldn't improve anything, but I won't finish reading the book just because I have so many other books I want to finish first. I do think the book was professionally edited as I didn't note any errors. However, the format in the preview seemed a bit strange, as there were so many paragraph breaks after just one or two sentences. Maybe that's just the Kindle formatting though. None of the breaks cut through the middle of a sentence or anything.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 12:06 pm by Camille Turner.
I normally wouldn't have picked up this book, as the description didn't really appeal to me. Having read the sample, I will not be continuing the book as I didn't find it interesting enough to stop what I'm reading at the moment. The sample starts with the protagonist Edward killing himself and his wife in a helicopter crash after an undisclosed scandal that involves them becomes public. The book then switches to a flashback of young Edward starting out with his life. The action is very good and I feel like someone who likes these sort of conspiracy thrillers would enjoy this book. This type of story doesn't really rank high on something I'd like. Grammatically there were a lot of fragments in the first few pages such as "Even as a young woman, before the diamonds and the handbags." I have not read any other reviews of this book.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 12:06 pm by HRichards.
I would read the book based on the title and cover; I like the bold imagery and colour, and the title is intriguing. Having read the opening pages, I will read the book.
I'm drawn to the plot as I worked for an engineering firm that submitted a bid for the Panama canal expansion. The author clearly has industry knowledge e.g. his reference to lectures on mega project management, so it feels credible.
The book also opens well with its dramatic opening scene of the helicopter crash - which is shocking in how quickly it is all over - and its aftermath. I'm already engaged in Max's character as a teenager, and want to know the impact the accident will have on Max's life.
I did not spot any grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 1:39 pm by Julie Green.
The book cover and title look interesting and I would have stopped to pick it up. However, I was disappointed when I read the blurb because I thought it was going to be in the YA genre. I don't particularly like mystery books so I would have passed on reading the book. However, I was impressed when I read the review that said the backstories of the characters were very well-written. Then I read the sample and I was continuously jolted from the story. The sample was made up mostly of one sentences as its own paragraph and most of them was dialogue. It was hard to see what the characters were 'doing' since there were hardly any description of their body language. Overall, I will not continue to read the book. Note: The book had been professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 1:49 pm by Allyseria.
"The Expansion" is a political thriller that explores human's ability to do whatever it takes for what he wants. The book follows the story of an engineer named Max Burns who works on the expansion of the Panama Canal beside his childhood best friend, Godfredo. They are competing with other teams. The world of betrayal is made clear when Edward Burns and his wife run from their own party in the opening scene of the book. The plot is too political for my taste and therefore I will not be continuing this book. I wouldn't have tried this book without the program because of the same reason. It was professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 3:37 pm by Laura Bach.
This is one of those book covers that keeps popping up, but until today I haven't been moved to have a closer look. I think this has something to do with the cover design which isn't that attractive. I started to read the first ten pages and was quite intrigued, starting from the first few lines. The author has a great way of drawing his reader into the book and once you've started, you're hooked.
One thing I did notice about the book that put me off a bit, was the absence of any kind of clear paragraph structure. Another formatting issue is that the text isn't fully justified, and so appears a bit chaotic. I didn't see any mention of these in any of the reviews, so it may only be a result of the download version I read. It must be said that the content is so skillfully written, I found I got used to the strange formatting and concentrated more on the story. There were no noticeable errors in grammar that I could see, which helped the flow considerably. I found the author's writing style to be very accomplished, and its hard to believe that this is his debut book!
By far the best part of the sample I read, was the scene in the prologue that ends with the untimely death of two people in awful circumstances - it completely surprised me! I really don't like the cover illustration, though. I think it doesn't give any hint of the story within and looks quite disturbing. I had marked the book as "Not interested" to start with, and despite all the glowing reviews, I have decided to stick with my first impression, as the strong link to the Panama Canal and the leanings towards political intrigue put me off a bit. However, its a great start for this promising writer, and I'll be keeping an eye out for more books by him.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 4:41 pm by sonya01.
