Official Review: Enif by Russ Berg

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fantasy or science fiction books or series.
Forum rules
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
User avatar
LV2R
Posts: 789
Joined: 25 Apr 2018, 22:28
2019 Reading Goal: 75
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 56
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 150
Favorite Book: And Then I Met Margaret
Currently Reading: Making Others Rich First
Bookshelf Size: 211
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lv2r.html
Latest Review: Enif by Russ Berg

Official Review: Enif by Russ Berg

Post by LV2R » 12 May 2019, 00:11

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Enif" by Russ Berg.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


A struggling geologist, Jerry Humphreys, takes on a friend’s dare to visit a mysterious area where hikers have disappeared, in hopes of finding a source for thermal energy. This finding would enable him to provide for his true love and fiancée Mandy. Enif by Russ Berg is a sci-fi/fantasy story of Jerry’s exploration inside a cave he finds. In the cave, he comes across new worlds and meets Julean, who tells him that there are seven chambers. If Jerry can get through the passageways and open all of the seals, he will be able to go to a celestial body, Enif, which is in the Pegasus constellation. Enif is a dream-like place offering a life free of all needs and wants with no limits to imagination.

Jerry meets all kinds of beings that either help him or try to defeat him on his journey. Andromeda is a beautiful woman who makes him forget all about Mandy and causes Jerry to fall in love with her. Will Jerry conquer his fears, self-doubts, and the challenges in the cave and become transformed, enabling him to live on the planet Enif? Will he see Mandy again?

I best liked the different cavern worlds and challenges that Jerry had to get through by his solving riddles and using the gifts given to him from others to defeat the beasts and monsters blocking the seals and passageways. One example was a flower that allowed Jerry, if eaten, to be invisible for a short time. The special powers that helped Jerry to succeed were fun and imaginative. I also liked that the author used a lot of cave terms and descriptions of the rock formations and flora. There was a mixture of reality and fantasy in the cave.

There was not anything that I did not like about the book. If I had to mention something I liked least, it would be that the book (a little over 500 pages) seemed quite long, and the dangers and action hardly ever stopped! However, I think the author wrote in such a way as to make it seem like I was feeling Jerry’s loss of time and tiredness of always having to be alert for dangers.

I rate Enif by Russ Berg 4 out of 4 stars. The story of Jerry’s dangerous adventures through the cave with the many interesting characters, plenty of action, and different worlds earn no less than a four-star rating. The book was extremely well edited, as I found only a few minor errors.

This story reminds me of action-adventure video games that have different levels to beat, obstacles to conquer, beasts to fight, and the need for power-ups. Therefore, those who enjoy playing these kinds of games may like this book the most. Young adults and older children would also enjoy reading this book, as there were no curse words, sex scenes, nor gory details of any deaths. This book may not appeal to young girls as much as to boys since the main character Jerry has to do a lot of fighting.

******
Enif
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like LV2R's review? Post a comment saying so!
Latest Review: Enif by Russ Berg

User avatar
Rachel Lea
Posts: 241
Joined: 25 Feb 2019, 19:29
Currently Reading: Murdered
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-rachel-lea.html
Latest Review: The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Post by Rachel Lea » 13 May 2019, 14:34

What a unique and creative idea for a story! I especially liked the idea of a flower that makes people invisible. I feel sorry for poor Mandy, though. Great review!
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one." -- George R.R. Martin :techie-studyingbrown:

User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7970
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2019 Reading Goal: 95
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 37
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 94
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading: Scorched
Bookshelf Size: 272
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kandscreeley.html
Latest Review: The Descent of the Phoenix by Morgan Paul Cooper

Post by kandscreeley » 13 May 2019, 14:47

I can see why this one reminds you of a video game with the different levels and gifts to beat other levels. It sounds quite interesting. I'm wondering how it all comes together. I think I'll put it on my to be read list! Thanks!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

8amaseter
Posts: 54
Joined: 06 Apr 2019, 05:48
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 6

Post by 8amaseter » 14 May 2019, 07:58

Your review has shown the area of the book that is more interesting; where Jerry plans to go through several stages to find a new planet.

amjohnson13mommy
Posts: 171
Joined: 04 Nov 2018, 14:37
2019 Reading Goal: 10
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 27
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amjohnson13mommy.html
Latest Review: The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon

Post by amjohnson13mommy » 14 May 2019, 13:46

So does each of the seven portals lead to another planet? And by exploring each you get a seal. You are right, it does sound like a video game.
But Mandy could not have been his true love if he fell in love with someone else.
amjohnson13

kdstrack
Posts: 2673
Joined: 10 May 2017, 19:49
2019 Reading Goal: 100
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 49
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 106
Currently Reading: Immortals' Requeim
Bookshelf Size: 232
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kdstrack.html
Latest Review: Living With Alzheimer’s: A Journey Observed by Leigh Smyth, MD

Post by kdstrack » 14 May 2019, 20:23

The passage through the seven chambers to reach the promised life would appeal to young adults. This would be an easy story for readers to imagine as they read. I wonder if the length would be an obstacle for this age group?

