Review by Mailis -- Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider

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Review by Mailis -- Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider

Post by Mailis » 04 Dec 2018, 10:53

[Following is a volunteer review of "Chrome Mountain" by Ben Schneider.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider is partly technological thriller and partly old-school action movie screenplay written down as a book.

Trey is a scientist who manages to develop an invention that could change the world or could also just destroy it, if it is acquired by those that might misuse it for their own evil gain. Trey destroys the prototype when he realizes the dangerous path it all could take and afterward thinks he can go on with his ordinary life.
Unbeknownst to him, his invention had already caught the eye of the most successful and resourceful terrorist group of all time, the Chrome Falcons.

Sonya is the former girlfriend of a biker gang leader, who wants to escape the gangs ruthless rules and life full of murder. She is ready to disappear, taking her motorcycle on the road and going back to the place where she grew up with her grandmother. This decision might be the right one but not the easy one, because once you are a gang member, there is only one way out and that is to quit breathing, permanently.

So, when both are on the run and being hunted down, their paths accidentally cross and making the high octave action kick it up a notch more, to an almost impossible level.

When a book is described usually as action packed, it is probable that it might have a good amount of punching in it and some hopefully well thought out fight-scenes. This book on the other hand, was like a Die Hard movie script on steroids given intravenously extra dose of technological thriller juice by gallons.
There are no grey characters here, it is all very black and white, either you are a good person with morals or you are very evil one, who has no remorse whatsoever.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it presented itself as a fast-paced action book with mildly humorous dialogue and mild romance thrown in and it was 100% just that. The technological ideas were fun and innovative. Both protagonists were likable. Writing was clear, grammatically correct and storyline was surprisingly easy to follow. I think if this book is found by director with a love for clean cut action movies, then we will be seeing it on movie screens as well, in a couple of years.

The only thing that started to bother me a bit, about around the middle of the book, was all the collateral damage that was inflicted. So little warning here as well, if you dislike violence, then this book is not for you. People die so fast for the smallest reasons, mostly because they are at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Luckily the author solved this moral dilemma for me, by making Trey feel the same, so that made it easier for me to accept this in the end.

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Post by EvelynBlake » 11 Dec 2018, 16:10

I didn't enjoy the book, personally, and it was interesting to read a more positive review from a different perspective. I think, I was expecting something different when it came up with a "SciFi/Fantasy" tag.

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Post by Caylie_Cat » 11 Dec 2018, 22:07

I'm not sure why some authors need to kill so many people, or why they think the average person wants to read about it? Thanks for your honest review.

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Post by lesler » 03 Jan 2019, 11:40

This fast action thriller looks awesome. I can't wait to read this movie adapted into a book!

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Post by gali » 03 Jan 2019, 11:47

A thriller revolving around two protagonists on the run sounds exciting, but I do not care for books with black and white characters. I prefer my characters somewhere in the middle. At least the book was easy to follow. That the book was well edited is another plus. Not for me, but I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Shanna29 » 03 Jan 2019, 11:51

I am not into action-packed books. However, the thriller and the overall plot sounds interesting. Thanks for the detailed review.

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Post by desantismt_17 » 03 Jan 2019, 11:53

Not my kind of book, but this sounds like a perfect read for lovers of non-stop action. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Ehartl » 03 Jan 2019, 12:02

The characters sound unique, which is a big draw for me. I’m not into serious action and violence, but I may pick it up for the suspense. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 03 Jan 2019, 12:02

This is a dystopian technological thriller with tonnes of suspense, romance, and action. The book is free on Kindle Unlimited and has an inciteful OnlineBookClub review that highlighted the best of the book. I rated the book 3 out of 4 stars. Congrats @pinscratch5 for the BOTD.

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Post by sonya01 » 03 Jan 2019, 12:02

This would not ordinarily be the kind for book I would enjoy, but your review is excellent and after reading it I was curious. It is a great storyline and full of action so maybe worth a second look. Many thanks.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 03 Jan 2019, 12:05

A thriller packed with suspense and romance is quite intriguing. Thanks for the enlightening review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Jan 2019, 12:06

Trey and Sonya sound quite fascinating. On the run for completely different reasons. I love books that are thrilling and full of adventure. This one certainly seems to fit the bill. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Ekta Kumari » 03 Jan 2019, 12:07

Nice review. Although, I would have liked the characters to be more on the grey side than black and white, I enjoy the fact that it has a very well thought out plot and I'm sure I will like this book. Thank you for the thorough review.
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Post by BeautySuzy » 03 Jan 2019, 12:11

Thanks for the review !
Although action is not my genre, but I liked the suspense side specially when mixed with abit of romance.
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Post by MsTri » 03 Jan 2019, 12:14

Thanks for the lovely review, but the plot for this technological thriller just isn't gripping me. I also don't care for stories where the characters are either all good or all bad like in this one; I like grey areas in my protagonists and antagonists.

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