Max Burns learns of his parent’s death at age 16 as this novel opens. He is told by his uncle that they died in a plane crash. Readers know that this isn’t entirely true as they witness Mr and Mrs Burns fleeing their own party, board their plane and Mr Burns makes them crash under the idea that they have committed something criminal and will face jail time. Time forwards to Max being an engineer and has been solicited to work on a Panama Canal project much to his wife Sarah’s dismay. I liked the opening crash that jolts readers to want to learn more and sets the stage with a giant ripple of intrigue. I did not find any errors in punctuation, spelling or grammar in the portion I read so it would seem that this was professionally edited. I was somewhat interested in this title as it has been advertised as last year’s book of the year. I mainly read non-fiction, so without the book club, I probably wouldn’t have found this title on my own. I am not going to buy this one today as I’m not fully convinced that this one is for me. The review mentioned prostitution and domestic violence which are not a draw for me to keep on reading. My plan is to read more reviews on this and possibly consider it for the future. I need more information before going any further with this.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 5:07 pm by cpru68.
I’m not really much into thrillers right now. I’m intrigued by the idea of working on the Panama Canal and exploring the ideas of greed, though. Reading the first ten pages, I did not find any errors in the editing. I found the description of how Max’s parents’ death by helicopter quite fascinating, and it did make me consider reading more of the book. Still, I’m not really looking for anything else for my reading list right now, though. I think I’ll pass on this one.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 5:49 pm by Kendra M Parker.
The book cover and title do not attract me because it looks scary. The Amazon Blurb made the book sound very interesting about Max working on a mega project for expansion of the Panama Canal. He is framed for a murder and the woman he trusts holds a secret that could destroy him and even change the balance of world power. I read the sample and thought that the opening with Max’s parents, Edward and Helen Burns, being found out about something that they were illegally involved in, caused them to commit suicide and crash their helicopter rather than going to prison, was a good opening to the book. I liked this opening best because it caused me to have so many questions and I wanted to know why and what of their actions. The OBC review mentioned that one of the themes in the book was one of materialism and its downfall. I decided to not read the book because the review warned the readers that the book has strong language, prostitutes, and domestic violence. I did not like the strong language in the sample as well. The book seems to be edited well, as I did not notice any errors.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 10:06 pm by LV2R.
Prior to sampling The Expansion, I was not at all interested in reading it. Political fiction is not a preferred genre of mine, and there are quite a lot of reviews on Amazon that claim the book is slow, ends abruptly, and has minimal characterization.
The sample didn't capture my interest any more than I anticipated it would. Despite the tragedy that occurs under mysterious circumstances, I found the remainder of the sample unintriguing. Since the sample failed to have any interesting content, the paragraphs were not indented, and there were a few unnecessary commas, including "Max now plonked himself alongside his friend, and slid off his knitted beanie," I will not be finishing this book.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 10:48 pm by kfwilson6.
The Online Book Club reviewer praised this book for its character development and plot. I found no errors in the first ten pages. It was engrossing and captivating, not to mention suspenseful, which I loved. The eery cover and title are a nice touch for this genre and storyline. I learned of Helen and Ed Burns as they flee their own lavish holiday party, with a warrant for their arrest. They commit suicide from a helicopter to avoid the shame any disgrace of the situation. There was nothing I would improve in the first ten pages. When I'm in the market for this genre (suspense, action) I will probably read this book, but for now I'll pass only because of my long list of "To-Read" books.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 10:51 pm by revna01.
If I had not read the sample, I probably would not have read the book. This is because thrillers don't really interest me. There was an official OnlineBook Club review but it did not change my mind. Reading the sample, it was clear that this was not the book for me. It begins with two prologues and then in the first few pages the main character quits his job as a lecturer. I do not know if this was a stylistic device, but the author kept starting sentences with words like "and". This distracted me as I was reading. I would not buy and read this book as it is not my type of genre.
First Ten review added on November 22, 2018, at 11:02 pm by Cher432.
The cover of "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin really didn't tell me much about the book so I would not have read it based upon that. I did read the Prologues and I was totally confused. Ed and Helen are evidentally being persued by something bad they did in the past that they never were caught and then they die. I really enjoyed the writer's ability to draw you into the story and crave more. I did not see any typos and there was an onlinebookclub review. I am not planning on finishing the book because it is not my genre.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 12:29 am by CinWin.
The Expansion by Christoph Martin is about a series of unfortunate events occurred in the life of Max Burns. The prolong really set me up specially when Eric forced his wife, Helen, to suicide with him in their helicopter. Then after years, Max Burns, 16, findings himself with his friend entering the world filled with uncertainties. The official OBC reviewer, for this read, did an excellent job in relating about this story. The value additions and the story line exceeds beyond expectations. I'm glad that I didn't find this read to be a bold typical text. There weren't any hindrances to this read, based on the pages that I have read. Sadly, this read does not meet my interests.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 1:05 am by Sahani Nimandra.
