4 out of 4 stars
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"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." This is a quote by Ernest Hemingway, and it forms the foundation for my review of Sea of Red by Gary A. Osborn.
After an attempted robbery at a client's house, John Dwyer can't seem to remember what happened afterward. With his newly gained physique and repeated blackouts, he can't help but wonder what's going wrong. After being present at the Anderson house when an explosion occurs, he discovers a secret organization where a different world exists. Alexander Wolf, a Führer, heads the organization. Is there war looming?
Sea of Red is a beautifully written work of fiction. The plot is unique, with unexpected twists and turns. The author made sure to infuse the element of surprise in this book, which made the narrative quite engaging and suspenseful. Connecting to John Dwyer's character at the beginning of the book made it easier to picture and grasp the author's intention. The thrills, mystery, and suspense of this book are what make it an exciting read.
What I liked most about this book was its mind-boggling content. The unexpected plot twists had me affixed to the story with an eagerness to finish it quickly. Every chapter was engaging. This book was what readers would call a page-turner.
The author's ability to paint a mental picture in the mind of the reader is commendable. It's so easy to imagine the story through his descriptions. It felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Specifically, the mental image of the last three chapters was the most thrilling.
On the flip side of the author's descriptive writing style, the description of sexual intercourse was somewhat explicit. The author narrated this scene to the minutest detail. Though this wasn't an issue for me, I felt the need to point it out in this review. I believe there are readers who would find the detailed description of sex scenes a bit disturbing. However, if you're okay with this, feel free to read this book. Frankly, the description of sexual activities didn't take the book off-track.
Again, the author's ability to combine many characters, yet executing their roles effectively, was remarkable. It made me read and understand quickly. I've read tons of novels where a large ensemble of characters became the bane of the story. The author did his due diligence to ensure that all characters came alive. This was very commendable.
With only a few errors, the book seemed professionally edited. Considering that there was nothing I disliked about this book, I rate it a four out of four. If you love a thrilling tale of mystery filled with suspense, this book is for you.
Sea of Red
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