Official Review: The Water Trade by Rob Smith

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Re: Official Review: The Water Trade by Rob Smith

Post by mary3230 » 19 Sep 2018, 10:49

I'm glad I checked out this thoughtful review. The title of the book was tempting, but I'm not a fan of WW2 history, so I won't be reading the book. Without the review, who knows?

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Post by Rosebella » 19 Sep 2018, 12:47

I rarely read historical fiction because of the fact you pointed out, where the author doesn't invest in building the story they instead just drop a ton of facts here and there. The storyline sounds intriguing. I probably won't read it because I don't want to wade through the facts. The review was good and honest. :tiphat:

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Post by ladycraic » 19 Sep 2018, 14:37

Thanks for the helpful review! It's not necessarily the sometimes flat writing or the gaps in character dynamic that make me unsure of reading. I just don't have much understanding and interest in the plot.

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Post by Alycorn » 19 Sep 2018, 16:35

Thank you for the illuminating review. I may start reading it, but your comments do leave me concerned, as I was also eager to read about the struggle with bipolar and am disappointed to hear that that plot point(Which is focused on in much of the information) isn't as much of a focus as implied

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Post by goldengal1315 » 19 Sep 2018, 16:38

I am a historical fiction fan so the book sounds interesting to me. I also enjoy all books about WW2 so I was instantly taken in. I was a bit confused with the comments about the historical facts being dropped in,without reading the book I can't be sure but wouldn't they be necessary for context, especially for younger readers whom may not have had a strong educational standpoint?

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Post by mtsnel006 » 20 Sep 2018, 14:42

The cover of the book is inviting, therefore, I would have chosen to read the book. Having read the review, I found the book to be focusing on war amongst other things, but because I am not a fan of war novels, I will not read the book. The author showed them to be strong and brave characters. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Beekayr » 21 Sep 2018, 00:36

Good effort on the part of the author to interest the reader with a compelling plot ,I would definitely give it a read as the reviewer itself gives it a high rating of 3/4 even if there are some dull portions in the book which is quite normal. :)

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Post by grace8031 » 21 Sep 2018, 03:54

Great review thrillers are my thing however am disappointed that the author disregarded what would have made the book a four star novel.

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Post by RT_offscript » 22 Sep 2018, 17:03

Based on the review, Rob Smith's "The Water Trade" had potential to be a very exciting story with great character development. Although I am a fan of historical fiction, I will probably pass on Smith's book due to the disconnect between an amazing plot and flat writing style. Thanks for the honest review!

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Post by Salome Yakubu » 30 Sep 2018, 10:15

Your review is looking not only the interesting aspect of book or to make the readers feel they want to read the book but it also checked some of the lapses of the Author in not giving the readers a clear picture of what they are saying or a clear message they want to pass. Its a good one keep it up.

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Post by mllamisaamadi » 05 Oct 2018, 05:59

an interesting historical exploit that need my further study,a fantastic author's tale,rated 3-4stars

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