Without the first ten program I wouldn't have read this book since neither the cover nor the title tells me much. However, I may like the book considering the description in the Amazon blurb. Even if there are no editorial reviews, there are 53 customer reviews with 81% of them giving the book 4 or 5 stars. Since the book is a political thriller with lots of action and intrigue, I was curious to read for myself and see if I like the author's style. The prologue is intense and captivated me immediately. The pace of the story is alert and suits perfectly the genre of the book. I was definitely left wondering what will happen to Max after Edward and Helen's helicopter crash. The story continues at the same pace and one chapter after another made me want to read more and follow Max in his new adventure next to the team set up by Prof. Moyle to bid for the expansion of the Panama canal. I couldn't find any editing errros in the sample. Since the OBC reviewer also praises the book for the character development, I'm going to add it to my reading list.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 2:45 am by cristinaro.
Based on the cover and title, I wouldn't have read the sample as I do not fancy the crime thriller genre. From the sample, Helen Burns and Edward Burns had to escape from their party because there was a warrant for their arrest, including those that also bought into Rupert's bloody scheme as they did. With the aid of their Robinson R44 helicopter, they escaped before they were caught. Edward, not wanting his wife to go to jail crashed the helicopter. They didn't survive the crash and left their sixteen-year-old Max Burns behind. The book seems well edited. The OBC reviewer gave it a perfect rating, but it doesn't change my mind about not wanting to read it as I stated earlier. Though, I believe those that favor its genre would find it interesting as the reviewer enjoyed reading it.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 2:50 am by OloladeO.
Had I not read the sample as part of the program then I would not have read the book based on the title, cover, blurb, and reviews because it is not the type of book that I enjoy reading. The genre is also not my favorite to read, I don't like crime novels. The book seems professionally edited and I found no spelling or grammatical errors. The sample did not change my mind on reading the whole book because I could not get into the story. I didn't like how Ed and Helen were overcome by greed that they joined in a scheme for more money. Before the police arrest them, Ed decided to take a helicopter and then plunge them to their death leaving behind their son, Max. I don't like violence so I can't get into the story. I can't relate to the characters either, they feel unrealistic to me. I also don't have interest in bids, contracts or the Panama Canal. Reading the first ten pages made me realize that the book is not for me and that I don't like the author’s writing style. The book felt like it kept fast forwarding so it felt like chunks of the story were missing. For example, the book goes from Max being a kid that finds out his parents are dead to Dr. Max Burns giving the last lecture of his university career. I couldn't get into the story so I will pass on reading the whole book.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 3:23 am by ObsessedBookNerd.
I would have chosen to read the book because I wanted to find out more about the expansion. Having read the book and the review, I found the book to be a nice book to be read on some boring afternoon. The book revolves around the themes of loyalty and espionage. It is about Max, whose parents pass away in a planned helicopter crash, and the challenges he encounters in his worklife. Because of his parents' death, he finds himself out of his expesive boarding school and living with his uncle on a housing estate. As time goes by, his childhood friend, Godfredo, invites him to work with his father on a construction project. The project involves the expansion of a Panama Canal. Max agrees but things go in a way he never thought they would. He did not know there were a lot of people bidding to take over the project. Things become challenging for him as he discovers deep governmental secrets to an extend that the government wants him gone. I enjoyed reading the review and the sample of the book. The book was exceptionally edited. Thanks.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 2:48 pm by mtsnel006.
The design of the cover is somewhat amateurish, and I'm not entirely sure if it corresponds to a thriller of the characteristics posed by the blurb. The official review speaks of a fast-paced novel with a blatant cliffhanger. The first ten pages start with a series of prologues that revolve around a helicopter accident and a young man who is in the Swiss Alps. He finds out that his parents died in the accident. The prose is fluid and very appropriate for a thriller, while the editing work looks almost impeccable. Being a follower of the genre, I must say that the setting of this novel sounds interesting, and the first pages definitely caught my attention. I will continue reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 8:06 pm by KRay93.
I would not have read this book with out the First Ten. I have seen it on the OBC site and never read the sample. The cover is not appealing to me, as I have never been sure what it represents. A palm tree in a spotlight, perhaps? It does not give me a sense of genre or story. The sample was well written and I enjoyed it. The opening with the couple fleeing their own home by helicopter, and the husband causing a fatal crash was appealing. I enjoy mysteries and thrillers and normally would want to read this book. However, in reality, I am bogged down with home repair projects and have little time for reading right now. So, I am going to say no, but it is a "soft" no. If I didn't already have my Kindle full of books I said "yes" to, I would have bought it. I did not notice any errors and the book seemed professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 9:21 pm by FictionLover.