User avatar
LV2R
Posts: 789
Joined: 25 Apr 2018, 22:28
2019 Reading Goal: 75
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 56
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 150
Favorite Book: And Then I Met Margaret
Currently Reading: Making Others Rich First
Bookshelf Size: 211
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lv2r.html
Latest Review: Enif by Russ Berg

Post by LV2R » 15 May 2019, 06:42

amjohnson13mommy wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:46
So does each of the seven portals lead to another planet? And by exploring each you get a seal. You are right, it does sound like a video game.
But Mandy could not have been his true love if he fell in love with someone else.
No, Jerry has to get through all seven seals to be able to go to Enif. However, each chamber is a different scene. You may want to read the book to see how Jerry fell in love with Andromeda.
Latest Review: Enif by Russ Berg

User avatar
Nisha Ward
Posts: 447
Joined: 04 Feb 2019, 15:00
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 55
Favorite Author: Garth Nix
Favorite Book: The Crystilleries of Echoland
Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Bookshelf Size: 133
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-nisha-ward.html
Latest Review: The Three Witches and the Three Headed Dagger by Henry Regnault
Reading Device: B0794RHPZD
fav_author_id: 4351

Post by Nisha Ward » 15 May 2019, 07:50

This sounds like a combination of dungeon crawling a la Dungeons and Dragons and the Odyssey. In other words, extremely fun in a gaming sort of way and very imaginative. The length isn't ideal, but I don't think it would be a deterrent to fans of the genre either. Very good review, thank you.
"...while a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it's got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well." - Terry Pratchett on The Last Continent and his writing.

User avatar
DogoMulla
Posts: 195
Joined: 10 Jan 2019, 00:42
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dogomulla.html
Latest Review: The Sins of a Master Race by Matthew Tysz

Post by DogoMulla » 15 May 2019, 09:29

Jerry and Mandy seem to be quite the stars in Enif. Adventures can go wrong in so many ways, but Russ Berg seems to have done this one justice. Such a detailed and interesting review you have here!

User avatar
Uinto
Posts: 181
Joined: 30 Nov 2017, 01:25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 374

Post by Uinto » 16 May 2019, 08:32

I like the challenges that Jerry must go through to reach the celestial body, Enif. It’s more akin with how life is structured. Thanks for a thorough review.

User avatar
janinewesterweel
Posts: 174
Joined: 01 Dec 2018, 11:02
2019 Reading Goal: 36
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 41
Currently Reading: Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks
Bookshelf Size: 52
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-janinewesterweel.html
Latest Review: The King of May by Matthew Tysz

Post by janinewesterweel » 16 May 2019, 09:26

This seems a bit too fantasy and gaming oriented for my liking, unfortunately. Good review, though!
“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” :techie-reference:
― George R. R. Martin

"I’ve always believed that chaos is the muse of creation, and a good story is often driven by the choices made in the wake of madness."
- Matthew Tysz

amjohnson13mommy
Posts: 171
Joined: 04 Nov 2018, 14:37
2019 Reading Goal: 10
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 27
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amjohnson13mommy.html
Latest Review: The Biblical Clock by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon

Post by amjohnson13mommy » 16 May 2019, 10:31

Thank you for clarifying. Guess I will have to read the book since your reply made me more curious.
Thank you for answering my questions.
amjohnson13

User avatar
c4bersg1rl
Posts: 21
Joined: 27 Jul 2018, 23:04
Currently Reading: Control Room
Bookshelf Size: 557
Reading Device: B00I15SB16

Post by c4bersg1rl » 16 May 2019, 14:19

Wow, sounds like a version of Mario Bros. If the story is good enough, I don't mind if it is long. Sounds like a book I would suggest to my son as he loves stories with fighting and challenges. Thank you for your review.

User avatar
SunVixen
Posts: 125
Joined: 23 Jan 2019, 05:44
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 70
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sunvixen.html
Latest Review: Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren

Post by SunVixen » 17 May 2019, 10:57

LV2R wrote:
15 May 2019, 06:42
amjohnson13mommy wrote:
14 May 2019, 13:46
So does each of the seven portals lead to another planet? And by exploring each you get a seal. You are right, it does sound like a video game.
But Mandy could not have been his true love if he fell in love with someone else.
No, Jerry has to get through all seven seals to be able to go to Enif. However, each chamber is a different scene. You may want to read the book to see how Jerry fell in love with Andromeda.
I really want to read this! It seems to be a very unusual book.
Thanks for the review.

User avatar
Scarlet Nicoll
Posts: 16
Joined: 20 May 2019, 20:28
Currently Reading: Wild Passion
Bookshelf Size: 20

Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 21 May 2019, 22:48

Jerry meets all kinds of beings that either help him or try to defeat him on his journey. Andromeda is a beautiful woman who makes him forget all about Mandy and causes Jerry to fall in love with her.
If so, then Jerry isn't a man worth respecting. Thank you for your review!

Post Reply

Return to “Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books”