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Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

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Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

Post Number:#1 by ellieonline03
» 16 May 2017, 04:37

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Obur Syndrome" by David T Ward.]

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1 out of 4 stars
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The Obur Syndrome by David T. Ward is a dark mystery thriller that introduces a fresh take on vampires. The novel raises an important question: what are you willing to sacrifice to free yourself from the clutches of evil?

Eddie Rasputin Garmone was a Knight of Danar and a seasoned vampire slayer. He was on medical leave when he received a late night call. He was summoned to aid Niles, his friend, who was pursued by vampires. This rescue mission turned out to be a setup – aimed to eliminate Eddie and Niles in the process. Things got more complicated when his fiancée, Tracie Cassidy, was abducted by an ancient vampire. Now Eddie has two goals in mind: find out who set him up and rescue Tracie as soon as possible.

While searching for Tracie, Eddie crossed paths with two vampires. Adham and Laban belong to different vampire clans. Additionally, they do not share the same perspective. However, both yearn to free themselves from the shackles of a sadistic and evil vampire. These three individuals try to achieve their individual goals. Will they succeed?

The novel has a lot of things in its favor. First, it has an intriguing concept. This was not the usual vampire versus humanity book that I read. Rather, it focuses on how each main character, vampire or not, strives to win his freedom. Their goals and methods differ from one another and this added variety to the story. Second, the author introduced a fresh take on vampires and vampire slayers. Mr. Ward created a detailed history on the origin of vampires. He also had a story about the first war of humanity against vampires. The vampire slayers that he introduced in the novel had a certain edge to them that I had not read in other books. Third, there were minimal errors found in the novel.

On the negative side, there were many points which hindered my reading pace and enjoyment. The Obur Syndrome is one of the most confusing books I have read in a long time. The novel was written in first person point-of-view, but it has three narrators. There was no hint of a change of narrators which made it confusing. Also, there were too many characters that the author introduced in a short period of time. There were also many words which were introduced that were never explained. To his credit, the author gave a glossary of terms, but I found out about it when I already finished reading the book. Another thing that slowed my reading pace was the author’s use of difficult words. It would have helped if the author chose simpler words instead. Lastly, there were too many loose ends. For example, there was no mention of what happened to the vampires in the carnival after Adham left. Additionally, it was not revealed who tried to kill Eddie. Though there were presumptions, it would have been better if there was a resolution.

Unfortunately, the negative aspects of this novel outweigh the positive aspects. Thus, I give The Obur Syndrome by David T. Ward 1 out of 4 stars. This book has potential and if improved, this would be a great mystery thriller.

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Re: Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 24 May 2017, 12:33

I've read books like this that introduce too many characters at once. It just makes things so overly confusing. You give up trying to keep track of who is who. Too bad this was so disappointing as it has an interesting premise. Thanks for muddling your way through though.
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Post Number:#3 by Amagine
» 24 May 2017, 17:16

I'm not a huge fan of supernatural books and the fact that this book is extremely confusing makes me lose interest more. It's unfortunate because it possibly had potential.
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Re: Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

Post Number:#4 by ellieonline03
» 25 May 2017, 05:48

kandscreeley wrote:I've read books like this that introduce too many characters at once. It just makes things so overly confusing. You give up trying to keep track of who is who. Too bad this was so disappointing as it has an interesting premise. Thanks for muddling your way through though.


Thank you, kandskreeley! It is a bit disappointing but through some luck, I learned that another book is being made to answer the loose ends on this novel. Hopefully, it will also contain more information about the characters introduced in the first book.
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Post Number:#5 by Moniquejm
» 26 May 2017, 02:51

This is an honest review. I congratulate you for finishing the book until the end. Making reviews for this kind of book is difficult.
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Re: Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

Post Number:#6 by ellieonline03
» 26 May 2017, 02:57

Moniquejm wrote:This is an honest review. I congratulate you for finishing the book until the end. Making reviews for this kind of book is difficult.


Thank you, Moniquejm! It was difficult, but i stayed because the plot was really good. In time, if this was improved, I know it will be a great novel.
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Post Number:#7 by Jaime Lync
» 26 May 2017, 20:29

I thought that I commented on this before. I want to thank you for your insightful review. The premise sounds interesting but I also agree too many characters without them being fleshed out is hard.
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Re: Official Review: The Obur Syndrome by David T Ward

Post Number:#8 by ellieonline03
» 27 May 2017, 08:40

111lovelymay wrote:I'm not more on .. Lots of character in one story. Kind a confusing?.... But this is a thrilling kind a story...


Yes, it was confusing. I had to disregard those characters so that I could actually focus on the story. The novel was amazing, it was just a tad confusing.
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Post Number:#9 by Dennis Munai
» 28 May 2017, 01:52

The story is awesome and I really liked it
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Post Number:#10 by ellieonline03
» 28 May 2017, 02:01

Dennis Munai wrote:The story is awesome and I really liked it


I agree that the story is awesome. However, I could not get past the confusing parts and "loose ends" so I ended up giving it a low rating.
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Post Number:#11 by Musenya Munyalo
» 29 May 2017, 01:02

I have never read a book like this one that introduce too many characters at once. It was so overly confusing. You give up trying to keep track of who is who.I loved reading it though
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Post Number:#12 by ellieonline03
» 29 May 2017, 06:08

Thank you, Musenya Munyalo! I gave up trying to keep track of who is who. However, I kept reading because it was really interesting.
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Post Number:#13 by MarisaRose
» 30 May 2017, 17:12

I always love to read books that put a new spin on age-old stories. Sounds like the author wasn't so successful with this one. Interesting review though!
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Post Number:#14 by ellieonline03
» 31 May 2017, 05:39

MarisaRose wrote:I always love to read books that put a new spin on age-old stories. Sounds like the author wasn't so successful with this one. Interesting review though!


The author planned on making a second installment and it seemed that most of the loose ends here will be answered there. Let's hope for the best!
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Post Number:#15 by Rosemary Okoko
» 18 Jun 2017, 04:44

Eddie set out to find out who wanted to eliminate him. Will this not be the reason to read on? It's a shame the story ends without the reader getting to know.
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