Official Review: The Scopas Factor by Vincent Panettiere

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Official Review: The Scopas Factor by Vincent Panettiere

Post by joshfee77 » 14 Jan 2019, 06:24

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Scopas Factor" by Vincent Panettiere.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Scopas Factor is a crime thriller by Vincent Panettiere. Chicago detective Hegan and his partner Diane visit the small town of Weedley, where Hegan has an interview for the job of chief of police. While there, they meet some of the town's colourful characters, including Feeney, a detestable firefighter. Feeney has his eye on the beautiful young Kia, daughter of Mos, who runs the local diner, Yum's. During a forest fire, Kia disappears, much to the anguish of her boyfriend, Eric. Later, Hegan and Diane discover the body of Feeney, who has clearly been murdered. Kia is still missing...

Panettiere quickly and deftly characterises Mos's mother, the cloth artist known as "The Mud Woman", at the beginning of the book. Her actions and eccentricities define her beautifully over the first few pages. Similarly, though this book has a large cast of characters, they take on lives and personalities of their own as we progress through the story. The villainous Skeggs is a particularly frightening character. The well-written dialogue also sounds natural and realistic.

I liked the author's writing style, finding it easy and enjoyable to read. When the story moves to the south of France, Panettiere depicts the town of Antibes with ease, demonstrating either genuine local knowledge or thorough research. His solid construction of the setting includes the local markets, food, culture, and samples of the French language, adding real atmosphere to the story. There are also plenty of plot twists and mystery to keep the reader intrigued, with the last puzzle pieces only falling into place right near the end of the book.

Unfortunately, The Scopas Factor has around twenty typographical errors in total; I found ten by halfway through the book. These errors are mainly with punctuation, missing letters, or the use of an incorrect word. There are also a few formatting issues with new paragraphs started unnecessarily, occasionally in the middle of a sentence.

Overall, I found The Scopas Factor an entertaining mystery, rich in detail, with plenty of twists to keep the reader's interest. If not for the errors, I would rate it 4 stars. In its current state, it gets 3 out of 4 stars. Fans of mystery and crime would enjoy this book, especially those who enjoy strong characters and like to read about other cultures. It does contain sex and violence, including gun violence, but neither is depicted in a graphic or gratuitous way.

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Post by Darlynn_Tebogo » 15 Jan 2019, 07:12

The book has an intricate plot. There are twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Great review overall.

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Jan 2019, 09:07

The beauty of this one seems to lie in the town and the characters therein. I do like a good mystery that's set in an interesting place. It sounds like this fits the bill, and I might have to try it despite the errors. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Jessacardinal » 15 Jan 2019, 14:13

This sounds like an engaging read. Is it difficult to keep up with the plethora of characters?
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Post by T_stone » 15 Jan 2019, 16:46

This is a book I'll definitely want to read. The introduction to the review already piqued my interest in this book. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Willy 1 » 16 Jan 2019, 02:45

The book is a definite read for me. The catchy feeling I got reading the review makes me want to read it. Good review.

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Post by kdstrack » 16 Jan 2019, 22:14

I enjoyed the way you described the mystery in the story. The setting really nailed it for me! I think this one will be worth the time, in spite of the errors. Excellent work, Josh. Thanks.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:47

Darlynn_Tebogo wrote:
15 Jan 2019, 07:12
The book has an intricate plot. There are twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Great review overall.
Thanks! This book was indeed well plotted and entertaining.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:48

kandscreeley wrote:
15 Jan 2019, 09:07
The beauty of this one seems to lie in the town and the characters therein. I do like a good mystery that's set in an interesting place. It sounds like this fits the bill, and I might have to try it despite the errors. Thanks for the review.
Thanks. The setting of this one really came alive, especially in France. Very nicely done.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:50

Jessacardinal wrote:
15 Jan 2019, 14:13
This sounds like an engaging read. Is it difficult to keep up with the plethora of characters?
The cast of characters was quite large, but it became easier once I got to know them. A great plot and setting.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:51

T_stone wrote:
15 Jan 2019, 16:46
This is a book I'll definitely want to read. The introduction to the review already piqued my interest in this book. Thanks for the review.
Yeah, I liked the idea of the young girl kidnapped during a forest fire. Seemed very original to me. Thanks.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:52

Willy 1 wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 02:45
The book is a definite read for me. The catchy feeling I got reading the review makes me want to read it. Good review.
Thanks. Definitely a great setting and an engaging plot. Well worth a read.

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Post by joshfee77 » 18 Jan 2019, 00:54

kdstrack wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 22:14
I enjoyed the way you described the mystery in the story. The setting really nailed it for me! I think this one will be worth the time, in spite of the errors. Excellent work, Josh. Thanks.
Thank you - much appreciated! If you like mysteries and learning about other cultures, you should enjoy this one.

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Post by Itskai88 » 21 Jan 2019, 14:34

The characters in this book are quite interesting and i also like the plot but i am hoping it is a happy ending for Kai and her loved ones because in as much as i like mysteries, i like happy endings the most. Thanks for the lovely review.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 24 Jan 2019, 09:28

This sounds like a crime thriller I would enjoy. The beginning of this review alone keeps me wanting more. Thanks for the interesting review.
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