4 out of 4 stars
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Charlie Sheldon’s Strong Heart is his first book in his Spear thrower series and soon to be followed by Adrift. Strong Heart is set in the Pacific Northwest.
Charlie Sheldon spins a fascinating tale in which an old native American Tom and his two friends William and Myra , William’s daughter, are about to take a long and adventurous trip pass the Olympic national park so that Tom can properly bury his more than forty-five years already dead grandfather ,Bob-bob. Series of unfortunate events make for the arrival of Tom’s new granddaughter, 13 year old Sarah, at his door. Sheldon sets the wheel rolling with an ever increasing dexterity. As Sarah’s disappearance, her unbelievable captivating story ,her dart throwing skills ,the sceneries of the Olympic peninsula ,town politics and many more keep the audience locked in and make for a really balanced tale of science ,history ,native legends ,mysticism and even a bit of romance.
Sheldon begins with not much background information on the characters. But this does not present a disadvantage in any way as it enriches the story because the characters react (go on) unexpectedly as does the story too. Sheldon’s portrayal of Sarah’s character is magnificent and I really applaud him. He does not lose an effort to portray his themes and he does this with a lovely class. Sarah’s story too (when she ran away) is a true beauty, aiding better comprehension of the total story and a more thrilling suspense in the book.
The book is written mostly in third person objective view except Sarah’s story (which is in first person objective). I applaud Sheldon’s ability to paint vivid pictures with a lovely choice of words as this hems the garment of every intriguing tale. He avoids ambiguous expressions and this makes it easy for all levels of readers to comprehend. Also his research work is awesome. I like not just the way he presents his facts but that they are all exact. The work is thoroughly edited with hallmarks of no errors and no hindrances to comprehension. The way Sheldon ends the book is also lovely although it might seem so abrupt but I believe it’s because Strong heart is the first of the series and what a lovely way to leave his audience waiting for the other editions of the spear thrower series
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars as in addition to the author’s uniqueness ,I saw adequate proof reading ,well researched facts and a very intriguing tale filled with suspense even at the last page and words of the book.
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