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Ruby Silver (Trace Brandon)

by Randall Reneau

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Truly unbelievable.
And I mean that in every sense. The plot was too convenient, the dialogue seemed unnatural and stilted, the characters were unrealistic and too nice; even the bad guys. What professional hit man would make nice polite direct conversation asking about where his 'hit' could be found, and then put it off till morning because he was hungry and tired? What hit man would leave keys to his car, and compensation money in a pocket of someone he had just knocked out cold to steal their car?
Just don't get me started on the grizzly bear! Too unreal and convenient.
Reneau has talent for a story and clearly a lot of knowledge of mining and Spokane, but needs to focus on style. There is no depth to the characters, there is too much telling and not enough showing, no emotions and the narrative (to me didn't make sense). How can the narrator tell the reader exactly what another character is doing, when they are in another part of the country, before the characters have met up. Was it past or in the present?
The author clearly loves unusual words, or at least is trying to impress the reader with the ability to use a thesaurus. They stuck out like a sore thumb and distracted me from reading, while I checked their meaning and discussed the words with my partner. I really couldn't see the point in them.
Possibly I am being a bit harsh. The novel has got potential, but it needs more depth ( and not everyone is nice and cheerful all the time). ( )
  allysonrabbott | Jul 24, 2015 |
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