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Official Review: The Experiment on the Island of Angleland

Post by LV2R » 27 Aug 2019, 04:22

[Following is an official review of "The Experiment on the Island of Angleland" by Terry Ray.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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If there were an opportunity to gain one million dollars, would you risk your life for it? Two very rich men, Alstaire Angle and his friend, McCallister Findley, came up with an idea for a real human research experiment called “Angleland” in the fictional book, The Experiment on the Island of Angleland (Book One) by Terry Ray. Twenty males and twenty females would be put on an island that the two millionaires purchased. There would be no laws on the island, no communication with the outside world, and no way to get off the island. The participants had to live on the island for ten years and never tell anyone any details of the experiment. At the end of the ten years, they would each receive one million dollars. The island had plenty of fresh water, fruit trees, fish, and food sources. Would you be willing to be a part of this experiment?

The 40 healthy participants were from different backgrounds, races, religions, and political views with different educational levels, skills, and training. The people chosen represented a diverse group that reflected society. I liked that there was a doctor, a nurse, military men, a farmer, a cook, a fisherman, and even a chemical engineer. These were but a few of the necessary talents needed to not only survive on the island but to flourish.

I enjoyed best how the people had to organize and get things done in the beginning just to be able to eat and have shelter. I also liked that people developed comforts and crafted conveniences and businesses to establish themselves and to live as comfortably as possible. This made me think about how society forms.

The main characters Spider, Hawkeye, and Ed were described well and had military and police training backgrounds. Some of the women were portrayed as weak, divisive, and lazy, while others had helpful skills, worked hard, and were brave. The author did a good job of describing many of the characters.

Just when I was getting comfortable in reading about the experiment, terrible violence happened and the islanders were at war. The war itself would interest many people, as Spider and Hawkeye had to strategize attacks, but what I disliked the most were the atrocities that happened and the twists that occurred. Of course, one would expect some violence would happen on such a secluded island with no laws and no repercussions, but this was a nightmare.

If you are not bothered reading about extreme violence, this book may be for you. People who are interested in sociology and human behavior may want to read this book, as it is full of believable behaviors and situations. However, if you are sensitive to any type of violence, i.e. killings, rape, torture, etc. and do not like the tearing down of some Muslim beliefs, you will want to steer clear of this book.

I rate The Experiment on the Island of Angleland by Terry Ray 2 out of 4 stars. One star was deducted because of the more than ten errors found and the need for editing. Another star was deducted because I felt that the violence was over the top and the interrogation techniques were cruel, which ruined the book for me. However, if I could rate it a 2.5-star rating, I would because the storyline was exciting, intense, and full of intrigue, as I wondered how the people on the island would form into a community and live peacefully with each other. The author wrote extremely well with good character developments and descriptions of the island and situations.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 28 Aug 2019, 09:01

I would have liked to read this book, but violence of any kind turns me off. Thanks anyway.

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Post by Rachel Lea » 28 Aug 2019, 15:47

The initial premise of this book sounds promising, but I agree with the above commenter that the extremely violent content would put me off of reading this one. But thanks for your review!
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Post by KDJ » 29 Aug 2019, 11:38

Thank you for your review. Although this one sounds very interesting, I will pass on it, due to the warnings. I can't enjoy over the top violence much. That experiment portion sounds interesting, but I don't see how a settlement could be established with little businesses and there not be even the burgeoning of laws ( if that makes sense.) Thank you for the recommendation.
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Post by Meg98 » 30 Aug 2019, 00:04

I like the premise and uniqueness of this book, but it is a shame about the editing. It probably would have benefitted from another round of proofreading. Thanks for this great review!
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Post by LauraLeeWasHere » 31 Aug 2019, 06:55

Thanks for such a detailed review. At first it seemed like just my type of thing. I'm a behavioralist and love this kind of story of how people build a society. However, I'm also a Christian and I am glad you took the time to actually described what type of violence took place. Just people fighting and killing would be something most readers would even expect in that situation, but I think there is a better way to use my time to "study" these things.
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Post by DD129 » 31 Aug 2019, 10:03

While I like the idea, I'm not one for extremely violent books. An appropriate amount is okay. The errors, too, are a shame. Thank you for your review! I don't think I'll be reading this book.

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Post by Radiant3 » 31 Aug 2019, 14:20

The storyline is interesting and the book sounds intriguing, but the level of violence seems to be too much.

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Post by Laila_Hashem » 03 Sep 2019, 15:22

The book has a very unique and interesting plotline. Unfortunately, spelling errors are something I could never tolerate when reading a novel so I probably won't add it to my reading list. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Kathleen Wolfe » 14 Sep 2019, 07:19

I've never read a book of this type before, it does seem interesting but I feel that the errors would ruin my reading experience so I think I'll pass on this one. Thanks for the review!

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