Official Review: Just Out of Curiosity by John D. King

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Official Review: Just Out of Curiosity by John D. King

Post by SABRADLEY » 29 Jul 2018, 15:39

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Just Out of Curiosity" by John D. King.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Just Out of Curiosity is a fiction novel that packs a punch. Making each of the 140 pages count, author John D. King presents a story of international intrigue, combining science, politics, action, and plenty of imagination.

Set in the year 1994, Robert Novaro is a doctoral student at the University of South Texas. Having recently completed work on a breakthrough method for separating isotopes, Novaro meets up with his advisor, who has been working on applying the research to the enrichment of uranium. As the mentor is suddenly stricken by a heart attack, Novaro makes off with his folder full of highly classified information. Now on the FBI's radar, Novaro must be wary of whom he places his trust. The top secret intel is drawing a lot of attention from various sources who would seek to use the valuable technology for whatever gain they see fit.

The book gets off to a running start and doesn’t slow. This works both for and against it. While there’s no shortage of development, there’s also not a lot of time spent building anticipation or reeling in the reader. I found the storyline to be interesting and the author's research to be thorough. I thought the author did a nice job of not including unnecessary information or characters. The writing has a nice flow and the author clearly knows how to put a thesaurus to good use. Another thing I found refreshing was the primary character, Bob, who is not especially likeable. I found him egotistical, sneaky, and sexist. I feel like the use of a moderately disagreeable protagonist added a welcomed depth to the plot.

Although there is no shortage of surprises in this book, I believe more could have been done to further the shock value. I also noticed the name Rita was used as the name for both Bob's mother and his love interest in South America. With so few characters in such a short novel, this minor occurrence stuck out like a sore thumb. Additionally, I would have preferred for fictitious characters to be used in place of well-known public figures such as Janet Reno and Bill Clinton. I found the usage of real political individuals to be contradictory to the imagined University in Texas.

The book was well-edited, although I did stumble across some unnatural sentence structures and minor grammatical errors. The book was not boring, but it did fail to “wow” me. The author’s creativity is abundant and simply needs a little refinement. I have rated this book 3 out of 4 stars, feeling a 2.5 rating would be most appropriate if it were an option.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 30 Aug 2018, 01:40

I also like the idea of a semi-dislikeable protagonist. Especially in such a short book, it shows serious confidence on the author's behalf. And I agree with sticking to either fake people and places instead of half-and-half. It makes it less believable.
Awesome review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Aug 2018, 07:39

It would be a bit odd to have a fictional setting with real people mentioned. Still, it sounds like the book is full of intrigue. With it being such a short book, it would be a good weekend read. Thanks so much for the review.
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Post by AmySmiles » 30 Aug 2018, 08:15

Sounds odd, but maybe something fun to pick up on a rainy day. Thanks for the review.
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Post by prhyme » 30 Aug 2018, 11:36

Your review is intriguing.In light of such fiction,I find it impossible to ignire.Great revohew!
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Post by SABRADLEY » 30 Aug 2018, 12:30

Bianka Walter wrote:
30 Aug 2018, 01:40
I also like the idea of a semi-dislikeable protagonist. Especially in such a short book, it shows serious confidence on the author's behalf. And I agree with sticking to either fake people and places instead of half-and-half. It makes it less believable.
Awesome review!
Thanks so much for reading and leaving your thoughts, Bianka :)

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Post by SABRADLEY » 30 Aug 2018, 12:32

kandscreeley wrote:
30 Aug 2018, 07:39
It would be a bit odd to have a fictional setting with real people mentioned. Still, it sounds like the book is full of intrigue. With it being such a short book, it would be a good weekend read. Thanks so much for the review.
The length makes it perfect for a weekend read. Thanks for your comments :)

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Post by SABRADLEY » 30 Aug 2018, 12:33

AmySmiles wrote:
30 Aug 2018, 08:15
Sounds odd, but maybe something fun to pick up on a rainy day. Thanks for the review.
Thank you for leaving your thoughts, Amy. Cheers!

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Post by SABRADLEY » 30 Aug 2018, 12:37

prhyme wrote:
30 Aug 2018, 11:36
Your review is intriguing.In light of such fiction,I find it impossible to ignire.Great revohew!
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the compliments :)

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Post by jcoad » 31 Aug 2018, 08:26

Sounds like a fun read for a day at the beach. Start in the sun and finish in bed that night. Doesn't sounds quite as "flushed out" as a Jack Reacher novel (those don't have many characters or stops in the action) but still a fun read. I appreciate your review and insights into the book.

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Post by SABRADLEY » 31 Aug 2018, 13:59

jcoad wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 08:26
Sounds like a fun read for a day at the beach. Start in the sun and finish in bed that night. Doesn't sounds quite as "flushed out" as a Jack Reacher novel (those don't have many characters or stops in the action) but still a fun read. I appreciate your review and insights into the book.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Cheers

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Post by topdan30 » 01 Sep 2018, 09:26

I love a book that suprises me. I think this book will offer that. And it touched so many aspects too. Thanks for the detailed review

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Post by teacherjh » 01 Sep 2018, 16:42

It sounds like a good combination of action and intrigue.

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