Overall rating and opinion of "The Face of Fear" by RJ Torbert

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Overall rating and opinion of "The Face of Fear" by RJ Torbert

Post by gali » 01 Dec 2018, 00:17

This is a discussion topic for the December 2018 Book of the Month, The Face of Fear: A Powers and Johnson Novel by RJ Torbert. What is your overall opinion of the book? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 01 Dec 2018, 06:07

I liked the well-built characters in this book. On the downside, I was a bit put off by the grammatical errors. A round of judicious editing is needed. Additionally, at certain points, there were extensive details that I felt were not of major importance to the storyline.
Would I recommend it to others? I would, if you can overlook the editorial issues, and resist the urge to skim through the pages because of the too many details.

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Post by Sanashiii » 01 Dec 2018, 11:02

The book cover was interesting, it left me a good impression. Is this recommended for a new reader like me? :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by Sanashiii » 01 Dec 2018, 11:03

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 06:07
I liked the well-built characters in this book. On the downside, I was a bit put off by the grammatical errors. A round of judicious editing is needed. Additionally, at certain points, there were extensive details that I felt were not of major importance to the storyline.
Would I recommend it to others? I would, if you can overlook the editorial issues, and resist the urge to skim through the pages because of the too many details.

I've been looking for recommendations and I just found yours. I'll take note what you've said. Thanks

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Post by Bianka Walter » 01 Dec 2018, 11:13

I rated this book two out of four stars.
I didn't love it.
I was, unfortunately, bored through a lot of it. At least I came away from it knowing EXTENSIVE information about Port Jefferson, which I doubt I will ever use in my life.
I found it hilarious at the beginning of the book when two characters (with busy schedules) were trying to make time to go on a date. In order to do so, they met for coffee to see when they were available and to sort out their schedules.
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Post by alihaider1336 » 01 Dec 2018, 11:16

I liked the book because it tells you about how to cope with your fear. It can really be helpful about those people who fight with their fear and can't cope with it.I recommend it to those people who want to fight with their fear in life.

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Post by ObsessedBookNerd » 01 Dec 2018, 11:23

My overall opinion of the book is that it's not for me. I don't like horror, murder mysteries, kidnapping, or police procedures. I did like the set up of the story, the flow/writing style and how the author used actual places in the story. I am from Connecticut and Bridgeport, Connecticut is a real place. It is a place that I don't usually go to because a lot of bad stuff/crime happens there. I would recommend this book if someone ask me to refer them to a book in this genre.

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Post by AmySmiles » 01 Dec 2018, 12:11

I've started to read it, but can't get interested in it. I'm not sure if I will finish it it not.
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Post by Julehart1 » 01 Dec 2018, 13:00

The thing that I liked most about this book is that it was suspenseful with many twists and turns. I like a good mystery. Probably what I liked least was all the information about Port Jefferson. I don’t know how necessary all of it was. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of the genre.

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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 01 Dec 2018, 13:52

I haven't read this book yet, but I can't wait to start. The cover is amazing, and as a fan of the horror genre, this book belongs to my bookshelf. Since it's BOTM I assume it's also very well written.
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Post by imjaneturner » 01 Dec 2018, 15:38

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 06:07
I liked the well-built characters in this book. On the downside, I was a bit put off by the grammatical errors. A round of judicious editing is needed. Additionally, at certain points, there were extensive details that I felt were not of major importance to the storyline.
Would I recommend it to others? I would, if you can overlook the editorial issues, and resist the urge to skim through the pages because of the too many details.
I completely agree with regard to the grammatical errors. I am three pages in and have recorded 7 instances of grammatical errors. Not only are there many basic grammar errors (like missing commas), but there are also weird sentence structures. I want to include an example that really threw me off:

"Debbie drove to Z Pita with her Dad following. Because she was taking her car onto the ferry, he needed to take his own vehicle which was diamond white Corvette, he called it his favorite toy. They walked into Z Pita and sat for lunch at table four. It was ironic because the two men sitting at table three, Detectives Powers and Johnson, were going to be a part of her for the remainder of her life. No matter how long or short it would be, it was these two that would have an important role in her destiny and yet now, this second, they were just two men sitting close to her space while not even giving them a moment's thought."

Torbert, R.J.. The Face of Fear: A Powers and Johnson Novel (p. 3). Two Harbors Press. Kindle Edition.

Everything about this paragraph needs to be redone. This book is in desperate need of editing.

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Post by RaeReads » 01 Dec 2018, 16:44

Having only read the first few pages I can't in fairness rate it. I can say that my initial reaction to the main character had me feeling that the book is definitely not for me, but after thinking about it I decided to read on a little farther to see if my opinion of her would change or if she would become a character I love to hate. I am a fan of horror and mysteries so I may give it another go.
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Post by Ayat paarsa » 01 Dec 2018, 18:59

I don't personally much like the detective stories. The book is probably written taking the theme that how these fun created Halloween masks may involve in serious crimes. I think people who like to celebrate the Halloween day will like it more.
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Post by Analeigh » 01 Dec 2018, 19:15

Bianka Walter wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 11:13
I rated this book two out of four stars.
I didn't love it.
I was, unfortunately, bored through a lot of it. At least I came away from it knowing EXTENSIVE information about Port Jefferson, which I doubt I will ever use in my life.
I found it hilarious at the beginning of the book when two characters (with busy schedules) were trying to make time to go on a date. In order to do so, they met for coffee to see when they were available and to sort out their schedules.
This is really good information. I was going to read this book next but I don’t have room in my busy life for extra information about Port Jefferson! 😂

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Post by Sushan » 01 Dec 2018, 20:24

If not for the numerous grammatical errors and irrelevant details, I would say I loved this book
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