Hearing so much about this book from Onlinebookclub made me curious to read it. I liked the mysterious prologue and how easily Edward decided to sacrifice his and Helen's life. I'm curious to find out what big matter compelled him to do it. There wasn't anything I disliked. The writing was engaging and compelling with no mistakes, which means it is professionally edited. I would be reading this book.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 9:57 pm by Fuzaila.
Based on the book’s cover design, blurb, and title, I would not have chosen to read this book. The cover design needs a makeover. It does not give any hints about the story and it did not match the genre of the book. Red and black typically advertise the horror genre, and The Expansion is not a horror story. The blurb also made the plot seem very political and complex. Honestly, I felt intimidated to read this book because I figured there would be complicated political jargon in it. The title did not arouse my interest either. Surprisingly, after I read the sample, I felt drawn to Max’s story and I wanted to continue reading. I was shocked when Max’s parents killed themselves by crashing their helicopter, but I understood that they did not want their son implicated in their crimes. Excerpts of Max’s life continued with each chapter, and his excitement to join the Panama Canal Expansion Project was contagious. I felt like it was the start of an adventure, rather than a suspense story. This was the part that captured my interest. Initially, I thought the book would be boring, but I was wrong. I will definitely buy this book. I did not see any errors in the sample and to me, it seemed professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 10:25 pm by KristyKhem.
Based on the cover and title, I think I would have sampled the book. Its use of only two colors make the cover striking. It's a little intriguing too, and enigmatic. As for the first few pages, the prologue was superb and fast-paced. When Ed was describing his wife, Helen, I thought it would be one of those stories where it's about romance. However, when Ed grabbed her, the anticipation of what is going to happen intensified. Even more so when the helicopter crumbled into pieces. It was a breathtaking moment. I am curious as to what Max's, their son, destiny will going to be. The author's style of writing is short yet intense, and that's what make this book exciting to read. Unfortunately, I won't be buying the book today because of financial reasons. Other than that, I think there is nothing else to stop me in wanting to read this book. There were no noticeable errors and the official OBC review is also short and concise and persuasive enough to tell me to read the sample.
First Ten review added on November 23, 2018, at 11:50 pm by briellejee.
The cover and title don't give a good idea of what the book is about. However, I would have sampled this book based on the official review and description because I enjoy action novels with an espionage angle. After sampling the book, I felt like I wanted to read more but I didn't feel the need to purchase it right away. The main reason I wasn't convinced to buy it was the sample was too short for me to get an idea if I would really enjoy the story. Therefore, I think the one improvement that could be made is making the sample a little longer. I did enjoy how quick paced the story is. I liked that the book starts with Max's parent killing themselves to escape prison. I'm also intrigued by the conflict between Max and his girlfriend over him taking a contract to work on the Panama Canal. There was a lot of good dramatic buildup in the first ten pages. I found no errors and I believe this book was professionally edited.
First Ten review added on November 24, 2018, at 1:11 am by Sicily Joy.
The genre, title, cover, and official review all made the book sound appealing to me. Although the first ten pages didn't show too much what the plot is about, the brief introduction of Helen and Edward Burns was well written and exciting, setting the tone for the rest of the book. I did not notice any errors in my reading. I found the abrupt violence in the book a bit concerning though. I am going to add this one to the list to look into later, but I honestly don't think I will read it anytime soon. The violent scene I read makes me think parts of this book will bother me.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 4:35 pm by Washboard.
'The Expansion' is a book written by Christoph Martin. The title, blurb, and cover did a good job at convincing me to give this book a try.
The first ten pages leads me to believe that it is a thriller. Edward Burns kills himself and his wife, Helen when Rupert Garcia is arrested and a warrant is issued against them. Everybody thinks it’s an accident. Their son, Max, grows up to be a geomatic engineer. He joins a team intent on taking up the project to expand the Panama Canal. I did not find any error. I consider it to be professionally edited. I will give this book a skip as I am not in the mind-frame to read a book of this genre as of now.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 4:36 pm by Kajori50.
