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Official Review: Armageddon's Arc by Victor Baptiste

Post by TrishaAnn92 » 23 Sep 2015, 17:14

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Armageddon's Arc" by Victor Baptiste.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Armageddon’s Arc is Victor Baptiste’s first book. This is a crime/thriller novella full of twists and turns and keeps the reader interested the entire time. The story is short, only sixty seven pages, but it worked great. I was not left asking questions that should have been answered in the story, and the author gave enough information about the characters, making it easy to connect with them.

Armageddon’s Arc is about a Priest who kills himself so he can go to Hell. The beginning of the story was gruesomely descriptive, but I found that it set the story up to keep the reader wanting to know more, wanting to know why. He wants to go to Hell to offer the Damned a gift. One that is hard to refuse. A way to postpone Judgement Day. But the Priest isn’t who he says he is, his gift isn’t what it seems and soon everybody Damned and alive is reeling with the implications.

The plot while unorthodox and unusual was interesting, and I liked the twist and turns one wouldn’t expect. The twists and turns kept the reader engaged and interested to read more. With that being said, the beginning was confusing for me. I had to keep analyzing what I read to make sure I understood it correctly. As the story progressed the confusion decreased, and it became easier to understand.

The characters were interesting, from Killian the Priest, to the demon he has most of his dialogue with. With most books we see the characters through the narrative but not the dialogue. In this story we get to know the characters through their dialogue with one another. I found it interesting to learn their personalities through dialogue alone. Personally, I believe it worked for this particular story and the way it was written. We learned enough about their personalities to let our imagination run wild.

As mentioned before this story is mostly dialogue. The plot unfolds through a discussion between Killian and the demon. Like some people I don’t care for a lot of dialogue. I prefer descriptions that come with narration. Through the dialogue, I could picture what I was reading as if watching a movie about two people have a troubling conversation. For me that made the story unique. But, I do think the lack of narration detracted from the story. On the flip side it worked in the story's favor since it was a novella.

Either you will love this book or you won't. Or you can be like me and be stuck on the fence between the pros and cons of the book. Personally I would rate Armageddon’s Arc written by Victor Baptiste a 3 out of 4 stars. I would read any future books this author comes out. I think there is room for improvement, something we may see with future books. If you are looking for a quick, unique book to pass the time then this is a book I recommend.

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Post by Victor Baptiste » 28 Sep 2015, 00:18

TrishaAnn,

Thank you for such a detailed and considered review. I'm glad you liked the story and found it interesting.

If someone "stuck on the fence" (between the pros and cons of the book) rates it three out of 4 stars, then I'm happy with that too.

Could you be more specific as to the reason for your confusion at the beginning? Did it arise from the text, or was it surprise at what was unfolding?

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 28 Sep 2015, 12:34

What I found confusing was mostly how the plot unfolded. I found myself having to go back and reread to make sure I was reading it right. When Killian was presenting his gift and then all of a sudden the gift was not a gift and it was a trick, it just got confusing to me because there was a lot going on.

I am glad you liked my review :)
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Post by Tanaya » 28 Sep 2015, 13:00

Hmm...definitely sounds interesting. I like your description of dialogue v. narration. I am a sucker for good dialogue, and it can be tricky to strike the right balance between the two. Great review!
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 28 Sep 2015, 13:05

Thank you! :)
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Post by bookowlie » 29 Sep 2015, 08:47

Great, insightful review. I also like a mix of description and dialogue, rather than a book that is too dialogue-heavy.
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 29 Sep 2015, 08:51

Thanks bookowlie :)
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Post by hsimone » 12 Oct 2015, 18:49

I liked reading your review, TrishaAnn92! It definitely seems like an interesting concept. I'm not sure if this a read for me, but I think you portrayed the book very well!

Nice job on the review, and congratulations to the author for getting such a good book review!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 23 Nov 2015, 03:53

Sounds really interesting. I, personally, prefer building up the character through dialogue instead of long narrative. I think I'm going to like this book. Great review!

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 23 Nov 2015, 06:24

Thank you guys. :D
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Post by AA1495 » 11 Oct 2016, 21:19

Completely agree with your point about the dialogues. Thank you for the honest and insightful review!

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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 11 Oct 2016, 21:33

Thank you for your feedback! :D
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Post by lane_vespertine » 16 Oct 2016, 02:13

I lol'ed when I read the first two sentences of the last paragraph.
Very good review!
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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 16 Oct 2016, 02:29

Seems like a really great book but i don't think it's the type i like.
Thanks for sharing another great review with us and congratulations to the author for getting such a good review. :)
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 16 Oct 2016, 07:23

lane_vespertine wrote:I lol'ed when I read the first two sentences of the last paragraph.
Very good review!
I am glad it made you laugh. :lol:

wasif_ahmed wrote:Seems like a really great book but i don't think it's the type i like.
Thanks for sharing another great review with us and congratulations to the author for getting such a good review. :)
Thank you wasif_ahmed! It is definitely not a book that is for everybody.
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