Review of The Sting of Death

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Sting of Death" by M.A.N..]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In The Sting of Death by M.A.N, the Killer Bee Gang (KBG) was bent on controlling the city. They carried out their mission vigorously and took over schools, banks, and other gangs with cruelty and gore. However, their plan was interrupted by the Gang Called Death (GCD), another gang with a similar mission. As the leaders of the gangs, Crane of KBG and Villain of GCD, go toe to toe, lives were violently lost. The gangs never envisaged the appearance of another formidable and deadlier opponent, the man in the rice farmer hat. The fate of the gangs would be determined by their ability to lay their enmity aside.

The story was narrated in simple language. The author's descriptions of characters were not extravagant but primarily generic. If storytelling could ever be described as clean, this book would be a good example. One of the beautiful things about it was the ease of reading. Readers would have an easy time going through the book from start to finish.

I loved the book's characterization. Readers would for sure find the character of Priest exciting. This character reminded me of Aramis from The Three Musketeers. The character naming was another thing that got to me. Readers would see names like Ghost (for his ghost-like speed) and Crane (for his intelligence). The book brought on a lot of action scenes; its target audience would be thrilled by it. There were references to exciting fighting techniques, like the famous 'uppercut.'

I loved how the author used Crane to showcase the power of the mind. He showed that intelligence was superior to raw strength. I applauded this message because of the class of audience to whom this book would probably appeal. An audience of young people would benefit immensely from such a message. The author also incorporated humor with the characters' dialogue, which served the book's plot well.

One of the negative things I observed was that the author's timelines were confusing. There were no clear delimitations between the already running storyline and a flashback-like interlude used by the author to show how some characters came into the story. They were all mixed up in a way that many readers would only realize at the end of the interlude that a paragraph went way back in the story's timeline.

There was also no strong sense of setting in the book. Yes, there were hints in the book that showed the story played out in the United States, and the players were blacks. But I did not get the 'feel' of the city that would have justified the activities of gangs in the area. Despite the hints, it almost felt like the story took place in the air or some mythical city.

This book had a good story and would make a good read. I'd recommend this book to young adults with a flair for crime-action stories. The editing was good; I only saw a few errors. But due to the concerns mentioned above, I'd rate it three out of four stars.

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Post by Dorine Jelagat »

Talking of power of mind and intelligence fits perfectly the recommended audience. Great review.
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Post by Raymond N »

Power tussle, sounds interesting. Great review. Thank you.
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Post by Adaeze Joan »

When the two most powerful gang are enemies. This is going to be an interesting read for me, I can't wait to read this. Thanks for your honest review.
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Post by Amy Luman »

I’m really interested in this book. It really sounds like something that I would like, with the rival gangs jockeying for position. I would like to know the level of gore that Is there, though. Thanks for the review!
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Post by SAJJAD ALI 10 »

When the two most powerful gang are enemie, This is going to be an interesting read for me, I cannot wait to read this.Thanks for your honest review.
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Adding to my bookshelf right away
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Post by Nwadinso Okoro »

Whenever two big figures are contending the little ones would always suffer. This book tells the story of the clash between two gangs in the city. The author did a good job in the characterization of the story, and I would love to know how the clash between the gangs ended. Good review.
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Post by Duha Khan »

Yeesh, typical gangs getting innocent people killed in their violent goals. However, there's something about this review that makes the book not seem so typical. Also, the power of the mind part gets me. I'm into psychology and criminology and therefore love things to do with the mind. The Sting of Death outta be interesting.
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Post by Chinenye Achilike »

I can't wait to find out if the the Killer Bee Gang (KBG) and the Gang Called Death (GCD) came together to fight their common enemy. Kudos for the review!
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