Book – Quantum Assault
Author – Réal Laplaine
Star rating – ★★★★☆
Would I read it again – Yes.
Plot – Intelligent, witty, intriguing
Characters – unique, smart, authentic
Movie Potential – ★★★★☆
Ease of reading – ease of reading (very easy) jarred by needlessly complicated wording.
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book, but I had one issue – there were a lot of ‘intelligent’ sounding words used. I know it sounds stupid, but they jarred with the reading and they weren’t necessary. There were a million other words, every day words, that could have been used instead. The main problem with it, is that their use really didn’t seem to fit the story or the characters. Words like ‘catalyzed’ have their place in a story, sure, but things like ‘tendrils of boreal cold’, ‘panoply’, ‘torpidly’ and ‘stertorously’ just don’t seem to gel with the story or characters.
There was a lot of information thrown at us, in Chapter 1, which made me doubt whether I would enjoy the rest of the story. However, this was a minor incident in this chapter which didn’t reoccur. I understand the need for this information, as well, so it isn’t as big an issue as it might have been. We do need to know what OPP, RCMP and ATU stand for, particularly since I’m from the UK and this book is based in Canada. It seemed a little like an information dump, but it has a reason.
I really liked the MC Keeno. He’s a normal, relateable guy, who is kind of fun. Janene is the same, and I really like their relationship. Jake is a cool, laid-back, fun guy but I have a feeling he’s not what he seems. But that may be my overactive imagination and having watched too many crime shows. I also really loved K-Joe, who was a fun, interesting character. Eleina is so courageous and feisty.
There was a nice sense of description and believable police action. It wasn’t over the top or cliché at all. There was also a very nice sense of equality between action and investigation. I knew from the beginning that I was going to enjoy the story.
Nb83 was a really unique, and terrifying, concept for the story. It’s use is obvious, without the author having to go into brutal detail. The whole human trafficking theme is handled seriously, but confidently and tastefully. The author is sympathetic, while being intelligent and showing both sides of the story. There is no feeling of the author choosing a side, as he shows all aspects as is necessary in the story.
I don’t want to go too much into the plot, because this story is one worth reading, but I will say that I really loved the ending. I loved the nearly worldwide chaos that Keeno causes, and how it was all down to Eleina – one brave girl who fought back against her captors and escaped to tell the world about what was being done to her and countless other girls. It was a very neat, very logical ending. It didn’t feel unrealistic at all and no characters fates were missed either, which I particularly like.
The entire story is believable, clever and full of intrigue. You can tell the author has experienced similar situations as Keeno from the careful attention to detail that reads easily and naturally, as the flow of the story. However, it does feel incredibly long to read. It feels like it takes forever and sometimes the writing can be a bit long-winded with words or phrases that feel unnecessary and judder and jar the flow of reading.
Overall, I look forward to reading more of this writer, especially if that entails more Keeno McCole stories.
Author Website: www.reallaplaine.com
The book is 233 pages long, published 7 October 2013.
Fifteen year-old Eleina escapes from a human trafficking ring in Canada and starts a domino effect with global implications. Keeno McCole and his RCMP crime-fighter
team go up against a nightmarish scenario, taking them from Nigeria to China, Canada to Venezuela, and one which threatens the entire human race. An action-
thriller that will keep you reading to the end.
Publisher: Asteroid Publishing
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The Buffalo Kid is a passionate story about a 71 year-old man and his struggle to rebound and find himself again. Formerly a successful business man, John Ross loses everything. Bankrupt and depressed, abandoned by his family, he ends up on the streets of Buffalo, New York, for over thirty years. He becomes known as The Buffalo Kid – the city’s oldest homeless man. One day he meets a stranger to our world, one who has come to Earth to study our culture, and the two strike up a unique bond, one which catapults The Buffalo Kid from rags to riches and from walking the streets to saving the very city that rejected him. With each twist and turn, The Buffalo Kid discovers that he can make a difference and that he is not just a forgotten and useless man and over night, he is cast into a thrill
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