4 out of 4 stars
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Chrome Mountain is a science-fiction genre novel by Ben Schneider, this novel is intended to bring thrill, capture imagination and marvel the reader.
Sonya has had her share of trouble in life; she lost her father at the age of seven, then her grandmother, her only relative alive, had disowned her for being spoilt and like of bad company. She moves to California where she meets Levi, a ruthless biker's gang leader. Life with the gang becomes unbearable, they have become more evil and murderous, Levi's violence against Sonya had increased. One day Levi ruthlessly assault and rapes her, she decides enough is enough; she steals 70,000 dollars from the gang and take off. Levi and the gang will never let betrayal and desertion go unpublished, he sets off to hunt down Sonya and kill her.
While on the run, Sonya meets Trey, a techie genius. Trey had invented a cloaking device that turned things invisible, he then destroyed it, fearing that it might fall into the wrong hands and used for terror purposes. But too late for Trey, his invention was discovered by a terrorist organisation with dream of enslaving and terrorising the whole world. They are willing to go to any length to capture and force Trey to work for them, even if it means killing and destroying the whole city. United by there relentless pursuing enemies, Sonya and Trey form an alliance of necessity to fight and try to stay alive. Will they be able to evade there enemies? And where is there alliance going to take them?
Despite the fact that this novel is of science- fiction genre, Ben adopted realism. The setting feels like a natural part of the story, he sets his story in the real American cities; this gives him room to create the thrill and adventure for the reader. It captures the reader's attention right from the beginning; it begins with great adrenaline pumping action and thrill which it maintains to the very end. Teasers are also cleverly used by the author; there were lots of occasions when I was reading this novel that I said. " Here comes the climax! " only for it to turn out to be a premonition of what might happen inform of a dream, some kind of storyline trailer. This takes the reader's curiosity and thrill to another level.
Ben invented much on the mental and imagination side of the reader, with vivid and graphic description, he builds a three dimensional motion images in the readers mind, every action very detailed and thoroughly explained, almost in slow motion, its more like one is watching a movie as opposed to reading a novel, this novel can be adopted into a great action film. On the flip side, the author in some chapters concentrated too much on the secondary issues, this severed that connection with the book and the novel became boring and unattractive.
The book is well organised in terms of the plot; this allowed the author to include various themes like romance, crime, religion and social morals making it educational as much as it is thrilling. The book is professionally edited and well planned, evidence being few to no errors or typos in the novel, making it coherent and seamless in terms of the flow when reading. Due to this, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
This book is suitable to the lovers of thrilling action stories with fairy tale ending. It is suitable for young readers since it is not sexually graphic nor extremely violent scenes, besides it is hilarious comic too.
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