I wouldn't have chosen to read the book as the blurb didn't pique my interest, but the positive OBC review might've convinced me to at least sample it. Having read the first pages, I enjoyed the fast pacing of the novel, going from Max's parents death to the present day in a short span of pages. There was nothing in particular I disliked and I spotted no errors, but I don't plan on buying the book right now since there are other books that I'm more interested in.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 5:10 pm by Tomah.
The cover did not give a good idea what the book was about or the genre and I was not particularly interested learning more. The OBC review described it as a thriller following the politics and diplomacy surrounding the expansion of the Panama Canal. The reviewer seemed genuinely excited about how good the book was, but I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in a political thriller about an engineering project. The first prologue of the book features a rich couple who flee from their Christmas party by helicopter to escape arrest and then commit suicide by blowing up the aircraft. It was an exciting start, but there was an indication that the couple was guilty of being involved with a corrupt scheme to make more money. I personally didn’t like that they took their lives instead of facing the consequences and remaining alive despite having a son they were leaving behind. The book seems well-edited and I believe people who enjoy darker political/crime thrillers would enjoy this. But be warned: Amazon reviews indicated the book ends very abruptly with no clear indication of a sequel. For these reasons, I will pass on purchasing this one.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 6:35 pm by Everydayadventure15.
I don't usually read thrillers, so I'm not sure I would have chosen this one. I really enjoyed the prologue sections, the first more than the second; they were compelling and action-packed, with characters about whom I immediately became curious. I almost wish I had been able to stop there. Chapter 1 did not hold my interest, since I care not at all about engineering, and so I am concerned that I probably will not be interested in the rest of the story. The text was well-written, just not for me. I noted no errors.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 7:24 pm by evraealtana.
The title, The Expansion, is exciting. I'm not sure what the cover art represents. The Expansion is a suspenseful thriller about the race to build an expansion on the Panama Canal. It is filled with espionage and romance. The first Prologue where Edward Burns killed himself and his wife, Helen, by crashing their helicopter, was intense. The official review rated this book highly and praised it as a masterful story. I didn't find any spelling or grammatical errors and believe it has been professionally edited. Although the book seems to have a lot of intrigue and I can see a love triangle developing, the subject of the Panama Canal isn't that interesting to me. I will not be finishing this one.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 8:20 pm by Jsovermyer.
The cover hooked me into this book but the content made me stay and I'm glad I did. Ed and his wife's death by homicide/suicide was fascinating not just because it was motivated by the prospect of being arrested, but also because it's sure to have an effect on Max's life. I want to know what that effect is. Added to that, the book is well edited and well written. I'll get it and finish it.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 8:51 pm by Nisha Ward.
Based on the cover, title, and blurb of this book, I was a little unsure if I would like it. The first ten pages were very exciting, especially the background of Max Burns losing his parents to an accident - some unknown, but clearly shady business deal. The part I liked most about this book was this background information, which really helped develop Max's character. The part I disliked most was the overall plot; though unique, I am not interested in stories about bids and the corporate world. I only noticed one grammatical error, in the sentence "Max now plonked himself alongside his friend, and slid off his knitted beanie," (24% into the sample). This comma separates the noun from the second verb. I will not be reading this book because I am not interested in the setting or purpose of Max's endeavors and because the review reveals that the book ends in a cliffhanger ending.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 9:54 pm by kelseydwf.
I heard about this book when it was BOTM. The cover, genre, and title were intriguing, but I was not interested enough in the blurb to pick up the book. The OnlineBookClub review I read was positive, but it did not change my mind.
Based on the sample, I will not be reading this book. The writing was great, and I noticed no errors in the text. The scene where Edward crashes the plan was horrifying but intriguing. I was a bit confused by what was happening, but I assume it would make more sense in the context of the rest of the book. I can offer no suggestions for improvement. However, I am not interested enough in what I know of the book’s plot to continue reading.
First Ten review added on August 11, 2019, at 11:30 pm by maggi3.
This sounds like a suspenseful mystery thriller base on the official reviews, but I wouldn’t have read it because the story doesn’t interest me. Although the book seems well-edited, I’m not a fan of the writing. Ed admiring his wife’s beauty at the beginning of the book just doesn’t suit the urgency of the situation. I also think the second prologue doesn’t serve any purpose except to show how painful losing both parents is to Max, and that should go without saying. “All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your breath” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). I won’t continue to read this book.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 2:10 am by TuyetMai.
