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Henry Wood Time And Again (2013)

by Brian D. Meeks(Favorite Author)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 3
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English
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Brian D. Meeks
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Henry Wood Detective
review 1: **Spoilers**I was ready to give this book a 4. Good story and well written. Now for the spoilers...In the middle, for no apparent reason, he drops in this time travel closet thingy. It's only mentioned three times for a paragraph or two each. Doesn't add anything to the story and the story could easily progress without it. It was so abrupt, you're just thinking WTF? and going back to see where you missed some indication. I think if he left this out, or made it more central to the story, it would read much better. Also, editing needs to be tighter. There is one scene where three characters are riding in a car and the next thing you know, one is dead and the other 2 kidnapped. I went back and forth over 3 chapters several times trying to find out what happened. Assume that c... morehapter was cut accidentally.
review 2: Unfortunately, when I read this book the punctuation was kind of a train wreck, which I found extremely distracting. However, I've talked to the author about it, and I'm sure he'll have it updated soon. Punctuation is easy to fix.Something that's much harder than punctuation is writing a genre book in which the characters grow beyond their tropes and types, and that is something Brian Meeks has definitely achieved here. Even minor characters change and develop, something I don't often see. They have a richness and a depth that's unusual, as well, giving a sense that they have backstories, interests, relationships and motivations outside the story itself. It's a relatively large cast, but it's easy to keep track of who everyone is, because they all have their individuality. Dialogue, as in the first book, is not a strong point. The precise Professor says "whacha" instead of "what are you", the grumpy German refers to "guys". It's a testament to the strength of the characterization that this doesn't completely break the book. Again, the author may fix this in future, but dialogue that sounds natural and fits each character is definitely an area where his writing needs work. I found the plot well structured and well paced. The detective gets a couple of lucky breaks, but he still has to apply his intelligence to capitalize on them. The sting at the end is beautifully set up.I still didn't get a strong 50s vibe, somehow. Maybe more description of clothing and hairstyles would have helped. Despite my complaints, it's rare enough to find a book with such good characters that I'll definitely be buying the third volume (coming soon). And I think the author needs to raise his prices, though fixing up the editing issues and improving the covers probably comes first. This is definitely worth more than 99c. less
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monica
The beginnings of this story felt disjointed at first but stay with it and you'll be well rewarded.
gitana
Great mix of gum shoe and good old fashioned brain power.
Leyda
I liked it. Fast moving detective story.
whytfam2
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