Review by juliusotinyo -- Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

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Review by juliusotinyo -- Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

Post by juliusotinyo » 05 Jul 2017, 05:36

[Following is a volunteer review of "Strong Heart" by Charlie Sheldon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The book, Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is published by Iron Twine Press and printed in the USA. The story follows Tom and his personal quest to visit his grandfather's grave located deep in the wilderness of Olympic National Park. Before he departs with his two friends he's unexpectedly introduced to a granddaughter he didn't know existed, Sarah. A series of unfortunate events have led to this union and due to bad timing he reluctantly tags her along for the trip. Deep in the wilderness, Tom reveals his true intent, specifically the mystery surrounding the secret ancient artifact in his possession and it's? ties with his grandfather. A separate series of outlandish events concerning Sarah's disappearance, the involvement of third party interests on the artifact and family conflicts sets the stage for a gripping tale.

This seems to be a very well researched book. Set in location, the author describes the environment quite deeply throughout the book. Though sounding monotonous at times, I believe its part of the author's charm and success in creating a nearly cinematic scene as the tale unfolds.

The characters are also described quite well, creating a lasting impression. It starts with the background history of Tom and Sarah, told separately and progressively throughout the book. Especially the events leading to the current time and quest. Though less history is given of the other characters, their interaction throughout the tale builds on their significance and sometimes unique understanding of situations, people and environment. The unique blend of characters, scenes and plot twists has the markings of a good story and the author doesn't disappoint.

From the rebellious adolescent in Sarah, to the strong minded convictions of an aging man in Tom the author describes a common family scene familiar to most people. I personally found myself acknowledging Sarah. She was not only able to survive her frightening ordeal but even bested her more experienced outlandish captors in some areas in a relatively short time. A skill that would come in handy in the story.

I'd rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is themed on Amerindian history, time travel, nature and family relations. I was particularly drawn to the outlandish events as described by Sarah during her disappearance. That on its own would make for a thrilling novel. I'd recommend the book to anyone with a particular interest in history, however, graphic descriptions of animal attacks may put off some. A great book to read tucked under a tree, someplace in the woods.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 26 Jul 2017, 03:20

I have not yet read this book though i have read some reviews on it. You seem to have enjoyed reading it. Congrats to the author for getting 4 stars. Nice review. I will read this one.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 26 Jul 2017, 04:45

Favourite book iv read this far from this forum. Go for it, I just wish the author could right a purely historic tale. You'll see why

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 26 Jul 2017, 04:54

Thank you juliusotinyo for the encouragement.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 26 Jul 2017, 05:00

Rosemary Okoko wrote:Thank you juliusotinyo for the encouragement.
You're​ welcome.

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Post by Jan Moraa Onsomu » 05 Aug 2017, 07:35

Hey! I like your review and your diction! I recently read and reviewed Strong Heart myself and it's intriguing to know you liked it that much!

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Post by Quinto » 05 Aug 2017, 07:57

Quite a historical tale there judging from your review.I like the family based theme and challenges the characters face to stay together. This is something i can relate with and appreciate. Thanks Julius.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 05 Aug 2017, 08:56

Jan Moraa Onsomu wrote:Hey! I like your review and your diction! I recently read and reviewed Strong Heart myself and it's intriguing to know you liked it that much!
Thanks for compliments. I loved the book so much its good to see you did too. I am waiting to see your review and share. Thanks

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Andrew Kyalo wrote:Quite a historical tale there judging from your review.I like the family based theme and challenges the characters face to stay together. This is something i can relate with and appreciate. Thanks Julius.
Thanks "Chalo", its a good book. I hope you get to read it.

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Post by Izesicle » 15 Aug 2017, 13:03

Thanks for checking out my review.
This book seems to be a good read. A historical tale with a road trip.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 15 Aug 2017, 13:49

Izesicle wrote:Thanks for checking out my review.
This book seems to be a good read. A historical tale with a road trip.
Hi,
You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 15 Aug 2017, 14:58

This is a great review. I'm glad you liked the book so much! I enjoyed it, though not quite as much. I found Sarah's journey a little difficult to wrap my head around.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 15 Aug 2017, 16:26

Mallory Whitaker wrote:This is a great review. I'm glad you liked the book so much! I enjoyed it, though not quite as much. I found Sarah's journey a little difficult to wrap my head around.
Hi Mallory,
Sarah's story was my favorite, I wish the whole book would have been about her trip. Was it the violence, characters that bored you?

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 15 Aug 2017, 21:17

juliusotinyo wrote: Hi Mallory,
Sarah's story was my favorite, I wish the whole book would have been about her trip. Was it the violence, characters that bored you?
I wouldn't say it bored me. Once I got the hang of who everyone was and what was happening in that story vein, I enjoyed it. I think if it was a story on its own, or was the most predominant part, I would have liked it better. It was more that it just didn't feel all that cohesive with the rest of the story. I guess I was just waiting for it the "how" to be explained more. I know that wouldn't bug everyone though. That's just me.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 15 Aug 2017, 22:57

Mallory Whitaker wrote:
juliusotinyo wrote: Hi Mallory,
Sarah's story was my favorite, I wish the whole book would have been about her trip. Was it the violence, characters that bored you?
I wouldn't say it bored me. Once I got the hang of who everyone was and what was happening in that story vein, I enjoyed it. I think if it was a story on its own, or was the most predominant part, I would have liked it better. It was more that it just didn't feel all that cohesive with the rest of the story. I guess I was just waiting for it the "how" to be explained more. I know that wouldn't bug everyone though. That's just me.
I think I get it. Like how she disappeared, what brought her back. I admit, I've been contemplating these scenes ever since.

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Post by bookiegalke » 17 Aug 2017, 02:27

this book's storyline reminds me of a movie I once watched a while back that had an almost similar storyline. I'm not too sure when the movie was produced, so I wouldn't say for sure that the movie was inspired by the book or the other way round. great review
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