Official Review: Murder at Civatika by G A Catanzariti

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Official Review: Murder at Civatika by G A Catanzariti

Post by mratdegraff91 » 06 Jul 2018, 21:17

[Following is an official review of "Murder at Civatika" by G A Catanzariti.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Murder at Civatika by G. A. Catanzariti

Murder at Civatika
is author G. A. Catanzariti’s first murder mystery novel. The author is originally from the UK but moved to Austraila as a kid. She now pursues her dream in writing beginning with this novel. This book would be best for readers interested in murders, mystery, robots, adventure, and futuristic type settings. At 174 pages this story will take readers into another world.

Civatika is a peaceful gated city where crimes do not exist thanks to the increased surveillance, microchipped bracelets, and robot security. The residents of this futuristic city have nothing to fear and no longer worry about crazy outburst and riots. Crimes, if attempted, are stopped in the blink of an eye. Surprisingly though, someone was able to commit murder in this city and old school Detective Daniel Morris is called in. Detective Morris lives in the Fringe which is outside of Civatika. It is not as safe as Civatika and Detective Morris likes it that way. He must deal with robots, the master computer system of Civatika called Zecron, and villains as he attempts to solve this case.

I enjoyed the storyline of this novel. It had a great plot and great character development. The author gave the story from several point of views but kept Detective Morris as the main character. I felt the author did a great job on the antagonist which I will leave unnamed. I had no clue that it would be the individual she chose. My favorite character was Detective Morris. He had an interesting sense of humor and constantly questioned the assistance of robots throughout the novel which I found funny since they were everywhere. My least favorite character was Thorndyke who was also very gifted with technological skills in this novel.

Another thing I liked was in the novel there was a hint of romance when detective Morris developed a crush on April, the robot software designer. There was not much focus on this in the novel and was only occasionally brought up. I felt it added a bit of flare and may be appealing to those interested in romance. I am curious to see if something develops later on maybe in a second book involving these characters.

Something that bothered me severely about this novel was the amount of errors. I do not believe that this novel was professionally edited since there were a variety of errors consistently throughout the book. The errors included run on sentences, missing commas, singular vs. plural, capitalization errors, and missing punctuation at the end of sentences. This really affected my scoring for this novel leading me to give it a 2 out of 4 stars as the rating. If the author would give it a thorough editing and correct the errors this would be an amazing book. Even though I liked the storyline, the errors made it difficult for me to continue reading and focus on what was happening.

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Post by Corhan2 » 10 Jul 2018, 02:37

Thanks for the review. The main character sounds very interesting. It's such a pity about the editorial and grammar errors because I really love a good murder mystery!!

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Post by Hannahrg » 10 Jul 2018, 03:32

Civatika is a peaceful gated city where crimes do not exist thanks to the increased surveillance, microchipped bracelets, and robot security.
I find this book very interesting since I am into robots and scientific inventions. Technology has become a part of our lives and has changed the system of developments taking place in the world and in different countries. The reviewer stated that romance is also a part of the book so what better way than to read a book with all areas of discussion rolled into one. It has romance, sci-fi, action and educational subsections which could turn out to be both amusing and educational. I will get a hold of a copy and start reading immediately!

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 10 Jul 2018, 04:51

What an interesting book especially about the murder crime committed although with increased surveillance and with the predominant of robots. I would like to check this out at the expense of the errors
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Post by MsTri » 10 Jul 2018, 13:16

This book actually reminds me somewhat of the movie, The Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone as an older-style cop who was frozen for years then thawed to help with a threat that the new-style cops, including Sandra Bullock, couldn't handle. I also like the inclusion of robots, giving this book a slightly more up-to-date feel. Thanks for the introduction!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Jul 2018, 18:42

The plot and main character sound very intriguing but it's a shame it wasn't professionally edited. I appreciate your engaging review!

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