Overall rating and opinion of "McDowell"

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Post by Loveli » 05 Nov 2018, 06:07

I thought this was a great a book with excellent writing. I enjoyed the story, as well as all the characters. All in all a great read for me. The ending was surprising but realistic as well.

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Post by Vlad Birlogeanu » 05 Nov 2018, 17:33

I enjoyed McDowell's redemption story. I found the narrative gripping and packed with diversity which keeps you turning the pages. Would certainly recommend this book to crime-story fans.

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Post by Kibetious » 06 Nov 2018, 01:05

The book was really fascinating and thought-provoking as well. I never saw the end from the beginning. Thumbs up to the author for the twists and turns. I did not like how the book ended but I know there must have been a justifiable reason as to why the author decided on this turn of events.
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Post by Dawnks09 » 06 Nov 2018, 06:48

I rate this 4 out of 4 stars. The characters are interesting and, the plot has twists and turns that every reader can enjoy. There are also vast of topics and concepts that were included and relatable to anyone.

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Post by chelhack » 07 Nov 2018, 21:55

I gave this book a 4 out of 4-star rating. I think that this was a good book and though harsh there was a lesson within it.
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Post by CatholicCarry » 09 Nov 2018, 01:33

The blurb and reading comments here made me not want to read this book. I am not interested in reading about a man who treats women as sex objects and leaves his partner to die on a mountain. If the blurb cannot even be written correctly, how am I to assume the book was?

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Post by Faithmwangi » 09 Nov 2018, 03:14

I loved this book. By the end of the first part I found myself very judgemental of McDowell. He felt like a hot shot who thought he could get away with anything. However, after reading the second part, I would sympathise with him. I was also proud of him for wanting to become a better man. McDowell is a relatable story, and clear indication everyone deserves a second chance. I give it a perfect rating.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 09 Nov 2018, 14:09

Well I have explained it with details in my review written recently and it got published. Anyway I can tell here also.
I like this book because it is closest to the reality and seems to be a real world story. But due to the anti ethical behavior of McDowell, it is not likeable for me. I gave it 4 0ut of 4 stars.

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Post by SpencerVo » 12 Nov 2018, 22:54

I rate the book 4 out of 4. I didn't fully enjoy the first part as I intensely disliked many characters. But the second part was excellent. It featured simpler lives, portrayed people with certain depths, and that's important to McDowell's journey of redemption. As for the ending, well, I hope it was not the author's attempt to go the easy way, but it was a little bit disappointing. It was still a good read.

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Post by Harley-Panda » 13 Nov 2018, 05:29

I did enjoy the story itself, although I agree with some other posters that there were grammatical and spelling errors throughout. I may have missed some of these if I hadn't been reading with thoughts of writing a review in mind, but they did take me out of the story a little at times.
I enjoyed the character progression of McDowell throughout the novel and felt that he learned a lot about himself and society in general during his travels. I did feel, though, that some other characters and stories were rushed (such as Billie and Tasha at the beginning of the novel) which made it a little unbelievable at times.
Despite this, it was an enjoyable read overall and was thought-provoking in parts.
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Post by jibby9 » 13 Nov 2018, 07:08

The first few chapters had me scratching my head, saying, "Am I supposed to like this character? He's a real piece of work..." The last few chapters had me genuinely rooting for him, hoping he'd find rightful redemption somewhere in the in-between. Obviously, Hiram was never and could never be a saint BUT I love how the author deeply humanized him, letting us feel compassion for him that he so egregiously lacked in Part I. Do I agree with his actions? No. One of my favorite parts of this book, however, is the close lens that author brings to the idea of judgment, justice, and perspective. This is the kind of book that rolls around your head for a while after it ends.

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Post by Sanashiii » 17 Nov 2018, 02:36

The prologue about leaving his dying friend while mountain climbing really put me into shock. It gave me bad impression about the protagonist that time.

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Post by Kibetious » 17 Nov 2018, 21:16

What I liked most about the book is that although it lacked a lot of action as expected, the author was able to develop all characters well and they also had important roles to play. Repetitions were also rare as seen from similar books. A rating of 4 out of 4 stars was well deserved.
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Post by Kibetious » 17 Nov 2018, 21:18

Sanashiii wrote:
17 Nov 2018, 02:36
The prologue about leaving his dying friend while mountain climbing really put me into shock. It gave me bad impression about the protagonist that time.
Indeed, I also began despising Hiram right from the prologue. I could not figure out if he had any positive trait in him. He was depicted as a person who cared less about others including his own family.
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Post by kemp1kor » 18 Nov 2018, 19:07

Judging by the issues brought up in the book, I don’t believe I would enjoy reading it, but maybe I’ll give it a try at some point.

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