Review by va2016 -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Review by va2016 -- Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post by va2016 » 17 Mar 2017, 14:34

[Following is a volunteer review of "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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This is a review of the book Raven’s Peak – Book I, World on Fire by Lincoln Cole, which is available in Amazon under ‘Horror’ and ‘Fantasy’ sections.

‘Haatim’, son of an official of a secret group named 'The Council’ is being chased by demons of another group named ‘The Ninth Circle’. The demons want to possess Haatim to get some things done on Earth which they cannot do by themselves. Meanwhile, ‘Abigail’ of ‘The Hunters’ group that does field work for The Council is followed by Haatim. They meet under dangerous circumstances while Haatim is being chased by the demons. ‘Frieda’, a valued member of The Council, summons Abigail to go to Raven’s Peak in the Smokey Mountains, USA, where The Council has detected some unusual activity. Does Haatim escape from the clutches of the demons? What does Raven’s Peak have in store? Who are these people from The Council and the demons of The Ninth Circle? - these are some of the questions that make the reader expectantly read the book!

The story sets off at a superb pace that’s comparable to an action thriller movie! Demons creating havoc, guns blazing, bullets being sprayed while the protagonists navigate through the mazes of danger make the reader wide-eyed and flip the pages in anticipation. Abigail’s deep yearnings to find her foster father ‘Arthur’ who stood up against Evil has been well narrated. Arthur’s brave actions and the circumstances in which he had to part with Abigail are well described. The interlude about the Raven’s Peak creates a longing in the reader to experience the beauty and the serenity of the Smokey Mountains foothills. The final episode of spelunking is an additional bonus to an already thrilling story!

There are some musings about religion in the book. This reviewer particularly liked the one which says “Religion is the lens through which you view the world”. There are some interesting narrations about mystical abilities of Arthur being able to possess another human being, Abigail’s ability to get in touch with a demon in another world, etc. The author has also expressed his thoughts on social media issues - “doctored footage and trending topics mean people will believe anything they are told.” He infuses values like exercising regularly for staying limber and responding to situations when one’s help and expertise is needed. He sums up Evil as thus: “Standing by and watching people suffer and die when you know you can help them.”

The key events of the story have been articulated well. The storyline is very clear. The reader is able to remember and relate to the key turning points in the story. The formatting is pretty good throughout the book. There are no spelling mistakes that this reviewer has spotted in this book. There are some gory parts in the story which may need parental guidance for children and adolescents.

There are several mechanical errors which could have been easily detected and corrected by thorough proofreading. There are awkward word usages – “I need for you to delete” instead of “I need you to delete” in Chapter 3, wrong word usages – “someone asked” instead of “someone called” in Chapter 1, “he knew how must look” instead of “he knew how he would look” in Chapter 1, grammar errors - “this should be impossible to keep hidden” instead of “this should be impossible to be kept hidden” in Chapter 8, missing words – “here’s hoping” should be “here’s me hoping” in Chapter 1, punctuation errors - a period missing after the sentence that ends “could tell it was powerful” in Chapter 16, and a redundant quotation mark after “how hard could it be” in Chapter 1.

This reviewer recommends this book for mature adults. The story length is apt for most readers. There are great narrations of horror, fantasy and action that keep the reader enthralled throughout the book. This story is a treat to a thriller novel reader. This reviewer could have given this book a 4 out of 4 stars. Because of the mechanical errors and some gory content that is not suitable for children and adolescents, this reviewer is giving this book a 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Rebecca Henderson » 23 Mar 2017, 18:21

Great review! I like that you warn potential readers of the gore in this piece, as I think it is a genre that only a few have the stomach for. I recently read a book that drew me in because of the fantastical world it portrayed, and completely disgusted and creeped me out in a gory description of a demon birthing itself from a human. Nonetheless, it actually made me like the book more, because an author that can hook his or her audience completely enough and then introduce a horrific element like that . . . that's an author I can learn something from! Plus, I ended up reading the rest of the book and I will always remember it for that reason. Great job giving detailed descriptions here of what this book has to offer; I might just check it out!
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Post by va2016 » 24 Mar 2017, 00:48

Thank you so much for your thoughts, and your appreciation!

I recommend you check this book out! :)

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Post by rs1977 » 24 Mar 2017, 07:07

seems to be a horrific fantasy thriller - detailed review - great and thanks.

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Post by va2016 » 24 Mar 2017, 07:13

rs1977 wrote:seems to be a horrific fantasy thriller - detailed review - great and thanks.
Not very horrific, but yes, a great thriller! Do read it, when you get a chance!

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Post by Sarda Mohan » 25 Mar 2017, 07:17

A detailed and honest review..looks quite thrilling.
Quoting from the book is an inspiration to try reading it.. Could definitely try inspite of the gory part being highlighted.
Great effort in noting down the mechanical errors and listing them..definitely a plus for the author's next edition.

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Post by va2016 » 25 Mar 2017, 10:48

Thank you for your comments! Yes, I try to list out mechanical errors
in detail, though it's not really required most of the times in reviews.
As you said, it will definitely be useful for the next edition.

Yes, you should read this book. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!

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Post by Pilar Guerrero » 26 Mar 2017, 13:05

I appreciate all the details you include in your review, I had been wondering how I would need to approach this book in order to be able to read it, but you have posed some good extracts from the book that help me see it in a different light, not only horror, gory content.
Thank you very much for all the details and explanations you included, very helpful.
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Post by va2016 » 26 Mar 2017, 13:13

Pilar Guerrero wrote:I appreciate all the details you include in your review, I had been wondering how I would need to approach this book in order to be able to read it, but you have posed some good extracts from the book that help me see it in a different light, not only horror, gory content.
Thank you very much for all the details and explanations you included, very helpful.
Thank you for your thoughtful comments. It takes a while into the book to get the gist of what's going on, and how to get the big picture because of the multiple characters that are being introduced and developed - that too from various angles. So, yes, I agree with you when you say you wondered how to approach this book! Nevertheless, as you would agree, the pace of the story is just superb, and there's never a dull moment or a lull till the end!

Enjoy the story, and please do share the review when you are done. I would like to take a look!
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Post by mvr2003 » 11 Apr 2017, 01:53

Great review.helped me get the gist of the book.

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Post by va2016 » 11 Apr 2017, 02:05

mvr2003 wrote:Great review.helped me get the gist of the book.
Thank you! I am pretty sure you will like this book!

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Post by Zavileo159 » 02 Aug 2018, 09:15

Great review,i am looking forward to reading this book actually sounds thrilling

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