Review by Letora -- Cynthia and Dan by Dorothy May Mercer

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Review by Letora -- Cynthia and Dan by Dorothy May Mercer

Post by Letora » 07 Jul 2019, 11:12

[Following is a volunteer review of "Cynthia and Dan" by Dorothy May Mercer.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Cynthia is head of security for Senator Mike McBride in Washington, DC. On her way back to work from break, she encounters a traffic jam caused by suspicious activity at the White House. As she tries to find out what happened, she runs into a stranger who escorts her to a nearby diner. A stranger who introduces himself as Sky. This smooth talking gentleman quickly wins Cynthia over and they begin a relationship that seems too good to be true. But Sky isn't Cynthia's only worry. She's also helped create a team of computer geniuses to launch a cyber war against terrorism in the United States. The fate of the nation may rest in their hands.

The main character in this novel did not feel realistic. When Cynthia first meets Sky, she is hesitant to trust him, but this hesitation only lasts a few pages. She not only allows his associate to have her car keys, but she also goes to Sky's apartment. Cynthia was built up in the first few chapters as the head of security for a government official. She has checks and balances in place because she does not trust anyone in the office alone. Yet somehow this character who knows the world is not to be trusted, within a chapter trusts a complete stranger.

Dorothy May Mercer did not develop the relationships between characters. It is understandable to have Dan and Cynthia's relationship not fully explained, because it occurred in a previous novel. However, Sky was a new character to the series and the relationship was never given time to develop. One page it didn't exist, and then the next they were suddenly in love. There was also a lack of communication between Cynthia and her brother, despite the two of them creating the team to launch the cyber war. It didn't seem like Cynthia was even a part of the cyber war except for a few cameo appearances and phone calls.

The cyber war itself was too easy. There was no conflict in it at all. The team took down recruitment websites, rerouted supplies, intercepted messages between terrorist cells, all with little difficulty. The only thing that was mentioned as a barrier was the time it took to accomplish everything. It is unbelievable to accept that foreign governments do not have safeguards in place for cyber hacking. Even with the latest technology, people make mistakes. It also made the novel drag, as nothing really happened. There was nothing to encourage someone to continue reading.

I rate Dan and Cynthia: Cyber War 1 out of 4 stars. Unfortunately, there isn't one thing I liked about this novel. Cynthia did not stay true to her character and the situations in the novel were unrealistic. There were not a lot of errors throughout the book, but the story itself needed work. The cyber war needed conflict to keep it interesting and the characters needed to interact more with one another. The book itself just wasn't believable.

I would only recommend this book to people who don't need a lot of realism or character development in their novels. Readers who want a well-rounded novel that has a lot of action will not like this book.

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Post by danielleamy » 10 Jul 2019, 03:38

I sampled this book and couldn't agree with you more when it comes to Cynthia's character. I love reading novels with a strong female lead. Unfortunately this isn't the case here! Thanks for the honest review Letora, this one definitely isn't for me.
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Post by Ekta Kumari » 10 Jul 2019, 16:17

It's sad that you didn't find this read engaging. I hope you strike gold with your next one. Though the plot sounds interesting to me, I can understand how the lack of realistic characters can hinder the enjoyment of a book. Thanks for the honest review, Letora.
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Post by Letora » 10 Jul 2019, 17:51

danielleamy wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 03:38
I sampled this book and couldn't agree with you more when it comes to Cynthia's character. I love reading novels with a strong female lead. Unfortunately this isn't the case here! Thanks for the honest review Letora, this one definitely isn't for me.
Thank you for stopping by!
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Post by Letora » 10 Jul 2019, 17:55

Ekta Kumari wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 16:17
It's sad that you didn't find this read engaging. I hope you strike gold with your next one. Though the plot sounds interesting to me, I can understand how the lack of realistic characters can hinder the enjoyment of a book. Thanks for the honest review, Letora.
I think this could have been a great read if there had just been time for it to develop. It certainly would have needed more pages to fit it all, but I would have enjoyed reading it. Thank you for stopping by!
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Post by erinrb13 » 10 Jul 2019, 18:00

I agree with everything you said! I was not a fan of this book, and I hate when characters get their way without any conflict. Also, I thought most of the character interactions felt fake and forced.

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Post by allbooked+ » 10 Jul 2019, 20:18

You are spot on with this review! I felt exactly the same although I did rate it a 2 as it could be a nice beach type read that takes little thought! I was actually surprised to see so many 4/4 reviews for this book.

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Post by Samy Lax » 11 Jul 2019, 00:58

I wish the author had taken out the time to develop the characters well. It would have helped the story so much more. Great review!
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Post by AntonelaMaria » 11 Jul 2019, 15:02

I feel like I ranted a lot about this in forum discussion but then I read your review and nope, still have a lot to say. Considering the book I think you did a good job with the review. I really disliked it. There are many things wrong with it but if you have to choose one then that would be protagonist Cynthia. I agree that the characters are underdeveloped. The title and cover are probably misleading on purpose, I guess?

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Post by Letora » 12 Jul 2019, 08:42

AntonelaMaria wrote:
11 Jul 2019, 15:02
I feel like I ranted a lot about this in forum discussion but then I read your review and nope, still have a lot to say. Considering the book I think you did a good job with the review. I really disliked it. There are many things wrong with it but if you have to choose one then that would be protagonist Cynthia. I agree that the characters are underdeveloped. The title and cover are probably misleading on purpose, I guess?
It could be that the title was misleading on purpose. If readers enjoyed the two characters from a previous novel though, they're going to be mad when Dan is barely in it. I wish authors didn't feel the need to deceive an audience for reads.
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Post by Letora » 12 Jul 2019, 08:45

erinrb13 wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 18:00
I agree with everything you said! I was not a fan of this book, and I hate when characters get their way without any conflict. Also, I thought most of the character interactions felt fake and forced.
At times the interactions felt like teenagers when they're at that awkward first love phase. I had a hard time believing the characters were adults at times.
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Post by Bluebird03 » 12 Jul 2019, 20:00

There doesn't seem to be much time spent developing the characters; nor are the relationships believable. You did a great job of justifying why you assigned a low rating. Thanks for the informative and honest review!

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Post by Tomah » 13 Jul 2019, 01:12

I really didn't enjoy the sample chapters I've read, much for the same reasons you've outlined. My only hope for the novel is the cyber war side of things, which also seems to suffer from lack of realism and development. It's a shame since the premise is quite intriguing. Regardless, thanks for the review!

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Post by Letora » 14 Jul 2019, 08:40

Bluebird03 wrote:
12 Jul 2019, 20:00
There doesn't seem to be much time spent developing the characters; nor are the relationships believable. You did a great job of justifying why you assigned a low rating. Thanks for the informative and honest review!
Thank you for stopping by and reading my review!
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Post by Wyland » 15 Jul 2019, 04:33

I like the storyline. Always an intriguing cyber warfare story involving the US government doesn't fail to deliver. Thanks for the review.

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