Review: FEAR! ~ Steven Nedelton

abstract backgroundA real life drama. In this expansive examination of Man’s nature, the author takes us into a world where the government controls everything, war is a constant reality, and no one can be trusted. Throughout it all, one family clings to their values while standing fast against the forces that would see them torn apart.

Ranging in time from the distant past to the near future, FEAR! takes the reader on a journey to the center of Hell.

3 Thumbs-UpA word of warning; if you are easily offended by the ‘f’ word, and feel it is pretty pointless in a book and has no place there, don’t bother to pick up this book as you’ll find offense on nearly every page.  However, if you can come to see that the use of it may actually help the plot in some way, give this book a try.

The book itself is rather enjoyable spanning a time frame from the far distant past to the near future, and as a descriptive writer this Author excels as events and locations in the book come to life before the readers eyes.  With a deft use of words, they are able to transport the reader to the era in which the plot is taking place so vividly that they will have to lay the book down occasionally to check that they really are in their own time.  However, if you are not a fan of time leaping plots you may find this book somewhat confusing as it moves from one era to another quickly.  The way in which the Author does this can make the structure of the book somewhat difficult to follow if the reader is new to the idea of time leaping in their reading material, but it is worth persevering with to read this intriguing book.

The Author does not just limit his descriptive writing talents to the location and events in the novel, he uses them to great effect when writing the characters encountered.  For the most part these are very well-developed and realistically three-dimensional, which added depth to the book, unfortunately the Author was not able to sustain this level of development in all their characters to the point where some seemed to be caricatures of what they truly could have become if more time had been taken in their development.

If you are looking for a solely plot driven book then you will be disappointed in this one, as it appeared to me to be more character driven than plot driven, and as some of these characters were a lot less developed than others it actually affected the pace making it limp painfully along in some places.  I’m not sure if the Authors intent was produce a character driven piece of work, or whether this happened more by chance, but it would have added immensely to the novel if there had been some plot to help in the areas where the characters were too weak to carry the book.

If you enjoy time travel books you may well enjoy this novel, but if you are looking for something deep and meaningful this is not the book for you.

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