Review by Charlyt -- Spyder Bones by Oliver Phipps

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Review by Charlyt -- Spyder Bones by Oliver Phipps

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Spyder Bones" by Oliver Phipps.]
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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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This sounds like an intriguing premise. I'm glad the author did a good job of setting the scene. It's too bad he couldn't follow through in fully describing the action. Great review!

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unamilagra wrote: ↑
03 May 2020, 17:46
This sounds like an intriguing premise. I'm glad the author did a good job of setting the scene. It's too bad he couldn't follow through in fully describing the action. Great review!
The author has good potential. Thanksfor your comment!
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This book seems to have great potential. Maybe the author should work on conveying a more profound picture of the supporting characters and descriptions. Great review!
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I would love to give a try to this one, sounds engaging! Thank you very much for this great review. Hopefully the author fixes all the narrative issues, because the book seems to be very promising.

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This is an interesting spin on a Vietnam story. Wonderful review!

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Sounds like an intriguing plot. Nice review. Thanks for sharing đź‘Ťđź‘Ť
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Your review had me engaged and I wanted to know more about the plot! :D It sounds like it has a unique twist that is more than the usual armies-at-war troupe. I hope I get the opportunity to give this one a read :) Thank you for your well-written review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:

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espo wrote: ↑
13 May 2020, 15:19
This book seems to have great potential. Maybe the author should work on conveying a more profound picture of the supporting characters and descriptions. Great review!
A more profound picture would have made it better. Thanks for your comment!
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Ellylion wrote: ↑
15 May 2020, 09:28
I would love to give a try to this one, sounds engaging! Thank you very much for this great review. Hopefully the author fixes all the narrative issues, because the book seems to be very promising.
The book has great potential for improvement but is already a good read as it is. Thanks for your comment!
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MsH2k wrote: ↑
16 May 2020, 00:41
This is an interesting spin on a Vietnam story. Wonderful review!
Although the book's action started in Vietnam, most of the the story happened elsewhere. Still a good read, though. Thanks for your comment!
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Sushan wrote: ↑
20 May 2020, 20:35
Sounds like an intriguing plot. Nice review. Thanks for sharing đź‘Ťđź‘Ť
It is. Thanks for your comment!
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MeganDJ wrote: ↑
21 May 2020, 01:27
Your review had me engaged and I wanted to know more about the plot! :D It sounds like it has a unique twist that is more than the usual armies-at-war troupe. I hope I get the opportunity to give this one a read :) Thank you for your well-written review! Happy reading :techie-studyinggray:
I hope you get the opportunity to read it as well. Thanks for your comment!
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A story about war sounds intriguing, but I don't think I'll read the book. Good job in your review.
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The story sounds intriguing and endearing. I just hope he succeeded in the war. Well reviewed - Bravo!

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