2 out of 4 stars
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Nicholas (Nick) was born with special abilities. However, Ana, his mother, had these powers suppressed shortly after his birth, 'supposedly' out of love for him. Years later, while in high school, Nick constantly gets bullied by Ice and his gang, but everyone has the perception that Nick intentionally gets into fights, including Ana. As the story continues, Nick gets roped into Ice’s relationship with his girlfriend, Lindy, when she randomly kisses Nick to get back at Ice. In retaliation, Ice plans to kill Nick, but just before Ice deals the final blow to take Nick’s life, Nick is electrocuted and disappears into thin air.
Nick wakes up and soon realizes that he has certain abilities. It seems his special powers have been restored by the electric shock. Nevertheless, Nick’s world comes crashing down when an unfortunate event takes place, facilitated by Snake, the leader of a deadly group. With his powers, Nick plans to take down Snake and his group. However, he makes an unexpected enemy in The Dark Rider, as Snake and his crew are a crucial part of his mischievous plan. What exactly has Snake done to Nick? Who is The Dark Rider, and what is his plan? Facing enemies on all fronts, can Nick stay alive? What is the relationship between Ice's gang and Snake? Is Nick the only one with “special abilities?” Find answers in this piece of fiction called Night Of The Phantom, written by Carlos Manuel Reynosa.
I have to say that this is a generally good book. The author expertly weaves themes of perception, revenge, romance, and much more into an excellent storyline. The plot of the story was well thought out and easy to follow. As a result, I wasn’t confused with the sequence of events at any point. I also enjoyed the level of suspense throughout the story. I couldn’t take my eyes off the pages, as I was eager to know what was going to happen next. Additionally, Reynosa does a marvelous job with character development, and, for me, this is the strongest feature of this book. Readers are sure to be filled with emotions while they read through Nick’s experiences.
Similarly, I was pleased with the way the book ended. When you read the epilogue, it becomes even clearer that Reynosa is not done with the series, as it ends in a cliffhanger. The novel’s conclusion will only spur readers on to pick the next book of the series. I cannot wait to read the second book.
Still, this book is not without flaws. One glaring negative in this tale is that it is not professionally edited. I found more than ten errors in the 254-paged book. As a result, my reading flow was not maintained as I read. Another thing I disliked was that I felt the author included certain unnecessary sexual inferences. For example, in a particular scene, Lindy said that she realized she wasn’t dealing with Ice because Ice would never dress so poorly, and “she felt him up and realized that his dick was small.” For me, the second statement was unnecessary, and the writer could have made his point without including it.
Moreover, I think the book was a bit unrealistic with how vengeful Ice and his gang were. I mean, they were really going to kill Nick when it wasn’t even his fault that he was kissed. I don’t think kids in high school would go that far. Also, the fact that the school coach threatened Nick after watching him get bullied made the story all the more unrealistic in that regard.
Although this novel has a lot of positive points, the negatives are also glaring. As a result, I think a rating of 2 out of 4 stars would be in place for Night Of The Phantom. The stars I removed were a result of the issues I found with the book, as discussed in the previous paragraphs. I recommend this novel to readers that are interested in fiction books filled with action, romance, mystery, and thrill. I also recommend that sensitive readers steer clear of this one, as it contains some instances of rape and a plethora of non-borderline profane words.
Night of Phantom
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