Official Review: Unremarkable

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Official Review: Unremarkable

Post by BookishCreature » 21 Feb 2018, 03:37

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Unremarkable" by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Saul Imbierowicz is perfectly content with his unremarkable life. He’s got a new job at the post office, an apartment to himself, and a stunning girlfriend to boot. Life is good in Chicago in 1929 – at least until the massacre. When Saul gets caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout, he suddenly finds himself in a bind. Two rival mob bosses, none other than Al Capone and Bugs Moran, are both breathing down his neck with an offer he can’t refuse: find some sensitive documents or risk losing everyone he loves.

Unremarkable, by Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee, is a tight, fast-paced historical thriller with an extra dash of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed every minute of it despite a couple of minor complaints, and I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

The authors did a fantastic job of bringing Prohibition-era Chicago to life – the gangsters, the speakeasies, even the Yiddish slang that Saul is quite fond of using. The story is rich in details both big and small, from Saul’s quirk of calling ladies ‘dames’ to his stumbling into the middle of a very real firefight – the Saint Valentine’s Day massacre. I’ll admit that I’m not a scholar of the Chicago mob scene, but it’s still obvious that the authors did their research. The authenticity of the atmosphere kept the story believable even when some supernatural twists were thrown into the mix.

So, the setting was good. What about the characters? Have no fear: I fell in love with Saul instantly and I’m sure you will too. He was endlessly fun to read – he’s got a quip for every occasion and even though he’s in over his head and, at times, scared out of his mind, he’s definitely not a doormat. Seeing him tackle obstacle after obstacle in order to protect his family kept me on the edge of my seat. Habiger and Kissee lay the tension on thick, and it was really tough to put this book down when I was so invested in Saul’s plight.

As for the ending, let’s just say that it’s one doozy of a cliffhanger, but the authors’ note at the end suggests that Saul’s story will pick right back up in a further installment. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book, Untouchable.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I do have one gripe. It’s in desperate need of another round of proofreading. Don’t get me wrong, the errors are minor and didn’t cause any confusion, but the punctuation mistakes and occasional inconsistencies really stuck out in writing of this caliber. There were a few places where the narration repeated itself, as if a section had been rewritten but with part of the original left in.

Due to the grammar issues, I can’t give Unremarkable a full four-star rating, but the lovable characters, full-bodied atmosphere, and nonstop tension are enough for me to wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in the market for a good thriller. Be advised, however, that the book does contain sexual themes and foul language that are a bit too mature for even a young adult audience. For the right age group, though, I rate Unremarkable 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by kandscreeley » 22 Feb 2018, 10:43

Oh wow! The story is gripping already! A guy that finds himself in the middle of a mob shootout? It's too bad about the errors. Maybe the author will get some proofreading done, and then I'll have to look it up. Thanks for the review!
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Post by NL Hartje » 22 Feb 2018, 17:24

Wow, what a fun scenario! I'm sure it's very engaging with all of the mobsters!
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Post by Kat Berg » 22 Feb 2018, 23:57

This book does look interesting, but these days I prefer to do my leisure reading on a well-edited book. Hopefully, the author will take the time to do that.

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Post by BookishCreature » 23 Feb 2018, 13:26

Thank you all for the kind comments. :)

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Post by Arrigo_Lupori » 23 Feb 2018, 15:11

Interesting setting, but I do not like cliffhangers, they're just a lazy way to write. It's unfortunate there were so many errors. Good review though :)
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Post by Jkhorner » 24 Feb 2018, 17:31

1929 Chicago is an utterly fascinating setting; I'm glad the writing lives up to it! I think I'd get distracted by the errors too, but thanks for the thorough review of the plot and characters!

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Post by prettysmart » 01 Mar 2018, 14:22

Cant tolerate errors, they stick out like sores but nonetheless sounds like a fantastic read according to your review....Commendable!

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Post by Chebet 14 online » 21 Mar 2018, 15:52

The use of slang makes an t rather interesting for young adult readers,however I must say no one reading a book with grammatical errors.

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Post by JudasFm » 23 Mar 2018, 07:13

A good, concise review, but I'm not keen on reading books with too many grammatical errors, so I'll probably take a rain check on this one until the author manages to do that proofreading you recommended ;)

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