Official Review: The Man from Mystic by Tim Schell

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Official Review: The Man from Mystic by Tim Schell

Post by kimmyschemy06 » 14 May 2019, 01:18

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Man from Mystic" by Tim Schell.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Man from Mystic is an interesting and an intriguing book written by Tim Schell.

Witness to a crime and running from perceived danger one Saturday night in New Orleans, Irma takes a random turn that leads her to Fred’s door. Fred is a recluse who lives a life of solitude and perceived mediocrity. That night is the beginning of a partnership based on companionship and mutual respect.

What they have seems like an unlikely partnership, with Fred’s spontaneity contrary to Irma’s cautious nature and attention to detail. Somehow, however, they are able to make things work. Their partnership takes them to Istanbul, Turkey, where they meet new friends and get involved with exciting, albeit, dangerous activities. Emboldened by Irma’s reassuring presence, Fred is finally able to do things he has always dreamed to do and discovers courage and strength he never knew he has.

From Istanbul to Cairo, Egypt, then on to Doha, Qatar, Fred sets off to the unknown just so he could help a friend. He meets people, both friends and foe and gets sucked into a mysterious ‘project’ he knows very little about.

Meanwhile, Irma discovers something about herself as well and that is what and how she really feels for the man from Mystic.

Told in the third-person perspective, this is an intriguing book with ten chapters. The excitement begins early on in the story. The plot is unpredictable making the story, somehow, suspenseful. Scenes are vividly described and so are the feelings and emotions of the characters. The author creates a set of well-developed and relatable characters, both main and minor. Naturally, my favorite is Fred, the man from Mystic. Despite his seemingly insignificant past, he took the opportunity to make his life exciting when it was presented to him. For me, it requires great courage to step out of one’s comfort zone.

Generally, it is one enjoyable book. The part I like most is the depiction of Fred and Irma’s companionship. It is warm and easy. It is something everybody, probably, wishes for himself/herself.

However, for a story that involves world-changing computer programs, foreign agents, and US State Department, I found the plot less intense than I expected and the scenes are, somehow, unrealistic in that the agents are uncharacteristically kind and understanding and violence is maintained at the minimum.

Moreover, I found the romance part between two minor characters a bit juvenile considering the profiles of the characters involved. Furthermore, I found the ending a little anticlimactic, hence, less satisfying than I hoped. Finally, there are noticeable errors within the entire book including missing commas and apostrophes (looked into Mohammed eyes and looked into Georges face) and typo errors (felt out if his comfort zone instead of of his comfort zone and much different that hard assets instead of than hard assets). They detract from the overall reading experience.

I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is interesting and intriguing. I recommend it to readers who enjoy adventure novels with a bit of romance.

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Post by SALTH2OLOVER2000 » 16 May 2019, 04:19

Sounds good, I am going to have to read it!

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 16 May 2019, 06:15

I like that Fred and Irma found each other and that they both seem to be making a positive impact on each other's lives. I think the unrealistic features of this would irk me a bit. This one isn't for me. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for an excellent review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 May 2019, 08:33

It sounds like the author was trying to make this one a lighter read than a typical novel with such elements. I'm just not sure that works well. I'm glad you were able to enjoy some parts of it, though. Thanks.
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Post by kdstrack » 16 May 2019, 11:14

The title sounds intriguing, and I like the character development of Fred. The aspects mentioned at the end of your review are food for thought. Thanks for your honest review of this book.

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Post by janinewesterweel » 16 May 2019, 15:40

Thanks for your review of this one. I think I'm going to have to skip it, based on your thoughts of it being unrealistic, juvenile in parts and anticlimactic!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 16 May 2019, 22:53

SALTH2OLOVER2000 wrote:
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Sounds good, I am going to have to read it!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 16 May 2019, 22:54

ElizaBeth Adams wrote:
16 May 2019, 06:15
I like that Fred and Irma found each other and that they both seem to be making a positive impact on each other's lives. I think the unrealistic features of this would irk me a bit. This one isn't for me. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for an excellent review.
Thank you very much. I enjoyed it despite my issues.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 16 May 2019, 22:57

kandscreeley wrote:
16 May 2019, 08:33
It sounds like the author was trying to make this one a lighter read than a typical novel with such elements. I'm just not sure that works well. I'm glad you were able to enjoy some parts of it, though. Thanks.
That's what I thought, too. He, probably, avoided violence and gore that are usually involved in this genre.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 16 May 2019, 22:57

kdstrack wrote:
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The title sounds intriguing, and I like the character development of Fred. The aspects mentioned at the end of your review are food for thought. Thanks for your honest review of this book.
Thank you. It's quite enjoyable despite the issues I mentioned.

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 16 May 2019, 22:58

janinewesterweel wrote:
16 May 2019, 15:40
Thanks for your review of this one. I think I'm going to have to skip it, based on your thoughts of it being unrealistic, juvenile in parts and anticlimactic!
You're welcome and thank you for the comment.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 17 May 2019, 10:48

I enjoy romances where the author spends time developing the friendship and connection between the two people involved. This sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for your review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 18 May 2019, 03:03

Rachel Lea wrote:
17 May 2019, 10:48
I enjoy romances where the author spends time developing the friendship and connection between the two people involved. This sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for your review!
You're welcome. It's one enjoyable book.

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