Official Review: Swan Song by C. Robert Holloway

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Official Review: Swan Song by C. Robert Holloway

Post by JessNWheeler » 04 Oct 2018, 16:24

[Following is an official review of "Swan Song" by C. Robert Holloway.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The odd man furiously scrubbing his hands at the sink in the men’s room made him uncomfortable. He almost rushed out of the door, but his mother taught him that cleanliness was next to godliness. He approached the sink. Author C. Robert Holloway tells the mysterious story of Roberto in the novella titled Swan Song.

From a very young age, a mysterious gray man occasionally visited him. He quickly learned that it was a bad idea to mention his gray visitor to anyone. The visitor did not speak a word until they met in the men’s room at an unforgettable Judy Garland show in 1961. He considered the possibility that the meeting was a hallucination. The man seemed to be confused or mistaken. It became clear that the man was not mistaken when he slipped a letter under Roberto’s door with a wild proposition. Intrigued, Roberto considered accepting the curious request. The events that followed sent Roberto on a journey that would change his life forever.

This story is rich with moments of mystery, seduction, romance, and much more. I was captivated by Roberto’s story. I was fully engaged from page one to the final word of the novella. Each character is beautifully developed with their own unique flaws and personality. Moreover, historical fiction is always my first choice, and this book did not disappoint. There is a perfect balance of dramatic storytelling and conveyance of historical facts. Readers of romance and historical fiction will enjoy this book. While I did not find the characters in this story to be relatable, I did find them to be interesting and likable.

This is a well-written, well-edited, and well-organized book. There is not one grammar error to be found. The story is told with sophisticated, yet understandable language and flows seamlessly from scene to scene creating a pleasant reading experience. I recommend this book to fiction readers who enjoy mysterious historical fiction.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This novella is mystery and historical fiction at its finest. The book includes real photos that put faces to the names of key characters in the story. The skillful writing and editing make it pleasurable for a reader to follow this seductive mystery through to the shocking end. This story asks the reader to let go of reality and trust the protagonist even when it feels as though madness could be closing in.

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Post by sonya01 » 05 Oct 2018, 05:54

This sounds like an extremely stimulating book and one that I am very interested in reading. You have portrayed the story in a most intriguing way without giving away too much. Thanks very much for the review.

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Post by wendos » 05 Oct 2018, 06:00

I like well-organized narratives. The narration sounds intriguing too and I think will have to read it.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 05 Oct 2018, 10:04

This story is rich with moments of mystery, seduction, romance, and much more.
Nice review! Kudos to the author for seamlessly weaving all these elements in the story.

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Post by stacie k » 05 Oct 2018, 16:53

I am intrigued by Roberto's story, too. I'm curious about the historical aspect of this story. Congratulations to the author for excellence in editing! Well done review!
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Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 07 Oct 2018, 01:30

Wow this book sounds so interesting, I would love to read this one. It has a very mysterious vibe that you want to unravel. Great review btw.

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Post by topdan30 » 07 Oct 2018, 11:22

This is a book that will be a great read since the author uses language that is easy to read.

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Post by T_stone » 10 Oct 2018, 21:25

A historical read with romance sounds interesting. A very good writing skill is also an eye-catcher. Thank you for this review.
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