If I had not been a part of this program it is highly unlikely that the author, title, cover, genre, blurb or customer reviews would have drawn me to this book. The author is unknown to me, the title is completely lacking in story hints/explanations, and the cover, quite frankly, makes it look like something from a horror movie. Horror is a genre I avoid like the plague. Should I have found out the true genre, which is also one I do not favor, I would have avoided the book entirely. Reading the sample did not change my mind about not reading the book. It simply cemented the fact that I did not wish to read it any further. Political intrigue, even with the added draw of romance, holds no interest for me. The book seemed professionally edited. I found no errors.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 2:13 am by Kelyn.
I have come across a positive review of this book, and it has piqued my interest. It also seems professionally edited, but I would like to suggest that line breaks be included in between paragraphs to facilitate ease of reading. I like that the story starts in media res, where there is a lot of action, i.e., where Edward drags his wife away from the party and escapes by helicopter, only for them to seemingly commit suicide, leaving their child Max alone. However, I will not be purchasing the book today, as mystery/thrillers are not what I am looking for currently.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 3:17 am by gen_g.
I probably would not have picked this book up had I not sampled it through the First Ten program. Thrillers aren’t my favorite genre, and the cover has a ‘thriller’ feel. For that reason, I don’t plan to buy and read the whole book. Reading the first ten pages confirmed my first impressions of the book. Especially when a husband deliberately causes his helicopter to crash and kill himself and his wife. Based on what I read, the book seems professionally edited. I saw no errors. What I liked most in what I read was the way that Edward Burns spoke of his love for his wife, Helen. It showed great character development considering their part in the story was brief in the sample. I know that readers who love thrillers will enjoy this book. As far as improvement, I saw no need for any in what I read. I did see the Official Online Book Club review and found it detailed and informative.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 3:34 am by VernaVi.
The cover page and title don't look enticing. However, the official OBC review says the book is interesting. So I'd give it a try. The beginning pages were dull to me. I think the book's pace is slow. What I like most is the relationship between Max Burns and Sarah Beauvoir—Doctor and Lecturer from a wealthy family. I hope their relationship ends well.
The book seems to be professionally edited as I found no error.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 4:12 am by Nuel Ukah.
I liked the prologues. They did a great job of showing the main character, Max's background and drew me into the story. However, after reading the book's summary and the official review, I have decided not to buy the book. The book's plot with the Panama Canal and corporate espionage just didn't capture my interest.
There was one sentence on page 8 that had an unnecessary comma. It said, "Matt now plonked himself alongside his friend, and slid off his knitted beanie."
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 7:05 am by Mbrooks2518.
I must say that the cover did not immediately catch my attention, as the tree distracted me from the title itself. The review did say this book was phenomenal, and the thriller genre has always caught my attention. After reading the first ten pages, I was immediately captivated by the story. The initial deaths were shocking, and the potential scheme immediately caught my attention. I was also impressed by the editing, as I saw no errors overall. I can honestly say that in the first ten pages I had no issues with the novel, and would like to read this in the future. Therefore, I will buy this novel later, when I have more time and money.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 10:39 am by dorebri2020.
As I enjoy reading crime novels, I would have read the book based on the genre, title, cover, and Amazon blurb. Luckily, reading both the OBC review and the sample increased my interest. The story focuses on the adventures and misadventures of a geomatic engineer as he works together with his team on the expansion of the Panama Canal. The realistic, engaging dialogues between the characters and the descriptive, fast-paced writing style made the sample enjoyable to read. I also liked I was thrown into the action from the very beginning. Moreover, I noticed the book received several positive reviews on Amazon; those interested in reading an absorbing story filled with suspense, mystery, and action should give this book a try. The book was professionally edited as I did not find any typos or grammatical errors.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 12:22 pm by Emy Katherine.
The overall appearance of the book is kind of interesting, but not appealing enough to the eye. When I finished sampling the first ten pages, I came to the conclusion that I will not be buying this book. The book seemed professionally edited so far, and the reading flow was quite nice and smooth. However, the storyline wasn't really to my taste, and the genre of the book itself already disinterested me. Ed and Helen's mysterious issue with Rupert Garcia was intriguing, and Max as a character seemed a bit promising, but all of it wasn't immersing enough.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 1:49 pm by Aubrey Lewis.
