Official Review: Those Deep Below by John W. Noyes

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Official Review: Those Deep Below by John W. Noyes

Post by ZenaLei7 » 03 Jun 2019, 09:46

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Those Deep Below" by John W. Noyes.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Those Deep Below, by John W. Noyes, is the first book of the Inca Empire series. Categorized as a historical fiction novel, this book is based on the Inca Empire.

When Rezi sings, her voice has the power to enthrall anyone who is listening. Her voice has a great effect on the ailing King, giving him the strength to carry out some of his duties again. However, her voice has also caught the eye of the jealous Queen. When Rezi is kidnapped and hidden away inside a cell room, the entire kingdom thinks she ran away leaving the King so devastated that he succumbs to his sickness. Unfortunately for the King's household, all 4,000 members are forced to go below to be buried alive with the King in his massive tomb. In the tomb, tension rises as people begin to get restless while others are plotting to escape or to seize control. As Rezi tries to find a way out she must also deal with the Queen’s torments and abuse.

The author did a good job of describing the settings without giving too many details or overshadowing the main events of the story. I was also able to clearly visualize the events as they unfolded because of the vivid descriptions the author used to describe the scenes. Enough background information was given to introduce the story, and the plot moved at a good pace. Although I found some of the scenes to be violent and graphic, I enjoyed the buildup of tension and suspense between each scene.

Moreover, what I liked the most about this book was the portrayal of the characters. They were brought to life through the author’s use of imagery. All of the characters were crafted into believable and well-developed characters. I love books with strong female protagonists, which is definitely what Rezi is. She remained strong throughout the endless abuse from the Queen and was able to overcome multiple obstacles. Besides Rezi, I thought that the witty and sarcastic banter between Achachila, Misi, and Mantaqway was amusing.

There were a couple of intense scenes with graphic torture and abuse, so I would not recommend this book to younger readers. There were a lot of dark and violent moments in this book, which can make even adults uncomfortable. However, I feel like those violent scenes helped to showcase the personalities of some of the characters.

Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. There were a couple of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, which made me take away a star. Besides the errors, this book was an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book to those who like reading action-packed historical fiction novels.

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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Jun 2019, 09:00

I looked at this one on the review list and almost thought about getting it. I just couldn't make up my mind. It does sound interesting with the servants being buried alive with the King. Do any of them actually escape? What happens? I guess I'll have to read and find out! Thanks so much for an interesting review.
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Post by reneelu1998 » 06 Jun 2019, 10:51

This seems like a really interesting plot with major potential for suspense and drama. Thanks for the heads up about graphic violence. Very well-written review! Thank you!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 06 Jun 2019, 10:53

Nicely done review! Rezi sure sounds like a strong female character. I wonder if she uses her voice to help more people?

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Post by Scarlet Nicoll » 07 Jun 2019, 06:29

I definitely like what I see in here. The idea of setting up a story based on the Inca Empire is a delight, and takes great skill from the author to portray it well. Thanks for your candid account!

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Post by Prisallen » 07 Jun 2019, 15:09

I also love books with strong female protagonists. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Post by kdstrack » 07 Jun 2019, 16:32

Your summary of the book has me deeply intrigued. I, too, am wondering if Rezi's singing comes into play elsewhere in the story. This one is definitely going on my list. Thanks!

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Post by TuyetMai » 08 Jun 2019, 13:08

Thank you for the review. Rezi sounds like a lovable and realistic character. I'd love to see if she and the other servants can escape from the tomb.

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Post by Wyland » 11 Jun 2019, 04:55

I like that Rezi is a strong female character who endures a lot of the obstacles put on her way by the Queen. The semblance of the story to what I know of some historical kingdoms is also welcome. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Post by SweetPee7 » 21 Jun 2019, 16:20

I enjoy historical books with a strong archaeological theme and ancient kingdoms. I believe this one is a pass for me, due to the violence and torture. Thank you for pointing that out in your wonderful review.

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