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Official Review: Anger to Rage by Alex R Price

Post by kandscreeley » 18 Dec 2017, 18:05

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Anger to Rage" by Alex R Price.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Anger to Rage by Alex R. Price promises a lot. Listed in the science fiction category, the Amazon blurb promises "gifted children" and an Ex-Army Ranger tracking down an "unknown organization ... trying to kill him and his family." Unfortunately, the book doesn't quite live up to its expectations.

Gerald Rington has information about a captive being held in Columbia by a drug cartel. William Cordova thought he'd make a bit of extra cash to help his family, but the job didn't turn out to be as simple as it sounded. Gerald comes to his rescue, though, and Will learns that Gerald is his biological father. Sadly, two of Gerald's companions don't make it out of the skirmish alive. This leaves Gerald a little short-handed, so he asks Will to help him out in his future endeavors.

Will then meets the rest of the family. Gerald's wife is named Iska, and together they have 4 children. They are all uniquely talented, but none quite so much as Leala. Leala has a way of knowing what's about to happen and tends to direct the family to just the right place and time. At only 4 years old, Leala has a knowledge beyond her years; her attitude is still that of a 4 year old, though. Together the family goes where Leala tells them which makes for some interesting adventures.

I thought the idea of the plot was quite interesting. Children with special abilities helping their father? I love science fiction novels, so I thought this book would be great for me. Unfortunately, there isn't enough technology, other worlds, advanced civilizations or futuristic society to classify this as such. Yes, Gerald and his children have special abilities. But it's never really explained where they came from or why or how. It seems to me that it should be reclassified as action or a thriller.

Putting aside that it isn't science fiction, there were great big gaping holes in the plot. As I mentioned above, Leala has a way of predicting the future. She makes sure to stop and see a "friend" of hers named Nick. She goes to the trouble of introducing Nick (who is a grown-up) to a nice lady friend named Nikole that she says he should marry. Right after that meeting, Nikole gets mad at Nick and storms off. We never see either character again. It was disconcerting as I really did want to see if Leala's matchmaking was as good as her prediction abilities.

There also wasn't enough to tie the plot together. It seemed to plod on going from one adventure to another with no real cohesiveness. The blurb promises that the family fights against some "unknown organization." However, it really is unknown. This organization isn't even introduced to the readers; I guess it's just that secret.

Moving along, there were several scenes that were especially offensive to me as a reader and unnecessarily graphic. I am no stranger to abusive situations in books, but there should be some level of skill in crafting these. I could barely stomach reading through these scenes, and I really am not usually queasy about such matters. They were just extremely detailed and vulgar. While some of these were necessary to the furtherance of the plot, they could have been handled with much more delicacy.

Along those lines, there was one scene in particular that was neither necessary for the plot nor extremely realistic; in fact, it was downright offensive. In one instance, a woman imagines having sex (in detail) with someone she has only just recently met. I found this very distasteful as this woman has just suffered from horrific abuse for several weeks. Only a day or two before this scene, she was in the hospital having had major surgery because of this abuse. In her present frame of mind, I just can't fathom the thought that she is thinking of having sex with anyone without some major professional help.

Last but not least, there were a number of grammatical errors that led me to believe this book was not professionally edited. These errors were much worse at the beginning, but they are present throughout the novel. These included punctuation in the wrong spot as well as misspelled words.

While the plot has potential, the execution is severely lacking. Therefore, I rate Anger to Rage 1 out of 4 stars. In its current form, I am unable to endorse this book or recommend it to any type of reader.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 19 Dec 2017, 08:10

I can see certain hiden agenda as you mentioned, the plot sounds intresting but as you said I too wonder has the author done enough justice to this book? And does the title of the book match the story?
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Post by kandscreeley » 19 Dec 2017, 09:01

Thanks for commenting Sahani. The title is so-so. I mean it kind of matches the story, but at the same time, it doesn't really tell you anything.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 19 Dec 2017, 10:42

kandscreeley wrote:
19 Dec 2017, 09:01
Thanks for commenting Sahani. The title is so-so. I mean it kind of matches the story, but at the same time, it doesn't really tell you anything.
Well that gives some picture.
Thank you for the review kandscreeley!
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Post by MsTri » 19 Dec 2017, 16:32

Aw, man. I had considered reading this book when I saw it. Now I'm glad I didn't. But I'm also sorry you had to suffer through that.

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Post by ashley_claire » 20 Dec 2017, 08:47

That's disappointing. The plot for this sounded interesting and I was looking forward to reading a review for it. The lack of world building among the other issues that this book suffers from makes me take a hard pass on it.

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Dec 2017, 08:54

Yeah... it just wasn't at all what I was hoping for. It's really too bad. Thanks for commenting all!
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Post by Jaime Lync » 20 Dec 2017, 22:27

This was an awesome review - really enjoyed reading it. Too bad the book was not well executed because like you mentioned the plot has potential.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Dec 2017, 09:50

Thanks Jaime!
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 23 Dec 2017, 07:04

I'm attracted to the title of this book until I read your review which has saving me from having a heart ache should I read this on my own. Thanks for your review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Dec 2017, 11:32

Thanks paradoxical!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 27 Dec 2017, 16:28

The blurb promises that the family fights against some "unknown organization." However, it really is unknown. This organization isn't even introduced to the readers; I guess it's just that secret.
For some reason, this really made me laugh. Some blurbs are just plain misleading. Is blurb-writing a career or what?

Thanks for the frank review, Kandscreely! I will pass on this one lest it might turn my calmness to rage.

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Dec 2017, 19:12

You know, I can only imagine what it would be like to try to sum up everything in a book in a few words that will really engage the reader. It would be difficult. Thanks Miriam!
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