This book’s title made me curious. The description hooked me a bit. While I’m not usually for international or political thrillers/mysteries, this seemed like its pacing was slower than the standard thriller. I was also drawn to the tropical setting. Before sampling, I was considering reading. Upon trying to sample, I discovered that the Table of Contents took up the entire sample. I tried both reading via Kindle in my web browser and on my Kindle app with the same results in both cases. I was disappointed. My decision was resting on how much I was pulled in by the sample. Without that to go on and having not seen an OnlineBookClub.org review, I’m not quite interested enough to read. A reorganization or reformatting of the book’s early content would have helped. With ebooks especially, it is important to make sure the story content starts before the sample’s cutoff point. Otherwise, this kind of thing happens, and readers, like me, may be lost.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 4:03 pm by desantismt_17.
The cover is effective, although I imagined this to be a horror from the black/red contrast. I like reading crime thrillers, so I may have sampled this on my own. I read the Official review and thought the mystery sounded good. I wasn't sure about the formatting. There seemed to be a lot of separate paragraphs after each sentence almost. This could be intentional to build tension, or it could be a formatting error. It made reading the sample quite jumpy and it didn't flow as well as it should. Apart from that, there were no typos. The parallel between the two prologues of the parents and Max were done well. This was an effective way to introduce the story. I usually like this style of book, however the subject matter of the Panama Canal expansion does not interest me. Due to the formatting and my disinterest in the storyline, I do not want to read the full book.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 6:53 pm by danielleamy.
The cover page doesn't seem to reveal much. It just seems sinister. The OBC review was positive. In the sample, there are two prologues. In the first prologue, a rich man named Ed Burns commits suicide along with his wife Helen. In the second prologue, their son Max is informed about their death. In the first chapter, Max presents the last lecture of his career, before switching over to private enterprise. Sarah, who seems to be his girlfriend, says that he shouldn't work for a contractor named Moyle. Instead he should work for her father. However, Max is excited that Moyle has taken up expansion of the Panama Canal. The book seems professionally edited. However, since the characters aren't relatable and they don't intrigue me enough, I am not going to read this book.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 10:44 pm by srividyag1.
I wouldn't have chosen this book because I usually read sci-fi and fantasy, but I did notice the positive review. I found multiple sentence fragments in the first ten pages ("Even as a young woman, before the diamonds and designer handbags."). I also found the narrator and his wife to be unlikable characters because of their role in ripping off their friends. For these reasons, I won't finish the book.
First Ten review added on August 12, 2019, at 11:18 pm by Juliana_Isabella.
I would have chosen to sample this book based on the cover. The first ten pages proved to be extremely interesting and the premise of learning about the engineers involved in a project as massive as the Panama Canal is definitely intriguing. I like the author’s writing style and he provides a healthy amount of background on the characters to keep the reader interested. The book does appear to be professionally edited, as I did not notice any errors. The official OnlineBookClub review was excellent and provided some information that made me even more excited to add this book to my reading list.
First Ten review added on August 13, 2019, at 1:07 am by Jbcitygirl.
I wouldn't have read the book as the summary didn't intrigue me much. Though, I thoroughly enjoyed sampling this book. I like how the anticipation and intrigue from the very beginning kept me hooked even though I didn't thought about reading it at first. I assume that this book has a healthy dose of political drama, suspense, and corporate corruption in its secret affairs. As I like these themes, I'll be reading this book. I didn't find any error and would consider the book to be professionally edited. Those interested can also check out the official review.
First Ten review added on August 13, 2019, at 4:52 am by Ekta Kumari.
Based on what I had seen previously, I was not especially interested in this book because I don’t really enjoy historical fiction. After reading the sample, I must say the author has abgreat style and a knack for descriptive writing. I really enjoyed the scene about Max, the stone water trough, and the cigars. I did not find any editing errors. I probably won’t read the rest of this because I don’t find the topic especially interesting. I think more writers need to explore telling stories about the Panama Canal era from the Panamanian perspective.
First Ten review added on August 13, 2019, at 4:55 am by OliviaLouise.
Total ~ 24%
The Expansion earned a score of 24%.
In other words, out of the top-level reviewers who read at least the first 10 pages of this book, 24% plan to read the whole book.
IMPORTANT: Any score over 10% is considered very good. And any score above 0% is acceptable.
Over a million books are published each year. Any given person could not even read .0001% of the books out there. This means readers have to be very selective. Even taking the time to look over reviews and blurbs, let alone read samples, is more time than most readers can afford for most books. The First Ten is a powerful focus group that addresses those issues. It creates a helpful tool for authors, publishers, and other readers.