3 out of 4 stars
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In 1969, during the war in Vietnam, Aaron Prescott re-enlisted for two more years in the army. As a former cavalryman, he had earned the nickname of “Spider” but now, as a medic, he had been given the name “Spyder Bones”. On the battlefield, he was used to firing at the enemy with bullets, and he had strong awareness and experience that had helped him to stay alive. One day, in the heat of battle, wounded soldiers were to be air-lifted in a med-evac helicopter with Aaron to accompany them. But as the helicopter took off, and with him still hanging by the doorway, their pilot gets shot causing the helicopter to lose control and for Aaron to fall to the ground. When he opened his eyes, he woke up to a realm that will forever change his life. It will give him a chance to fight a kind of war that has been fought since the beginning of time.
Spyder Bones is a fiction novel written by Oliver Phipps. It tells the classic story of good versus evil, angels fighting demons, and heaven against hell. This war is also being fought in the mortal world with the enemies being unseen by ordinary people. Aaron must choose between accepting this mission or not to fight a war that is bigger than any battle he has ever seen.
The book was fast-paced with the events in the story happening one after another. What I liked the most was the author’s imagery on how he presented the second realm where the souls pass through. The distinction between good and evil was also clear, and how Aaron can see the aura on other people was interesting. The author was also good at narrating the parts during the war in Vietnam. They were thrilling without overwhelming the reader with a lot of military jargon.
While Aaron was a well-developed character, the supporting characters felt like they were pushed aside when their contribution was over. Also, while the narration was good, I wished the author could’ve used more details when describing something which could’ve made the story more profound. Often, the author just wrote descriptions like “odd expression”, “strange sensation”, and “impressed expression”. One of the important battles toward the end of the book was also just described as “a ferocious and violent struggle”. A more detailed fighting would have made the narrative better.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It was a good book with a fascinating plot and a satisfactory storyline. While the narration was decent, I felt like it could be better. I also found a few errors, but they weren’t enough to be distracting. The fights were not bloody or gory, but there were sexual hints and references, although they were not described in detail. Because of these, I would not advise this to minors, but I would recommend this book to readers who like action mixed with fantasy in a real-world setting.
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